IPL Worst XI of the Week: Gautam Gambhir, Mike Hussey and More
It's not all rosy in the Indian Premier League. The trip to the United Arab Emirates has been tough going for some players, and some have been nothing short of woeful.
For many, it's probably just a lapse in form and not too much to worry about.
Still, we can't help but assess who has been the worst of the lot.
It would be easy to pick every player from the winless Mumbai Indians as the Worst XI of the week, but that would be cruel.
Read on for a combined XI of some of the worst performers of the week, and add your selections in the comments.
1. Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Gautam Gambhir has had one of the worst starts to the Indian Premier League—in any of the seven editions.
His top score in the three games he has played is just one. His dismissals have not been freakish, they've just been typical of a man out of form and clearly under pressure.
After three ducks in a row, Gambhir might end up dropping himself at some point to get his head straight.
2. Mike Hussey (Mumbai Indians)
Despite looking evergreen in other T20 competitions around the world, Michael Hussey has struggled in this year's IPL.
He is lumped with the struggling Mumbai Indians this year and managed scores of just one and 10 in the last week.
Even against the Delhi Daredevils, Hussey failed to get going. He was dismissed by a good ball from Jaydev Unadkat against Delhi (having been dropped down the order from the opening role), but it still wasn't the kind of dismissal you'd expect from a veteran like Hussey.
3. AB De Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Despite an unbeaten 45 against Mumbai last week, AB de Villiers had a bit off an off week.
He managed just 11 against Kolkata and was dismissed for a duck against Rajasthan Royals.
De Villiers is one of the most prolific run scorers in world cricket, and this is probably nothing more than a brief slump.
4. Faf Du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings)
Faf du Plessis is probably a bit unlucky to make this week's Worst XI, especially with his team doing so well. He also played four games in the space of seven days.
Although Du Plessis managed a few starts (24 against Delhi and 20 against Mumbai), he hasn't managed to convert those starts just yet. As a player capable of being completely destructive, he has been lacklustre in a team that is impressing without his best work.
5. Yusuf Pathan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Blink and you'll miss Yusuf Pathan playing in the IPL. In his two games from last week, he scored a duck and three.
He is another player who has the ability to be completely destructive but hasn't quite found that fire this season yet. Poor shot selection against Bangalore and a misjudgement of his shot against Punjab led to his undoing.
6. George Bailey (Kings XI Punjab)
In a team where David Miller and Glenn Maxwell are running riot, any batting performance that's even remotely average is going to look like a disaster.
George Bailey managed just 10 and 11 in his last two outings for Kings XI, and both his dismissals were less than glamorous.
As captain, more is expected of the Australian.
7. Albie Morkel (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Albie Morkel's performances have been completely underwhelming. Although he took one for 21 against Kolkata and only had a chance to face five balls, he flopped against Rajasthan.
With Bangalore in trouble at 17-5, Morkel had a chance to show why some have previously rated him as one of the best finishers of the game.
Instead, he poked around for a tentative seven off 13 balls before smashing the ball straight to mid-off for an easy catch.
8. Ashok Dinda (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Ashok Dinda has had a bad start to the season. In his first outing, he conceded 51 runs. He pulled it back in his next match, taking one for 14, but that was two weeks ago.
Picking the worst players is somewhat harsh in this format, since Dinda has actually been fairly tidy in his last two games. He hasn't quite gotten the wickets for his efforts yet, though.
A fairly harsh pick into the Worst XI, but that's mainly because there are so many better bowlers out there.
9. Umesh Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Umesh Yadav only started his IPL season this past week and began with taking one for 40 against Bangalore.
He followed it up with none for 28 against Kings XI, figures which can probably be considered mildly successful considering the batting power of Kings XI.
A harsh call, perhaps, but Worst XI's spare nobody.
10. Amit Mishra (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Amit Mishra has struggled for control in the IPL.
Last Sunday he conceded 56 runs in his spell, and things have not gotten much better since. He took no wickets in the two games he played last week and conceded 38 and 27 respectively.
Mishra is a wonderful player, as he proved at the World Twenty20, but perhaps the UAE's conditions have just been unhelpful for him.
11. Mohammed Shami (Delhi Daredevils)
Mohammed Shami had a tough week in the three games he played. He started off with figures of one for 45 against Chennai and then conceded 36 twice with no wickets to show for it.
The UAE has been pretty harsh on the bowlers for the most part, so there's no doubt that Shami will bounce back.