IPL 2022: The preparation for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League is underway. The BCCI has announced that the mega auction would take place on February 12 and 13 in Bangalore. The old eight teams have already released the names of the players they are going to retain.
Vivo has dropped out of the IPL title sponsorship deal and BCCI has transferred the same to Tata now. The upcoming edition of the IPL is going to be called Tata IPL 2022. BCCI is going to earn the same amount of money from this deal that it was earning while Vivo was there in the picture.
BCCI has allowed the two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad to retain three players before moving into the IPL 2022 auction. The two teams have been allowed to release the names by January 22.
In this list, we are looking at the five players who were purchased for a higher amount but failed to perform in the tournament.
1. Jaydev Unadkat (INR 8.4 crores) – IPL 2019
In 2018, Rajasthan Royals picked Indian fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat for a price of INR 8.4 crores. His base price was INR 1.5 crores.
He could pick only ten wickets in 11 matches at an average of 39.8 and an economy of 10.66. His best performance was when he picked two wickets for 26 runs. Undakat had picked 24 wickets in 12 matches in 2017 and it was the reason several teams lined up to get him in their lineup. Rajasthan could win five out of 14 matches and finished in the second-last position in the points table.
2. Ben Stokes (INR 12.5 crores) – IPL 2018
Ben Stokes is regarded as one of the best all-rounders of the current generation. He made 316 runs in 12 matches in his debut season in 2017 and won the most valuable player award. In 2018, CSK, KKR, PBKS, and RR went after him in the auction. Finally, RR managed to outbid every other team and picked him for 12.5 crores.
Stokes couldn’t do much in his debut season for the Royals. He could make 196 runs in 13 matches at an average of 16.33 and at a strike rate of 121.73. He also took eight wickets at an average of 37.87 and an economy of 8.18.
3. Pat Cummins (INR 15.5 crores) – IPL 2020
Pat Cummins started his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 and shifted his base to Delhi Daredevils in 2017. In 2020, Cummins walked into the auction pool with a base price of INR two crores. KKR had to shell INR 15.5 crores to get Cummins back in the team.
Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 matches in the 2020 season at an average of 34.08 and an economy of 7.86. In 2021, Cummins played during the India leg and didn’t return to the team for the UAE leg.
4. Yuvraj Singh (INR 16 crores) – 2015
Yuvraj Singh created history in 2015 after he was picked by Delhi Daredevils for INR 16 crores. He became the most expensive player in IPL’s history before Chris Morris broke his record.
Yuvraj could make only 248 runs in 14 matches at an average of 19.07 and a strike rate of 118.09. He could pick only one wicket.
5. Chris Morris (INR 16.25 crores) – 2021
Chris Morris became the most expensive player in IPL’s history when Rajasthan Royals picked him for INR 16.25 crores. Morris’ base price was INR 75 lakh and a total of four teams fought hard to pick him in the auction.
Morris made 67 runs in 11 matches at an average of 13.4 and at a strike rate of 136.73. He picked 15 wickets at an average of 25.06 and an average of 9.17. Morris announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on January 11.