The IPL auctions of 2021 saw several franchises buying some of the top T20 players by paying them hefty fees. Though some of the auctioned players have met the expectations of the franchises, few players did not justify the expensive price tag and struggled to perform as the tournament progressed.
Listed below are some of the most expensive players from the IPL 2021 auction who haven’t delivered as per expectations:
Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings)
Australian pacer Riley Meredith has struggled to perform in IPL 2021 with just four wickets from five matches. The 24-year-old player hasn’t bowled a match-winning spell so far and is already feeling the heat in the second leg of the tournament. After being paid whopping 8 crores by Punjab Kings during the IPL auction in February this year, Riley was expected to lead the pace attack along with Mohammed Shami but hasn’t been impressive so far. The Australian pacer is capable of bowling at the speed of 140 kmph but is an underperformer for his franchise Punjab Kings in IPL 2021.
Shivam Dube (Rajasthan Royals)
Shivam Dube has been a regular in Indian Premier League seasons and has already played many matches for multiple franchises. The all-rounder was signed for 4.40 crores by Rajasthan Royals during the IPL auctions this year. Dube who had the base price of Rs 50 lakh went up to fetch Rs 4.40 crore but he hasn’t impressed with the bat or ball during the tournament. In six matches Dube scored 145 runs at an average of 24.16.
Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in Kyle Jamieson by paying a huge amount of 15 crores during IPL 2021 auctions in Chennai. After acquiring the services of the New Zealand pacer, RCB was expecting some match-winning spells by the super bouncer but he could not meet the franchise expectations. He managed some wickets but didn’t prove his mettle in the bowling department.
Krishnappa Gowtham (Chennai Super Kings)
Chennai Super Kings hired Krishnappa Gowtham for an exorbitant 9.25 crores during IPL auctions and he became the most expensive uncapped Indian cricketer in the history of IPL. The Karnataka all-rounder has been part of Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings and has delivered for the teams with both bat and ball in crucial IPL matches over the years. This year he was part of the star-studded lineup of CSK but played only as a substitute in CSK’s seven games, despite the franchise’s most expensive bid at the 2021 IPL auctions.
Jhye Richardson (PBKS)
Though Jhye Richardson made a buzz after the Aussie bagged 14 crores by the Punjab Kings franchise during IPL 2021 auctions, he didn’t have a good season despite signing the huge contract. The right-arm pacer couldn’t produce economic bowling spells in sub-continent conditions and has been struggling with his form in the current IPL season.