The eleventh season of the Indian Premier League is almost halfway and it has been a pretty exciting season so far. Some of the teams have performed brilliantly so far and few of them have let their fans down. Same goes with players - there are few players who have risen above expectations but there are many who have been a big flop so far. Let us look at few players - from whom there were loads of expectations but have been very poor with their performances so far.
We are just a week away from the biggest players' in the Indian Premier League history. A total of 1,122 players, including the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Joe Root, Chris Gayle are available and it's surely will be a heated affair when it comes to the bidding table. Let's have a look at the highest paid players from 2008-2017 IPL auctions.
Australian legend and former Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting has praised Mumbai Indians players Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard for their performances in the 10th season of the IPL. Pollard and Sharma started the tournament slowly, but have regained their lost touch in the last few matches. Ponting was the coach of Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 2016 and worked closely with both the players.
Praising Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma, Ponting told cricket.com.au, "(Pollard and Rohit) are two of the best T20 players the game has probably ever seen." He then went on to shower Pollard with praises, adding, "The thing I've always said about Pollard is 'it doesn't matter how many you need, if he's in at the end with three or four overs to go, you can still always win'. (In 2013) we had a game against the Sunrisers and I think we needed about 80-odd off the last five overs or so (the equation was 79 from six overs). Pollard was in and he got most of them all by himself. It was just incredible power hitting at the end. He times his run really well, he identifies the bowlers he knows he can score heavily off and when he goes about doing that he can be unbelievably dangerous."
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Sanjay Manjrekar's comments on Kieron Pollard. Pollard accused Manjrekar of calling him 'brainless' while commenting on a Mumbai Indians match. He also went on a long Twitter rant on the issue.
Here's what Pollard had tweeted:
Kieron Pollard has finally hit some form in the IPL. The West Indian dasher struggled to hit the ball in the first couple of matches of the 10th edition of IPL for the Mumbai Indians. But it all changed in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore when Mumbai Indians were in a precarious position and Pollard came out to bat and played an innings of great substance to virtually win Mumbai the match.
After Samuel Badree's hat-trick rocked the Mumbai Indians top-order, Pollard came out to bat and steadied the ship for Mumbai Indians. He finished with a score of 70 off 47 deliveries which helped Mumbai to register their third consecutive victory in the IPL. This has helped them to build great momentum in the tournament and have made them one of the favorites to qualify for the play-offs spot.
The cash-rich Indian Premier League is never short of controversies and why should this tenth edition of the tournament fly away?
Quite recently, Kieron Pollard's slam on twitter went on air after the former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar had his say about the West Indian's batting order.
Pollard's team, Mumbai Indians, were chasing a target of 179 runs set by Kolkata Knight, and the Rohit Sharma-led side, while batting, lost the early momentum and on came the 29-year-old all-rounder to bat on third-down. But to everyone's surprise, he only managed to add 17 runs before being bowled out by Chris Woakes.
And while commentating on Pollard's dismissal, Manjrekar said: "Pollard does not have the brains to play early in the innings."
Mumbai eventually managed to outclass Kolkata by 4 wickets and soon after the game, Pollard took to Twitter to express his rage and he directly sends out a message to Manjrekar before tweeting about the Mumbai's victory.