The Indian Premier League (IPL) is widely known as a cash-rich league for a reason. The players who go under the hammer, are bought by franchises for quite hefty amounts with the records for the same broken every year. Hence, the franchise owners, who heavily invest in the cricketers, want them to live up to the same instead of falling flat.
However, not many players can do that as the pressure of the price tag weighs heavy on them, leading to underperformance. For instance, when Delhi Daredevils dished out a record-breaking sum of INR 16 crores on Yuvraj Singh in 2015, little did they know that the southpaw would not be able to justify it. Similarly, in IPL 2020 as well, a few players are falling in that category.
We take a look at five costliest batsmen, who have failed to perform in IPL 2020 so far:
Dinesh Karthik – INR 7.74 crores:
Kolkata Knight Riders have shelled INR 7.4 crores on their captain Dinesh Karthik. However, Dinesh Karthik has not justified the price tag by any stretch of the imagination, at least with the bat. The right-handed batsman averages a meagre 9.80 in five matches with 49 runs.
The five matches so far have produced a best of 30. However, Karthik’s captain has not been questionable, considering that the two-time champions are on the fourth position in the points table. However, critics have backed Eoin Morgan to take over as the skipper.