5. Yashasvi Jaiswal (Retained for INR 4 cr)

However, this season he has been slow to get off the blocks and his surprisingly poor start has already cost him his place in the side, just four games in. Having produced meagre returns of just 25 runs from three innings at a strike rate of just over 100, Jaiswal has heavily underacheived and would be looking to establish himself back at the top of the order.

4. Nitish Rana (INR 8 cr)

Bought back at the IPL 2022 mega auction by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) earlier this year, the talented left-hander was perhaps overvalued with a price tag of INR 8 crore. This season has definitely not started on the right note, with Nitish Rana failing to cross 30 in any of his five innings, averaging just 13.8 with a strike rate of 135.29.

3. Shahrukh Khan (INR 9 cr)

However, Punjab would be hoping that changes quickly. In his limited opportunities, he has just managed 60 runs in five matches, including two single digit scores and an underwhelming strike rate of just 120. Having already had a couple of collapses, Punjab would need their finisher to turn up and take some responsibility to justify his price tag.

2. Shivam Mavi (INR 7.25 cr)

Shivam Mavi still has plently of time, and more than enough skill to make a comeback, but would also need a run of games to establish himself in KKR’s bowling line-up that already possesses a lot of quality. Overall, he has picked up 26 wickets in 28 matches for KKR at an economy of 8.56 runs per over.

1. Shardul Thakur (INR 10.75 cr)

Being a critical part of the Delhi setup, the franchise will want the cricketer from Mumbai to contribute more as a bowler. Incidentally, Rishabh Pant and Co. have struggled with their bowling so far in the tournament. Delhi will hope their senior bowlers, including Shardul, hit the strides as they look to continue the winning momentum.