10 costliest signings in IPL history who flopped badly
Price tag has often affected player's performances in IPL wherein they start underperforming.
Updated - Jan 13, 2021 2:16 pm
The Indian Premier League is widely regarded as the grandest T20 tournament. The league came into the circuit after India’s emphatic victory at the inaugural T20 world cup. In a tournament where the youngsters were able to defy the odds, things seemed quite bleak for the experienced players across the globe. However, the tables turned when the IPL was introduced by the BCCI.
Now, with expectations looming over the competition, people became more curious about the format. In the inaugural game of the season, New Zealand superstar Brendon Mccullum was able to set up the tone by scoring a blistering 158 against RCB. The following matches went on to attract multiple viewers across the globe and as a result, IPL became a household name. This paved the way for other T20 leagues and soon IPL became a place where talent was given a fair opportunity to shine at the grandest stage.
Another aspect of IPL that makes it to the headlines is the costly signings. Teams take a huge risk by investing money in the players. Sometimes, it works in their favor and sometimes it doesn’t. As seen through various instances, the price tag has often affected the player’s performances and they tend to underperform.
10 costliest signings in IPL history that flopped badly-
10. Shane Bond (KKR, 2010, 3.4 crores)
New Zealand has been home to many iconic fast bowlers. The credit to start this trend in the modern era goes to Shane Bond. The Kiwi fast bowler was well known for his abilities to bowl deadly yorkers and swing the ball on both sides at a genuine pace. During his team’s encounter against Australia, he was able to capture the prized wickets of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.
However, the injuries never helped him to be a consistent member of the squad. This meant that he had to spend most of his time in hospitals. However, in 2010, he was able to grab an IPL contract and he represented the Kolkata Knight Riders. During his tenure at KKR, he was able to take 9 wickets in eight matches at an economy of 7.22.
But, in a season where the bowlers dominated throughout the tournament, the fans might have expected him to play a few more games in the season. Shane Bond is a legend of the modern era, but a costly price tag of 3.4 crores does not justify his performance. Rather, the price tag would have been justified if he was included in the squad regularly.