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IPL 2018: Ben Stokes to Jaydev Unadkat, 10 big money players who failed to impress


The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League has reached its business end. Like the previous seasons, this year too the franchises had spent big in the auction to lift coveted trophy. The league has given us many new talents likely Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant and many more. However, there are also many star players who have failed to live up to the expectations. Players like Glenn Maxwell, Ben Stokes who are among the highest paid of IPL 2018, failed to set the stage of fire. Here, we look at 10 expensive players who failed to perform this year:

Ben Stokes (Rs 12.5 cr)

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The Englishman had a forgettable season this year. Just like last year, this year at the auctions, Stokes was bought for whopping 12.5 cr, but with his performance, he failed to live up to the price. Ben Stokes scored 186 runs in 13 games and managed to get just 8 wickets. Stokes failed to perform last year where he was instrumental in taking the Rising Pune Supergiants to the final. His batting though was a major letdown throughout the season. Though he came up with a few useful contributions, he failed to convert them into substantial match-winning scores.

Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 11.5 cr)

Rajasthan Royals bowler Jaydev Unadkat during the 2018 IPL match. / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN / GETTYOUT

Stokes’ Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) teammate Jaydev Unadkat is another one who was bought by Rajasthan Royals at a whopping price. Undakat was bought for Rs 11.5 crore which shocking everyone. But he has failed to use any of his variations successfully. Playing for RPS, Unadkat was a very effective death bowler but this year he sank and grabbed only 11 wickets in 15 matches. Initially, Unadkat hasn’t done enough to justify his price tag. He was also trolled for his poor performance.

Axar Patel (Rs 12.5 cr)


Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) retained its most famous all-rounder Axar Patel for Rs 6.75 crore. But the all-rounder failed to justify his retention. In just 9 games, Patel grabbed only three wickets and scored only 80 runs.

Manish Pandey (Rs 11 cr)

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Manish Pandey has been a consistent performer in the IPL over the years. Pandey was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 crore. Though he didn’t get chance to show his charisma in the first match but failed to get going in the next two matches. The SRH are still in contention but so far in 15 matches, Pandey has scored 284 runs so far.

Glenn Maxwell (Rs 9 cr)


Aussie Glenn Maxwell was bought by Delhi Daredevils (DD) for a massive price of Rs 9 crore after Kings XI didn’t show any interest to retain him. He came into the tournament in sizzling form and high expectations. However, he failed to deliver for his side and this was the major reason for their position at the points table. Playing in 12 matches, Maxwell scored just 169 runs.

Krunal Pandya (Rs 8.8 cr)

Mumbai Indians cricketer Krunal Pandya (C) during the 2018 IPL match. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / GETTYOUT

The whole Mumbai Indians squad had a forgettable season. They struggled with the bat, bowl and fielding. Krunal was retained by the defending champions for Rs 8.8 crore at the auction. Earlier successful with bat and bowl, Krunal struggled. With the bat, Krunal scored 181 runs in ten matches and bagged 9 wickets in 10 matches.

Chris Morris (Rs 7.1 cr)

The South African all-rounder Chris Morris was retained by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 7.1 crore. However, he too had a forgettable season. His lean patch has a similarity with DD’s poor IPL campaign. Morris is a vital cog of DD set up, so his inconsistency meant Delhi suffered a lot. He was ruled out from the tournament with injury but before that he played 4 games where he took 3 wickets and scored merely 27 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 7.5 cr)


Jadeja was one of three players retained by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Before the start of IPL 2018, MS Dhoni had said Jadeja will be used more as a batsman, a reason why he has been batting above Dwayne Bravo. However, the all-rounder has failed to find his form this season, scoring only 89 runs in 15 matches and grabbing 10 wickets in 15 games.

Chris Woakes (Rs 7.4 cr)

Another Englishman, Chris Woakes failed to live up to expectations. Woakes had an impressive debut campaign last year where he grabbed 17 wickets in 13 games. And thanks to that he was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 7.4 crore, which was a huge sum investigated on the English player. However, this season he picked up 8 wickets and leaked runs at an economy rate of 10.36 per over. Moreover, most of his wickets came in the last few balls of his spell when the damage was already done. He was also unimpressive with the bat and failed to provide any support. Woakes was dropped after just five games and he spent his time on the bench for the rest of the season.

Sanju Samson (Rs 8 cr)

Sanju Samson during the 2018 IPL match.

The pocket-size dynamite Sanju Samson returned to Rajasthan Royals after two years. Royals bought the Kerala batsman for Rs 8 crore at the auction. Though Sanju started the season with a bang scoring 92 off 45 runs but initially his game started dropping. This season in all 15 matches, Samson scored 441 runs at an average of 31.50.

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