IPL Worst XI of the Week: Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis and More
Although the Indian Premier League continues to provide a magnificent platform for the world's best Twenty20 performers to showcase their talents, the tournament isn't without its difficulties for players.
The snappy nature of T20 cricket can mean lost form is awfully hard to regain for some, while for others the pressure of living up to the extravagant price tag attached to their name is immensely burdensome.
Again this week, the IPL has witnessed the struggles of a collection of stars, who for one reason or another haven't delivered under the intense spotlight of the world's richest competition.
Across the following slides, we examine the individuals who find themselves in the IPL's worst XI of the past week.
Parthiv Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Bangalore's Parthiv Patel has endured a difficult week in the IPL, struggling mightily with the bat at the top of his team's explosive order.
In his side's loss to Kings XI Punjab on Monday, the former India wicketkeeper registered just two runs from seven deliveries as Bangalore laboured to just 124 against the competition's leaders.
The diminutive left-hander followed up that performance with an equally disappointing three from five balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday afternoon.
Although Bangalore have plenty of batting behind the opener, further poor starts will cost Patel his place in the side very quickly.
Cheteshwar Pujara (Kings XI Punjab)
Cheteshwar Pujara didn't suffer a truly awful seven days in the ongoing IPL, but his team needs significantly more from the often-prolific right-hander.
Across two innings, the 26-year-old compiled 29 runs opening for the table-topping Punjab outfit, but ate up 36 balls in the process to hamper his team's starts.
Against Banglore on Monday, Pujara's stuttering 10 from 18 balls didn't hurt his side in its small chase of just 124, but his subdued innings against Mumbai on Saturday played a role in the Indians grabbing their first victory of the tournament.
So far, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller have brilliantly followed the opener. However, the middle order can't be replied upon too heavily if Punjab is to be victorious this season.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
After blazing his way through the recent ICC World Twenty20, India's Virat Kohli has struggled to stamp his authority on this season's IPL.
Across the most recently concluded week of the tournament, the precocious right-hander completed scores of just four and a duck in his only two innings.
Fortunately, the outstanding AB de Villiers was on hand to rescue Bangalore against Hyderabad on Sunday, but the captain's cheap dismissal was part of disappointing top-order collapse against Punjab at the beginning of the week.
Of course, Kohli's brilliance won't be quelled for long, and his teammates will be hoping the 25-year-old can return to the form he displayed in Bangladesh last month.
Jacques Kallis (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Jacques Kallis enjoyed a successful opening to this season's IPL, but hit a mini slump during the most recent week of the competition.
Up against Rajasthan on Tuesday, the veteran South African trudged to 13 from 17 balls in his team's chase of the Royals' 152-5.
Kallis was then dismissed for just four in Kolkata's heavy defeat at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings, a match which also saw the all-rounder smacked for 10 in his only over.
Given the paucity of batting stars in the Kolkata line-up, Kallis really needs to shine throughout the tournament for his side.
Corey Anderson (Mumbai Indians)
Corey Anderson is struggling under the weight of expectation that has arrived with his hefty price tag in his debut IPL campaign.
Despite brilliant performances for New Zealand in the T20 International and one-day international arenas, the left-hander completed another disappointing week for the struggling Mumbai Indians.
In his side's fifth consecutive loss on Wednesday to Hyderabad, Anderson made just one from eight deliveries after conceding 18 runs in his only over of the match.
Despite compiling an improved 35 against Punjab on Saturday, the 23-year-old was expensive with the ball and conceded 17 from his two overs.
Stuart Binny (Rajasthan Royals)
Stuart Binny has been a valuable all-rounder in T20 cricket at domestic level throughout his career, but his matches last week weren't ones to remember.
Up against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the 29-year-old registered a first-ball duck to hand the expensive Morne Morkel his only wicket, before being given just one over with the ball at the start of Rajasthan's chase.
During the team's win over Delhi on Saturday, Binny completed just one over again, conceding nine runs, and he didn't get the opportunity to salvage an unproductive week with the bat.
Darren Sammy (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Darren Sammy was colossal for the West Indies during the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh, yet hasn't been able to get going during the IPL to date.
With the bat, the West Indian captain made just 10 and eight for Hyderabad last week, failing to complete the late-innings heroics seen on the international stage last month.
Sammy has also struggled with the ball, conceding 45 runs from his four combined overs against Mumbai and Bangalore.
Although the balance of the Hyderabad side isn't ideal, the team will need Sammy's characteristic explosions if they are to push for a semi-final place.
Piyush Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders)
It wouldn't be unfair to say that Piyush Chawla endured a rather horrific time in the IPL across the last seven days.
The leg-spinner was smashed for 58 runs from just six overs in two innings with the ball, and he made just one run in two efforts with the bat in hand.
Of course, Chawla has been a useful all-rounder in limited-overs cricket during his career, but such poor performances could cost him his place in the side over the coming weeks.
Pragyan Ojha (Mumbai Indians)
Pragyan Ojha was dropped by the Mumbai Indians for the team's encounter with Kings XI Punjab on Saturday after a miserable showing against Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Despite a subdued beginning to the innings, Shikhar Dhawan's side clattered 43 runs from Ojha's three overs to propel themselves to an imposing 172-5.
Abandoning the spin of Ojha, Mumbai opted for Jasprit Bumrah in a predominantly seam-based attack to upset George Bailey's Punjab outfit, leaving the tweaker's place for future matches in doubt.
Morne Morkel (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Morne Morkel has generally been a superb T20 seamer during his career, with his pace and uncomfortable bounce often unsettling the front-foot happy batsmen found in the game's shortest format.
However, in his only match of the week, Morkel conceded an expensive 40 runs in four overs against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday to let Shane Watson's team escape the clutches of Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan.
The intimidating South African will look to return to his vicious ways this week in an attempt to haul Gautam Gambhir's men away from the lower places of the points table.
Amit Mishra (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
At the beginning of the recent ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, Amit Mishra's flight and turn posed a significant threat to opposing batsmen.
However, a trend has emerged in the leg-spinner's performances that has seen his bowling become quicker, flatter and less dangerous once he's placed under pressure.
That was on show against the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, as Kieron Pollard brutalised the Indian tweaker with a succession of boundaries that saw Mishra concede an alarming 54 runs from four overs.
Unsurprisingly, he was dropped for his team's subsequent match against Punjab on Saturday.
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