IPL 2021: 5 players who couldn’t justify their auction price tags in the tournament
Some players couldn't turn up with performances worth their auction prices.
Updated - May 5, 2021 2:23 pm
The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) has ended up facing turmoil after being postponed for an indefinite time period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tried to stay put but had to duck for cover, in the end.
Nevertheless, amidst the course of the 29 completed games in the league, the spectacle of cricket also hogged the limelight for nearly four weeks. A lot of focus was on the ones, who bagged hefty deals in the IPL auction that took place in February in Chennai.
The pressure was also on them to perform for their teams on a consistent basis and give their money’s worth. Even as many of them like Chris Morris came out firing on all cylinders, a few of them crumbled under pressure. But that doesn’t undermine the quality of the underperformers by any means.
In the article, let’s take a look at five players who crumbled under the pressure of price tags in IPL 2021:
1. Jhye Richardson- PBKS
Jhye Richardson came into the limelight after he performed to expectations for the Perth Scorchers in the 2020-21 BBL. Hence, despite not playing for Australia for nearly two years, he fetched INR 14 crores from the Punjab Kings. But he didn’t have the best of campaigns for them.
In fact, the right-arm fast bowler turned out to be the only bowler from PBKS with an economy rate in excess of 10. He played three games and picked up as many wickets and had his travails while bowling at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The pitch at the iconic venue has been a bowler’s graveyard and Richardson’s lack of experience showed. In his first game against the Rajasthan Royals, the 24-year-old went for 55 runs, though he dismissed Jos Buttler, and things didn’t get any better for him.