The Indian Premier League auction is a tricky thing to be a part of. One might assign himself a particular value, which he feels he deserves, but the franchises don’t think the same.Then there is the other side, where players knowingly or unknowingly undervalue themselves.Either way, getting picked up is luck and it shines brighter on some people. While talent and statistics do play a part in one getting picked or snubbed, the person on that day doesn’t have any control on what happens.So, if you’re sold for a hefty fee, expectations shoot up immediately from the player concerned as he needs to be termed ‘value for money’ at the end of the IPL season. And this is where, one of the best all-rounder’s in the world, failed.The player in question here is England’s Ben Stokes and he would be kicking himself with what he produced, or the lack of it, for the Rajasthan Royals in the 13 matches he played this season. But, he wasn’t the only player who earned the big bucks but failed to deliver the goods.That’s how the #VIVOIPL Points Table stands after the league stage. Congratulations to @SunRisers @ChennaiIPL @KKRiders & @rajasthanroyals for making it to the TOP 4. An exciting final week awaits. pic.twitter.com/Mc5FTT4eH6IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 20, 2018Also Read – Preity Zinta reveals why she was happy Mumbai Indians were knocked outHere are some of the other players, who failed to deliver according to their hefty pay cheques:advertisementBEN STOKES (RAJASTHAN ROYALS)In 2017, Stokes was bought for Rs 14.50 crore by the Rising Pune Supergiant and he returned with 316 runs and 12 wickets from 12 matches before he left for national duty. This year, he was bagged for Rs 2 crore less — Rs 12.5 crore — by Rajasthan Royals, yet he was the costliest of them all.He turned out to be a ‘Royal’ disappointment for Rajasthan.Watch: Did Preity Zinta say “Very happy MI didn’t qualify for finals”?The 26-year-old only managed 196 runs and took eight wickets from 13 matches this season. This means that Stokes cost the Royals Rs 6.37 lakh per run while each of his wickets cost them Rs 1.56 crore. RR however, still managed to make the play-offs as the fourth-placed team after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore on the penultimate day and that too without the services of Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes cost Rajasthan Royals Rs 6.37 lakh per run while each of his wickets cost them Rs 1.56 crore (BCCI Photo)ROHIT SHARMA (MUMBAI INDIANS)Retaining Rohit Sharma for Rs 15 crore was a no-brainer for defending champions Mumbai Indians. He was expected to be their talisman like every year but Rohit failed miserably as batsman and captain.He only scored 286 runs from 14 innings this season at an average of 23.83. He hit only two fifties. What these stats mean is that every run that Rohit scored cost MI Rs 5.24 lakh.Rohit’s failure was hurt Mumbai’s campaign as well. The defending champions lost their must-win game versus DD and were knocked out of IPL 2018 after managing just 6 wins from 14 matches.HARDIK PANDYA (MUMBAI INDIANS)Hardik Pandya was also retained by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the auction for Rs 11 crore. He is India’s premier all-rounder now and adds balance to any team that he plays for in domestic cricket.But Pandya Jr. didn’t have the best of campaigns himself. He only scored 260 runs from 13 innings this season which meant each run he scored cost them Rs 4.23 lakh. However, he did make it up with the ball to some extent as he picked up 18 wickets as well…which meant that each wicket he took was priced at Rs 6.11 lakh.VIRAT KOHLI (ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE)Virat Kohli had a decent season according to his standards with 530 runs from 14 innings at an average of 48.18. But, the reason why he makes the list is because of the money RCB paid for him during his retention. He had to be paid a hefty fee of Rs 17 crore — making him the costliest-ever player in the history of the IPL.Also read – Kohli arrives from Jaipur after RCB crash outSo, keeping that in mind, his returns were Rs 3.20 lakh per run. And despite his and AB de Villiers’ exploits with the bat, RCB failed to make it to the play-offs and finished sixth on the points tally. Virat Kohli had a decent IPL season according to his standards with 530 runs from 14 innings (BCCI Photo)GLENN MAXWELL (DELHI DAREDEVILS)Glenn Maxwell was bought for Rs 9 crore from the auction by Delhi Daredevils with a hope of some stunning performances from the Aussie. But he was also one of the biggest flops of the season along with Stokes one could say.advertisementHe has only scored 169 runs from 12 innings at an average of 14.08. Each run of his cost DD a huge fee of Rs 5.32 lakh.Delhi finished last in the league stages with 10 points.But all was not bad for Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. Their investments in Rishabh Pant and Jos Buttler respectively paid huge dividends for them. Here are the players, on whom the money invested actually paid off:MOST VALUABLE PLAYERSRISHABH PANT (DELHI DAREDEVILS)Rishabh Pant was the star of the tournament. He was retained by DD for a fee of Rs 8 crore and for that, he had some great stats to his name. Pant is still the Orange Cap holder in this year’s IPL with 684 runs from 14 matches at an average of 52.61. Each of his run cost DD Rs 1.16 lakh.JOS BUTTLER (RAJASTHAN ROYALS)Jos Buttler was bought for just Rs Rs 4.40 crore by the Rajasthan Royals and he smashed 548 runs from 13 innings for the Royals. He started off in the middle-order but failed. However, the moment he was pushed up the order to open the batting, Buttler found a new lease of life and smashed runs for fun. He scored five consecutive half centuries and played an important role in Royals’ resurgence.His each run cost RR Rs 80 thousand which means he was the most value for money batsman in the league stage this season. Each run that Jos Buttler scored cost RR Rs 80 thousand which means he was one of the most value for money batsman in the league stage (BCCI Photo)ANDREW TYE (KINGS XI PUNJAB)Andre Tye is the current Purple Cap holder with 24 wickets to his name and until and unless someone comes up with some great performances, his tally is going to stay. The Aussie, who was picked up for Rs 7.20 crore, played 14 matches for Punjab and was their pick of the bowlers.His each wicket cost Punjab Rs 30 lakh.Unfortunately, KXIP were knocked out of the tournament on the final day of the league stage.TRENT BOULT (DELHI DAREDEVILS)Trent Boult was picked up by DD for Rs 2.20 crore and played all their matches. He picked up 18 wickets for them and is currently third in the list of most wickets taken.He bowled with pace, swung the ball and picked up the catch of the tournament perhaps. He was expected to go for a hefty fee but not many people were interested in his services but DD were and he did perform. Each wicket of his cost DD 12.2 lakh.MAYANK MARKANDE (MUMBAI INDIANS)The wily leg-spinner was snapped up by MI at his base price of Rs 20 lakh and boy…he was a revelation. He slipped up towards the end of the tournament but ended with 15 wickets to his name — the third most by a MI bowler this season.advertisementEach wicket of his came at a price of Rs 1.33 lakh.