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IPL Auction 2024: The Worst Buys Unveiled

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The IPL auction 2024 turned out to be the most dynamic and exciting auction of all time, as marquee players like Pat Cummins (INR 20.50 crore) and Mitchell Starc (INR 24.75 crore) shattered all records and established themselves as the most expensive players in the history of the Indian Premier League. All the teams broke their banks on players they needed, but also made some of the worst purchases, and here in this article we have listed some pathetic buys of IPL teams in the auction.

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This compilation doesn’t necessarily confirm these as the poorest buys; these players might exhibit strong performances in the upcoming IPL 2024.

IPL auction 2024: The Worst Buys Unveiled

Players Teams Price
Nuwan Thushara Mumbai Indians 4.8CR
Umesh Yadav Gujarat Titans 5.8CR
Ashton Turner Lucknow SuperGiants 1CR
Rilee Rossouw Punjab Kings 8CR
Yash Dayal Royal Challengers Bangalore 5CR
Kumar Kushagra Delhi Capitals 7.2CR
Rovman Powell Rajasthan Royals 7.4CR
Travis Head Sunrisers Hyderabad       6.8CR

Mumbai Indians (Nuwan Thushara)

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Mumbai Indians, after releasing their pace factory of Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith, needed to accumulate some quality pacers to complement their strong batting unit. They went for South African young pacer Gerald Coetzee (INR 5 crore) and Sri Lankan swing bowler Dilshan Madushanka (INR 4.6 crore).

They made the worst buy of the IPL Auction 2024 by purchasing another young Sri Lankan speedster at a raised price of 4.8 crore. There are fewer chances for the pacer to get featured in the playing eleven, and a high price tag also might affect his performance in the tournament because he is still untested on the international stage. All these things combined make him such an inferior buy for MI in the IPL 2024.

Umesh Yadav (Gujarat Titans)

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Gujarat Titans is the team known for their smart bidding at the auction, but this time they picked aging Indian Pacer Umesh Yadav, which was their worst purchase in the IPL auction 2024. He has been very expensive for the last few seasons and has only plucked 26 wickets in the last four seasons. His age is also a huge factor, as he is almost 37, so the veteran pacer is no longer reliable.

The Gujarat Titans showered 5.8 crore on Umesh Yadav. His overprice, poor form, and poor biomechanical analysis of his bowling, which is the main reasons for his poor run, make him such a poor buy from GT.


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Ashton Turner (Lucknow Super Giants)

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This dynamic Australian middle-order batter is the rotten buy from LSG in the auction because he has been carrying a very poor run in his career. He is not a permanent member of the Australian team and in the BBL as well. The conditions at the BAR ABV Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow are also not conducive to his playing style, as he is very poor in the spinning conditions.

In his IPL career, he has scored 3 runs in four matches at a strike rate of 30. With all these factors combined, Ashton Turner has to be the worst purchase from LSG.

Rilee Rossouw (Punjab Kings)

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The dynamic left-hander passed without any buyers in the first round, but in the acceleration round, the Punjab Kings bagged him at (INR 8 crore), which was a really bad admission by the Punjab Kings because he was released by DC, the reason being his bad form and high price. In the last season, he accumulated 209 runs in nine games, and over the years, he has appeared in 14 matches and returned just 262 runs, along with a lowering strike rate.

Spending such a lot of cash on a player who has very poor records in the tournament and also does not possess great technique or temperament is surely the worst buy for any team.


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Yash Dayal (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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Royal Challengers Bangalore rained such gigantic money on this left arm pacer because they needed someone to tie up with Mohammed Siraj, but they made a mistake by buying him because he has been out of confidence after he got smashes for five sixes from Rinku Singh in the last season, and Yash Dayal’s overall starts are also not very eye-pleasing as he has a very high economy rate of 10.2 and a 35.5 average with the ball in hand.

Another thing that makes him such a poor purchase by RCB is that there were a lot of good young Indian pacers like Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Nagar Koti, and Shivam Mavi in the auction, and all these are way better than Yash Dayal.

Kumar Kushagra (Delhi Capitals)

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The Delhi Capitals was lacking good lower-order batters and wicket keepers, but they made the same mistake as in last season’s auction because they focused on the top-order batters instead of their need for lower-order batters. Last time, they went for top-order players like Phil Salt and Rilee Rossouw without their need in the team and eventually released them before the auction.

This time they repeated the same error while bidding for a 19-year-old Indian Wicket Keeper batter in the auction room. They might consider Kumar Kushagra as a replacement for Rishab Pant, but overall, facts make him their worst buy for the upcoming season.


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Rovman Powell (Rajasthan Royals)

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After releasing big West Indian allrounder Jason Holder, the team in pink wanted the addition of a fine allrounder, but they made a big blunder by buying another West Indian player, Rovman Powell, who is a lower-order batter and has the ability to muscle the ball. He is the worst buy because the Rajasthan Royals need an all-rounder in lower order who can hit the ball and can offer some quality overs.

Unfortunately, a 30-year-old is a brutal hitter of the ball but does not fit the role of an all-rounder, and there were stealth options like Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, and David Willey, but the Rajasthan Royals spent (INR 7.4 crore) on Rovman Powell.

Travis Head (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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Travis Head was bought by Orange Army for 6.8 crore, and many people are praising this buy, but in reality, this is the worst purchase from SRH in the IPL Auction 2024. When you actually analyze their situation, they do not need many players because they already have plenty of options. They lacked the right combination of players for their team, and their overseas players performed really well.

They also have a solid Indian top order with a dynamic and destructive middle order, which includes players like Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen. Showing such a huge amount of money to a player who does not find a place in your starting eleven is such a worst buy.


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