Bangalore, May 22: Pune Warriors kept losing every battle in IPL 2013 and on Tuesday (May 2013) they lost the war as well. After a pathetic showing in three years in the league, the team pulled out and won't be seen from next edition.
At Rs 1,702 crores, PW were the costliest IPL team. But the amount of money spent was never reflected in their results since 2011.
They finished 8th in IPL 6, a place above than the last year. In the debut season, they were at the bottom.
Here are the five reasons for Pune Warriors' hapless season (won only 4 out of 16 matches)
Yuvraj Singh flops
Much was expected from Yuvraj in this year's IPL but he disappointed his team-mates, franchise owners and the fans. The left-hander failed to score even a single half century. His highest was 34 and ended with 238 runs from 13 innings.
Ashok Dinda's unimpressive bowling
Paceman Dinda was the subject of several jokes on social media after he kept leaking runs in every match. He conceded more than 9 runs per over in his 13 innings. Though he was the highest wicket-taker for the team with 16, those scalps came at 29.06 runs per victim.
Collective failure of batsmen
Apart from openers Aaron Finch (456) and Robin Uthappa (434), who both crossed 400 runs during the season, Pune never had major contributions from others. Steve Smith was introduced late into the league but that did not help.
Poor team selection
Many were left wondering why PW left out Smith for the initial matches. Having been one of the best players for the franchise in 2012, the Australian needed to be part of the playing XI right from the start. But the team management thought otherwise.
Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews was the first choice captain at the start of the season. But with him struggling, PW handed over the responsibility midway. Mathews stepped down after Finch was doing a decent job. Mathews and Mitchell Marsh were expected to fit into all-rounders' slots but had very little to offer.