Big tickets, flop shows: Barring Pat Cummins, IPL 2024’s most expensive stars fail to move forward as the league nears the halfway point

We take a look at the ups and downs of 10 big-ticket players including Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in IPL 2024 as the season nears its halfway point.

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The 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is almost at the halfway stage. The season has already seen a ton of stellar performances, with the new stars shining like some of the greatest stars of all time. However, there is a certain elite group whose overall impact has still not left a significant mark on the tournament. The 10 most expensive players have collectively failed in the IPL 2024 auction and barring Pat Cummins, their performances in the competition have been steadily declining.
We take a look at the ups and downs of 10 big-ticket players in IPL 2024.

Mitchell Starc (24.75 crore – KKR)

Mitchell Starc has been poor and inconsistent with the new ball and has failed to live up to his claim as the greatest player of all time in limited overs cricket. He has taken only three wickets in the powerplay and has also been expensive with an economy rate of 9.8. Starc has taken no wickets in four out of six innings at this stage of the game and barring his performances against the Capitals and Super Giants, he has not made any impact in the tournament. Overall, he has just returned from six matches with five wickets at an average of 46.4 and an economy of 10.5.

Starc was also taken to the cleaners in the death overs, where he scored 64 runs from just 24 balls – his economy of 16.25 in the last 4 overs is the third worst for a bowler (minimum 4 overs) behind Enrique. Nortje and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

2 .Pat Cummins (20.5 Crore – SRH)

The SRH captain has had an average start to his campaign this season – essentially manning the middle overs, with Cummins controlling the flow of runs, but not the match-defining performances expected from a player of his stature in a world tournament. Were able to do. However, that changed in SRH’s last encounter against the Challengers, where Cummins bagged three important wickets, two of which were at crucial junctures in the same over, to turn the match.

Cummins has also been very consistent, taking at least one wicket in each of his six matches for SRH this season. His impact on the economy can be measured by the huge gap between his performance and that of his teammates. While Cummins has an economy of 7.87 this season, other SRH bowlers have given away runs at a rate of 10.8!

Cummins has also improved his game in the powerplay, where his economy of just 5.8 is second only to Jasprit Bumrah in the tournament.

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Also read: Big money, not so much performance: From Mitchell Starc to Alzarri Joseph, assessment of the most expensive players of IPL 2024

3.Daryl Mitchell (14 Crore – CSK)

Daryl Mitchell came in with huge expectations after his stellar performance with the bat for New Zealand in the 2023 World Cup, but has failed miserably in the IPL this season. Bought for a whopping Rs 14 crore in the 2024 auction, Mitchell has scored just 135 runs in six innings for CSK with a strike rate of 125 and a highest score of 34. He has not made a single significant performance with the bat. It is interesting that Mitchell has struggled against the pace and has been dismissed three times in six innings while scoring against them at a rate of just 113.4.

4. Harshal Patel (11.75 crore – PBKS)

Harshal Patel is a specialist in the death overs where he prepares a stockpile of slower balls to deceive the batsmen. However, the former RCB fast bowler has had a nightmare this season, conceding 15 runs per over in the last four overs and also taking just one wicket in five innings. Barring his performance against Sunrisers in Mullanpur, Harshal has conceded more than 10 runs in each of his other five matches.

5.Alzarri Joseph (11.5 crore – RCB)

Alzarri Joseph’s disappointing performance in RCB’s first three matches means he has not been a part of the eleven since. This West Indies fast bowler has got only one wicket while bowling at the rate of 11.89 per over. Joseph has not achieved any success with the new ball and has been dismissed all around even in the death overs.

6.Spencer Johnson (10 Crore – GT)

After an impressive performance in the death overs against Mumbai Indians and some restrictive bowling against the Super Kings, Australian left-arm fast bowler Spencer Johnson has been off the radar in the tournament. Johnson has managed just one more wicket in three matches, while scoring at a rate of above 9 per over.

7. Sameer Rizvi (8.4 Crore – CSK)

Rizvi showed glimpses of his hard-hitting ability by hitting two sky-high sixes in his innings of 14 runs in six balls against the Titans, but he was out for a golden duck in the loss against the Capitals. Since then he has not batted for CSK this season.

8. Riley Rossouw (8 cr – PBKS)

Punjab Kings bought South African batsman Riley Rossouw for Rs 8 crore and gave him his first opportunity during the team’s match against Mumbai Indians this week. This is despite the fact that the PBKS batsmen have been sluggish in the powerplay and they need someone to provide pace in the middle-order. He was out for just 1 run in his first innings for PBKS.

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9. Rovman Powell (7.4 Crore – RR)


Rovman Powell was a late entry this season but immediately made a huge impact by scoring 26 off 13 balls, helping the Royals create history as they chased down KKR’s 224, the highest chase in IPL history. equaled the record of doing!

10. Shahrukh Khan (7.4 Crore – GT)

Chasing the target of 197 runs against Royals, Shahrukh Khan hit some strong blows but could not convert it into an impressive performance. He was dismissed for a golden duck in the Titans’ embarrassing 89-run performance against the Capitals.

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