Today, we will have a look at the players who fetched crores of rupees at the IPL auction but now are finding it difficult to find a berth in the playing XI. Here is the list of Crorepatis who are waiting for their chances this season:
Irfan Pathan – His is the biggest name in this list, but not s surprising, one, as it is not the first time that he has been neglected by MS Dhoni despite much experience under his belt. For the past one year, Dhoni is testing Irfan’s patience as he has only played one game under Dhoni’s captaincy. Looking at Irfan’s numbers in the Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, his benching by Dhoni looks very surprising. He was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 wickets to his name and also scored valuable 200 runs with the bat for his team Baroda.
Though Dhoni hs given just one chance to Pathan this season, but this man deserves something more than that. Still there are a few matches to go, but Dhoni giving a chance to Pathan again looks dim as we are very much familiar with the rigid attitude of Dhoni.
Nathu Singh – When Mumbai Indians purchased him for a whopping Rs 3.2 crore, it was expected that inexperienced Nathu will be the new ball bowler for this team as in just a short period of six months the Rajasthan lad has drawn much and unexpected limelight riding on the spark which he has got in him.
It was this spark which forced the selectors to pick Nathu in the Board President’s team against the visiting South Africa team. Many even thought that Nathu may be handed the Indian cap if he performs well in the IPL. But Mumbai Indians have shattered the dreams of the young pacer and also of those who were expecting him to play in this year’s IPL. More than half of the tournament has been played and Nathu is still warming the bench. Cricket experts who have followed Nathu right from Day 1 of Ranji Trophy can’t fathom why he has not been given an IPL cap till now.
Eklavya Dwivedi – The wicketkeeper-batsman from Uttar Pradesh who has formerly been part of two IPL teams viz. Chennai Super Kings and Pune Warriors is among the players who are yet to step on the field in this year’s IPL. The U.P. lad scored 258 runs in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy and was instrumental in U.P.’s lifting the T20 trophy. But, he is still finding it difficult to break into the playing XI.
His aggressive batting skills and good run in Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy strengthened his case which fetched him an amount of Rs 1 crore at the auctions as Gujarat Lions were eager to get him into their squad, probably due to presence of his state teammate and captain of Gujarat Lions Suresh Raina. But now that he has not got a chance to showcase his talent, it looks like he has been ill-treated by the franchise.
Ankit Rajpoot – The Uttar Pradesh fast bowler, who had a base price of just Rs 10 lakh was purchased by KKR for Rs 1.5 crore. Surley the coaches would have been impressed by his skills and form in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, as the lanky bowler grabbed 14 wickets. But the team management is reluctant to give him a chance. Now his chances of playing a game look low as the KKR team has well-settled bowling line-up with no scope of any change.
Jaydev Unadkat – He jumped from base price of Rs 30 lakh to Rs 1.6 crore as KKR decided to add the young speedster to their team. But as the tournament has passes by, many were surprised not to see the star of the Saurashtra team in the Ranji Trophy not getting enough chances.
Unadkat has been given only a single chance till now, in which he conceded 49 runs and went wicketless. Surely these numbers hurt his chances. But he is still young and can be the future of Indian bowling line-up if he is given chances and motivation just like others. His chances of playing another game in the IPL look dim.