Andre Russell, Glenn Maxwell among Virender Sehwag's 5 worst performers of IPL 2020

Virender Sehwag picked 5 players who according to him, were the worst performers of IPL 2020 despite being big-ticket names in the auction last year.

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Shane Watson had a disappointing IPL campaign by his own standards (Courtesy by BCCI)
Shane Watson had a disappointing IPL campaign by his own standards (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maxwell, Russell, Finch, Steyn and Watson made it to Sehwag's list
  • Sehwag's list of players are among the top draws in their respective franchises
  • MI lifted the IPL 2020 title on November 10 by beating DC in the final in Dubai

Former Kings XI Punjab captain Virender Sehwag has shortlisted 5 names who were the worst performers of IPL 2020 with 3 players from Australia, 1 from the West Indies and 1 from South Africa making the cut.

Here are the 5 players Sehwag picked:

Aaron Finch: The Australian limited-overs captain had an ordinary first season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore after showing some promise in the beginning. Finch managed just 268 runs in 12 games at 22.33 with 52 being his highest score. “I gave him my pet name as I believed he would be Viru to Thakur Kohli. But it looks like the curse of Bangalore affected him badly,” Sehwag said on his web show “Viru Ki Baithak".

Andre Russell: Last year's Most valuable Player also made it to Sehwag's list after a miserable campaign for Kolkata Knight Riders which saw him score just 117 runs and pick 6 wickets from 10 matches. He averaged over 56 last season but this year it dropped down to 13 as he struggled for form and fitness. “Russell’s muscles remained ineffective this season and in every innings he let us down after getting our hopes up. That is probably why KKR couldn’t make it to the playoffs,” said Sehwag.

Shane Watson: The retired Aussie all-rounder had a poor campaign with the bat by his own standards with just 299 runs from 11 games at 29.90. He failed to provide good starts for Chennai Super Kings on a regular basis which is why he was even dropped for 3 matches by captain MS Dhoni. “CSK fans and I had high hopes from this diesel engine (Watson), but despite so many kicks, it did not start properly. And at the end of the season, he gave up and announced his retirement,” said Sehwag.

Glenn Maxwell: The Big Show from Kings XI Punjab was perhaps the biggest flop show in IPL 2020. He failed in almost every match with the bat, scoring just 108 runs from 13 games at 15.42, but the team management refused to drop their superstar player. “Maxwell has a record of shirking work in the past few seasons, but this time he outdid himself. This is what you call a highly paid vacation,” joked Sehwag.

Dale Steyn: This season the South African speedster managed to keep himself fit for the entire duration of Royal Challengers Bangalore's campaign but his poor form with the ball saw him play just 3 matches in which he picked up a solitary wicket, averaging a staggering 133 which was the poorest among all bowlers in IPL 2020. Sehwag joked that the 'Steyn gun' tuned out to be a 'desi katta' (Indian pipe gun) this season.

“There was a time when everyone was afraid of the Steyn gun. But this season, Steyn gun did not show up and instead we got a ‘desi katta’ (homemade pipe gun). It was hard to believe to see him get thrashed. It is unlikely that this gun will find a new buyer next season,” said Sehwag.

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