Top 5 mega stars might fail to find a contract in IPL 2021: The Indian Premier League 2020 season ended on a high with Mumbai Indians winning their 5th title. This season too has witnessed some prolific performances in all aspects of the game. However, there have been some players who have failed to live upto the expectations and might find it difficult to get picked up by the franchises in IPL 2021 auction.
Here we take a look at the top five players who might fail to find a team in IPL 2021:
Kedar Jadhav: It was a pain to watch CSK’s lower order batsman Jadhav bat in IPL 2020. Given his role, the 35-year old had to bat at a high rate from the start, which he failed to do. His unbeaten seven from 12 balls during the 10-run defeat to Kolkata encapsulates his season.
Overall, Jadhav, who is earning Rs 7.8 crores per season, scored 62 runs in eight games at a terrible strike rate of 93.93. Notably, he didn’t hit a single six in IPL 13.
Glenn Maxwell: The Australian batsman has been a disappointment for Kings XI Punjab’s management who invested a huge amount (Rs 10.75 crores) to buy him from Delhi Capitals.
Maxwell was given the role to lead KXIP’s middle-order. However, in the 13 matches played, he scored just 108 runs at a dismal average of 22.13. To add to the woes, he failed to produce effective results with the ball too. In the 126 balls bowled, Maxi chipped just three wickets.
Jaydev Unadkat: The Rajasthan Royals pacer has not lived up to the expectations. After his splendid 2017 performance with Rising Pune Supergiants, he was bought by RR for Rs 11.5 cr. However, he has struggled to lead Royals’ bowling attack and is struggling to come out of Jofra Archer’s shadow. In seven matches he has managed to take only four wickets while leaking 228 runs.
Andre Russell: In the world of T20 cricket, few have managed to instil fear in the hearts of opposition bowlers like Andre Russell has in recent years. A vital cog in Kolkata’s lineup, Russell has, time and again, turned the tide in his team’s favour. Owing to his astronomical capabilities, Kolkata shelled out a whopping Rs 8.5 crore to retain his services ahead of the 2020 IPL Auction.
In the last edition of IPL, Russell scored 510 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 204.81. Much was anticipated from the big man this year but he has been unusually quiet this season so far. With 117 runs from 10 matches, Russell looks a pale shadow of himself and given his dismal form and injury concerns in IPL 2020, it is highly unlikely that a franchise will shed a huge sum to acquire his services in the next edition of the cash-rich league.
Harbhajan Singh: Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh missed IPL 2020 due to personal reasons and his contract with CSK also got expired this season. Given that Harbhajan hasn’t been the part of Team India since a long time and he doesn’t even play domestic cricket, the 40-year-old doesn’t have any platform but IPL to showcase his talent. But as he missed the IPL 13, no team will be willing to invest in him in the IPL 2021 auction.