Have you ever bought something so expensive only to question if it was worth all that money? Well, it would seem that the IPL’s eleventh edition went through some serious reality checks when it came to spending a lot of money in the auctions. Players on whom they splurged didn’t live up to their worth.
Before the IPL auction in January, few of the franchise recruiters were asked who would be the most in demand. Without missing a beat, the answer was Ben Stokes. Obviously, he would be the ﬁrst person to come to mind with his track record of being voted as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in 2017. However, this season he seemed to be a big disappointment. Bought for a whopping 12.5 Crores by the , Stokes major dip in form coincided with RR pushed to the bottom of the ladder. Managing a measly knock of 45 against Chennai Super Kings in the third game is the closest he got to the standards he is known for.
Much to their dismay, Jaydev Unadkat, a left arm bowler, who too was bought by RR for 11.5 Crores failed to live up to his worth, especially after his brilliant run with Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017. The left-arm medium pacer managed 24 wickets last season, while this season he only managed seven at the halfway mark. His economy rate of 10.88 also remains a huge concern for Rajasthan Royals.
Bought for 11 Crores, Manish Pandey did not get the chance to show his charisma in the ﬁrst match but failed to show his worth in the next two matches as well. He has scored only 15 runs in this season so far at a strike rate of 78.94. The Karnataka batsman has been a consistent performer in the IPL over the years and was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. Much was expected of him given David Warner’s suspension from the tournament.
And ﬁnally we have Glenn Maxwell who is also known as ‘Big Show’ for his ability to hit it out of the park. He too was a disappointment for the Delhi Daredevils and 9 Crores worth of money deﬁnitely not well spent. This season he has managed to score only 77 runs from 3 matches, barely helping his side win.
This is proof enough of the fact that the results of the previous season have no impact on the current season. Just because these players performed exceptionally well, doesn’t mean they would keep performing the same way again.