IPL 2018: 5 Expensive Players that have been a let down in the past week

Here is a list of the Most Expensive players that have been a let down in the past week.

Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn of Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Indian Premier League is one such global sporting tournament wherein quality, drama, entertainment and money is guaranteed. While some players get amounts of money that leave you wondering why they got that kind of money even when the season ends, there are certain players that justify their price tag with just a few performances.

Below are few players who have fetched the moolah but have failed to justify their price tag in the past week of the eleventh edition of IPL. While their performance and luck may change in the week to come, the pressure of the price tag for the players remains for viewers. Despite the underwhelming performances so far, most of the players on the list are capable of turning tables around in no time.


Here is a list of the Most Expensive players that have been a let down in the past week:

1. Ben Stokes

The most expensive buy at the auction for the second consecutive year has looked extremely off-colour in the tournament so far. With the ball, he has barely managed to get one wicket throughout the whole tournament. With the willow too, he has looked far from his threatening self with scores 27, 14 and 45 in the past week.

In the last game against Chennai Super Kings, he was on to something, and it looked as if he was about to do something special at Pune, in the ground where he had a terrific year in his debut season for Rising Pune Supergiant. However, he was dismissed by Imran Tahir, 5 short of a half-century.

2. Jaydev Unadkat

He was the highest paid Indian player in this year’s auction at 11.5 Cr by Rajasthan Royals. He has played five games so far and has managed to get only two wickets. It’s not been the case for him like several other bowlers in the tournament who have bowled well but haven’t managed to get the wickets. He has, in fact, been uneconomical too.

Currently, he is averaging 10.66 which is the worst among all bowlers Rajasthan Royals have bowled so far. In the five games so far, he has conceded over 34 runs three times. The audience is starting to believe that Unadkat’s last season was a one-time-wonder. He’ll have to step up to change that.

3. Manish Pandey

In the games played so far, Pandey has looked extremely underwhelming. SRH went all out for him in the auction hoping that he would be a big contributor in getting rid of their middle-order worries. So far his performances read: 11, 4, 57*. Interestingly, in the four games, SRH played so far, they only lost one and that loss came when Pandey got the unbeaten half-century.

Even during the half-century in a losing cause against Kings XI Punjab, Pandey was far from his usual self. It may have been what the situation demanded but Sunrisers lacked firepower in their chase after a Gaylestorm and Pandey’s knock seemed unequipped to deal with that. Even though the absence of Dhawan was a major factor in the loss, it doesn’t take away the fact that Pandey has been beyond overwhelming so far.

4. Yuzvendra Chahal

Chahal was retained via RTM by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 6 Crores. He stepped in the auction riding on the back of some excellent performances for India and with the fact that he has been the franchise’s best bowler for more than a couple of years now. However, the start of the eleventh edition has been rather underwhelming for Chahal.

In the four games played, he picked only 3 wickets, which by his standards are far too underwhelming. It is important to note that he hasn’t bowled his full quota of overs in two of the four games either. He may well change his impact for his side as the tournament progresses but so far, he has looked far from his usual best.

5. Chris Lynn

For everyone who has been following Kolkata Knight Riders, Lynn’s fitness was their first priority. They not only shelled out 9.60Cr on him but bank on him extensively to do well for their batting order. In fact, they went into the auction and built their team around the three overseas players that were their priority – Russell, Narine and Lynn.

Keeping all that in mind, and his ability, Lynn was underwhelming in the past week. With scores 5, 22, 49, 31, 0, he has looked highly inconsistent. Even though Lynn has never promised consistency in his career, he is match-winner who can win you multiple matches alone. That performance hasn’t come so far, though.