In Pictures: IPL VI - Hits and Misses
May 21, 2013
Sunil Narine continues to be described as a 'mystery spinner', and rightly so. What the West Indies bowler is going to deliver next ball is still a puzzle to the best of batsmen around the world, which makes him handful in limited-overs cricket. He took 2???
Murali Vijay can seemingly only do one of two things right - either bat well in Tests or bat well in Twenty20s. He apparently can't do both, which is a shame for a fantastic player. Apart from one innings against Hyderabad, during which he hit Ishant Shar???
Mike Hussey still has it in him to play - and excel - in Twenty20 cricket. Incredible, considering he is nearly 38 years of age. The Chennai opener has 646 runs to his credit this season and has batted his franchise out of trouble in several games. AP Pho??
Shane Watson, left, had a forgettable season seeing poor returns with the bat for Australia. He carried that lack of form into the IPL, but improved through the season, and although a brilliant century against Chennai was not enough for Rajasthan Royals, ???
Dinesh Karthik would be India's No 1 wicketkeeper-batsman had he not been living in the Dhoni-era. The Mumbai player proved as much with a truly all-round showing this season, scoring 456 runs and effecting 12 dismissals. Karthik also won an India cap aft???
Gautam Gambhir did not have a poor tournament with the bat - he ended up scoring 406 runs - but the Kolkata captain was remarkably poor as leader of his side. He was seen verbally sparring with Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan captain, which sa???
MS Dhoni, one of the most successful wicketkeeper-batsmen in limited-overs cricket, feels at home in the Indian Premier League. He has scored 398 runs for Chennai Super Kings so far this season and tops the wicketkeeper charts with 15 dismissals. Saurabh ???
Yuvraj Singh's comeback from cancer has remarkable for India and an example to countless others suffering from the dreaded disease that there is such a thing as hope. The left-hander, however, failed to translate his faith on the IPL fields, managing just???
Rohit Sharma has for long been one of Indian cricket's most promising stars. And while he has been fairly consistent with the bat in the IPL, he gave a glimpse of his leadership qualities this season. The Mumbai Indians captain scored 526 runs and powered???
Easily the most destructive player in Twenty20 cricket, Chris Gayle remains the No 1 batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has scored 708 runs in 2013, once again finishing at the top of the run charts in the regular season. Manjunath Kiran / AFP
And now to the flops, leading with Ricky Ponting. One of the greatest batsmen of his era, the Australian was perhaps the most overrated player this IPL season. Brought in to lead the Mumbai Indians, he eventually dropped himself after six matches after fa???
Mahela Jayawardene, usually brilliant and successful as Sri Lanka captain, could not have had a worse season as leader of an outfit in the IPL. The batting great did well individually, but could not inspire Delhi, who finished bottom of the table. Robert ???
Quite the opposite to his Sri Lanka teammate and close friend, Kumar Sangakkara, centre, had a good tournament from a team perspective but flopped with the bat. Hyderabad have made it to the play-offs but the left-hander was way below par. Mahesh Kumar A ???
Ponting's opening partner at Mumbai, Sachin Tendulkar, was another flop at the top. The only two real meaningful moments he possibly had this season included celebrating his 40th birthday and seeing his side make it to the play-offs. The legend only manag???
Virender Sehwag, right, has been through one of the worst slumps in his career. Not only had he been dropped from the India team, the Delhi Daredevils batsman had to sit out of the first one-third of the season injured. His team finished bottom of the tab???
Amit Mishra, the best leg-break bowler in India, does not spin the ball the way Shane Warne used to. But he compensates with accuracy, guile and mental fortitude. The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler took 20 wickets in the regular season and is the biggest reas???
Another brilliant wicketkeeper-batsman - perhaps the greatest in the sport's history - showed why he is past his shelf life as a cricketer. Harsh as it may sound, he scored next to nothing and saw his Kings XI Punjab side miss the play-offs. Again. Bikas ???
Yusuf Pathan's below-par performances with the bat is one of the reasons why Kolkata did not make it to the play-offs. Such was his impact last season, the Knight Riders won the competition. But compared to that, he found himself poking around without muc???
Virat Kohli was the blue-eyed boy for Bangalore from 2008. He was made captain this season and promptly inspired his team with bat and on the field. He scored 634 runs and kept his team in the hunt until the end of the regular season. Manjunath Kiran / AF?
Suresh Raina, right, had a slow start to the IPL this season, but began to feel his way to the top by scoring 466 runs. The left-hander, another of Dhoni's capable lieutenants at Chennai, is the leading run-getter in the tournament, aggregating 2,720 runs???