Virat Kohli was one of the biggest flops in IPL 7 and his poor form meant a poor year for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
New Delhi: The 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League T20 cricket championship exposed new players who took the shortest format of the game by the scruff of its neck. The IPL has always thrown up new upstarts, who have excelled in this grueling format. The tournament has also made a mockery of reputations. Big players means big money but the returns may be counterproductive. The following 10 players certainly flattered to deceive:
Jacques Kallis: Still one of the best all-rounders in the world, the South African had a lacklustre IPL 7 with the bat. Initially, Kallis started opening the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders with skipper Gautam Gambhir, but his dip in form meant Robin Uthappa filled the gap and the rest is history. Retired from Test cricket, Kallis scored 151 runs from eight IPL matches and took four wickets. He may have played his last IPL.
Virat Kohli: India's premier batman over the last three years, Virat Kohli would have probably dreamt of winning the tournament before it started. But the way the tournament panned out for him, Kohli must have spent a few sleepless nights. After two wins in as many matches, the loss against KKR in the third game started the slide for Kohli's team from which Royal Challengers Bangalore did not recover. Kohli's poor form with the bat was quite visible in the anger that he showed every time he was dismissed. The on-field umpires also played their part with poor decisions that marred Kohli's innings. The number of runs (359) scored does quite show the talent of this batsman and Kohli will like to forget this IPL thinking it was that "one bad tournament".