The IPL-8 auction in February once again saw teams splash out a large amount of money in an effort to build their respective squads. With the player auctions happening at the same time as the World Cup, the IPL franchisees will closely track the performance of their big buys during the tournament is Australia and New Zealand. Not a single player in the Indian squad was part of the auction as all of them have contracts with different IPL teams.
There were four signees who hit the jackpot at the auction but for various reasons are not participating in the World Cup. Yuvraj Singh (Daredevils), the biggest signee at Rs 16 crore, is not part of the Indian squad, neither are Zaheer(Daredevils), Vijay(Kings XI) and Karthik (Royal Challengers).
Here's a look at the top five signees have fared at the World Cup:
Sri Lankan captain, Angelo Mathews, was picked up by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs 7.5 crores. The Sri Lankans have had quite a lousy start to the World Cup, losing to New Zealand and scraping through against minnows Afghanistan. The one bright spot has been the all-rounder Mathews' performance both with ball and bat. The Lankan captain has been miserly with the ball in both games and he remains the most stable middle order batsman for the team.
Mumbai Indians follow a script at every auction, they splash huge amounts of money on a foreign star who is the flavour of the month (remember Richard Levi), and the player often fails to deliver during the T20 league. Aussie opener Aaron Finch, who was bought for Rs 7.5 crores might finally break the jinx. Finch scored 135, the first hundred of this World Cup, against England and will remain a constant threat throughout the tournament.
Darren Sammy is a bit of an enigma; he bowls military medium pace and bats at number seven for the West Indies (not the most impressive thing to put on your IPL CV!). Yet he has emerged as his side's best limited overs cricketer. He was one of the few positives for West Indies in their dismal performance against Ireland. Sammy bowled well against Pakistan in their next game. The Royal Challengers Bangalore who bought Sammy for Rs 2.8 crore will probably pick him as the fourth foreigner in the playing eleven after Gayle, AB de Villiers and Starc.
Eoin Morgan is always a safe bet for the T20 format; he can score runs all around the park and do so at a fair clip. But the England captain has had a torrid time so far as his team has slumped despite showing promise before the World Cup. He scored a duck against the Aussies and managed to bag only 17 against the rampaging Kiwis. He'll have to do much more to justify the large paycheck of Rs 1.5 crore which the Sunrisers will be paying him.
Trent Boult has displayed how devastating a genuine swing bowler can be on New Zealand pitches. He swung the ball both ways and has taken three wickets in the two games he has played so far. The Sunrisers have bought him for Rs 3.8 crores. It remains to be seen whether he can reproduce such swing on Indian wickets.