Bangalore, Apr 19: It has been just over two weeks since Indian Premier League (IPL 6) 2016 got under way in Kolkata. Till today, 24 matches have been completed and there have been heroes and zeroes so far.
While some youngsters like Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings' Mohit Sharma, Ajit Chandila of Rajasthan Royals and few others have impressed, some of the big names have flopped including Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
Here we look at the top 5 flops of IPL 2013 so far
Ricky Ponting (52 in 5 innings. Highest score: 28. 1 duck)
Scores so far: 28, 6, 0, 14 and 4
One of the modern era's great batsmen is struggling to come to terms with Twenty20 cricket. Picked at the auction by Mumbai Indians for $400,000 and made the captain, the former Australian skipper has failed to make any impact in IPL. He and Sachin Tendulkar's not-so-impressive batting at the top of the order is a cause for concern for the team. Even Ponting admitted that Tendulkar and he need to do well in future matches.
Sachin Tendulkar (89 runs in 5 games. Highest score 44. 1 duck)
Scores so far: 23, 0, 1, 44 and 1
With pressure mounting everyday on the Master Blaster to give up the game, Tendulkar continues to ignore those calls and carries on batting. However, the runs are still not flowing from his bat. If Mumbai Indians are to win their first IPL title, Tendulkar's batting is key at the top of the order. So far in five matches, the legend has disappointed his franchise owners and the fans.
Yusuf Pathan (61 runs in 5 innings. Highest Score: 27. 1 duck)
Scores so far: 18 not out, 0, 27, 3 not out, 13
Barring the first edition of IPL where Yusuf showed his big-hitting batting skills under the captaincy of Shane Warne at Rajasthan Royals, the right-hander has not done justice to the price-tag which was bought for at the auction by Kolkata Knight Riders. Yusuf was paid $2.1 million at the auction by the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team.
Unmukt Chand (23 runs in 3 innnigs. Highest score: 23. 2 ducks)
Scores so far: 0, 23, 0
Chand, who won India the Under-19 World Cup last year, made a disastrous start to IPL 6 when he had the dubious distinction of getting out to the first ball of the tournament. KKR's Brett Lee bowled Chand on the first of IPL 6 and Chand endured another horror batting performance as he fell for another zero score against Mumbai Indians. Between the two zeroes, he had a 23. After the second duck, he was dropped from the team. In less than 2 weeks, Chand knew how cruel the game can be. Just before the start of IPL, Chand was on a high, smashing two T20 hundreds in successive days in the All India Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but that same form deserted him.
Ross Taylor (63 runs in 5 innings. Highest score: 19)
Scores so far: 19, 15, 17, 4, 8
Pune Warriors traded Ashish Nehra for Ross Taylor with Delhi Daredevils for this season. But the New Zealander is struggling in IPL 6. With just 63 runs in five innings, Taylor was dropped from the team for the sixth game. With Steve Smith doing well, Taylor will find it difficult to make a come back.