Nearly half of the matches of IPL-2016 have been played, here’s a look at the big disappointments of the season, keeping in mind the higher price tags these players garnered at the auction in February.

Pawan Negi (Delhi Daredevils) tops the list.



Negi, the 23-year-old spin-bowling allrounder from Delhi, made headlines at the player auction when Delhi Daredevils snapped him up for a whopping Rs 8.5 crore from a base price of 30 lakh. At the time, he had not played an international match but had been naming a day before in the squads for the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20. Naturally, expectations soared from that day onwards. Cut to the IPL, and Negi has been thoroughly disappointing.

In five matches, he has bowled just very – only once more than an over in a game – without a wicket. His figures are five overs, 55 runs. In the batting order, Negi has slotted in at Nos 4 (once), 6 (twice) and 7 (once) and made 32 runs with the highest score of 11. The most expensive Indian player at the auction, surpassing the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Mohit Sharma, has so far been a flop.

Carlos Brathwaite (Delhi Daredevils)
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At the auction, the selection of 27-year-old Braithwaite – with 307 runs and 33 wickets from 37 T20 games at the time – for 14 times his reserve price was surprising. Players had stuck off serious waging from KKR to seal the deal at 4.2 crore and just moments later the West Indian allrounder tweeted a smiley face that found multiple retweets. When Brathwaite landed in Delhi to link up with Daredevils on April 4, he was the talk of the cricketing world for hitting four successive sixes off England’s Ben Stokes to win West Indies the World Twenty20 at Eden Gardens. However, that form has not been replicated in the IPL. In three games, Brathwaite has batted once, scoring six runs. With the ball, he has one wicket at 60 with an economy rate of 7.50.
Deepak Hooda (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
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Hooda, the young Baroda allrounder, surged from his base price of 10 lakes to a mammoth 4.2 crore at the auction, out of the capped players set. He has played all six of SRH’s matches, batting five times for 35 runs at 8.75, an average boosted by an unbeaten 17 off nine balls in the franchise’s first win. Sandwiched between the international experience of David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Eoin Morgan above him and Naman Ojha, Moises Henriques and Aditya Tare behind, the 21-year-old Hooda has so far been unable to channel his obvious potential into big contributions for SRH. With the ball, his off-spin has fetched one wicket in seven overs at an economy of 7.42
Kyle Abbott (Kings XI Punjab)
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At the auction, KXIP bolstered their bowling by getting sturdy South African fast bowler Abbott for Rs 2.1 crore, significantly more than his base price of 30 lakh. In three matches, however, he has managed one wicket while conceding 104 runs in ten overs. Known to be a handy death overs bowler, Abbott has not been bowled beyond the 17th in any match; perhaps conceding 14 in the 17th over against Rising Pune Supergiants and 13 in the 17th versus Kolkata Knight Riders has something to with that. Following that poor run of form, Abbott made way for Mitchell Johnson in KXIP’s most recent match against Mumbai.
Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians)
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Mumbai’s biggest spend this year was big-hitting England wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler (3.8 crores), but the returns aren’t adding up. In six games, Buttler averages 17.42 with a strike-rate of 137.07. His debut innings was a duck, followed by scores of 41, 16, 11, 28, 2 and 24. He also hasn’t been keeping wickets regularly, which further makes his continued selection somewhat puzzling. Mumbai has the option of using Corey Anderson in the middle order, a big-hitting allrounder who offers a genuine wicket-taking option as well.
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