Chennai will host the 2021 IPL auction on February 18. Every franchise and many players are waiting for it, while cricket fans are thrilled to see the player selections including the most expensive player in the IPL auction.
In the past history of IPL auctions, we have seen many fights between franchises to buy a player, which ultimately makes the player more expensive. While some more expensive players enjoyed these IPL seasons, other more expensive players struggled during these special IPL seasons.
We’re talking about the costliest players here who failed to impress that season as he became the worst buy this season. Here we have excluded names that have played very few games (like 2 or 3 games) during those special IPL seasons.
IPL 2021: worst buy of every season (most expensive players who failed)
IPL 2008: Ishant Sharma
The great Indian right arm stimulator Ishant sharma was the fourth costliest player in the 2008 IPL auction, as Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for US $ 950,000, mostly due to his early success in his international career. But the grand pacer had very difficult times throughout the IPL 2008 as he only managed to pick up 8 wickets in 13 games.
IPL 2009: Kevin Pietersen
Then the English cricketer Kevin pietersen was the costliest player in the 2009 IPL auction with national teammate Andrew Flintoff. While both were sold for $ 1.55 million each in this auction, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bought Flintoff and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the bid over Pietersen.
Both played for a limited time in this 2009 IPL due to their international commitment. Pietersen was the captain of the RCB team, but he scored 93 points and won 4 wickets in six games of this tournament. Although the Pietersen-led RCB struggled at the start of this tournament, they eventually finished as a runner-up under Anil Kumble.
IPL 2010: Mohammad Kaif
Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif surprisingly became the fifth most expensive player in the 2010 IPL auction, although he received no bids during the initial phase of that auction. Later, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bought it for US $ 250,000. But in four matches this IPL season, Kaif has scored just 28 points.
IPL 2011: Robin Uthappa
Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa was the second most expensive player in the 2011 IPL auction. At this auction, Pune Warriors India (PWI) presented their winning bid of US $ 2.1 million to secure the winner of the ICC World T20 2007. But it was not a memorable IPL season for Uthappa who scored just 264 points in 11 games (avg 26.40; strike rate 126.31), including his best score of 45 points.
IPL 2012: Ravindra Jadeja
In the 2012 IPL auction, versatile Indian player Ravindra Jadeja was the most expensive player as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bought him for US $ 2 million. But its performance during that season did not match its auction price. In this IPL season, as CSK finished second, Jadeja has scored 191 points and taken 12 wickets in 19 games this season.
IPL 2013: Abhishek Nayar
Indian all-rounder Abhishek Nayar was the fourth costliest player at the 2013 IPL. Pune Warriors India (PWI) won the bid for US $ 675,000. But this all-rounder hasn’t shone all this season in the roles of batsman and bowler. After appearing in 11 matches this season, Nayar has scored just 66 points and has taken just 2 wickets for PWI.
IPL 2014: Kevin Pietersen
At the 2014 IPL auction, England star cricketer Kevin Pietersen became the third most expensive player. Delhi Daredevils bought him for INR 9 crore, but his performance was not strong enough that season. In 11 matches this season, Pietersen has scored 294 points (average 29.40; strike rate 126.18). He only managed to perform well this season at the end of the league phase, where he scored his only half-century in this tournament with two more 40s from this tournament.
IPL 2015: Yuvraj Singh
Versatile experienced Indian Yuvraj Singh was the highest-priced player at the 2015 IPL as Delhi Daredevils offered him the highest bid in that auction for INR 16 crore. However, the all-rounder has been hugely disappointing in his performance during this IPL season. After playing all 14 games that season, Yuvraj scored 248 points and only wicket. Although the left-handed batsman hit two half centuries that season, his stick was not strong enough that season.
IPL 2016: Pawan Negi
Indian all-rounder Pawan Negi was the second most expensive player in the 2016 IPL auction. Once again Delhi Daredevils made a huge bid for one player by winning the bid on Negi for INR 8.5 crore. However, Negi disappointed that season scoring 57 points (avg 28.50; hit rate 96.61) and winning a wicket in 8 matches.
IPL 2017: Tymal Mills
England left arm stimulator Tymal Mills was the second most expensive cricketer in the 2017 IPL auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made him the highest bid of INR 12 crore to secure him in the squad. However, the fast bowler only played five games that season where he managed to pick up five wickets.
IPL 2018: Ben Stokes
While Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) finished second in the 2017 IPL, its all-round star Ben Stokes took home the Most Valuable Player of the Year award. So it’s no surprise that English all-rounder Stokes became the most expensive player in this auction. This time the Rajasthan Royals (RR) return team bought it for INR 12.50 crore. However, he disappointed everyone by scoring 196 points and winning 8 wickets in 13 games this season.
IPL 2019: Jaydev Unadkat
Despite his struggle at IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals (RR) again put the highest bid for Indian left arm stimulator Jaydev Unadkat in the IPL 2019 auction, where he ultimately became the actor. the most expensive of this auction. Rajasthan Royals finally got Unadkat in IPL 2019 auction after placing the winning bid of IPL 8.4 crore. But again, Unadkat failed to impress, scoring 10 wickets in 11 IPL 2019 games.
IPL 2020: Pat Cummins
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins was the highest priced player at the 2020 IPL auction. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ultimately won this bid for INR 15.5 crore. Although he improved his performance at the end of this tournament, Cummins has only got 12 wickets in 14 games this IPL season. During that time, he also scored half a century in the 2020 IPL by scoring 146 points in 14 games (avg 20.85; strike rate 128.07), but he couldn’t close the gap.