Among the primary disappointments in terms of performance this season, stands a beleaguered Irfan Pathan. The Delhi Daredevils inductee was sold into the outfit for a whopping 1.9 million. But batting at the crucial No.6 slot for the side, he was hardly able to play the kind of pivotal knocks befitting that position.
His unimpressive run aggregate of 150 runs from 12 innings at an average of 18.75 at strike rate of 108.69 clearly point to the fact that his potential was not adequately tapped. Each run that he scored translates to $12,666.66. One would have expected his role with the ball would compensate. But the new ball paceman took just 11 wickets from 14 matches at an average of over 31. Result: Bad investment.
Another name that comes up as a black spot to his side's fortunes is the Royal Challengers Bangalore's Saurabh Tiwary. Bought by the Vijay Mallya-owned franchise for the princely sum of $1.6 million, each of his meagre 137 runs scored in 11 innings at an average of 17.12 and a poor strike rate of 96.47, cost $11,678.83! He was shuffled up and down the middle order, but to no avail: Tiwary's dismal run continued and only the bright performance of the top order has helped compensate and in effect cover up, for his evident shortcomings. Result: Bad investment.
Then Daniel Christian was the surprise buy for the Deccan Chargers, going for $1 million. But the Hyderabad-based team was cheated: Christian only managed to notch up a poor 190 runs with the bat from 13 innings at an average of 17.27 and a high of 30. Thus, each of his runs have cost $5,263.16. Since Christian is however an allrounder, DC was hoping he would at least deliver with the ball. But that role yielded him juist 11 wickets at an average of 31.81. Result: Bad investment. Kieron Pollard, the hard-hitting West Indian allrounder, who was retained by the
Mumbai Indians prior the auction for $900,000, has also failed to live up to expectations. Batting in the middle order, he has accumulated a mere 143 runs at an average of 15.88 and a strike of 112.59, well below his standard. Thus, he has been charging $6,293.77 per run he has scored. Pollard hasn't even been that hot as a bowler, garnering just 9 scalps from 15 matches at a sloppy average of 37.44. Result: Bad investment.
Finally, that wily old fox Muttiah Muralitharan could be considered another cosltly mistake, this time for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. He was bought by the southern franchise for 1.1 million. But his 2 wickets from 5 matches this season shows that his IPL star is on the wane. Going at a mind-numbingly poor average of 70.50 and a economy rate of 7.42 means that he has cost his team $6,2932.77 per wicket that he has taken. Result: Bad investment.
These players promised much at the start of the league's fourth edition, but they have failed big time. A chance to consolidate their heavy market value has gone a begging. And now their franchises might not dig too deep in the pocket to purchase these players next time around, if at all even deigning to do so.