The onslaught that Pollard launched in the dying stages of Mumbai Indians quest to win the IPL trophy in the third season at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai justified the price that Mumbai Indians had paid for him to acquire him. He had indeed set the cat among the pigeons and may be if he would have come up in the order, things could have been different. Performance of Pollard throughout the tournament, whether through his batting, or bowling or fielding would indeed warm the hearts of the selectors of Mumbai Indians for the next season.
When one contrasts this justification of the performance for the price that was paid by the franchise, the end of game in the third season provides an opportunity to run a reality check and see whether the price for players played by the respective teams is indeed justified?
It all had started with the second season bidding where Kevin Pietersen along with Andrew Flintoff and Ross Taylor emerged as the costliest players, but they did not justify the price paid for them manifest from a rather luke warm performance. Same was the case with JP Duminy, who was one of the supposed priced catches during the second season, and he had to sit out for most of the times in the third season.
The big ticket purchases therefore need to be relooked into as the investments that are made by the franchise in a player should get translated into success by wining the tournament. Here it is instructive to underline the quote of MS Dhoni the captain of Chennai Super Kings, and the winner of the IPL Cup in the third season. After winning the semi-finals against Kings XI Punjab, at Dharamshala, he had commented that the franchises invest big amount of money in the players and the players need to justify it. At least players of Chennai Super Kings have justified it.
Now that the curtains have been drawn on the third season of the IPL the franchisee owners would return to the drawing boards as the biddings would now open for all the players. It is only hoped that a better sense would prevail in the fourth season and onwards and that the process of bidding for players would not be outlandish so that the teams would be at the wits end to recover the costs from the players.
By: Suman Rai