IPL Worst XI of the Week: Virat Kohli, Kevin Pietersen and More

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

IPL Worst XI of the Week: Virat Kohli, Kevin Pietersen and More

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    The Indian Premier League (IPL) has featured some brilliant batting and bowling over the past week, both from domestic and international players in the Twenty20 tournament.

    However, there have been some individuals who have perhaps not performed as well as they would have wanted, which will be disappointing for them.

    Read on for a worst XI of the week in the IPL.

Honorable Mentions

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    Ishant Sharma: An honorable mention goes to Ishant Sharma, who saw his bowling disappear for Sunrisers Hyderabad in what was a disappointing display.

    Andre Russell: Two runs and one wicket in two games means it has not been an easy time for Andre Russell, although those were his first IPL games of the year.

    Murali Kartik: It seems a shame to have Murali Kartik as an honorable mention, but the 40 runs he conceded for Punjab in four overs will leave him disappointed.

1. Mandeep Singh (Kings XI Punjab)

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    Opener Mandeep Singh will be disappointed with his efforts recently, as he was dismissed cheaply on two occasions.

    He is very young, so he has plenty of time to improve and assert himself.

2. Aaron Finch (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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    Australian Aaron Finch will have wanted to contribute so much more than his 24 runs in two innings this week.

    He offers so much with the bat, so he will be desperate to turn things around.

3. Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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    In at No. 3 comes Virat Kohli, whose good run has come crashing to an end this week.

    Two ducks sandwich 35 against Mumbai, and after those three disappointments, he will be keen to get back on track.

4. Kevin Pietersen (Delhi Daredevils)

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    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has not looked in good touch so far in the IPL, and this week was particularly disappointing.

    The Delhi Daredevils rely on him to get them off to a good start, and unfortunately, he has been unable to do so.

5. Yuvraj Singh (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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    Yuvraj Singh has looked in poor form with bat and ball this week, only reaching double figures once on three occasions.

    His nadir came against Kings XI Punjab, when the Royal Challengers man saw his only over disappear for 19 runs.

6. Darren Sammy (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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    It has not been the easiest week for West Indian Darren Sammy, who lost his country’s Test captaincy and has not enjoyed a very good week in the IPL.

    Very few runs and no wickets is a very poor return for such a talented individual.

7. Naman Ojha (Sunrisers Hyderabad, wk)

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    It seems a shame to have Naman Ojha keeping wicket in this team, but after making two starts and then getting out, it has not been the greatest week for him.

    He will be desperate to make a better impact in the coming games.

8. Lakshmipathy Balaji (Kings XI Punjab)

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    Seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji has taken wickets but has seen his economy rate sky rocket as batsmen have taken a liking to his bowling.

    If he can find a way to stop conceding so many runs, he will enjoy a more successful period in the IPL.

9. Ashok Dinda (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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    Two wickets for plenty of runs means that Ashok Dinda of Royal Challengers Bangalore finds himself in this unfortunate XI.

    However, given his experience in international cricket, he is in a good position to turn things around.

10. Mohammed Shami (Delhi Daredevils)

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    Having exploded onto the scene in recent months, Mohammed Shami has struggled mightily with the ball recently.

    He is another who will be hopeful of making a more positive impact in the near future.

11. Tim Southee (Rajasthan Royals)

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    New Zealander Tim Southee is another seamer who has seen his bowling flayed around without any wickets.

    However, Southee remains one of the better seamers in the world, so he should be capable of finding his rhythm quickly.