Bengaluru, April 14: After 8 matches over 6 days in the 8th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 8), there have been huge disappointments from players who attracted big money at this year's auction.
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Rdiers (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) kickstarted the tournament on April 8. The Gautam Gambhir-led KKR side began on a winning note.
Though it is too early to judge the performances of players, we will look at the 5 biggest flops from the first week of action
Here are those 5 players who were a big letdown
1. Yuvraj Singh (Price - Rs 16 crores) - Delhi Daredevils
Matches - 2; Runs - 36
Yuvraj, the lef-handed all-rounder attracted a record Rs 16 crores at this year's auction. He was expected to revive the fortunes of DD, who opted to revamp their side for IPL 2015. However, opening 2 games have not seen the old magic of Yuvraj. Do we see a change in the future?
2. Dinesh Karthik (Price Rs 10.5 crores) - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Matches - 2; Runs - 15
Karthik was picked by RCB as their first-choice wicketkeeper. He was bought for Rs 10.5 crores this year. But he is yet to justify that price-tag.
3. Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings)
Matches - 2; Runs - 18
Raina, who recently got married, is one of the stars of IPL. He has failed in both the opening games.
4. Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings)
Matches - 2; Runs - 17
'Sir' Jadeja had a quiet ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. And now he is yet to make a big impact in IPL 8.
5. Ishant Sharma (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Match - 1; Wickets - 0 (0/46 in 3 overs)
Ishant missed the World Cup due to injury. He returned to competitive cricket last week against Chennai Super Kings. That re-entry was a forgettable one. He was smashed for 46 runs from three overs and dropped for next game.
Note: There have been other players who did make it big in the opening week. However, we have picked only the top-5 based on their price, past reputation, expectations from fans and other factors.