The 2022 edition of the IPL is underway right now, where the 10 teams are competing against each other to win the prestigious prize. Ahead of the 2022 season, the organizers conducted a mega auction, where some of the biggest names in world cricket earned lucrative deals from the 10 franchises. Quite a few Indian players earned massive contracts for the 2022 IPL season as well.
While some of the players have justified their enormous price tags for this season, not all have been successful in doing so. In fact, some highest-paid players have already been dropped from the playing XI of their respective franchises. Here’s a list of four such Indian players.
1. Shahrukh Khan dropped by Punjab Kings in 2022 IPL – 9 crore
Shahrukh Khan is one of the top finishers in Indian cricket at the moment. Courtesy of his batting skills, Khan attracted a lot of bids at the mega auction. Eventually, the Punjab Kings signed him for INR 9 crore at the mega auction, but he scored only 98 runs at a strike rate of 100. Subsequently, he was dropped.
2. Shivam Mavi – 7.25 crore
Shivam Mavi was one of the top purchases by Kolkata Knight Riders at the mega auction, but the uncapped pacer has not been a regular part of the playing XI. He has played only five matches, scalping four wickets.
3. Varun CV dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2022 IPL – 8 crore
Another star Indian player from Kolkata Knight Riders to feature on the list is Varun CV. He was retained by KKR for 8 crore, but the Knight Riders dropped him after he returned with only four wickets from eight matches.
4. Venkatesh Iyer
Like Varun CV, Venkatesh Iyer has failed to justify the faith that the Kolkata Knight Riders showed in him ahead of the mega auction. KKR retained him for 8 crore, but he scored 132 runs at a strike rate of less than 100 and took zero wickets in nine matches.