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10 players IPL franchises shouldn't have released over the years

Sunil Joseph
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Published 07 Dec 2018, 08:59 IST
07 Dec 2018, 08:59 IST

Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers
Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers

Since its inception, the IPL has produced players who have gone on to become household names. They have become synonymous with their franchise, but many fans may not know that their IPL journey started with a different team. They were released by one team due to poor performance only to end up performing really well for another team in the following season. We have seen this happen numerous times with several players over the years.

Here is a look at those 10 players that IPL franchises shouldn’t have released. I have taken into account released players dating back to 2008. Please let me know any other player who you feel should have made this list.

10. Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo

Everyone knows Dwayne Bravo for his slick dance moves in the IPL. He has become one of CSK’s most beloved players over the years so much so that it is now hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t part of this franchise.

Bravo was, in fact, a part of the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, but he wasn’t part of the Chennai Super Kings team. In fact, he started his career wearing a certain blue jersey and playing for CSK’s rivals - Mumbai Indians.

He played for Mukesh Ambani’s team for three years from 2008-2009. The first two seasons were pretty decent for the West Indian all-rounder. He was contributing with bat and ball. However, in 2010 his form hit a slump and he wasn’t able to contribute as well as he would’ve liked.

Following the 2010 season, all teams were asked to retain just four players. Mumbai retained their core and Bravo got lost in the shuffle. He went unsold in the 2011 auctions only to resurface again in 2012. 

Fortunately, this time he was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings. He rose like a phoenix under Dhoni’s captaincy. His shining moment came when he was asked to be CSK’s death over specialist. It was then that he started performing even better with the ball. He became the first bowler to win the purple cap on two occasions (2013 and 2015). He also holds the record for most wickets in a single IPL season (32). 

The entire Mumbai Indians’ staff are probably wondering how did they allow a gem of a player like Bravo to slip through their fingers.

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:15 IST
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