IPL 2023: 5 Big Signings Who Might Flop In The Tournament. The IPL is the highest level of domestic competition. The IPL was created to improve the performance of Indian domestic teams by pitting them against international behemoths. But why would international giants show interest in playing in the Indian Premier League? This was when the idea of an auction was thought of.
Due to its worldwide viewership and huge fanbase in India, the IPL began to fetch more and more money for players (both foreign and Indian), owners, sponsors, and investors as the years passed.
Every year, nearly INR 950 crores are traded at the Indian auction. Players are bought at alluring prices of 5, 8, 10, 12, and sometimes even 15 crore or more. Speaking of this year’s mini-auction, it had huge spending that exceeded our expectations, as it marked three record buys of Englishmen Sam Curran and Ben Stokes, as well as Australian all-rounder Cam Green, for a combined price of 52.5 crores.
Let’s take a swift look at the 5 big signings who might flop in IPL 2023.
1. Nicholas Pooran (LSG)
First on our list today is Nicholas Pooran from West Indies. He was bought up by Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2023 Mini Auction for a whopping price of 16 Crores and the price tag confused a lot of netizens. Pooran’s performances in the last few IPL seasons have been consistently poor.
He scored 306 runs in 14 matches last season which might be considered decent. However, before that, he scored 32 runs only in 12 matches in IPL 2022. Thus, he is yet to prove his high price tags and is definitely not a player who is worth 16-crores. We thus believe that he has the highest chances of becoming a flop in IPL 2023.
2. Sam Curran (PBKS)
The second name on the list is probably the first name on all T20 lists for 2022. Sam Curran had an exceptional season of T20 cricket in 2022, and due to his phenomenal performance in the ICC T20 World Cup, he was picked for an alluring price of 18.5 crores INR.
Though many would be surprised to see Curran’s name on the list, his recent exposure to the game leads to doubts about his impact playing for PBKS in the IPL 2023. Indian grounds are usually batting-friendly with shorter dimensions, and hence it is difficult for a bowler to make an impact worth INR 18.5 crores as he has not proven his worth much as a batsman.
3. Mayank Agarwal (SRH)
The ex-PBKS skipper was released by his previous franchise, however, and was picked at a big bid amount of 8.25 crores by the Sunrisers Hyderabad as they were in need of opening batsmen. However, his form is now in doubt due to his low scores and unimpressive performances in the Indian domestics, as well as his departure from the National Side last year in 2022. Under such circumstances, Mayank is highly uncertain of performing in IPL 2023.
4. Rilee Rossouw (DC)
Rossouw was picked for 4.6 crores by the DC side owing to his great performance in T20Is against India last year and later in the World Cup. However, his performance deteriorated in the latter half of the T20 world cup, and his performance is very weak in the ongoing SA20 league, which is played over the familiar pitches of his own country. His performance in the IPL can in no way be relied on.
5. Mukesh Kumar (DC)
The Delhi Capitals signed the Indian domestic bowler for a hefty fee of 5.5 crores after his debut for India against New Zealand. However, as previously stated, a bowler with only 24 balls to spare cannot have a significant impact on the game; thus, 5.5 crores is an excessively large sum for a debutant bowler in the IPL.