Worst playing XI in IPL history – Check Here

Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided a great platform to the players from India and overseas to showcase their talent and skill to the cricketing world. Although some of the cricketers weren’t quite able to play to the best of their abilities in the IPL, struggling to make a mark on the tournament during their illustrious careers.

In this article, SportsTiger looks at the worst playing XI in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Openers: Unmukt Chand, Aaron Finch (c)

The Indian U-19 Cricket World Cup winning captain from 2012, Unmukt Chand, is mostly recognised for scoring a first ball duck for Delhi Capitals to kick-off the IPL 2013 campaign, getting cleaned up by Brett Lee of Kolkata Knight Riders. His opening partner will be the T20 World Cup 2021 winning captain for Australia, Aaron Finch, who played for a record nine teams in the IPL in 11 just seasons, delivering mediocre performances with the bat most of the time.

Middle Order: Aakash Chopra, Ricky Ponting, Eoin Morgan, Shreevats Goswami (wk)

Aakash Chopra was part of Kolkata Knight Riders for the first two seasons of the IPL, scoring just 53 runs in seven matches with a poor strike-rate of 74.65. Ricky Ponting played in only 10 matches in two seasons of the IPL, including the inaugural season with Kolkata Knight Riders, while in the year 2013, he became the new captain of Mumbai Indians before giving up on the role after just six matches in favour of Rohit Sharma, following his poor performances with the bat.

Eoin Morgan appeared in 83 matches in the IPL for multiple teams from 2010 to 2021, accumulating 1,405 runs at a strike-rate of just 122.60, failing to realise his full potential in the batting side of things. Shreevats Goswami had a stop-start career in the IPL, playing only 31 matches from 2008 to 2020, scoring 293 runs at a strike-rate under a 100.

All-rounder: Pawan Negi

After signing with Delhi Daredevils in the build-up to the IPL 2016 season on a big money contract, Pawan Negi failed to live up to the big expectations. In his 50 appearances, he managed to score only 365 runs at a strike-rate of 126.29, while picking up just 34 wickets in IPL.

Bowlers: Ramesh Powar, Manpreet Gony, Varun Aaron, Sheldon Cottrell

Ramesh Powar played 27 matches in the IPL from 2008 to 2012, picking up just 13 wickets at an average of more than 40 runs. Manpreet Gony was a part of multiple teams in his IPL career spanning from 2008 to 2017, picking up 37 wickets in 44 matches, at a very high economy of 8.70 during that era of the tournament.

Varun Aaron has been one of the quickest fast bowlers in Indian cricket history, but his high speeds didn’t replicate into consistent results in the IPL, managing to take 44 wickets in 52 matches, while getting the tap at an economy of 8.94. Sheldon Cottrell, who was picked up by Kings XI Punjab on high sums of money in the IPL 2020, conceded five sixes in a row to Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals, which changed the career trajectory of both these players.


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