Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been one of the most intense and tough cricket leagues around the world. Mumbai Indians emerged out as the winner for the record 5th time after beating Delhi Capitals in the finals of IPL 2020. Former Indian cricketer – Rahul Dravid credited the MI talent scout program for their huge success.
As per the rules any playing squad can have a maximum of four foreign players. However, there are few players who couldn’t live up to the expectations coming with their price tag. In IPL 2020 also few players didn’t performed as per the expectations. Let’s have a look at some players in IPL history who couldn’t match their performance with the price tag.
Top 6 Players who couldn’t justify their price tag
Yuvraj Singh, who is known as Sixer King, was one of the top players in the world in his prime. He was the chief architect of India’s wins in World Cup 2011 and T20 World Cup 2007. He also holds the record of six sixes in an over in T20I cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for the huge amount of INR 14 crores. He could not live up to his reputation and had an ordinary season with Bangalore team in IPL 2014. He could amass only 376 runs and bagged six wickets. RCB released him after the end of the season as his performance was disappointing.
English speedster Tymal Mills was one of the specialist fastest bowlers when he debuted for England. Mills was specialist player of T20 cricket as he didn’t play other forms of cricket due to his fitness issues. After a good series against India with the ball just before the IPL auctions, Bangalore signed him for massive INR 12 crores. He was the second costliest foreign player in IPL after Ben Stokes that time.
However, his performance was never up to the mark. He bagged five wickets from five games in IPL 2017 with a costly average of 30.6 runs.
Jaydev Unadkat is the left-arm Indian pacer with good experience in domestic cricket. He was signed by Rajasthan Royals for INR 11.50 crores after he showed brilliant performance for the defunct Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 with 24 wickets in just 12 games.
However, the left-arm pacer failed to match his performance with his big price tag with only 11 wickets in 15 games with a mediocre economy of 9.65 runs per over in IPL 2018 for Royals.
The left-arm spin allrounder played for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2015 with glimpses of tight bowling & power hitting at the bottom with bat.
Virat Kohli led RCB spent INR 8.5 crores for Pawan Negi in IPL 2016 auctions but he was failed to impress with his performance.
Jadhav is one of the good white-ball batsman in Indian cricket team. He was bought by CSK ahead of SRH & RR for a whopping price tag of INR 7.8 crores.
Kedar Jadhav scored only 244 runs from 250 deliveries he faced for CSK since 2018. In IPL 2020, coming back after the long COVID break, Kedar Jadhav scored only 62 runs form 8 matches with a strike rate of 93.93.
One of the best white-ball allrounders in world cricket from Australia, Maxwell has the reputation of big-hitting spinning allrounder. He came into IPL 2020 with a clear head and good performances against England. Maxwell was bought by KXIP for a whopping INR 10.75 crores ahead of IPL 2020 auction.
However, in IPL 2020 Maxwell played 13 matches for KXIP and scored a paltry 108 runs with a strike rate of 101.88 with 3 wickets. His continuous failures with the bat lead KXIP to crash out of the tournament.
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