IPL 2021 in UAE: 5 heroes of IPL phase 1, who are likely to struggle to repeat their performance in IPL 2021 phase 2

IPL 2021 in UAE: From Shikhar Dhawan, Harshal Patel to Avesh Khan, 5 heroes of IPL phase 1, who could struggle in IPL 2021 phase 2
IPL 2021 in UAE: From Shikhar Dhawan, Harshal Patel to Avesh Khan, 5 heroes of IPL phase 1, who could struggle in IPL 2021 phase 2

IPL 2021 in UAE: 5 heroes of IPL phase 1, who are likely to struggle – The first phase of IPL had some unlikely heroes besides the big names performing well. With just eight days for Phase 2 to begin in Dubai on September 19, the anticipation around is at its peak and the fans have begun counting down to see their favourite players back in action for their teams. While the likes of Harshal Patel, Faf du Plessis, Avesh Khan and Shikhar Dhawan amongst others stole the show with such a long gap, IPL 2021 Phase 2 could see the rise of other players.

The anticipation around IPL 2021 Phase 2 is peaking especially after India’s 5th Test against England got cancelled due to the COVID outbreak in the India camp. Apart from the players busy with national commitments and CPL 2021, all have begun training in the UAE while more are expected to join by next week.

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But for the heroes of IPL 2021 Phase 1, the expectations will be higher than ever and will aim to continue their top performance — something that will be difficult to replicate. InsideSport looks at 5 players who will struggle to replicate their A-game in the UAE.

IPL 2021 in UAE: 5 heroes of IPL phase 1, who are likely to struggle to repeat their performance in IPL 2021 phase 2

Harshal Patel (RCB): The breakout star of IPL 2021 Phase 2, the RCB pacer stunned everyone with a five-wicket haul in the first match against Mumbai Indians. He put up a consistent performance to take the Purple Cap with 17 wickets in 7 matches. While he did well in most matches, he showed his vulnerability on a batting wicket against Chennai Super Kings, getting hammered for 30 runs by Ravindra Jadeja. In the UAE, where pitches are expected to assist batting, Harshal Patel will find it difficult to replicate his performance especially after the break in momentum.

Glenn Maxwell (RCB): After years of disappointment, the Australian star Glenn Maxwell finally shined. With 223 runs from 6 innings, Maxwell was the top scorer for RCB in Phase 1. But since the IPL, Glenn Maxwell hasn’t played any cricket. He has chosen to take a break from bubble life and didn’t travel with Australia for their series against West Indies and Bangladesh. He is yet to join RCB’s camp in the UAE and is surely going to have the effect of lack of match practice.

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Avesh Khan (DC): The second-highest wicket-taker of Phase 1 Avesh Khan had a wonderful tournament taking 14 wickets in 8 matches with a decent economy of 7.70. He was called up to the India squad as a net bowler for the England tour. But he suffered a finger injury during India’s practice match against Select County XI and was sent home. While he is still recovering and is aiming to get full fitness by the IPL 2021 Phase 2, the lack of match practice and injury layoff could see him struggle in UAE.

IPL 2021 in UAE: 5 heroes of IPL phase 1, who are likely to struggle to repeat their performance in IPL 2021 phase 2

Faf du Plessis (CSK): With four consecutive half-centuries for CSK, former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis averaged 64.00 in seven matches. But following a concussion during PSL 2021, he had to pull out of the rest of the tournament and The Hundred. While he slammed a century in the CPL 2021, he hasn’t regained his full form. Back in IPL against quality bowlers, he could find it difficult to replicate his form.

 

Shikhar Dhawan (DC): He did everything right, almost. In Sri Lanka, he led a young Indian side and averaged 64.00 in the ODIs but struggled in the T20Is as he was dropped for the T20 World Cup. Furthermore, a divorce from his wife Ayesha Mukherjee made the month even worse. The Orange Cap leader Shikhar Dhawan led Delhi with three half-centuries and 54.28 average but could struggle to replicate that form being low on confidence.