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Five players who may struggle to live up to their price tags in upcoming Indian T20 League

Tim David

The Indian T20 League is right around the corner with the opening match to be played on March 26. This weekend, the schedule of the leagues was announced by the tournament governing council. Last month, a mega auction was conducted and a lot of players went for higher prices than expected. On the other hand, other players went for lower prices as expected.

Before the auction, the team owners were allowed to retain a maximum of four players. This was done to provide a fairground for new franchises such as Lucknow and Gujarat. In the auction, a lot of players were signed by teams, they haven’t been part of before. Notably, some players have been bought back by their franchises, even when they had to shell out millions of rupees. In this listicle, we will discuss the five names that might not be able to justify their price tags.

List of five players

1. Nicholas Pooran

The Trinidad and Tobago-born player was bought by Hyderabad for INR 10.75 crores. He has been part of Mumbai and Punjab before, however, he never got a game for the former. From 2019 to 2021, he played for Punjab and amassed 606 runs in 33 games averaging 22.44 and striking at 145.98 with two fifties. The left-hander’s record in the cash-rich league suggests that he might not be able to justify his price tag.

2. Rahul Tewatia

The Haryana-born player was Gujarat at 9 crores. He entered the auction at a base price of 40 lakh. The left-hander has played for Rajasthan, Punjab, and Delhi before from 2014 to 2021. In these years, the 28-year-old has played 48 games and amassed 521 runs averaging 23.68. He has the reputation of striking the ball but his career strike-rate of 124.34 suggest otherwise. His numbers as a bowlers are not impressive either with only 32 wickets. 

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