The 2020 IPL Auction is just two weeks away as the entire cricketing fraternity awaits the mega-event. The fate of 971 players will be decided in Kolkata on 19 December. In the previous 12 IPL auctions, there have been several unknown players who have received massive bids.
The likes of KC Cariappa, Varun Chakravarthy and T. Natarajan are the best examples of it. While a majority of the expensive players have starred in the cash-rich league, there have been a few flops as well. Usually, the fans consider 10 Crores mark as the benchmark in IPL Auction. However, with a hefty price tag, there also comes the uninvited pressure on a player to justify his value in the cash-rich league.
In this article, we will have a look at the 5 stars who flopped after getting a 10+ Crore bid in the auction.
Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals
Ben Stokes is one of the only three players in IPL Auction history to have received a 10+ Crore bid twice. Rising Pune Supergiant splurged 14.5 Crores for him in the IPL Auction 2017 but after Pune’s exit from the IPL next year, Stokes found himself in the auction room once again in 2018.
Rajasthan Royals snapped him up next by submitting a bid of 12.5 Crores. The English all-rounder had been a match-winner for the Pune-based franchise but he could not continue his form in IPL 2018 and IPL 2019. He has played 22 IPL matches for the inaugural IPL champs.
In those 22 matches, he has aggregated 319 runs. However, his strike rate has been below 125. With the ball, he has scalped only 14 wickets. His economy rate was 11.22 in IPL 2019 thus, Stokes has been a major flop for the Jaipur-based franchise. Stokes would be hoping to replicate his World Cup 2019 and Ashes 2019 form in the upcoming IPL 2020.
Dinesh Karthik – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dinesh Karthik was not a regular part of the Indian team in 2014 and 2015 but the Indian wicket-keeper batsman earned a lot through his IPL contracts. Delhi Daredevils had signed him for 12.5 Crore in 2014. Karthik had a decent outing in that season as he scored 325 runs in 14 matches.
Though he performed well, Delhi Daredevils released him from their squad before the next season. He entered the auction room in 2015 and ignited a bidding war once again. This time, Royal Challengers Bangalore emerged as the winners with a bid of 10.5 Crores.
As Bangalore already had Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers in their squad, they became the favorites to win the cup in 2015. However, Karthik failed to take advantage of the flat wicket in Bangalore. He featured in all the matches yet ended the season with just 141 runs. The wicket-keeper batsman averaged just 12.81 in IPL 2015.
Yuvraj Singh – Delhi Daredevils
Another player to have received a 10+ Crore bid from both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, Yuvraj Singh had a fantastic season with RCB in 2014 but when he switched to Delhi, he could not repeat the same performance.
Playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2014, Yuvraj Singh had scored 376 runs in 14 matches that included three 50 plus scores. He even took 5 wickets with the ball, with his best figures being 4/35. Yuvraj was one of the best all-rounders of that season.
Despite his good performance, Royal Challengers Bangalore dropped him from their IPL 2015. Their intention was to get him back at a lower price but instead, Yuvraj got a 16 Crores bid from Delhi Daredevils. RCB would be glad they did not sign him that year because he only scored 248 runs in 14 matches at a disappointing average of 19.07.
Jaydev Unadkat – Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals had not made a single 10+ Crore purchase in the first 10 years of the Indian Premier League. The team management always focused on spending less and getting more. However, this ideology changed in the year 2018. Rajasthan first signed Ben Stokes for 12.5 Crore and also splurged 11.5 Crore for Jaydev Unadkat.
The left-arm seamer had been pretty impressive while playing for the Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017. He had taken 24 wickets in just 12 games that year as a result, he fetched a mega-contract from the 2008 IPL winners. The fans expected him to continue his brilliant form in IPL 2018.
But, he could only pick 11 wickets in 15 matches while conceding runs at an economy rate of 9.65. Though the Royals made it to the playoffs in IPL 2018, Unadkat’s contribution was quite minimal. Ultimately, he was released from the team after 2018.
Tymal Mills – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Very few fans may remember the English left-arm fast bowler, Tymal Mills who had received a 12 Crores bid from Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017 Auction. Mills had impressed a lot with his pace bowling during England’s T20I series against India hence, Bangalore spent 12 Crores to gain his services.
The fans billed him as a like-for-like replacement of Mitchell Starc however, Mills failed miserably in IPL 2017. Royal Challengers Bangalore finished at the bottom position in the 2017 points table and, Mills only played 5 matches for them.
He bowled 107 balls in those 5 games and took five wickets while conceding runs at an economy rate of 8.58. His numbers were below-par, thus, Royal Challengers Bangalore released from their squad and he has never returned to the cash-rich league ever since.
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