After a grand #Dream11 IPL 2020 that concluded on 10th November with the finale between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, experts and former cricketers are out with their favourite XIs and pick of the tournament.
The IPL has always been a tough battleground. It hardly matters whether you are an international player or a new comer, IPL challenges you in different ways. In the recently concluded season also we saw that a number of elite international players struggles to perform consistently.
After the season concluded with the finale between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, Virender Sehwag named five big players, who underperformed this season. In a video shared on his Facebook page, Virender Sehwag started with Australian limited overs captain Aaron Finch.
Giving Finch a nickname as ‘Viru’ and RCB captain Kohli as ‘Thakur’, Sehwag saidthat the Bangalore curse affected the Aussie. “Aaron Finch, I gave him my name as a nickname, thinking he would be Viru to Thakur Kohli. Instead, it looks like the Bangalore curse affected him badly and the engine of his batting stalled this season,”said Sehwag.
After Finch, Sehwag named Russell as next big disappointment of the season. “Andre Russell’s muscles remained lazy this season and slept after giving us hopes in every innings. Because of that Kolkata didn’t make it to the playoffs this season,” said Sehwag about Russell.
Calling the next name, Sehwag referred CSK’s Shane Watson as a ‘diesel engine’ that couldn’t carry the team on his shoulders. “Shane Watson, the Chennai fans and we had high hopes from this Diesel Engine but in this season, even after many kickstarts, it didn’t start properly and as the season ended the vehicle cannot be pulled any longer and retired it,” added Sehwag.
Watson’s countryman Glenn Maxwell is the next in the list. Sehwag blasted the Australian by calling him an expensive cheerleader for his poor show with the bat. Maxwell was bought at 10 crores ahead of the season by KXIP.
“Glenn Maxwell. This 10 crore cheerleader proved very costly for Punjab. His IPL routine for the last few years has been of shirking from work but this season he broke that record as well. This is what you call a highly paid vacation,” said Sehwag about Maxwell.
Sehwag humour way continued as he called Dale Steyn or ‘Steyn Gun’ as ahomemade ‘pipe gun’ that kept missing the target more often.
“Dale Steyn. There was a time when everyone was afraid of the bullets from the ‘Steyn Gun’ but this season instead of the ‘Steyn Gun’ we got a homemade pipe gun. I could not believe my eyes seeing him getting hit but one thing became clear that we are unlikely to find a buyer for him now in the IPL market,” Virender Sehwag added.