They are the sinking stars of the Indian Premier League Season 11. They came with a big reputation – as the saviours, as the match winners. Their reputation and past influenced the franchisees to dole out big pay purses. At the two-day player acquisition, they emerged in the elite group with fat salary contracts. They were shining in the galaxy of the cricket bazar – the cash-rich Indian “Paisa” League.
Some were rewarded for their for their proven past. Some were valued for the present form and some others for their promise and talent. Some are shining brightly for a place in the league’s proverbial “Hall of Fame”.
Then, there are sinking stars, who have let their franchisees, teams and fans down. Dented their own reputation to be in that unwanted “Hall of Shame”.
Amit Mishra – Delhi Daredevils
The Delhi Daredevils wrist-spinner has done a lot of harm to the team and his own reputations. Acquired for the season at ₹ 4 crores, Mishra has scored just one run with the bat and taken just six wickets as his team became the first to be out the race for a berth in the IPL 2018 knockout playoffs.
Yuvraj Singh – Kings XI Punjab
A mere ₹2 crore salary contract is no match to Yuvraj Singh’s stature, who till this season held the record of highest paid IPL star for his ₹16 crore contract with the Delhi Daredevils in 2015. The dashing southpaw has failed to justify his reputation and even the ₹2 crore salary Kings XI Punjab have committed to him. Eyeing a berth in the Indian squad for next year’s World Cup, the veteran star had said that he would wait till 2019 to take a call on his future. Ironically, he has failed to find a place in the Kings XI for all the games this season. Just 64 runs from seven outings – that is not the performance this sport expects from Yuvraj, irrespective of his salary and form.
Yuzvendra Chahal – Royal Challengers Bangalore
The leg-spinner along with Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was the chief architect of India’s epochal tour to South Africa earlier this year. Chahal, however, has failed to reproduce that charisma on the IPL tracks, which suited better for his craft with the ball. In ten matches so far, Chahal has taken only eight wickets, leaving the star-studded RCB struggling at the seventh position in the eight-team league. The Virat Kohli-led team, let down by its bowlers, will have to win all their remaining four matches with a big margin to keep, the hopes alive for an outside chance to reach the next round.
Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians
One of the heroes of Mumbai Indians’ successful season, the West Indian hard-hitter has hit his own team hard with a dismal show with the willow this season. The ₹5.4 crore acquisition, Kieron Pollard has scored a mere 76 runs from six innings in his seven outings this season – a pale shadow of his 385 aggregate score and many match winning knocks last season.
Jaydev Unadkat – Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals’ ₹11.5 crore bid for Jaydev Unadkat had raised many eyebrows. The seamer in 11 matches has taken a mere 8 wickets. He has been expensive, conceding close to 10 runs per over and consuming nearly 29 balls for a wicket.