Vivo IPL 2021: The Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has stepped into its final phase where the best of the best four teams will compete against each other in a knockout round to give the final winner of the gala tournament. The league stages went smoothly in two phases and different players from each team made their names with their brilliant gameplay.
Similar to each season, the auctions were held before the start of season fourteen and several players bagged hefty prices for their services. It was reminded to be seen if the million dollar babies manage to perform up to their best and justify their price tag.
As of now, we are out of the league stages and four teams are already knocked out of the tournament while four teams are still competing to bag the coveted trophy and we can make a few assessments of player performances by looking at their stats in the Vivo IPL 2021.
The article will take you through the top 3 Million dollar babies who flopped in the Vivo IPL 2021.
Top 3 Million dollar babies who flopped in the Vivo IPL 2021:
3. Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings):
The big-name of Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL), Sheffield Shield and other first-class matches, Jhye Richardson, was expected to be an X-factor for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Vivo IPL 2021 after his recent success in the BBL 10. However, the pacer failed to contribute with his bowling abilities to the team’s success.
Owning the tag of fourth most expensive buy (INR 14 Crores) of the Vivo IPL 2021 auctions, Jhye Richardson failed to live up to the PBKS expectations as he got to play just three IPL matches with Punjab based franchise.
The speedster leaked runs in his only three outings and was bowling with an economy of over 10 and picked just three wickets. Though he opted out of the second leg of the Vivo IPL 2021 in UAE, Richardson is considered a big fail in the IPL 2021.
2. Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore):
The kiwi lanky bowling all-rounder, Kyle Jamieson, was deemed as one of the best steal deals during the auctions of the Vivo IPL 2021. The New Zealand pacer bagged the tag of the second most expensive bid of the Vivo IPL 2021 at INR 15 Crores.
Owing to his test brilliance, Jamieson was expected to replicate his white-ball performance in the T20s as well, however, that did not happen. The all-rounder featured in nine IPL matches for RCB and picked as many wickets with an invaluable economy of 9.60.
Jamieson also misfired with the bat when given the opportunity. His calibre in international cricket was anything but more than 65 runs with the best score of 16.
It can be said that Kyle Jamieson, though, has misfired, but the all-rounder is still in his early days in the shortest format and can surely improve if exposed to more such encounters.
1. Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals):
South African bowling all-rounder, Chris Morris, shattered all the past records in the Vivo IPL 2021 as he went on to bag a handsome sum of INR 16.25 Crores, making it the costliest buy in history of the cash-rich league.
Inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the bid for Morris and the franchise would have been happy at that point, of course, on their off-field win, however, that was surely not the case during the on-field encounters.
Morris played 11 matches and scalped 15 wickets with an economy of 9.17. Out of those 15 wickets, most came in India’s leg as the all-rounder failed drastically in the UAE surface.
Not being able to justify his price tag, Morris wasn’t a potent weapon as he leaked runs on crunch situations. Moreover, his batting experience with Rajasthan Royals (RR) wasn’t memorable either. The all-rounder managed to amass 67 runs in 11 matches.