Players who were missed this IPL
Hey, here’s a list of players who were missed pretty badly by their franchises. Take a look: Matthew Wade (DD): Matthew Wade is wicket-keeper batsman, who’s good shows with the bat in the Big Bash T20 won him place in both Australia’s ODI and Test squads. He was available for Delhi in 2011, but was not relied upon heavily as a keeper or a batsman. In 2011, however, DD would have been able to put Wade’s talent to good use. He could have easily come in when Ross Taylor was suffering with poor form, and his ability to keep would have given DD the option of leaving out Naman Ojha and playing left arm spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Pawan Negi both at once, and both of them, being in good form when used individually, would have been amazing to watch together.
Ishant Sharma (DC): After DC traded Praghyan Ojha and Harmeet Singh away and bought 3 batsmen in the auctions, it was noticeable that their bowling had been weakened significantly. It would have not been too much of a concern at that time, but when Ishant had to undergo a surgery that would keep him out of the IPL 2012, it would have been a concern for the team. It was quiet evident just how much these changes affected the DC bowling attack when they failed to back on their batsmen’s fabulous efforts. A great example of when this happened is when Dale Steyn had been injured, and DC opted to go with 4 overseas batsmen vs Delhi. This decision appeared to have paid off as Deccan put up 187. However, the rest of their bowling was torn apart by David Warner and Naman Ojha as DD won the game in 16.4 overs. Other than this game, DC put up 180+ scores on 4 occasions, and defended it only once out of the 4. So it shows just how much DC missed Ishant to bolster their bowling.
James Hopes (PWI): In his 1-year stint with DD in 2011, Hopes did everything for DD from captaining the side in Sehwag’s absence to being their 4th highest run getter. His performances with both bat and ball were the only bright spots in Delhi’s otherwise miserable IPL. He was traded to the Pune franchise during the extended trading window offered to the Pune team because of their issues with BCCI regarding Yuvraj Singh’s replacement. However, he was injured before the tournament started and was unable to play a single match for them. PWI finished last on the table, but if Hopes was playing, things might have been very different.