IPL 2018: Top 5 cricketers who didn’t live up to their staggering price tags
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 is just about past its midway point now and the permutations and combinations for making the play-offs are already being discussed.
Teams splurged crores on acquiring the finest talent from across the world, hoping that their heavy investments might lead them to the IPL 2018 title.
However, while the tournament has seen new talent rise to the occasion, there have also been some expensive auction buys who have underperformed. HT looks at five players have failed to live up to the money and hype thus far.
Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals) - Rs. 12.5 crore
The England all-rounder -- the most expensive buy at the IPL auctions earlier this year -- has failed to build on his success with Rising Pune Supergiant last season.
Scoring 316 runs and picking up 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.18 with the disbanded outfit in 2017, he has only managed to score 148 runs this season in eight games at an average of 18.5 with RR this term.
His fortunes with the ball have been even more disappointing as he has picked up just one wicket.
Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals) - Rs. 11.5 crore
Like Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat too seems to have performed below expectations after his brilliant run with Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.
The left-arm medium-pacer picked up 24 wickets last season compared to a meagre seven at the halfway mark this season, of which three came in their last match against Delhi Daredevils.
Bought for Rs. 11.5 crore, Unadkat became the most expensive Indian player in the IPL 2018 auction, but with a rather unexceptional economy rate of 10.38 in 2018 considering the investment, Unadkat will have to improve his performances in the second half of the season.
Manish Pandey (SunRisers Hyderabad) - Rs. 11 crore
Much was expected of Manish Pandey given David Warner’s suspension from the tournament. But the 28-year-old, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping 11 crore – the highest money spent by the franchise at the auction aside from retained players – has failed to step up.
In his eight outings, Pandey has managed only 158 runs at an average of 26.33. Pandey’s highest scores of 57 not out and 54 have both come against King XI Punjab, but he has not been able to cross the 20 run mark in the remainder of the games.
Glenn Maxwell (Delhi Daredevils) - Rs. 9 crore
The big-hitting Australian, who made a name for himself in the T20 format in his time at the Big Bash League was expected to lead Delhi Daredevils charge with the bat.
Amassing 299 runs at an average of 37.38 and a strike rate of 154.12 with Melbourne Stars in the seventh edition of the Twenty20 domestic cricket competition in Australia, he has only managed 131 with DD at a strike rate of 155.95. With the ball he managed to take just five wickets at an average of 17.20.
Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings) - Rs. 7 crore
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was retained by the Chennai Super Kings for a hefty Rs. 7 crore fee. But the 29-year-old, who has lost his place in the Indian national team also seems to be having a torrid IPL season.
Despite being promoted above Dwayne Bravo in the batting line-up, Jadeja has failed to make the opportunity count.
He has scored only 47 runs in his eight appearances with a strike rate of 120.51. His contribution with the ball has also been of no significant consequence as he has bagged just two wickets.