IPL is the most-watched T20 league tournament in the world. Its ability to attract world-class players makes it the most successful league in the world.
So far, 14 seasons of IPL have been done and dusted. Mumbai Indians won 5 titles, Chennai Super Kings won 4 titles. Kolkata Knight Riders won 2 titles, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Deccan Chargers won a title each.
It would not have been possible without the collective efforts of the players. At times, even the best players don’t make it to the playing XI for some reason.
It is not that easy to make it to the starting XI. Now, in this article, we will take a look at the underestimated players of IPL 2021. We have compiled the best team of cricketers who were benched most of the season.
1. Ajinkya Rahane
Delhi Capitals managed to give only two chances to Ajinkya Rahane in the 14th edition of the IPL. Rahane was not used properly by the DC team management.
2. Chris Lynn
The 31-year-old is a ferocious hitter of the cricket ball. We saw his dominance at the top of the order during his stint in KKR. However, he played only one game for Mumbai Indians in the 2021 season.
3. Sheldon Jackson
West Indies international Sheldon Jackson was expected to feature for Kolkata Knight Riders. The IPL 2021 finalists didn’t give the wicket-keeper a chance since Dinesh Karthik occupied the spot.
4. Tim David
Royal Challengers Bangalore roped him at the IPL 2021 player auction. However, the new recruit didn’t get opportunities to showcase himself. He played just one game for RCB.
5. Mandeep Singh
Not many know that Mandeep Singh bagged the IPL Emerging Player of The Year Award. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance to play for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021.
6. Mohammad Nabi
Nabi has maintained a superb batting strike rate of 150 in IPL. He also has an economy of just over 7 runs per over. Despite all that, he wasn’t seen playing much for SRH.
7. Mohammed Azharuddeen
The 27-year-old cricketer hogged the limelight when he scored a century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. However, he didn’t get chances to play for RCB.
8. Tim Southee
New Zealand international Tim Southee is best-known for bowling terrific spells in death overs. Sadly, he played only three games for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.
9. Kuldeep Yadav
The chinaman bowler took 41 T20I wickets to his name. Sadly, he has been overlooked by both national selectors. Shockingly, KKR team management didn’t give him a single chance.
10. Piyush Chawla
The veteran leg-spinner is IPL’s fourth-leading wicket-taker. He has taken as many as 157 wickets to his name. However, he played only one game for Mumbai Indians.
11. Umran Malik
SRH player, Umran Malik is one of the players who warmed the bench most of the season. Overall, he featured in only three games this season. He is someone who can clock 150 Kmph.