IPL 2019: 5 Players who failed to justify their price tag
A lot was expected of these players but they failed to live up to the expectations.
Updated - May 1, 2019 2:23 pm
A month ago, the biggest Indian opera, IPL 2019 began and the players across the world started showcasing their theatrics. The show was anticipated to be full-house, jam-packed stadiums as its popularity has reached the pinnacle with the presence of some great artists, cricketers. Till now the audience has enjoyed the drama and action as the orchestra, 8 teams and conductors, skippers have been in full flow. Now it is time for the final act, playoffs and the fans are expecting a classic serenade from Mozart, extraordinary matches.
The 12th season of IPL has been a visual treat for the cricket fans. The teams have been competitive and even in the last week of the league phase, five teams are battling it out for a couple of playoff spots. Likewise in every auction, some franchises fight tooth and nail for bagging a player. Most of them have proved their worth as their performances have led the team to a good position, but some have bogged down under pressure of expectations.
Here are the 5 players who failed to justify their price tags in IPL 2019:
1) Shimron Hetmyer (RCB)
The youngster from Guyana is the next generation superstar for the Windies cricket, and he has already shown signs of his capabilities. Hetmyer is a powerful middle-order batsman who can score runs at a quick rate. He caught the attention of the world with his superlative hitting in the ODI series which happened in late 2018 against India. The southpaw stroked a 78-ball century which included 6 sixes, and he ended up scoring 259 runs in 5 games.
After that series, Hetmyer was going to be one of the hottest commodity in IPL 2019 auction, and RCB pouched him for Rs 4.2 crores. The Virat Kohli-led team was looking to use the Guyanese talent as their X-factor as he can be a game changer on the batting paradise which Chinnaswamy stadium offers.
The Bengaluru franchise gave him enough opportunities to flourish, but the youngster never looked comfortable. Hetmyer played 4 games in which he scored only 15 runs, and he is one of the reasons for RCB’s initial roadblock in this season.