10 cricketers who should be released by their IPL teams
The recently concluded IPL-2015 encountered a rather one-sided final with giant killers, ‘Mumbai Indians’, after a sluggish start, going on to crush two-time champions and tournament favourites, ‘Chennai Super Kings’. The cash-rich league is never devoid of controversies and the latest one to hit is the change in retainment policy that is proposed, which could see the likes of M.S.Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir back in the auction scene in 2017. With teams getting more cautious about their expenditure and the failure of many notable players, franchises have to go back to the drawing board. Here is a list of cricketers who need to be released by their IPL teams:
1.Yuvraj Singh - Delhi Daredevils:
Yuvraj Singh is arguably India’s first T20 specialist and helped India win the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. While he started the IPL as a marquee player for Punjab, consistency is something that has evaded him.
This season too, he did not live up to the record INR 16 crore price tag and with just 248 runs in 14 matches, his poor show in the middle order did not help Delhi Daredevils’ campaign. He could ideally move to a team like Rajasthan Royals and Dravid’s guidance could do wonders for his career. Either way, if DD would want to retain his services, they should release him and buy him back for a cheaper price.
2.Virender Sehwag - Kings XI Punjab:
‘The Nawab Of Najafgarh’ was one of the most feared openers in his prime who could demolish any attack on his day. But a lacklustre season with Kings XI Punjab has created many question marks over his future. With just 99 runs at an average of 12.37, his dismal show did not help the team’s cause as they finished last in the group stages. With this, his hope of an India comeback is also shattered.
Punjab should ideally release him and invest on an youngster. As for Viru, a team like SRH can go for him since they are looking for an experienced Indian batsman in their middle order, and since Viru loves batting at number 4, this could well turn out to be ideal for both parties.