In the age of social media a lot of cricketers today gain instant superstardom. One great knock or one decent match-winning bowling performance makes the fans and media go crazy and several players are hailed and labeled as superstars of the era.
In reality, however, many of these players fail to live up to their name and are more about hype than actual performance. Here is a look at five overrated cricketers of the current era you shouldn’t waste your time on.
Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
The left-handed Pakistani fast bowler was supposed to be the next big pace sensation of world cricket, much in the mode of Wasim Akram. He was very good before the spot fixing saga. But ever since Amir has returned from his 5-year suspension in 2016, he has not been the same bowler. A few good performances here and there after his return grabbed big headlines. But the truth is that Mohammad Amir is a highly overrated bowler today and is not the wicket-taker Pakistan expects him to be.
Hardik Pandya (India)
A few lusty hits in the IPL and some good performances here and there in international cricket with the bat and the ball have made Hardik Pandya quite the rage. Everytime he performs with the bat or the ball, people in India, along with the media, begin to compare him with legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev. The truth, however, is that Pandya is neither here nor there. He is not a dependable batsman who the team can bank on tense situations and neither is he a steady bowler who can produce ten overs or take important wickets.
Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
Kieron Pollard shot to fame in the Champions League T20 2009 where his exploits for Trinidad and Tobago earned him a place in the IPL. A few good knocks there made him a force to reckon with and ever since Pollard has made a name for himself as a hard-hitting destructive batsman who can take any team apart. Unfortunately, however, Pollard has been extremely inconsistent and undependable over the years. After 101 ODIs, he averages just 25.71 and in 56 T20Is, he has managed an average of only 20.21. He has also failed in the last two edition of the IPL and currently, Kieron Pollard is feeding just off his big name while failing consistently across formats.
Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
He is supposed to be the destroyer of bowling attacks and one of the most fearsome batsmen of the modern age. However, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has barely lived up to the magnanimous expectations and aura he has created of himself. When Maxwell clicks, it looks exciting and thrilling. However, he is known to be highly irresponsible and often gives away his wicket in pursuit of being aggressive always, even in critical situations. In 84 ODIs, Maxwell only has one hundred and has never really been able to establish himself as a potent force in Australia’s middle-order, despite the tall expectations from him.
Andre Russell (West Indies)
While he is a superstar and much-sought after player in all the popular T20 leagues all over the world, Andre Russell has hardly been able to live up to his tremendous name in international cricket. He wallops bowlers all over the park in the IPL and CPL, but averages a very poor 17.88 in 47 T20Is for the West Indies without a single fifty-plus score. In ODIs too Russell has managed only 998 runs thus far in 52 games at a poor average of 28.51. There is no denying that Andre Russell is a powerhouse performer in domestic T20 leagues but a highly overrated name in international cricket.