IPL-5: Players with healthy contracts who flopped big time

Indian Premier League has changed many lives. It has made cricketers from all round the world popular and most importantly rich. There are a few examples where a player has left his national team to play in the cash-rich league and the trend is growing, players nowadays are more professional then ever and selecting local tournaments over international cricket is a normal thing.

IPL has thrown money that was never seen on the cricket field. Players who have been dropped by their national teams bags heavy contract here. It is a format in which a player can manage with limited talent and therefore some of the contracts that some players have managed is simply hard to believe.

Let’s have a look at some of the players on which franchises spend tons and they failed to pay back.

Yusuf Pathan (KKR): He is earning $2,100,000 every year by playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and he is still to score a fifty plus score for them from the past two seasons. KKR won the title and that might hide Yusuf’s failure to perform, but the money that they have invested on him might come back to haunt them. Yusuf made his carrer by playing for Rajasthan Royals in the opening three seasons but has flopped since the time he joined KKR. Pathan scored 194 runs in the 17 matches that he played. In these 17 matches he only played one good innings of 40 against Delhi.

Ravindra Jadeja (CSK): If a team spends $2 million on one player than that player is supposed as to come good. But it did not happen with Jadeja. After the auction Jadeja became the highest paid IPL player of all times and Chennai would have hoped big things from this youngster. But as the tournament progressed he did not had a role to play in the side. MS Dhoni rarely used him with the ball in the end matches and he failed with the bat whenever he got the opportunity. He was almost invisible in the playoff and the final match and that’s not what one expects from the highest paid cricketer.

Vinay Kumar (RCB): He was the second highest paid cricketer in this year’s auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore spent $1 million on this medium fast bowler and it will have to be said that the player was not able to justify the amount he got. He did pick 19 wickets and was the highest wicket taker from RCB, but he looked ordinary doing that. His economy rate of 8.59 is also among the worst rates of the tournament. He did bowl some handy spells in-between, but overall he was not able to create any impression.

Sourabh Tiwary (RCB): He was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL-4 auction for $1,600,000. He performed well for Mumbai Indians in the first three season and that earned him a hefty contract, but since the time he has joined RCB he has been a total flop. Tiwary is supposed to be a big-hitter but has struggled in the past two seasons. He looks uncomfortable at the crease and plays far too slowly. This season he scored at an average of 23 and a below par strike rate of 112.

Robin Uthappa (PWI): He got the second highest contract after Gautam Gambhir in IPL-4 auction, but he has struggled to make any influence for Pune Warriors from the past two years. Uthappa is considered to be one of the biggest hitter of the cricket ball in India, but his strike rate in this tournament was 118. He scored runs at an average of 27, but those runs came at a very low strike rate.   

By Indian Sports News Network