3 cases where the most expensive player of the IPL failed to perform
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), for example, some cricketers are paid exorbitant salaries. Their contracts can be overpowering due to the restricted supply of auction dynamics. Such agreements also put a lot of strain and a lot of expectations. As a result, many people begin to malfunction.
In reality, the Mumbai Indians batter Ishan Kishan has been the latest victim in the ongoing 15th edition of the cash-rich league. In general, such players rarely make every penny of their exorbitant pay. Even in the IPL 2021, only Glenn Maxwell stood out among the other most expensive players. In some of the seasons, the most expensive players have turned out to be absolute game-changers for their teams, but in this article, we are going to talk about 3 cases where the most expensive player of the auction turned out to be an absolute liability on their squads.
Number 1. Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) – 14 Crores INR in IPL 2021
Jhye Richardson had received such a large sum due to the scarcity of international pacers. As teams competed for quality international pacers in the IPL 2021 auction, Richardson was a desirable commodity. Furthermore, prior to the auction, the Australian pacer had the most wickets (29) in the BBL 2020-21 season.
The Punjab team, in particular, was desperate for bankable pacers for the 2021 season. As a result, the franchise was likewise prepared to overspend for their requirements. Finally, the PBKS management was able to secure the Australian spearhead for INR 14 crore.
Richardson, on the other hand, got off to a shaky start in the IPL. The 25-year-old only appeared in three games and had a bad economy of 10.63. Despite his wicket total, Richardson only took three and failed to produce vital breakthroughs. Overall, the Australian has yet to make a comeback in the IPL following his poor performances.
Number 2. Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals) – 11.5 Crores INR in IPL 2018
Jaydev Unadkat had a successful IPL 2017 season before obtaining this lucrative IPL contract. The bowler had 24 wickets in 12 matches while representing the RPSG team. His economy was also excellently put at 7.02. Unsurprisingly, Unadkat became a blue-eyed cricketer in the 2018 mega auction.
The RR management, in particular, had just signed the 30-year-old in a single bid at the auction table. Unadkat became the most expensive Indian player in the 2018 tournament after getting INR 11.5 crore. But, unhappily, the cricketer’s performances have dipped.
Unadkat only took 11 wickets in 15 matches, with an economy of 9.65. Despite the fact that Rajasthan had also qualified for the playoffs, Unadkat’s bowling was viewed as the weakest link. Unfortunately, the spearhead is still looking for a breakthrough season in the IPL.
Number 3. Yuvraj Singh (Delhi Daredevils) – 16 Crores in IPL 2015
Yuvraj Singh was already the most expensive player in the 2014 auction before obtaining this massive sum. The Red Army paid INR 14 crore for this brilliant all-rounder. Yuvi, on the other hand, had an outstanding season, scoring 376 runs at an average of 34.18. However, in the following 2015 auction, Delhi paid an even greater price of INR 16 crore for Yuvraj.
While striving for a major turnaround, Yuvi’s all-around skills appeared to be a perfect fit for the franchise. That’s why Delhi wanted the southpaw to wear the daring jersey at any cost. However, in response, the hitter only scored 248 runs at a paltry 19.07 average. Even his strike rate of 118.09 was deemed unimpressive.
Yuvi also only made two forties all season, which was disappointing. The cricketer, who is well-known for belting sixes, only hit ten in total. Overall, Yuvraj’s time with Delhi has been his weakest full IPL season to date.