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A number of big names failed to make our top 50 from this season's IPL. Below are the most notable absentees and the reason for their absence from our rankings.
Gautam Gambhir (No. 54): Gambhir came back strong after a difficult beginning, but three consecutive ducks to open the tournament push him down these rankings.
JP Duminy (No. 56): Duminy is extremely unlucky to miss out on the top 50. With 410 runs at an average of the 51.25, the South African was his team's standout player with the bat. However, Duminy bowled in 11 of his 14 matches, classifying him as an all-rounder in these rankings. Consequently, just three wickets in 33 overs hurt him dearly here.
Steve Smith (No. 58): Despite some late-game heroics, Smith never had the opportunity to compile large totals, finishing with just 147 runs for the tournament.
Shane Watson (No. 59): Watson endured a tough campaign in India. With the bat, he averaged just 20 across 13 innings, while his bowling produced just seven wickets for the competition.
Dale Steyn (No. 60): For a strike bowler, Steyn was nowhere near as prolific with the ball as expected. In 14 appearances, the South African claimed just 11 wickets without any significant hauls.
Corey Anderson (No. 61): Despite an incredible 95 against Rajasthan, Corey Anderson was nonexistent with the bat for the Mumbai Indians for the bulk of this IPL season.
James Faulkner (No. 64): Last season, Faulkner was extremely effective with the ball in hand. This year, however, the Australian conceded 9.74 runs per over to be among the most expensive bowlers of the tournament. Even his lusty hitting with the bat couldn't offset that figure.
Chris Gayle (No. 67): In previous seasons, Gayle has been the IPL's biggest star. But in 2014, he was a shadow of his former self, battling with injury to score just 196 runs at a poor strike rate of 106.52.
George Bailey (No. 73): He certainly produced some pivotal moments in the field, but with the bat, Bailey was disappointing in India. Without a score above 40, the Australian averaged just 28.55 despite recording seven not outs.
Kieron Pollard (No. 82): Pollard will be remembered for an eventful campaign that included thunderous sixes, superb catches and moments of drama. But as an all-rounder, the West Indian was a liability with the ball, conceding 10.48 runs per over across the tournament.
Darren Sammy (No. 91): After a superb showing at the ICC World Twenty20, Sammy simply wasn't able to propel Hyderabad to a similar level, struggling with the bat and rarely used with the ball.