Indian Premier League auctions are generally attractive. When the eight franchises come together to choose the “ right players ” for a given season, they follow a rule of thumb: a player’s worth is decided by the market and there is no room for non-active assets. efficient.
And ahead of the 2021 auction, franchises have once again proven that they are looking for consistent performance and not necessarily bad big names.
In player retention on Wednesday, three top Australian cricketers – Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch – were released by their respective franchises due to their inconsistent show at the previous edition of the tournament.
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While Smith’s contract – who led Rajasthan Royals in the 2020 edition – expired last year, the franchise decided to let him go for the new season and promoted wicket-keeper Sanju Samson as as captain.
While franchise officials have been quiet about the reason for Smith’s ouster, Sports star understands that the team’s disastrous exit last year – where it ended at the bottom of the table – prompted the franchise to take the tough call.
And having been in the system for years now, Samson has a clear understanding of how the Royals operate and that many believe it will help in the long run. “With the mega auction scheduled for next year, franchises want a clearer picture of where they stand and this is the perfect opportunity,” said one of the market experts.
With the auction slated for the second week of February, franchises like Kings XI Punjab – which has a remaining purse of Rs 53.2 crore – have time to put the house in order.
Despite having some of the biggest names in its ranks, Punjab also had a disastrous exit and that is why management decided to release a total of nine players – including two of their most expensive purchases, Glenn Maxwell. and Sheldon Cottrell. Among the foreign players, he also released James Neesham, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Hardus Viljoen, Karun Nair among others.
Senior players let go
Chennai Super Kings pulled out his old Harbhajan Singh pistol, while Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians retiree franchise cricket and was not available for selection. Both players, who were very successful in the tournament, skipped the 2020 edition in Dubai for personal reasons. And one of the franchise officials confirmed that in order to look at younger options, it is important to look beyond the relatively older cricketers.
Along with Harbhajan, Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay were also released by Chennai – who surprisingly held Suresh Raina.
The three-time winners are believed to have decided to continue with Raina in order to strengthen the batting order – an area that hurt him the most in the UAE.
Window of opportunity
Royal Challengers have retained most of their core members, although they’ve parted ways with Finch and Chris Morris. But industry experts believe it was an opportunity for the Virat Kohli-led franchise to look into untapped young talent.
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It’s a similar story for Delhi Capitals – which has retained 19 players – and Kolkata Knight Riders – which has 18 players on its roster. Knights freed Tom Banton and Chris Green among the foreign players and Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik and Mr. Siddharth among the Indians. But with Rs 10.85 crore remaining in its purse, the franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan certainly has a few options for picking a few utility players from the auction.
THE FINAL FIGURES
Total remaining scholarship
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rs 35.7 crore
Pitches remaining: 13 (4 abroad)
Delhi Capitals: Rs 12.8 crore
Remaining pitches: 6 (2 abroad)
Rajasthan Royals: Rs 34.85 crore
Remaining pitches: 8 (3 abroad)
Kings XI Punjab: Rs 53.2 crore
Remaining pitches: 9 (5 abroad)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rs 10.75 crore
Remaining pitches: 3 (1 abroad)
Kolkata knight horsemen: Rs 10.85 crore
Remaining pitches: 7 (1 abroad)
Chennai Super Kings: Rs 22.9 crore
Remaining pitches: 7 (1 abroad)
Mumbai Indians: Rs 15.35 crore
Remaining pitches: 7 (4 abroad))