Flop XI of Week 6
LSG skipper Krunal Pandya joins his brother Hardik in the flop XI of the week gone by.

After week six of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, the eliminated Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the bottom of the points table with eight points. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who were subsequently eliminated, also had eight points. Three teams – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and Punjab Kings (PBKS) – were on 10 points each. Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) were fourth and fifth, with 12 and 11 points respectively. Looking at the top half, defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) remained on the top with 16 points from 12 matches. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were second with 15 points from 12 games, while Mumbai Indians (MI) had entered the top three, with 14 points from 12 matches. Now let’s look at the IPL 2023 flop XI of week six.

Openers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rohit Sharma

KKR keeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz and MI skipper Rohit Sharma will open the batting for week six’s IPL 2023 flop XI. Both batters had a forgettable week. Gurbaz was dismissed for 15 off 12 against Punjab Kings and managed only 18 off 12 against Rajasthan Royals. 

There was no end to Rohit’s poor run with the bat in week six. With a duck against CSK, he became the batter with the most IPL ducks. He was out for 7 against RCB and 29 against GT.

Middle-order: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Tim David

Bhanuka Rajapaksa was picked in the Punjab Kings’ playing XI for the game against KKR. However, his comeback last three balls. He was caught behind off Harshit Rana’s bowling and was subsequently dropped again.

CSK have kept backing Ambati Rayudu as the “Impact Player,” but he has failed to make an impact. He was dismissed for 12 against Mumbai Indians and 23 versus Delhi Capitals.

GT skipper Hardik Pandya also had a poor week six. He went wicketless in three overs against LSG, conceding 37 runs. He got a start with the bat but was dismissed for 25. Against his former franchise Mumbai Indians, Hardik was dismissed for 4 by Jason Behrendorff and did not bowl. 

Mumbai Indians finisher Tim David also features in the flop XI of week six. His attempt to go after the bowling resulted in a duck and two single-figure scores. He was dismissed for 2 against CSK, 0 versus RCB, and 5 against GT.

All-rounders: Krunal Pandya (captain), Sam Curran

LSG skipper Krunal Pandya joins his brother Hardik in the flop XI of the week gone by. The all-rounder had a horror game against Gujarat Titans. He was hammered for 38 runs in his four overs and did not claim a wicket. With the bat, Mohit Sharma dismissed him for a golden duck.

PBKS all-rounder Sam Curran also features in the playing XI. In the game against KKR, he crawled to four off nine balls. With the ball in hand, he registered figures of 0/44 from three overs. Andre Russell slammed him for three sixes in the penultimate over of the match.

Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Kuldip Yadav, Mayank Markande

RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj had a rare poor week. He registered figures of 0/28 in three overs vs DC as Phil Salt got the better of him. Against Mumbai as well, he had the analysis of 0/31 from three overs.

RR pacer Kuldip Yadav was slammed for three consecutive sixes and a four in the 19th over of SRH’s chase by Glenn Phillips. It proved to be the game-changing over as Hyderabad dramatically chased 215 off the last ball.

SRH leggie Mayank Markande is the main spinner in the IPL 2023 flop XI of the week. He went for 51 in four overs against Rajasthan Royals, one of the few bad games he has had in an otherwise impressive season.