IPL 2021: 5 biggest flops of Phase 1 who can turn it around in IPL 2021 Phase 2 ft Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Eoin Morgan – The IPL 2021 Phase two is just over a month away as the cash-rich league resumes action following a four-month absence due to the pandemic. The tournament will return to the UAE after Phase 1 was held in India, with 31 matches yet to be played in the season. The tournament also provides many with an opportunity to make a last-ditch attempt to make their claim for a place in the T20 World Cup squad for their respective countries.
Some will be hoping to make a quick fix and get back to form after a disastrous Phase 1, and here are five players who could do so when the IPL 2021 resumes in September.
1. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is one of IPL’s biggest success stories but the all-rounder struggled for form and fitness during Phase 1. Pandya, who featured in the tour of Sri Lanka, struggled to make his mark and the signs are ominous for India ahead of the T20 World Cup. Nonetheless, the Mumbai Indians star will be hoping to allay those concerns with a swift return to form and fitness, and IPL 2021 Phase 2 provides him with the perfect opportunity to do so.
2. MS Dhoni
The IPL 2021 Phase 2 could be the last time MS Dhoni lines up in CSK colours and the 40-year-old will be itching to make a dash at the IPL trophy. Dhoni has struggled to shine with the bat in the last two seasons and his hitting at the death will be needed for CSK if they aim to claim a fourth title. With a paltry return of 37 runs in Phase 1, Thala will be keen to prove his detractors for one final time, as he prepares to hang up his boots.
3. Nicholas Pooran
Punjab Kings have shown tremendous faith in Nicholas Pooran and the West Indian all-rounder will be itching to make good on it when he takes the field in IPL 2021 Phase 2. In the six innings he batted, Pooran got out for a duck four times, with scores of 9 and 19 in the other two games. The West Indian vice-captain remains a key part of the Punjab Kings’ plans and will hope to set the record straight in the UAE.
4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Injury curtailed Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Phase 1, but the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer will be hoping to put in a much better shift when the tournament moves to UAE. In five matches, Kumar picked up just three wickets and his economy of 9.10 was the first time he conceded more than 8-runs an over on average in a season. The Team India star will be hoping to turn a corner and return to his very best with SRH desperately needing wins to stay in playoff contention.
A half century… With the ball 👏👏
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) July 29, 2021
5. Eoin Morgan
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan had a forgettable IPL 2021 Phase 1, scoring a paltry 92 runs in seven innings. The England captain had led from the front during the tournament in UAE last season, scoring 418 runs in 14 games, at a strike rate of 138.41. Morgan’s strike rate dropped to 112.19 this season and the KKR skipper will hope to return back to his best in IPL 2021 Phase 2.