We are more than halfway through IPL 9. And, it is a good time to look at how the Top 10 buys at this year’s auction have performed in the tournament so far.
Shane Watson: The Aussie all-rounder has done a good job for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 9 matches, he has scored 137 runs at a strike rate of 163, with a best of 36. With the ball, so far, Watson is the joint highest wicket-taker, with 14 wickets at a strike rate of 14.7, and an economy rate of just under 8.
Pawan Negi: The costliest Indian buy, Negi has been a big flop. He is yet to take a wicket in the tournament so far, and with the bat he has not even reached 20 in a single innings. Delhi Daredevils will be ruing spending so heavily on him.
Yuvraj Singh: The veteran all-rounder has been unlucky to miss out on a majority of the games due to the injury he picked up during the World T20. He has featured in two games for Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring 5 and 39 respectively.
Christopher Morris: The South African all-rounder has been excellent form Delhi Daredevils. In eight matches, he has scored 110 runs at a strike rate of 200, and an average of 55. With the ball, he has taken 8 wickets at a strike rate of 23.2, and an economy rate of 6.83.
Mohit Sharma: The medium pacer has been decent. In 10 games, he has as many wickets to his name at a strike rate of 20.3 and an economy rate of 7.95. He has an average of 26.90 and a best of 3 for 23.
Ashish Nehra: The left-arm pacer from Sunrisers Hyderabad has taken five wickets in as many games at a strike rate of 21.8, and an economy rate of 6.93. Nehra has an average of 25.20 and a best of 3 for 15.
Mitchell Marsh: The Australian all-rounder was ruled out due to injury for Rising Pune Supergiants after three matches. He managed four wickets, and seven runs with the bat before injury ended his career.
Murugan Ashwin: The leg-spinner from Tamil Nadu is playing for Pune. In nine matches, he has picked up seven wickets at a strike rate of 23.5, and an economy rate of 8.29. Ashwin has an average of 32.57 and a best of 3 for 36.
Sanju Samson: The Delhi Daredevils batsman has done a decent job. In 9 matches, he has 221 runs to his name at a strike rate of 114.5 and an average of 27.62, with a best of 60.
Carlos Brathwaite: The famous West Indian all-rounder has been a disappointment for Delhi Daredevils. He has only managed four wickets in six games, and with the bat he has a highest of just 34.
--By A Cricket Analyst