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IPL Auction 2022: 5 Indian players who were surprisingly released by their franchises

Royal Challengers Bangalore have released Devdutt Padikkal ahead of IPL Auction 2022 (Image Courtesy: IPLT20.com)
Royal Challengers Bangalore have released Devdutt Padikkal ahead of IPL Auction 2022 (Image Courtesy: IPLT20.com)
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The eight existing IPL teams announced their retained players' lists on Tuesday evening, ahead of the upcoming IPL Auction 2022. There were some huge surprises in store for the fans as a few big names have returned to the auction pool, whereas other players have unexpectedly been retained.

Four uncapped players, namely Yashasvi Jaiswal, Arshdeep Singh, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik, have received another contract from their IPL franchises ahead of IPL Auction 2022.

However, the following five internationally capped players have been released, although a majority of the cricket universe expected them to be retained before the IPL Auction 2022.


#1 Harshal Patel, Royal Challengers Bangalore

Harshal Patel is no longer a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad
Harshal Patel is no longer a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad

It is rare to see a team releasing a player who won the Purple Cap and the Most Valuable Player award in the previous season. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore have done just that as they have let go of Harshal Patel before IPL Auction 2022.

Patel could now be a hot pick at the mega auction as multiple franchises will be interested in his services. Since RCB retained only three players, it was a little surprising to see Harshal not being the fourth name.


#2 Devdutt Padikkal, Royal Challengers Bangalore

Devdutt Padikkal said Virat Kohli's passion for the game is incredible and inspires you to bring out the best. He wants to push you harder and do better for team and for yourself. (To Sportskeeda).

Devdutt Padikkal was one of the top performers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last two seasons. His consistency played a vital role in RCB's fourth-place finish in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Fans expected the Royal Challengers Bangalore to retain either Harshal Patel or Devdutt Padikkal as one of their four players ahead of IPL Auction 2022. However, RCB have surprisingly released both of them.


#3 Ishan Kishan, Mumbai Indians

Ishan Kishan is a former India U-19 captain
Ishan Kishan is a former India U-19 captain

Mumbai Indians picked Suryakumar Yadav over Ishan Kishan as their fourth retention ahead of IPL Auction 2022. Many fans expected Ishan to be retained because he is younger than Yadav.

Kishan is one of the most aggressive Indian batters. He has the capability to turn the games in a matter of minutes, but it seems the southpaw will now return to the auction pool.


#4 Shubman Gill, Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill was expected to be a part of Kolkata Knight Riders' leadership group
Shubman Gill was expected to be a part of Kolkata Knight Riders' leadership group

Kolkata Knight Riders have retained Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine ahead of IPL Auction 2022. The Kolkata-based franchise have let go of Shubman Gill, who was expected to be a part of the leadership group.

It is possible that the Knight Riders will sign Gill at IPL Auction 2022. However, they could have retained him prior to the mega auction.


#5 Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals

Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal have reportedly been released for various reasons. While Iyer wanted a leadership role, Chahal and Rahul did not agree to the financial offers made by their franchises.

However, Shikhar Dhawan's release was a surprise. There has been no update regarding why he has been released, but DC have retained four players ahead of their most consistent batter in the recent IPL seasons. It should not be a surprise if Dhawan ends up joining Ahmedabad or Lucknow before IPL Auction 2022.


Edited by Parimal

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