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IPL 2014: Top 5 Worst buys this season 

1: Kevin Peterson :  He was bought at 9 crores by the Delhi Daredevils with a view that he will revive their fortunes. But,he failed miserably , especially in the first half of the tournament. He looked completely out of practice and it did cause the Daredevils. He got starts and could not convert it into big ones. He scored just 294 runs in 11 matches at an average of 29.40 . Ths strike rate was just above 126, which is very less by KP’s standards. His form was a reason for the dismal performance of Daredevils and by no means it was a performance of a lad, who was bought for 9 crores.

2:Murali Vijay : Daredevils bought him for 5 crores and the idea was that he can provide solidity at the top of the order. But , he could not replicate the form , which he was for Chennai SuperKings. He was edgy at the start and never looked good apart from one innings against Mumbai Indians. He scored just 207 runs in 11 matches at an alarming average of 18.81 and a strike rate of just over 107. Such a strike rate is not good for a batsman, especially when he bats under the field restrictions.

3:Mike Hussey: Mr. Cricket , as he is called , did not have a good IPL . After a successful IPL6, Mumbai Indians bought him for 5 crores , expecting a solid start from him. But, due to lack of practice, he did not fare well in the first half but did come well in the 2nd half . But overall, he was a flop show , considering the amount invested on him.

4: Mitchell Johnson: Many will argue over him being here, but the fact that he was bought for 6.5 crores justifies it. He was not able to replicate his Test form into the IPL. The pinnacle of it came in the final where he could have bowled some better stuffs at the end and could have ensured a victory for his team.  He picked up 17 wickets in 14 matches, but could never win a single game on his own. He gave away runs at 8.29 runs per over an average of 26.11 and strik rate of above 18. These stats might sound good for a new comer but for the leader of the pack, this is just not acceptable.

5: Jacques Kallis: His selection in the team was very debatable and that too at 5.5 crores just ignited it more. He, somehow did not fit in the line up. He tok too many balls to settle down and just could not accelerate towards the end. In the 7 innings he batted, he scored just 151 runs at a stike rate of just over 117. In the bowling department also, he gave away too many runs and went with an economy of 8.45 and picked up just 4 wickets in 8 matches. The fact that KKR were more successful after he was removed from the 11 is a clear indication that he was not a good buy.

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