Top 10 international flops of the 2014 IPL

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West Indian Sunil Narine, Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, Australian Glenn Maxwell, South African JP Duminy and more blazed a spectacular trail at the 2014 Indian Premier League, while other international recruits endured forgettable campaigns.

West Indian Sunil Narine, Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, Australian Glenn Maxwell, South African JP Duminy and more blazed a spectacular trail at the 2014 Indian Premier League, while other international recruits endured forgettable campaigns.

Australian big-hitter <b>Ben Dunk</b> earned a lucrative contract with the Mumbai Indians on the back of a Player of the Tournament performance in the 2014 Big Bash League. Conditions in Dubai and India, however, soon proved low, slow bridge to far for a left-hander whose success was built on hard, fast pitches.

Capped only once at Test level and now the recipient of a solitary 2014 IPL match, all-rounder <b>John Hastings</b> was taken to the proverbial cleaners during a near all-Australian affair a week ago. Replacing countryman Ben Hilfenhaus in the XI, Hastings copped all of five boundaries in one over, as opener David Warner's surge mounted. Chennai have not selected the seamer since.

Seamer <b>Beuran Hendricks</b> received a call-up to the South African T20I squad and a contract with the Kings XI Punjab in the same week earlier this year – but has not warranted the hype. While three key wickets on debut against Delhi promised more, several warnings for running on the pitch – and captain George Bailey's unwillingness to offer the left-armer protection on the leg-side – ultimately took their toll.

Australian <b>Moises Henriques</b> struggled to gain a berth in the Sunrisers' first-choice XI for the bulk of the tournament, but opportunity for four matches obliged in mid-May. Very few runs, a general lack of wickets – and dire expense – soon returned the all-rounder's berth to Windies star Darren Sammy.

Fast bowler <b>Jason Holder</b> was outstanding for the Chennai Super Kings last year – and fashioned a burgeoning international career with the West Indies for it. A move to Hyderabad, despite the 125,000 American dollars that came with it, undid the promise, though. Holder really had not place in an attack lined with plenty of in-form right-armers.

All-rounder <b>Jimmy Neesham</b> fell prey to a self-fulfilling prophecy, of sorts. Insisting he was the "part player" for the Delhi Daredevils and fellow New Zealander the "big money" cricketer for the Mumbai Indians, Neesham duly floundered. Short on runs and wickets – and the subject of the odd dropped catch – the youngster will do well to back himself more in the future.

Exiled by England and free to roam the planet as a freelance Twenty20 cricket, batsman <b>Kevin Pietersen</b>'s change in direction was further facilitated by the Delhi Daredevils captaincy. Apparent greener pastures soon became dark days, however, as the franchise slipped to a whopping nine successive defeats.

Not as bloodied as the bouncer to the face during the 2012 Sri Lanka Premier League, but painful nonetheless, South African recruit <b>Rilee Rossouw</b>'s extended, underwhelming stay in the Indian Premier League continued at the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Malinga, who delivered the sickening blow two years prior, was struck for four and six this time – but had the final say in dismissing Rossouw.

West Indian <b>Andre Russell</b> spoke a big game, but ultimately failed to walk the talk. A Knight Riders franchise led by all-rounders Jacques Kallis, Ryan ten Doeschate and Shakib Al Hasan didn't tolerate Russell's inadequacies for more than two matches – and are not likely to entertain a belated third.

A threat likened to that posed by fellow West Indians Narine and Samuel Badree, left-arm seamer <b>Krishmar Santokie</b> didn't live up to expectation. A slew of opposition batsmen, with one eye on the impending IPL, would have fathomed his peculiar round-arm approach during the World Twenty20. Santokie's IPL lasted just two matches – and Mumbai have since rather invested in the homegrown Jasprit Bumrah and South African Marchant de Lange.

Statistical captions found in our International Flops Of The IPL gallery, <a href='http://www.cricket365.com/gallery/6805/9326750/International-Flops-Of-The-IPL' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>here</b></a>, will tell you exactly how poorly Dunk, Pietersen and company performed.

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