5 times when IPL franchises overspent
The franchise owners often end up splurging big bucks on unknown or relatively unfamiliar faces.
Updated - Dec 15, 2019 8:26 pm
Since the inaugural auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL), multiple franchises have gone cut lose on a single player. Often, it happens that a known and a reputed player can bag a million-dollar contract which doesn’t turn out to be surprising. However, on a few occasions, the franchise owners end up splurging big bucks on unknown or relatively unfamiliar faces. In either case, it may backfire or that particular player perfectly justifies the value for money.
The tactic to splash their significant amount of chunk on just one player sometimes does pay off rich dividends. However, in several cases, the buyers have had to bear the brunt of investing heavily on them. The result is that they are released ahead of the subsequent season due to their faulty display and don’t get a second chance. Sadly, few franchises cease to learn and make such errors multiple times that has hampered their chances of lifting the IPL trophy.
Notably, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils have disbursed way out of limits on quite a few occasions from their purse. Such spending has landed them in helpless situations more often than not because of which they haven’t yet won an IPL title.
We take a look at five instances where the IPL franchises overspent on one player:
Ahead of the IPL 2017, two English players in Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills fetched mighty bids in the auction from Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. The Kiwi-born all-rounder went for a whopping INR 14.5 crore, the highest overseas buy of the lot that year while Tymal Mills didn’t stay far behind as he obtained INR 12 crores.
While Stokes entirely justified his price tag, the left-arm speedster could not. Mills got drafted into the England T20 team for his performances in the 2016 Natwest T20 Blast in which he picked up 15 wickets in 12 games. The Yorkshire-born could snare no wickets on his debut against Sri Lanka, but he conceded only 22 runs off his four overs.
The 27-year old toured India in 2017 to be part of three T20Is. He could make no real impression in terms of wickets; however, his speeds kept elevating and it impressed everyone. As a result, the Bangalore-based franchise sealed his deal. On the docile pitches of India, the left-arm pacer could manage only five wickets in as many games at an average of 30.60.
Going forward, Tymal Mills was dumped by the franchise and hasn’t played in the IPL since. Hence, he was one of the many players in Royal Challengers’ history on who they have overspent.