4 Players Who Need to Step Up After Week 3 of Indian Premier League
The Indian Premier League continues to rumble along at a rapid pace with Gujarat Lions establishing themselves as the team to beat, having lost just two of their eight fixtures.
Hot on their heels are Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
At the midway point, a few big-name players are still posted missing, though, and as the frontrunners slog it out for a spot in the final, we've picked four players who need to step up and do better.
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Moises Henriques (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
In seven games, Moises Henriques has notched up 82 runs and taken four wickets at 47.25. As one of the team's resident all-rounders, much more is expected of the 29-year-old.
While batting in a team that also has David Warner, Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan will always mean that all-rounders don't get to hog the headlines—especially when you're coming in lower down the order—Henriques hasn't always made an impact with the bat when he had the chance.
His bowling is also questionable and as one of the key bowlers for Hyderabad, he needs to do better.
Dwayne Bravo (Gujarat Lions)
While Gujarat Lions have been one of the teams to beat in this season's Indian Premier League, it's certainly not because of Dwayne Bravo.
Considered to be one of the best Twenty20 all-rounders going, Bravo has failed to deliver on both counts.
He averages just 13.00 with the bat this season, and he has taken 10 wickets with the ball at an average of 28.60.
While that might not sound too terrible, his economy rate is on the high side of 9.22, a tad higher than his overall T20 stats of 24.43 and 8.05.
In a game where margins are so small, these things make a significant difference.
Shakib Al Hasan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
While really good all-rounders tend to be an asset in modern-day cricket, that has certainly not been in the case in this year's Indian Premier League.
Shakib Al Hasan is yet another highly rated all-rounder who has underperformed this year.
With the bat, he averages 6.66, and an eye-watering 45.00 with the ball. In the three innings he has batted this season he has reached double figures just once, and he has picked up just two wickets.
He showed signs of what he is capable of when he took one for 14 in three overs against Rising Pune Supergiants last week, but consistency is key when you are so highly rated.
Tim Southee (Mumbai Indians)
Tim Southee has struggled to control the flow of runs in this season's Indian Premier League and currently has seven wickets at an average of 35.00.
While his economy rate of 7.90 is respectable, experienced bowlers like Southee are expected to be more adaptable to conditions.
Mumbai will need him to come good if they are to continue pushing for the title.