10 IPL Players Surprisingly Not Retained By Their Franchises This Season
Yesterday, IPL team owners revealed the list of retained players of their teams. This also led to us knowing the exact pool of players in the auction table, and the budget that each franchise holds. While there were some expected moves, like MS Dhoni being retained by Chennai Superkings, or Virat Kohli being retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, there were a few surprises as well. And those surprises were more often about whom the franchisees let go, instead of whom they kept around.
Let’s have a look at the 10 most surprising players their respective teams did not retain-
#1 Gautam Gambhir
Since taking over the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders, Gambhir has completely transformed the team, making them a force to be reckoned with, and making them win the IPL two times, in 2012, and 2014. However, maybe his age (36 years) forced KKR to re-think their strategy for the next 3 years.
#2 Kieron Pollard
The big burly Jamaican has more than lived upto his nickname, the Beast. In the 8 seasons that he has been a part of the IPL, he has always played for the Mumbai Indians, being a destructive force, lower down the order, and a handy medium pace bowler. MI might try to get him back via their RTM (Right To Match) card.
#3 Ajinkya Rahane
Considering the lack of Indian talent in Rajasthan Royal’s ranks, Ajinkya Rahane was almost sure to be retained by them. Maybe it was his lack of runs in the T 20 format that proved to be his undoing.
#4 Ravichandran Ashwin
CSK not retaining their premier bowler (and local hero) R Ashwin came as a shocker. Expect Chennai to go all out in the auctions for him.
#5 Yuvraj Singh
At 37, Yuvraj might not command the same fees he has in the past. And maybe that’s the reason why Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to not stick with him. He is sure to find a buyer in the auction, though.
#6 Chris Gayle
Granted, he hasn’t been in the best of forms in the past two seasons of the IPL. But the West Indian still has a lot of fire. And he will be eager to prove it in the next edition of the IPL, from a new team.
#7 Shane Watson
That RCB retained Sarfaraz Khan instead of Watson, KL Rahul, Gayle and Kedar Jadhav is a head scratcher of a move. Watson has become something of an IPL legend, and will certainly find a taker, age notwithstanding.
#8 Shikhar Dhawan
With Indian talent being at a premium in the IPL, it was a surprise to see SRH not continuing with their long term opener Shikhar Dhawan, especially with the form he’s been in. It will be interesting to see where he lands up.
#9 Manish Pandey
Pandey had been a mainstay of the KKR middle order for many seasons now. They might try to get him back with their Right To Match card. However, one cannot help but shake the feeling that Pandey should have been retained by KKR.
#10 Lasith Malinga
This one was probably expected, with Malinga not being as lethal as he was, a few years ago. However, considering how much the Mumbai think tank trusts him, he is a prime candidate to be bought back via a Right To Match card.
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