IPL: Five players whom the franchises might never release
#4. Rishabh Pant
The young and hard-hitting wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, has been a consistent contributor with the bat for the Delhi Capitals team in the last three seasons. Breaching the 300-runs mark on each occasion, the IPL performance is a primary reason behind him being a part of the Indian team across formats today.
He is a utility player who has taken the Capitals out of difficult situations on most occasions. At 22, Rishabh is pure talent and an absolute asset for the Capitals. He is someone the Capitals would like to take good care of. He is the present and the future of the Delhi side.
If he consistently performs the way he has done so far, he might remain with the Capitals till the very end of his career, which is far from over. Pant could even be the next skipper of the Delhi Capitals side. He has at least another decade of cricket left in him though and things change dramatically in the world of sports.
#3. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in the auction leading to the 2019 IPL. He had 19 scalps in the 14 matches that he played for the side. However, since the end of the IPL, Shami has been in some serious form.
This form is surely going to play a part in forcing the KXIP think-tank to retain this Indian pacer. What's more, is the way Shami has evolved in the last 12 months, he seems to be a different player altogether.
His evolution has made him a lethal pacer and the KXIP side need such a player. If Punjab decides to retain him this year, there is a good possibility that Shami will be in Punjab for at least three more years, looking at his current form.
But, with all points considered, there is one problem that does not fall in Shami's favour. He is an injury-prone pacer. Injury could make for a reason why KXIP might release Shami sometime in the later years.