4 Players Who Need to Step Up After Week 2 of Indian Premier League
Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions have both won four out of their five matches of this season's Indian Premier League, with KKR slightly ahead on net run rate.
Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants are at the bottom with just one win apiece from their five games. There is a long way to go in this competition, but favourites are slowly starting to emerge.
What's also starting to emerge are players who haven't quite lived up to expectations. We've picked four who need to up the ante after Week 2. Add yours in the comments section.
Chris Morris (Delhi Daredevils)
When a team pays $1 million for a player, it has certain expectations of them. Chris Morris, some could argue, has not yet lived up to his price tag. In four games for the Delhi Daredevils, he has taken just two wickets at an average of 48.00. While his economy rate is a modest 6.00, his best match figure is one for 19.
He's bowled more overs than anyone else for Delhi, but he hasn't had the impact they would have hoped for when spending that kind of money. Even with the bat, Morris hasn't exactly set the world alight. He's only had the opportunity to bat in one innings and scored just 11 runs.
David Miller (Kings XI Punjab)
Arguably one of the biggest stars of the IPL, David Miller has had a disappointing season so far. In five matches he has scored just 46 runs at an average of 9.20 with a high score of 15.
An explosive lower-order hitter, Miller hasn't quite managed to find his destructive best yet. Everyone knows he is capable of it—he averages 37.91 across 52 IPL matches—but he just needs to rediscover his mojo, it seems.
Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)
Despite his reputation of being destructive, Glenn Maxwell has not delivered for Kings XI Punjab. In five games, he has scored just 115 runs at an average of 9.75. He's not taken a single wicket, either.
Maxwell is usually an extravagant and aggressive player, and he will need to find some of that flair if he wants to help his team out of the doldrums.
Ishant Sharma (Rising Pune Supergiants)
Ishant Sharma started the IPL modestly, taking two for 36 against the Mumbai Indians and then one for 39 against Gujarat Lions, but things have gotten worse as time has gone on.
Against Kings XI, he took no wickets and conceded 26 runs before being bashed all over the park by Royal Challengers Bangalore, ending with no wickets and having conceded 47 runs in his four overs. Sure, it's a tough job bowling against Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, but Sharma is a much better than his figures suggest.