IPL 2012 May 27, 2012

Big investments, low returns

Five players who failed to live up to their billing in IPL 2012

Robin Uthappa
Runs: 405 at a strike-rate of 118.07

Pune Warriors paid a whopping $2.1 million for Robin Uthappa in 2011 as they aimed to build a team around him and Yuvraj Singh. This year, in Yuvraj's absence, Uthappa was expected to infuse explosiveness into the batting order. Uthappa ended up as the leading run-scorer for his team, but failed to give any impetus at the top, in a line-up which begged for some urgency.

Harbhajan Singh
Wickets: Six at 64.00
Economy: 7.11

After losing out his India team spot, Harbhajan Singh needed a strong showing in domestic cricket which, unfortunately for him, didn't happen. But when he took the reins of a strong Mumbai Indians team, it was expected that the bright lights of the IPL would inspire Harbhajan to raise his game, like in the Champions League Twenty20 in 2011 where he led them to the title. But while the team qualified for the playoffs, Harbhajan's bowling form took a massive dip as he went 11 matches without a wicket. His return to international cricket remains in serious doubt after he missed a golden opportunity.

Ross Taylor
Runs: 197 at a strike rate of 115.20

Ross Taylor was traded in from Rajasthan Royals as part of Delhi Daredevils' strategic acquisitions at the start of the season to beef up their batting. His failures went unnoticed initially when Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen were bullying other teams. But when finally the calling came, Taylor looked miserably out of touch. For a player of his class, he had only one big-scoring shot - the hoick towards the leg side and bowlers were smart enough to shut it out.

Irfan Pathan
Wickets: Eight at 58.12
Economy: 7.75
Runs: 176 at a strike-rate of 139.68

Another season, where Irfan Pathan's team and his fans would have hoped to see some swing from the allrounder, ended in disappointment. Sehwag threw the new ball repeatedly to Irfan, who did bowl some good overs at the top but his lack of pace and swing meant that he became cannon fodder for the batsmen. He scored some useful runs, but for his huge fan base that wants him to reprise his form from his early career, he continues to be an enigma. It was a poor season for the Pathan family, with even Yusuf doing little of note besides a game-changing cameo in the playoff against Delhi Daredevils.

Saurabh Tiwary
Runs: 191 at a strike rate of 112.35
Saurabh Tiwary's excellent IPL season two years ago with Mumbai Indians, his physical presence and the fact that he is from Jharkhand (the same state as MS Dhoni) were promising enough signs for Royal Challengers Bangalore to invest $1.6 million. However, that investment is yet to pay any returns as Tiwary wasted a number of opportunities and apart from the last-ball six in the win against Pune Warriors, he struggled to force the pace.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harshad on June 1, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly is missing from the flop list! He batted in the top order with a strike rate of around 100, didn't field well & ran out Jesse Ryder amongst others! Isn't IPL supposed to be a platform for youngsters to make an impression? A batsman with a strike rate of less than 125 per 100 balls is no good in this form of the game. Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke etc. aren't good players for T20 format. Sourav, Munaf Patel, R P Singh, Ashish Nehra & Co. also make the list for their pathetic fielding.

  • James on May 31, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Strange to see Irfan Pathan in this list. I think he played his role in the team very well. So much so, that when he got injured, the entire team which was playing very well got unbalanced. And he was getting reasonable swing with the new ball. There are many who have disappointed much more.

  • Biju on May 31, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Above mentioned players have not contributed to a single victory for their respective teams....THat Robin scored 400+ does`nt count.... he was the best player of PWI...but worst performance by his own standards.. Still Yusuf needs to be No 1 on this list...

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    @OzHorse SRT- $1.8M , Dravid - $500K, Ganguly- $400K and Clarke - $1M

    Now how can you mix Dravid in this list who performed far better than the rest and his pay 1/4th (almost) of SRT.

    Dravid is great ROI!!

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    The writer has excluded some big names from the list of failures including names of Sachin Tendulkar and Sangakara. The name of Irfan Pathan has been injudiciously included. His contribution cannot be classified as failure though it may not be a success.

  • Matrix on May 30, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    you forgot to mention Ravindra Jadeja of CSK.

  • Oz on May 30, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Clarke - all overpriced DUDS!

  • Rajesh on May 30, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Guys please understand one thing- when we talk of flops, we are NOT talking of dudes who had "one" off season. Therfore guys like Kohli or Sanga or even our GOD can be excused. The guys mentioned in this list have never ever been peformers in the IPL. I have seen Robin play cricket right from his formative years. He is never going to succeed at the top level of cricket becoz he does not know how to hit the ball along the ground. With due permission from Ian Chappel, Bhajjis Use by date is over. The fact the Ross Taylor is one dimensional is known to most cricket lovers. That does not come as a surprise that he has been sorted out by the bowlers. The less said of the Pathan Brothers the better- you cant blame them for that. They have earned and more money is a short span that nothing motivates them now. Saurabh has done enough to earn the epithet as the " dud of the IPL" .I find that he slipped into a cricket field by mistake. He should be in one of the wrestling melas of Jharkand.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan has been disappointing all the season and so also Jadeja. The less we talk about Sachin and Ganguly, better it is for the forum. Harbhajan Singh evidently proved that his form is down the hill and there is no place for him to hide. Irfan performed better than his brother. Jadeja nonperformance was evident and I do not think he should be considered for the T20 world cup. If he, however, finds a place, it is courtesy Dhoni.

  • harish on May 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    nonsense about jadeja flopping...his fielding was superb and so was his bowling. he just didnt finish the innings well...you cant expect someone to come very late in the innings and smack centuries in every match. you can hit a couple of big shots and bravely try for a couple more. he did quite well.

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