IPL 2018: 5 expensive buys nobody remembers now
Known amongst the richest sporting contests in the world, the Indian Premier League lore is full of rags to riches stories. The lucrative contracts in the auctions have enriched the financial security of several rookies. Remember the story of Mohammed Siraj? Son of an auto rickshaw driver, the fast bowler's life changed forever after being bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 2.6 crores in the 2017 auctions. One year down the line, a capped Siraj has been picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same price as Hyderabad. Similar stories can be told of T. Natarajan, Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan and the others.
However, IPL has also seen riches to rags stories – those in which the players went big in the auctions, but couldn’t make the most of their debut season. Subsequently, their IPL stardom remained restricted to their astronomical contract, while they slowly fizzled away.
Here’s looking at 5 such cricketers who made noise in the auctions but not on the field, and were subsequently dropped.
#5 Eklavya Dwivedi
Wicket-keeper batsman Eklavya Dwivedi top-scored for Uttar Pradesh in the 2016 Syed Mushtaque Ali Trophy, following which the Gujarat Lions snapped him up for a whopping 1 crore. The middle-order batsman was previously a part of Chennai Super Kings and Pune Warriors too but didn’t play a single game for either of the two franchises.
After joining the club of millionaires in 2016, the middle-order batsman made his IPL debut for the Lions but later went bust in the tournament. He managed only 24 runs from 4 games before being dropped. Following that, he was not retained by his side and went unsold this year too.