5 Eligible Players who did not get a single game in IPL 2024

The latest 17th edition of the IPL 2024 witnessed a huge imbalance between the bat and ball. It was completely a batsmen’s domination as they enjoyed batting on the flat tracks in the middle.

However, several bowlers weren’t satisfied with the nature of the pitches. Furthermore, the impact player rule was a horrifying experience for the opponent team bowlers since the inclusion of an additional batter allowed the teams to bat freely. As a result, several high-scoring contests were witnessed during the season and forced the teams to focus particularly on bowlers who could perform well.

Only a few players managed to perform extremely well whereas the remaining others who were in poor form got replaced with talented ones. At the same time, certain core players of the team, who weren’t in their best form, were given additional chances to improve since the management believed in their abilities.

In such cases, some deserving cricketers who could have created a sensation couldn’t get a chance to play even a single match of IPL 2024. Let’s find out the five players who deserved to be a part of the playing XI, but didn’t get an opportunity to play in the entire season.

List of Five Players Deserving to be in the Playing XI but did not get a single match

It’s time to find out these five deserving players who didn’t get a chance to be a part of the playing XI even in a single match of IPL 2024:

1. Tom Curran: Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)

The poor bowling attack of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the first half of the season pushed them to the bottom position in the points table and almost marked their elimination from the IPL 2024 playoffs race. During this period, the RCB skipper Faf du Plessis experimented with plenty of options, but he couldn’t find the perfect combination.

A few players like Reece Topley, Lockie Ferguson, and Alzarri Joseph were prioritized as the overseas pace bowling options. However, England’s bowling all-rounder Sam Curran, despite having the ability to bat lower in the order, wasn’t given a proper chance even for a single game throughout the season. 

2. Yash Dhull: Delhi Capitals (DC)

Yash Dhull made his IPL debut in 2023 and was expected to be the future of Delhi Capitals and the Indian cricket team. But, the 21-year-old right-handed batsman was sidelined due to his poor performances in 2023. In 3 innings, Yash scored just 16 runs with his highest score of 13 runs from 15 balls (including 1 four) against Chennai Super Kings in his last game playing for DC.

If this young batter had additional chances, he would have anchored his team’s innings and converted those starts into aggressive knocks when required. Especially, when few players in this season were in poor form, the Under-19 World Cup 2022 winning captain should have been allowed to be a part of the playing XI and given another opportunity to establish himself as a consistent batter.

3. Fazalhaq Farooqi: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

In this season, the Sunrisers Hyderabad included several high-quality overseas players who delivered an outstanding performance with the bat. At the same time, the bowling unit lacked intent, particularly with the new ball. In such circumstances, Fazalhaq Farooqi would have filled the gap for SRH.

The 23-year-old left-arm medium pacer can swing the ball with huge variations and could have been an asset for his team in the powerplay overs. Fazalhaq made his debut in IPL 2022 for SRH and played just 7 matches so far and taken 6 wickets which include his best bowling figures of 2-32. In T20Is, he took 37 wickets in 34 matches at an average of 22.84 and an economy of 6.74.

4. Glenn Phillips: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

The New Zealand batter Glenn Phillips shouldn’t have been sidelined for the skill set he possesses and the dynamic performances he could give on-field. Although few players like Marco Jansen and Aiden Markram were given extra chances, even after not performing well throughout the season.

Phillips is one such player who can bolster his team’s total as a right-handed batsman as well as grab crucial wickets with his spin-bowling abilities.

Since his IPL debut in 2021, the 27-year-old New Zealand cricketer has played only 8 games and scored just 65 runs so far. In contrast, Phillips accumulated 1,816 runs in 67 T20I innings at an average of 33.02 and a strike rate of 143.22, with his highest score of 108 runs from 51 balls (including 10 fours and 8 sixes) against West Indies on 29th November 2020.

5. Kyle Mayers: Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

The West Indies batting all-rounder Kyle Mayers made his debut for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in IPL 2023. Despite being one of the best batters for his team by scoring 379 runs in 13 innings of the previous season, Kyle couldn’t get a chance to be a part of the playing XI in 2024. Moreover, Quinton De Kock was backed by the management even after his poor form in the tournament.

A talented player like Mayers was placed as the bench player for the entire tournament, which resulted in LSG not qualifying into the IPL playoffs for the first time, since their debut season in 2022.