Every year, IPL throws players who cannot live up to the expectations which are seen in the form of price tags these players get in the auction. Reputation and recent form also play a vital role in high expectations. When the league stage of this year has come to an end, let’s have a look at five players who had huge expectations but couldn’t do so –
1. Sarfaraz Khan
This youngster was bought for the whopping sum of Rs. 1.75 Crores by Royal Challengers Bangalore. But he failed miserably to justify the expectations of the team in both batting and bowling. He is one of the biggest disappointments of the year for both team and IPL due to whom they couldn’t perform well.
2. Yuvraj Singh
One of the best strikers, it goes without saying that Yuvraj Singh sparked the bidding in 2015. He was bought for Rs.16 Cr by Delhi Daredevils but he didn’t do much to justify his price. He scored only 248 runs out of 14 matches at an average of poor 19.07 at a strike rate of modest 118.09 in 2015. Punjab owned Yuvraj Singh for 2 Crore this year in IPL. This year, his strike rate was even worse. He played 6 matches and scored just 50 runs. So, he is one of the biggest flops in IPL 2018.
3. Washington Sundar
After winning the Player of the Series at the Nidahas Trophy, there was a lot of hope with Washington Sundar to keep up with his good form in IPL but it didn’t pan out. The all-rounder took only four wickets in seven games at an economy of 9.60 and his batting was poorest.
Even worse, Sundar was dropped off playing XI in the second half of the league. Initially, he was expected to come out as an all-rounder to add balance to RCB that they lacked in past seasons so far. But Sundar has finally found a place in the team against Ireland for T20Is and he will try to return his best if he plays.
4. Glenn Maxwell
This player attracted the price tag of whopping nine crores due to which expectations were too high this year. He was supposed to be the winner who would be at the heart of Daredevils in the IPL. But he couldn’t perform well even at the one match.
Though he played some good cameos in the first few matches, the overall scored only 169 in 12 innings at 14.08 on average. But he was expected a lot from Daredevils and their fans. As the tournament wore on, his form seemed to deteriorate and both critics and fans wanted him to be dropped. But management still had faith in Maxwell and they will hope more to repay that faith in next editions of IPL.
5. Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch, who was bought for 6.20 crores by Kings XI Punjab, had terrible IPL season. He scored only 134 runs in 9 innings at 16.75 on average and he couldn’t score 50 on even one match. Initially, he faced two back to back ducks and he couldn’t make any impact on some occasions. In the batting lineup, his position was not settled. When the Kings are out of the race, Finch will hope for a better role in next editions.