5 expensive players who have failed to justify their price tag: The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) is now in its last phase. The playoffs race is in its last stage as teams fight it out to progress further in the competition. So far, only Gujarat Titans have managed to seal their spot in the playoffs while the likes of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are already eliminated. So as the tournament enters its business phase, we are taking a look at five players who have failed to justify their big price tags in the ongoing season.
5 expensive players who have failed to justify their price tag:
5. Pat Cummins:
Kolkata Knight Riders once again spent big in this year’s auction to secure the services of Australia superstar Pat Cummins. The two-time IPL winners spent a whopping amount of INR 7.25 crore to sign Cummins. However, the fast bowler failed to justify the big price tag once again. He started the season with a bang, scoring the joint-fastest half-century in the tournament’s history (14 balls) during the game against Mumbai Indians.
However, his performance with the ball left a lot to be desired. Cummins failed to live up to the expectations of his franchise. In the next three games, he conceded 51, 40 and 50 runs while taking only two wickets. He was subsequently dropped from the playing eleven as KKR preferred Tim Southee. He was later recalled to the team and did well against Mumbai Indians, taking 3 for 22 before an injury cut short his stint in IPL 2022. Overall, Cummins conceded at an economy rate of 10.68 while taking 7 wickets this season.
4. Shahrukh Khan:
Shahrukh Khan was one of the most expensive players in this year’s auction. The hard-hitting batsman from Tamil Nadu had registered his name for the auction with a base price of Rs 40 lakh before Punjab Kings signed him for a whopping amount of Rs 9 crore. Shahrukh earned the lucrative contract due to his fine performances in the domestic circuit as well as his impressive outing in his maiden IPL season last year when he impressed one and all with his power hitting.
Shahrukh, however, has failed to do well this season. The right-handed batsman has not even managed to cement his spot in the playing eleven this year. So far, he has managed to play only 7 games. In those 7 games, the middle-order batsman has managed to score only 98 runs at a modest strike rate of 100. 26 has been his highest score so far.
3. Nitish Rana:
Nitish Rana is another player who has failed to justify his price tag in the ongoing season of IPL. The southpaw is plying his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders after the franchise spent Rs 8 crore for his services. The left-handed batsman, however, has failed to deliver as per expectations this season.
In the first half of the season, he looked like a pale shadow of his usual self as KKR also struggled for consistency in the competition. In the first 8 games, he managed to score only 143 runs at a poor average of 17.88 and strike rate of 136.19, with the help of one half-century. His form has improved in recent times but overall, he has not lived up to the expectations. Overall, Rana has scored 319 runs this season at an average of just below 27. He managed to breach the 300-run mark after finding some form in the second half of the tournament. But by the time he has recovered his form, KKR’s chances of making it to the playoffs are as good as over.
2. Shardul Thakur:
Shardul Thakur is one of the biggest disappointments of this season. The highly-rated allrounder is known for his wicket-taking ability and hard-hitting capabilities. That was the reason for his big price tag in this year’s auction. After being released by Chennai Super Kings, he registered for the auction at a base price of Rs 2 over. Delhi Capitals then splashed a whopping amount of INR 10.2 crore to sign up the Mumbai man.
Shardul, however, has failed to justify his price tag. He has struggled with both bat and ball this season. In 12 games so far, the 30-year old has managed to pick up 9 wickets while conceding at an economy rate of almost 10 (9.80). With the bat, he has played some promising short innings but Delhi would definitely like him to do well. Shardul has scored 113 runs in 12 games so far.
1. Ishan Kishan:
Ishan Kishan was the most expensive player at this year’s auction. Mumbai Indians signed him for a whopping amount of Rs 15.25 crore. It was the first time that Mumbai Indians splashed the cash in excess of Rs 10 crore on a player in an auction as Kishan became the second most expensive Indian player at an auction after Yuvraj Singh (Rs 16 crore) in 2015. All eyes were on Kishan when IPL 2022 started and the southpaw did well at the beginning.
In his first outing, he scored 81 off 48 balls albeit in a losing cause against Kolkata Knight Riders. He followed it up with a fifty against Rajasthan Royals in the next game but he soon lost his form. As Mumbai Indians’ form slumped, Kishan also found the going tough. The wicketkeeper-batsman managed a string of low scores — 14, 26, 3, 13, 0, 8 and 26. As Kishan struggled at the top, Mumbai also found the going tough and is now out of the playoffs race.