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IPL 2024: Millionaires at auction, 'flops' on the field

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Another millionaire Australian who has had a disappointing performance in this year's IPL is Cameron Greene. Green was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 17.5 crore in the 2023 IPL auction. Mumbai sold him to Royal Challengers Bangalore at that price before this auction. But this all-rounder could not fulfill the expectations of his new franchise. He scored 68 runs in just 17 matches in 5 matches. The strike rate is also not up to the demands of T20; 107.94. Bengaluru relied on Green to increase the run rate in the middle overs but failed to reciprocate even in one over. He is also very good with the ball. He took only 2 wickets at an economy rate of 9.40. Green lost his place in Bengaluru's eleven after failing to get repeated opportunities. Bengaluru management kept Green in the last match against his former franchise Mumbai. Will Jacks debuted instead of him. Although the English all-rounder did not do very well in the first match (8 runs from 8 balls, 1 wicket for 24 runs from 2 overs from bowling), it is safe to assume that he will be given at least one more match. If Jacks does well in the next game, Green may have to spend the rest of the season warming the bench.
Sam Curren (Punjab Kings)
Sam Curran made a great contribution to England winning the 2022 T20 World Cup. The World Cup final and tournament-best player recognition came in the auction. The base price of this young all-rounder was Rs 2 crore. However, a tussle started between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings over him in the auction. In the end, Punjab brought him to the team for 18.5 million rupees. Before this season, he was the most expensive player in IPL history. Not only the auction, he became the highest paid cricketer in the history of IPL. At that price, Karen is retained by Punjab this year. But where can you pay the high price? Even though he won the man of the match award by scoring a fifty in his first match of the tournament, his performance has declined since then. His next 4 innings were 23, 0, 5 and 29. Karen's strike rate of 120 runs at an average of 24 in 5 matches is not very favorable; 126.32, which is much lower than the strike rate of the previous four seasons. He is quite scratchy with the ball. He took 6 wickets at an economy rate of 9.07.
Alzari Joseph (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
3.4 overs-1 maiden-12 runs-6 wickets. In 2019, Alzari Joseph impressed everyone with his bowling debut in the IPL, which is still the best bowling figure in the history of the competition. Joseph, who won the title for Mumbai Indians that season, was also a member of the 2022 champions Gujarat Titans. This time, Joseph was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who never won the title, with high hopes. Bengaluru had to fetch Rs 11.5 crore in the auction to bring him into the team, making him the fifth most expensive player this season. But like Maxwell-Green, Joseph has disappointed the team. Bengaluru's perennial bowling woes have been compounded by the 27-year-old's relentless bowling from the Caribbean. 38/0 in 3.4 overs, 43/1 in 4 overs, 34/0 in 2 overs—these are Joseph's bowling performances in this year's IPL. The economy rate is terrible—11.90. After bowling badly in the first 3 matches, Bengaluru finally dropped him in the face of fan demands on social media.
Harshal Patel (Punjab Kings)
Horshal Patel took 32 wickets in 2021 IPL, which is only in that event; Joint highest with Dwayne Bravo in all seasons. Horshal, who received a call-up to the Indian national team as a reward for his bowling excellence that season, was also in the 2022 T20 World Cup squad. Some even started calling him 'Purple Patel' in association with the 'Purple Cap' symbol of the IPL's highest wicket-taker. However, he was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore after not doing very well in 2022 and 2023 IPL (33 wickets in 28 matches at an economy rate of 8.66). However, the 33-year-old pacer won the auction this time. He was bought by Punjab Kings for 11 crore 75 lakh rupees. He became the fourth highest price in this auction and the most expensive Indian cricketer. But Horshal could not keep the high price standard. Dedar has taken only 6 wickets in 5 matches so far. Economy Rate 10.55; That too looks a bit modest given 30 runs in the last match. He scored at least 44 runs in each of the first 4 matches.
Apart from this, among the known players, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj, Shikhar Dhawan, Mitchell Marsh, who were sold at a high price, have not been able to do justice to the names so far. The performance of Australian pacer Spencer Johnson, who was sold to Gujarat Titans for Rs 10 crore, has also not been promising (3 wickets at an economy rate of 9.21 in 4 matches). Riley Russo (Rs. 8 crore), Rovman Powell (Rs. 7.4 million), who are in the list of the most expensive 10 players, have not yet got a chance to play.

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