It’s still six months away from IPL, but the excitement has already begun with IPL franchises trading and releasing a few players. Some teams have made a few smart moves and released a few liabilities while others have retained the core of the team. Cricwizz takes a look at the gains and losses of each team after they released a few players from the squad.
Chennai Super Kings
Released players: Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, Scott Kuggeleijn
Gains: CSK have kept their core squad intact despite ending just short of a title win last season. MS Dhoni will lead the squad once again although he seems to have taken a mini-sabbatical from cricket. CSK have again banked on experienced legs to do the job for the team.
They have released players who have been out of the reckoning for some time, and hence, it won’t be making much of an impact in their fortunes.
Losses: They have released Mohit Sharma who could have been an asset to the squad. Mohit has a good T20 record and bowls cleverly in the shortest format of the game. But he has been inconsistent and that may have forced CSK to release him. Sam Billings was an exciting prospect, but his run of injuries may be the reason he was shown the door.
Current squad: Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Jagadeesan Narayan, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Monu Singh, MS Dhoni, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina
Kings XI Punjab
Released players: Agnivesh Ayachi, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Moises Henriques, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy.
Gains: They have dumped under-performing David Miller who has been a liability for them in the last few seasons. Miller has lost his way after rising his way for Punjab in his first few seasons. They have also dumped (or traded to Delhi Capitals) their controversial captain R Ashwin, who was slammed last season for Mankading and poor leadership.
KL Rahul, who is their star player, is most likely to lead and bring a fresh approach to leadership. Punjab are looking to reinvent their values after Ashwin axe.
Losses: Dumping Sam Curran has been a shocker, especially after his exploits with Punjab last season. Curran took a hat-trick last season, and also came good with the bat. He is young and could have been groomed, but Sam has been off-colour currently and that may have prompted KXIP to release him.
Current Squad: Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, K Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Harpreet Brar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan
Released players: Ankush Bains, B Ayyappa, Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh
Gains: They have made all the right moves, releasing all non-performers or over-rated stars who could not align with themselves with the team’s cause. They have a young and strong team and have retained the core who did duty last season.
They will be the team to beat next season. They have also traded Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia for Ajinkya Rahane, who is set to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the XI.
Losses: The release of experienced all-rounder Chris Morris may come to haunt them. Although he’s on the wrong side of 30s, his experience could have been invaluable. But DC want to build their squad around young legs, it seems.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Released players: Anrich Nortje, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, KC Cariappa, Matt Kelly, Nikhil Naik, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Mundhe
Gains: All the under-performers and inconsistent players in Brathwaite, Lynn, Chawla, Uthappa have been released. They did little last season, and it hurt KKR badly. KKR were finally done with them as they have been inconsistent for a few seasons. KKR want to rebuild and would look to go hard at the auctions.
Losses: KKR would find it hard to replace the experience of Uthappa & Lynn and that may come to haunt them in the next season. With most franchises having retained their core players, KKR task would be cut out in the auction. Hence, they’ll have to buy smartly in the auction to replenish the lack of experience in the squad.
Squad: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine
Released players: Aryaman Birla, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Liam Livingstone, Oshane Thomas, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Sudhesan Midhun
Gains: Royals are finally done with Jaydev Unadkat, who apart from one season, has flattered to deceive in the subsequent seasons. They have released their reserve players who were hardly called for duty last season. With this, they have released more funds to buy new, talented and skilled players in the auction. And they have retained their core, and just need to buy players who can complement the squad.
Losses: By trading off Ajinkya Rahane to Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals have lost an experienced opener and it may be tough task to replace him unless they find a suitable player to replace him.
Squad: Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Steve Smith, Varun Aaron
Released players: Adam Milne, Alzarri Joseph, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, B Hendricks, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Yuvraj Singh.
Gains: They have maintained the core of the team while releasing the under-performing reserve bench. Mumbai will aim to hire fresh talent to strengthen their weak areas. Their biggest gain has been bringing in Trent Boult to form a lethal pair with Lasith Malinga. Mumbai have all their bases covered, but will be looking for some backups in other areas in the auction.
Losses: Leaving out Evin Lewis would have been tough as he’s a destroyer on his day. He didn’t have a bad outing with Mumbai last season but performed below expectations.
Current squad: Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCleneghan, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Rohit Sharma, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult
Released players: Deepak Hooda, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan
Gains: SRH depended a lot on Deepak and Yusuf to come good for the team, but the two under-delivered and hence, they got the boot. SRH would be happy to relieve them.
Losses: But leaving out Guptill, Shakib could be hard for SRH, but the only rationale behind the decision is that there’s no point having surplus of overseas resources if they will just warm the benches. Hence, SRH would be looking to invest more in local talent to do the job for them as their overseas slots have been filled with quality players who are 1st-choice players in XI.
Current squad: Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, 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
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Released players: Akshdeep Nath, Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klassen, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee
Gains: RCB have taken desperate measures to revamp their squad and hence, they have released quite a few players who were just not up to the mark or performed below expectations in the last season. They want to start afresh and look to bid big in the auction. It’s a positive move if they can hire fresh talent to drive the squad.
Losses: Their retaining and releasing of few players are shocking. They have retained Mohammed Siraj who leaked plenty of runs and hardly took wickets in the last season. They released Marcus Stoinis who came up with a few useful cameos lower down the order last season.
Also, they released Hetmyer who came good in RCB’s last match of the season. But that was not enough to retain him. The irrational sacking does not inspire confidence.
Current squad: AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal