Whether it be Rajasthan’s Robin Uthappa or Punjab’s Chris Jordan, the Indian T20 League points table rightly reflects that success in the tournament depends heavily on the mistakes made on the auction table.
Here are the worst buys of the 2020 season.
ROBIN UTHAPPA | Team Rajasthan
The former Kolkata star was already at the dusk of his career when Rajasthan decided to secure his services. The 2014 orange cap holder, who had propelled Kolkata to their second league title with 660 runs that season, never repeated that feat in the following five seasons with the franchise. However, Rajasthan decided to spill Rs. 3 crores on Uthappa regardless of the evident decline, and what followed is not surprising at all. Uthappa has managed to score just 83 runs in his first six matches with a strike rate of 98.18.
GLENN MAXWELL | Team Punjab
Glenn Maxwell’s last big season in the tournament came in 2014 when his 552-run tally helped Punjab reach the final. Though Maxwell proved to be handy in 2017 with 310 runs and seven wickets to his name, Indian T20 League had already seen more effective all-rounders by then. But Punjab decided to show trust in the Australian yet again – shelling out a whopping Rs. 10.75 crores this time – and Maxwell has reliably disappointing. Playing all the first eight matches for Punjab, he has scored only 58 runs and scalped just one wicket from them.
SHIMRON HETMEYER | Team Delhi
Yet another T20 star whose one rare performance against India was treated as a career-defining moment by the Indian T20 League franchises. Shimron Hetmyer’s fireworks in a 2018 limited-over series in India led Bangalore to pick him in the 2019 season auction, but he could score just 90 runs in five matches. Delhi repeated the mistake this season by getting the West Indian for Rs. 7.75 crores and Hetmyer has managed just 91 runs in the first six matches.
CHRIS JORDAN | Team Punjab
One would feel sorry for Chris Jordan’s injury-plagued career that stopped him from becoming one of the best death-over bowlers in the business. But, when his weakness and lack of confidence were so evident one would question Punjab‘s decision to spend Rs. 3 crores on the bowler. Jordan’s last exploits in the tournament came in 2016 when he had taken 11 wickets in nine matches. He hardly played over the next two seasons and this time, he has only one wicket from his first four matches at an economy rate of 11.07.
JAYDEV UNADKAT | Team Rajasthan
Unlike others on the list, Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t really a burnout although he was continuously getting released ahead of the auctions for the past three years. The left-arm pacer was first bought by Rajasthan for Rs 11.50 crore in 2018 and again for 8.40 crore for the 2019 season. However, Unadkat was sold only for Rs 1 crore this time despite the bowler taking 77 wickets in 73 matches, which included two five-wicket hauls. His decline was apparent, if not evident, and he has been an underperformer this season – claiming only four wickets in six matches at an economy of 9.57.
TOM CURRAN | Team Rajasthan
Tom Curran hasn’t been an IPL material since the first match he played for Kolkata back in 2018. He was limited to five matches that season where he took six wickets at an expensive economy of 11.6. Rajasthan went for the English all-rounder this time and although he was picked for his base price of Rs. 1 crore, Curran has still been a liability, nonetheless. He has taken just three wickets in five matches at an economy of 11.44.
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