5 over-priced players who got more than what they deserved
IPL is one of the most popular franchise-based T20 leagues in the world. The tournament has grown in stature with each passing year. With that, the paychecks that the players take home has also increased exponentially. The teams do not shy away from dishing out big bucks for the players they feel can make the difference. The most stinging fact about IPL auctions and the huge bucks involved in it is the fact that apart from the big names in international cricket, even the lesser known players earn huge amounts at the auction. Players who have no or very little international experience have bagged huge sums of money.
Murugan Ashwin, Tymal Mills, Krunal Pandya are a prime example of untested players getting big bucks at the auction. Also, some international stars attract huge bids primarily on their reputation.
While some of these players have been able to live up to the big bucks put on them, others have succumbed under the pressure of the price tag.
This year too there were players who might have got what they actually deserved. Here is a list of 5 players who got more than what they deserved at the auction.
#5 Barinder Sran - 3.4 cr (Mumbai Indians)
Mumbai Indians struggled last season because of the lack of depth in the bowling department. They seemed to be over-dependent on Jasprit Bumrah. In order to rectify that, they bought a lot of pacers at the auction. One of those pacers is Barinder Sran. Sran made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals in 2015.
A year later, he made his international debut for Team India. The Punjab pacer impressed everyone in IPL 2016 where he took 14 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were crowned champions that year. Sran then shifted base in 2018 and played for Kings XI Punjab where he failed to make an impact.
In the six matches for the Kings, the 26-year-old took just 4 wickets and proved to be very expensive giving away runs at an economy of 10.40. With such inconsistent track record, Sran will consider himself lucky to get 3.4 cr.