The IPL auction is a strategy game and most of the teams’ success and failure get decided in the auction table depending on the smart and not-so-smart buys by the franchise.
However, after every auction, there are few buys which surprise everyone for their unexpectedly high price tags and at times fail to justify those. Here a look at top 5 overprices picks in the 2019 IPL Auction.
Jaydev Unadkat (8.4 Cr. – RR)
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 21, 2018
Although Rajasthan Royals made a profit of 3.1 Cr. by buying Jaydev Unadkat after releasing him before the auction, however, based on his recent performance 8.4 Cr. looks little higher. Unadkat have played IPL for quite a few teams and had a particularly successful IPL 2017 for Rising Pune Supergiants when he finished with 24 wickets with an average of 13.41. Last season for RR, he took just 11 wickets with an average of around 44. Royals will hope for Unadkat to bring back his magic but anything below his 2017 performance would make this price tag look too high.
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Varun Chakaravarthy (8.4 Cr. – KXIP)
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) December 18, 2018
Varun Chakravarthy is another mystery spinner who made his mark in the recently concluded TNPL and was hot property even before the auction started. However, KXIP spending 8.4 Cr. On him makes little sense. Kings already have two world-class spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who played regularly last year and Murugan Ashwin for backup. Also, Ravi Ashwin captains the side and expected to play most of the matches. Hence the investment on Chakravarthy can be a good move, keeping in mind the future but may not give immediate value for money.
Mohit Sharma (5 Cr. – CSK)
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 18, 2018
Chennai Super Kings team management likes to work with a standard set of players and once they made their comeback in IPL they have looked to pick their old players and develop a similar core group of players. Buying Mohit Sharma is another step in that direction. Sharma is a medium pacer with good control and variation and kind of players MS Dhoni likes to keep in his team. Hence it is clear why CSK has aggressively bid for him. However at 5 Cr. It looks slightly overpriced, especially keeping in mind that Sharma has not played a single T20 match since last IPL.
Carlos Brathwaite (5 Cr. – KKR)
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 18, 2018
Carlos Brathwaite captains the Windies T20 team and has some memorable performance, the most special of those in Eden Gardens, KKR’s home, in the 2016 World T20 final when his four sixes in the last over gave Windies an unlikely win. However, Brathwaite’s IPL performance is quite mediocre which is clearly shown by a batting average of 15.45 and bowling average close to 27. Also, Knights have one of World’s best Lower order hitter in Andre Russell and at best Brathwaite is picked as a back up for him. Keeping all these in mind his price tag of 5 Cr. looks higher than expected.
Akshdeep Nath (3.6 Cr. – RCB)
Batting, medium pace bowling, wicket-keeping – the jack of all trades Akshdeep Nath joins the RCB family for INR 3.6 Cr! #12thMan, let's give the man who plays his cricket for Uttar Pradesh, a warm welcome to Bengaluru ❤️#PlayBold #BidForBold #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/n6852FvJXi
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 18, 2018
Akshdeep Nath is one of the known faces in the domestic circuit, playing for Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy and was also part of the U-19 World cup winning team in 2012. He was unsold in the first round of auction but his luck changes when in the repeat bidding RCB fought with CSK and purchased his service for 3.6 Cr., 18 times of his base price. Nath was earlier part of Gujarat Lions and KXIP teams in IPL, however, he has played only 6 matches in last 3 years with hardly any performance of note. With Players like Shimran Hetmyer, Henrich Klaasen and young sensation Shivam Dubey, Nath’s chance will be few and hence it will be difficult for him to do justice to his high price tag.