The IPL is an unpredictable game. Some of the costliest buys prove to be futile in reaching up to the expectations on them. Here are some players who were exciting buys this IPL but failed to make an impact in their debut games.
- Evin Lewis, Mumbai Indians
This Caribbean player was called as the replacement to Chris Gayle. He had a vast experience of opening the game along with Chris Gayle. He was bought by the franchise for a massive sum of Rs.3.8 crores in the auctions this year. Earlier, he thrashed Indian bowlers with his century in a T20 match in 2017. He made his debut in the IPL in the curtain-raiser match against Chennai Super Kings but was dismissed in the third over of the innings by Deepak Chahar.
- Krishnappa Gautam, Rajasthan Royals
He was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of Rs. 6.2 crores. He has a good T20 track-record and picked 20 wickets off 27 games at an economy rate of 7.06. He is a good batsman in the lower order with a strike rate above 125. But he failed to reach up to the expectations in his debut match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018. He was dismissed for a duck in that game.
- Mark Wood, Chennai Super Kings
This English bowler is one of the fastest pacers around the world. He was expected to take care of the death overs for the yellow army as the team has less number of significant pacers. But he failed to reach the expectations for his price tag of Rs.1.5 crores in the first game against Mumbai Indians. He conceded 47 runs in that game without a wicket and was dropped for the second game against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
- D’Arcy Short
This Australian opener was bought by the Rajasthan Royals franchise for a huge sum of Rs.4 crores. He is the highest run-getter for Hobart Hurricanes the Big Bash League 2017-18 with the highest strike rate of 149 and the score of 572 runs from 11 games at an average of 57.20. He made his debut in T20s against New Zealand and England earlier this year. He was bought by the franchise after a tough competition with Delhi DareDevils in the auctions. He faced only four balls in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad and was run out by Kane Williamson.