IPL 2021: 5 overseas players who were a big flop- The IPL 2021 was beyond its halfway mark and then it was called off due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in India. However, this news came as a big shock for many players who were in great form, there are some players who must be delighted after the news broke. These are the players who were going through a rough patch in IPL 2021. Players like Steve Smith, who were expected to do the anchoring role given Delhi Capitals’ captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out, failed to perform the task. While West Indian power-hitter Nicholas Pooran was expected to do the finishing work for Punjab kings also failed terribly.
So, in this article, we at Inside Sport will take you through the top 5 overseas players who were a big flop in IPL 2021.
Steve Smith (Delhi Capitals)
One of the finest batsmen going around, Steve Smith, once again failed to get going in IPL. The right-hander has so far played 95 IPL games, scoring over 2300 runs with the help of a hundred and 11 fifties. He moved to Delhi Capitals from Rajasthan Royals after being bought for INR 2.20 Cr during the player auction ahead of the IPL 2021. In IPL 2021, he has handed the responsibility to anchor the innings as DC captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out however Steve failed at his job as he could only score 104 runs in six games at a below-par strike rate of 111.82.
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Sunil Narine is a kind of all-rounder, who would walk into any T20 playing XI with ease but the IPL 2021 was just not his year as the West Indian just managed to score 10 runs in four games. His batting is an add-on, his real skill is his mystery off-spin which is not a big mystery anymore as only three batsmen fell against Sunil in IPL 2021. To add to his trouble batsman were playing him freely, they were not taking risks but still could maintain the run rate of around 7.00 against him. It is most likely that he will be let go by KKR team mangement ahead of the next IPL auction.
Nicholas Pooran (Punjab Kings)
The West Indian power-hitter was just trying to search a spot where he could hide for the rest of the IPL before it got suspended. Pooran was going through one of the worst patches in his cricketing career. The left-hand batter failed to make any positive impact on his team’s performance and in the game against RCB, Pooran scored his fourth duck of the IPL 2021. Pooran played seven games so far in IPL 2021.
Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings)
The right-arm pacer from Tasmania, capable of clocking 140 kph very consistently, has proved his worth in the domestic circuit and thus was given the opportunity to make his debut in the IPL as the Punjab Kings won the bidding war to acquire the Aussie pacer for INR 8 Cr. In five matches that Riley played he picked up four wickets. However, the wickets column is not the one you should focus on as his consistent speed of above 145 was the reason to watch Riley.
Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)
Dwayne Bravo AKA Champion as he likes to call himself is way past his prime in professional cricket. In IPL 2021, the all-rounder scored 21 runs in four games with just three wickets under his name. Once Bravo used to be Dhoni’s favourite weapon but now maybe Sam Curran has taken his place. It is almost certain that this will be Bravo’s last IPL at least at CSK.