The moment each and every IPL fan has been waiting for has finally arrived!!!! All the IPL teams have released their respective lists of the players they have chosen to retain as well as the players they have chosen to release. Many big players such as Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Lasith Malinga and Aaron finch have been released. It would be exciting to see which team bids for the big names. Royal Challengers Bangalore have released 10 players from their list, which happens to be the most and Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have released just 5. Rajasthan Royals have announced Sanju Samson as their new captain and face. Let’s take a look at the players retained and released by each franchise.
Chennai Super Kings:
CSK have released six players from their squad ahead of the auction. Shane Watson, who retired from all forms of cricket after the last season of IPL, is the only foreigner to have not been retained as he had announced his retirement earlier during IPL 2020.
Released:Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Monu Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay
Squad: MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Narayan Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Sam Curran
Purse Remaining: INR 22.9 cr.
Slots Remaining: 7 (1 overseas)
The defending champions have decided not to change their winning combination and have persisted with their core. They’ve released their old war horse Lasith Malinga as well as NCN.
Released: Mitchell McCleneghan, James Pattinson, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult
Purse Remaining: INR 15.35 cr.
Slots Remaining:7 (4 overseas)
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB have released 10 players from their squad and would most probably the busiest team during the IPL 2021 auctions. Big names like Aaron Finch and Chris Morris have been released.
Released: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann, Parthiv Patel
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahamad, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
Purse Remaining: INR 35.7 cr
Slots Remaining:13 (4 overseas)
SRH have just released 5 players and have retained their core. Billy Stanlake and Fabian Allen are the two overseas players to have been released by them.
Released: Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Yarra Prithviraj
Squad: David Warner (c), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh
Purse Remaining: INR 10.75 cr.
Slots Remaining: 3 (1 overseas)
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Like SRH, even KKR have decided to release just 5 players and retain their core
Released: M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Chris Green, Tom Banton
Squad: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Ali Khan, Tim Seifert
Purse Remaining: INR 10.85 cr.
Slots Remaining:7 (1 overseas)
Delhi Capitals have released five players from their squad that reached the final last season, which includes three foreigners and two Indians. With Alex Carey released, they have only one wicketkeeper – Rishabh Pant – retained in the side.
Released: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy
Squad: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Daniels Sams, Anrich Nortje, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
As mentioned earlier, RR have released Steve Smith and have named Sanju Samson as their new skipper. They’ve released a few other players and thus have a purse of more than 30 Cr
Released: Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Akash Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi, Shashank Singh
Squad: Sanju Samson (c), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa
Purse Remaining: INR 34.85 cr.
Slots Remaining:8 (3 overseas)
Kings XI Punjab:
Punjab have the highest purse going into the IPL 2021 auctions and have released the most expensive players of IPL 2020. Big names like Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell have been released
Released: Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Tajinder Singh.
Squad: KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel
Purse Remaining: INR 53.2 cr.
Slots Remaining:9 (5 overseas)
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