Money can buy you a lot of things but definitely not a sure shot performance in the Indian Premier League. Kolkata Knight Riders’ big money signing, Pat Cummins who was bought for 15.5 Cr failed to live upto his price tag after a poor show during KKR’s IPL 2020 opener against Mumbai Indians.
In this article, we take a look at the 5 expensive buys of IPL who failed to deliver after their franchises broke the bank to secure their services. Will Pat Cummins join them as well?
Who would have expected his downfall in just 1 season? The left-handed fast bowler was one of the main reason for Rising Pune Supergiant to enter the final in IPL 2017, but all his brilliance was restricted to only one season, as he fared pretty poorly in the next couple of seasons.
The flamboyant cricketer caused serious bidding war in the auction ahead of the 2018 IPL when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals went neck-to-neck for him. Though Rajasthan won the bidding war, the fast bowler let them down with his performances on the field.
In 2018, he was picked by Rajasthan Royals at a whopping INR 11.5 crore making the costliest fast bowler ever to get sold in the auctions but managed to pick only 11 wickets at an economy rate of 9.47. He was not even among the top-25 in the leading wicket-takers list.
Delhi Daredevils were very happy to appoint star England batsman Kevin Pietersen as captain after buying him for INR 9 Crores in IPL 2014. Unfortunately, they never imagined that it would be such a big mistake to spend that massive sum on the English cricketer. He led the team to nine consecutive defeats in the season.
Pietersen managed to score only 294 runs from 11 matches averaging just 29 with only one 50-plus score. Kevin Pietersen also missed the early part of the tournament due to finger injury. It was a tough season for Kevin, as he also faced issues with England Cricket Board and never played for the country again.
There is no denying to the fact that Yuvraj Singh is a major disappointment in IPL. After his heroics for India in 2007 inaugural T20I World Cup and his exceptional knocks in the bilateral T20I series, he was expected to take the lucrative tournament by a storm. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the case for the stylish southpaw.
Yuvraj Singh turned up for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 season after the team bought him for a whopping Rs 16 crore, the costliest player ever purchased in an auction. Yuvraj, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014 was released by the team ahead of the IPL auction 2015 as his performance was ordinary. Even in the 2015 edition, playing for Delhi, Yuvraj Singh could manage to score just 248 runs in 14 innings at an average of 19.07 and a strike rate of 118.09.
He failed to live upto the expectations as Delhi endured another poor season before ending up releasing Yuvraj ahead of the next season
Ravindra Jadeja is one of the few players, who always been rated as a top cricketer in world cricket. Especially, MS Dhoni always backed him to perform well for the team across the formats. It prompted CSK to go for him in the auction. After performing decent enough for CSK, he moved to Gujarat Lions when CSK was banned for a couple of years.
Gujarat franchise bought him for INR 9.5 Crores, but it turned out to be a poor season for the all-rounder. He managed to score just 158 runs in 12 games and picked up five wickets. Although he has been a match-winner for Chennai, he ended as a poor performer for Gujarat Lions.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the most expensive buy of IPL 2018. Rajasthan Royals got the swashbuckling English all-rounder for INR 12.5 crore. Unfortunately, Stokes failed to justify the price tag scoring a total of 148 runs and taking only one wicket in 8 matches.
The 37-ball 45 against the Chennai Super Kings and a spell of three for 15 against Kolkata Knight Riders – both came in a losing cause – were the best returns that Rajasthan Royals could get from Stokes in IPL 2018. Just when he looked like finding his form, England called him back to resume national duty.