The year 2017 has witnessed lots of budding talents in franchise-level tournaments, but often they are not given a chance in the national squad due to seniority issues. After a certain extent, such senior players tend to become overrated players. Let’s have a look at Top 10 “Overrated” cricketers of 2017 so far.

 

1. Chris Gayle:

 

Recently, “Gayle Storm” has been failing to hit the stadiums. After having an amazing IPL season in 2013, Chris Gayle’s performance has deteriorated with time. He had been dropped out of Windies T20I team for 16 months. He is RCB’s favorite player and the most loved player of Bengaluru, Chris Gayle has managed to score 200 runs in 9 matches in IPL which is one of the least runs in an IPL season for Gayle.

 

2. Ross Taylor:

 

Ross Talyor is one the most dangerous batsman of New Zealand team but lately, his performance is not up to the mark. After having scored less against India in the Test series, he did well against Pakistan and Bangladesh. But coming to ICC Champions trophy, he had a decent performance and no major dominance could be seen from him. His IPL journey has not been too well after getting transferred from RCB to Delhi Daredevils.

 

3. M S Dhoni:

 

Arguably the best captain India has ever had, MS Dhoni has made wonders with his unorthodox techniques. But his recent form has brought up doubts in the minds of people. His scoring rate has considerably dropped down in the recent years. He did score runs in ICC Championship but couldn’t sustain his calmness on the eve of finals. His position in the team is now being questioned by the selection committee, yet he makes it into every match of India. Considering this fact, he has been listed amongst the top 10 overrated cricketers.

 

4. Jason Roy:

 

Jason Roy got the dream start for 2017 against India but couldn’t carry forward. He has scored 353 runs this year out of which 220 runs have come against Indian series. This just goes to say his performance has been below par. He failed to score runs even on his home soil. He could manage a just 18 runs off 3 matches in ICC Champions Trophy.  

 

5. J P Duminy:

 

J P Duminy has had a poor cricketing journey so far in 2017. In ODIs, out of 15 matches, he has scored 257 runs with 38 being his highest. The trauma continues in Tests as well. He has scored a string of low scores against New Zealand in the 5-match series against the latter. His performance in the ongoing series doesn’t show much improvement than his previous tour. 

 

6. Martin Guptill:

 

New Zealand’s destructive opener, Martin Guptill hasn’t shown his destructive performance so far. After scoring the second highest ODI individual score in the quarter-finals of ICC World Cup 2015, his performance is quite not appreciable. His peak performance of 2017 is the match against the Proteas where he scored 180. His arrival in the IPL did send tremors throughout the teams but the tremors failed to turn into earthquakes. 

 

7. Shoaib Malik:

 

Pakistan’s most experienced player, Shoaib Malik has had a decent journey so far. Yet, he has failed to show his cricketing skills and experience during any ICC tournament recently. He is an explosive T20 player but his records remain ordinary in Pakistani Super League and Bangladesh premier league.

 

8. Tymal Mills:

 

After a fantastic series against India, Tymal Mills had enough fame to be auctioned for 12 crores in IPL to play for RCB. But the young talent failed to bring in his pace in the game. He has skills to vary his pace and the ball on target, but none of those skills set proved worth for the RCB team. He was picked just for 5 matches out of 14 and could only pick up 5 wickets in the whole tournament. As far as IPL 2017 is concerned, he is the most overrated player.

 

9. Lasith Malinga:

 

Lasith Malinga’s sling shots have not been on target so far in this cricketing year. he has picked up just 8 wickets off 8 matches so far. His journey through this year’s ICC Champions Trophy has been rough as he has been thrashed above 50 runs in each of the league matches picking up just 3 wickets. Malinga’s Slinga failed to dominate against Zimbabwe and the host nation, Sri Lanka lost the ODI series to Zimbabwe. 

 

10. Yuvraj Singh:

 

Yuvraj’s performance after the 2011 World Cup has been like a see-saw. He is still a dangerous player with the bat and can turn the equation of the game around. After being picked up in 2017, he has scored some decent cricketing skills but we still miss the old classic Yuvi against whom most of the bowlers fear to bowl. So far, out of 11 matches in he has scored 372 runs, and his highest being 150 against England. 

 

Author’s Take:

The world of cricket is competitive as every player needs to be at his best to retain a spot in the national squad. Yet the above players have retained their spots in the national team because of their previous achievements. They should never forget that the budding talents will never miss any opportunity. Some of them are Ben Stokes and Hardik Pandya who have shown all-rounder capabilities whenever they got an opportunity, thereby earning themselves a spot in all formats of the game. We hope the senior overrated players come back in form and we get to watch some amazing cricketing action from them. 

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