Indian premier league is one of the most competitive leagues that consist of legends from the cricket world. Millions of fans look for marvelous performance from their favorite players. Also, IPL is a platform on which players make a long-lasting impression in hearts of cricket fans. But, some of the players in IPL struggle with performance and can’t handle the pressure.
There have been players in IPL that were full of promise but in reality, failed to impress. In this article we look at some of the biggest flops in IPL history; players who were bought for a high price but failed to justify their price tag.
Bagged by Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2009, the English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was bought for a whopping $1.5 million. He was the most expensive player at the time but even though he had the high price tag, his IPL career never really took off.
He debuted against Mumbai Indians and his scoreboard read 4-0-44-1. In the following match, he scored 24 off 23 balls but it didn’t help his IPL career much. But his third and last match ended badly when he bowled one of the most expensive spells in IPL with 4-0-50-0. After the humiliating performance he flew back for his knee injury and since then he has called IPL waste of time.
South African all-rounder Tyron Henderson was fetched by Rajasthan Royals for $100,000. He was even featured on BBC among the “five players to look out for.” However, just like Flintoff, Henderson also had a torrid IPL 2009 season. Even though he came into the league after a successful stint for Middlesex in 2008, yet he was not able to perform in IPL.
He struggled to perform and played only two matches. In those games, he scored only 11 runs and picked one wicket. It was not the performance Rajasthan selectors were anticipating. After that, he was able to play one more match in the IPL but nothing big came out of that inning either.
Not far off, in 2016 Pawan Negi was sold for a whopping over a million dollars making him one of the most expensive players in IPL history. Bagged by Delhi DareDevils there was a lot of pressure on Negi to perform because of his high price tag.
However, Negi proved to be arguably the biggest flops in IPL scoring only 57 runs in 8 matches. Such a strike rate was unacceptable in T20 format and even his spins didn’t help. In the tournament, Negi was not able to make any significant impact with his ball. However after such a horrendous season, Negi has returned in form but still, he will be seen as one of the biggest flops in IPL.