Franchisees, especially Kings XI Punjab, have splurged heavily on top players which they feel can help them win the 2018 IPL title. But they have fallen for reputation rather than form or youth when buying some marquee players. Most likely, these purchases are gamble and are most likely to be a liability for the team. Cricwizz takes a look at few purchases in IPL 2018 auction who are going to be a liability for their team.
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Dinesh Karthik: For some reasons, Dinesh Karthik continues to be most sought-after cricketer in limited-overs cricket. He gains first priority for India in ODIs ahead of young names such as KL Rahul. He had a below-par season with Gujarat Lions in the 2017 edition. But franchisees went on a bidding war for the keeper-batsman with Kolkata Knight Riders buying him for Rs 7.4 crore. He had a good season in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, cracking three consecutive fifties. But otherwise, Karthik has not lived up to his billing with previous franchisees in IPL.
Chris Gayle: The West Indian cricketer went unsold twice in the 2018 IPL auctions. He was third time lucky when KXIP bought him at his base price of Rs 2 crore. But it is unlikely that Gayle will be the first-choice openers ahead of KL Rahul and Aaron Finch. Even Gayle’s old team Royal Challengers Bangalore stayed away from bidding on the unpredictable Gayle. Will KXIP’s gamble work? Gayle would, however, prove critics wrong and score bid against his old teams such as RCB and KKR.
Piyush Chawla: He is the fourth highest wicket-taker for Kolkata Knight Riders with 47 wickets from 2014-17. However, Chawla lacks consistency to merit a place in the squad. He has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders with Right to Match card for Rs 4.2 crore. But does he merit such amount? With Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav as first-choice spinners, Chawla will be more of a passenger in the squad.
Yusuf Pathan: He was part of two winning teams for KKR in 2012 and 2014. But his performance was inconsistent throughout. He, along with Gautam Gambhir, were not retained by the owners of Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.90 crore. But will he get a chance to play in the XI? It’s highly unlikely as they have few quality all-rounders in Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi and Carlos Brathwaite. Besides, Pathan is a spent force now.
Shane Watson: Like Chris Gayle, Watson too had been extremely unpredictable in T20 cricket. He has had a poor season with Royal Challengers Bangalore last season. He was bought by Chennai Super Kings @ Rs 4 crore. Just like Gayle, Watson too is a gamble. He will be the first-choice player in the playing XI. Will he lived up to his billing and reputation? He had a fairly decent season with Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League. But IPL is a different ball game.
Marcus Stoinis: Kings XI Punjab retained Australian cricketer Marcus Stoinis by using RTM card after the bidding price on him went as high as Rs 6.20 crore. Stoinis had a poor season with Kings XI Punjab last time. Stoinis scored just 17 runs and took two wickets in 5 games. Stoinis had just one big score to his credit as an Australian cricketer. He scored a brilliant 146* at No 7 at Auckland last year against New Zealand. Stoinis is again a gamble for KXIP just like Chris Gayle.
JP Duminy: The South African all-rounder has failed to live up to his standards and expectations in limited-overs cricket. He has, however, been bagged for Rs 1 crore by Mumbai Indians. Duminy has not set the T20 cricket in fire yet. But Mumbai Indians still bought him. He is also a gamble for the franchisee Mumbai Indians. Duminy would look to prove critics wrong with an all-round performance in 2018 IPL.