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Indian Premier League (IPL) is a tournament where money talks. Cricket players, including the uncapped ones, are purchased five times higher than their base price.
But, value for money is what the franchises expect in return and with the XIth edition of the cash-rich tournament being underway, several players have not stood up to their billing.
At the halfway stage of the season, let us look at the players who were purchased for a hefty amount but gave small returns.
Rajasthan Royals broke the bank to sign Ben Stokes on the first day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for a whopping sum of Rs 12.5 crore. But the run-machine has failed to fire in this season as he has made only 147 runs in 7 games with a strike rate of 123.52. Stokes seven 147 runs includes innings of 5, 16, 27, 14, 45, 40, 0.
Touted to be as the most skilled Indian bowler, Jaydev was bought at a whopping price of Rs 11.5 crore. His form in the previous season was the swinging factor in his gigantic pay packet. He took 24 wickets in 12 games for Supergiants, striking every 11.4 deliveries while conceding runs at 7.02 per over. However, he failed to deliver the same this season. Unadkat has played all seven matches but has just four wickets at an economy rate of 10.18.
Purchased at a whopping price of Rs 9 crore, Maxwell was Delhi costliest buy at the auction. He was wanted by several other franchises, but the GMR-owned franchise eventually bought him. The Australian all-rounder's poor form has scores of 17, 13, 47, 4, 12, 27 and 6 with the bat, and four wickets at an economy rate of 7.22.
The Trinidadian cricketer was brought back by the defending champions Mumbai for Rs 5.40 crore with one of their Right-to-Match cards after Delhi bagged him first. But this season he has surely not proved his worth with inning of 28, 0, 5, 21*, 9 and 13, with a strike-rate of 108.57.
Short went for 20 times his base price with Rajasthan spending Rs 4 crore for him. He was picked on the basis of his performance in the 2017-19 Big Bash League. Despite being one of the most sought-after uncapped overseas players at the auction, the 27-year-old has struggled in the IPL with scores of 4, 6, 11 and 44 at an unacceptable strike-rate of 97.01.
In 6 games, Finch has scored just 24 runs at a strike rate of 150. His performance as a limited-overs opener for Australia fetched him a price tag of Rs 6.2 crore, from a base price of 1.5 crore, but he has yet to make one score of note. He began this year's IPL campaign with two golden ducks. And such flimsy returns are not what the owners would have had in mind when they spend big bucks on him.