IPL: 5 players who were a hit last year but have failed in this season so far

IPL: 5 players who were a hit last year but have failed in this season so far

These players were expected to be consistent this year but they have surprisingly failed.

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

“GameBanayegaName”- The theme for the 2019 edition of IPL perfectly describes this season so far. Players like Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph playing for the first time, have announced themselves in style and are already becoming a household name in India with some match-winning performances.

Among all these exciting new players there are some who performed brilliantly last year but have failed so far this season. A year can be a long time in a competitive sport like cricket and we have witnessed a lot of one-season wonders in IPL history. Though it is still early days and the under-performing players would be eager to turn it around as the season progresses.

Here we bring you five players who did well last year but have struggled so far:

1. Ambati Rayudu (CSK)

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. (Photo: IANS)

Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson were the key pioneers last year for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and played a major role in their title triumph last year. Ambati Rayudu had a prolific season in 2018 where he scored 602 runs in 16 innings with an average of above 40 and finished 4th in the Orange Cap race. He was also recalled to the Indian side after an impressive IPL season and is among the few batsmen fighting for the No. 4 slot in the coming World Cup.

But the 2019 IPL season has gone horribly wrong for Rayudu so far. He has scored just 55 runs in 5 matches with a poor strike rate of just around 78. After consecutive failures as an opener, he batted at No. 4 in the last game against Kings XI Punjab and finally looked in some form with an unbeaten 21 runs in 15 balls. If CSK are to repeat their last year performance and defend the title for a record fourth time they will need the southpaw to come good in the remaining matches.