Rajasthan Royals (RR) fought pretty hard in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) two-day long mega-auction this year – to bag the services of left-arm Indian pacer Jaydev Unadkat.
Moreover, it was held way back in January. They broke their bank to acquire the services of two of the costliest players in the auction leg.
The Royals were looking to make a strong team. It was given the fact that they were returning to the tournament after a gap of a couple of years. They were suspended from the tournament for two years along with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) due to their owner’s involvement in the 2013 betting scandal.
The team management spent INR 11.5 crore to bag the services of Unadkat. The left-arm pacer played a vital role in the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) for the tenth edition. He ended the tournament as the second highest wicket-taker.
For his consistent performances last year, Unadkat was bound to be a hot pick in this edition of the tournament. The Kings XI and the Super Kings continued the bidding war till INR 11 crore before Rajasthan came and snatched the player for INR 11.5 crore.
Unadkat courtesy of his huge price tag became the second costliest player in the auction after England’s Ben Stokes. The all-rounder from England also failed to make a mark all through the tournament. He proved to be a liability for the inaugural champions of the competition.
Unadkat too came into the tournament with a huge level of expectations. However, he failed miserably and couldn’t live up to the price tag and the hype with which he came into the tournament.
Cost per wicket for Jaydev Unadkat:
Unadkat bagged 11 wickets from 15 matches at an expensive economy rate of 9.65 and an unimpressive average of 44.18. If we try to break this down to his price per wicket it will definitely leave you in splits.
When his cost per wicket is calculated it amounts to a whopping INR 1.04 core per wicket. Just extraordinary isn’t it?
The Paceman is also the most expensive bowler in the competition in terms of money per wicket. Royals managed to scrape through to the playoffs after winning their final group game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
However, they lost the eliminator to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to bow out of the tournament.