IPL 2024 | Ahead of the auction, let us have a look at players each team could release, in our team-by-team guide.
A month before they arrive in Dubai for the auction, which will take place on 19 December, preparations for the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season are in full swing among the franchises, with 26 November being the deadline to announce the list of released and retained players.
As the franchises brainstorm to find crucial answers, we have made the task easier for you – for in this article, we will look at a team-by-team guide of the players that all ten teams could release.
Chennai Super Kings
- Remaining purse: 6.50 crore INR.
There is not much hope for Chennai Super Kings regarding retention, as most of their work, especially clearing the purse, has been done by two players. English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who incurred a loss of 16 crore INR for the team but played only two matches, has made himself unavailable for IPL 2024. Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu, who caused a loss of 6.75 crore INR to the team, has announced his retirement. The availability of MS Dhoni is still uncertain, although the captain has mentioned that he is recovering well after knee surgery.
Among the foreign pacers once in high demand, Kyle Jamieson’s career trajectory has not been as rapid as anticipated. The former quick bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore, bought for a hefty 15 crore INR in an auction, has faced considerable challenges in his career due to injuries.
Now at the age of 28, Jamieson has played all T20Is for his country, excluding 13 T20Is, taking only 10 wickets. His economy rate of 9.29 runs per over doesn’t add to his credibility.
Sisanda Magala, signed as a replacement for 50 lakh INR due to an injury, could be another CSK option. In the two matches played last season, the South African pacer managed to take only one wicket, conceding 51 runs in six overs. He is not among the main players for the South African team and has played only six T20 matches, with the last one in March.
Teammate Proteas, Dwaine Pretorius, might also be released. Although he had only one opportunity last season, the 34-year-old announced his retirement from international cricket and might explore options among those still representing their countries in T20Is.
CSK could consider options to exclude Indian domestic players, including Bhagat Varma – the 25-year-old all-rounder from Hyderabad, who has played only five T20s so far and was not part of this edition’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Another option is Simarjeet Singh – the moderately fast bowler from Delhi, who was also not part of SMAT.
- Remaining purse: 9.45 crore INR.
Reports suggest that Delhi Capitals will opt for a significant change, considering their ninth position in IPL 2023, which seems entirely appropriate.
Since then, Soumya Sarkar has only participated in Major League Cricket in the United States, where he scored only one half-century in five matches.
Similarly, dynamic West Indies player Rovman Powell and experienced Indian batsman Manish Pandey are valued at 2.80 crore INR and 2.40 crore INR, respectively.
Powell played three matches for Capitals in IPL 2023, managing only one wicket and scoring seven runs. After that competition, his only campaign was in the West Indies’ domestic List A tournament, the Super50 Cup, where he made only one half-century and took three wickets in seven matches.
Meanwhile, Pandey, who played 10 matches last season, scored only 160 runs at an average of 17.77. In SMAT, Pandey batted in three opportunities, scoring a total of 39 runs.
While Sarfaraz Khan’s team had to pay only 20 lakh INR, the wicketkeeper-batsman struggled last season, managing only 53 runs at an average of 13.25 and is a contender for release.
Like Pandey, Khan also had to fight for his place in SMAT. The Mumbaikar participated in eight matches, where he scored 64 runs with an average of 21.33 – a number that may not satisfy the DC management.
In the bowling department, Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman and Indian young player Kamlesh Nagarkoti may bid farewell to DC.
Mustafizur recently took only five wickets in eight matches for Bangladesh in the ICC T20 World Cup 2023. As for Nagarkoti – an all-rounder with no shortage of talent but plagued by injuries – he has not played any competitive matches this year.
- Remaining purse: 9.45 crore INR.
Reportedly, before diving into retention and releases, Gujarat Titans will release 15 crore INR. So, it won’t be surprising if they decide to retain almost the entire team, given their captain Hardik Pandya’s association with Mumbai Indians.
Even though Matthew Wade is leading the Australian team in the ongoing T20I series against India, his absence from general suspicions compelled him to spend the previous season on the Gujarat Titans’ bench. At the start of this year, in ‘The Hundred’ in England, Wade scored 117 runs in eight matches, with an average of only 19.50.
The same can be said about K.S. Bharat, who hasn’t had a chance to work with experienced Riddhiman Saha. In SMAT 2023, Bharat scored 150 runs with an average of 21.42.
As a replacement for the injured Kane Williamson last season, Dasun Shanaka, who has struggled with poor form, managed to score only 26 runs in the three opportunities provided. The Sri Lankan all-rounder faced difficulties, scoring only 54 runs in six matches in the 2023 Asia Cup.
Another overseas all-rounder, Odean Smith, did not get a single opportunity last season. Though he played regularly in the Caribbean Premier League, his performance wasn’t impressive, scoring 89 runs and taking six wickets in 11 matches.
Among the released Indian players, Pradeep Sangwan, Urva Patel, and Darshan Nalkande are the prominent candidates who have not made a significant contribution so far. In SMAT 2023, Nalkande had an economy rate of 9.95, Sangwan played only a few matches for Delhi, and Patel scored only 164 runs in SMAT.
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Remaining purse: 6.65 crore INR.
Similar to Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to release several players under the captaincy of two-time title-winning captain Gautam Gambhir. They will be looking for a fresh start.
Thakur scored 113 runs in 11 matches with an average of 14.12, taking only seven wickets. He is not part of India’s final XI plans; he played only three times in the T20 World Cup, where he took two wickets.
Ferguson played only three matches last season, not because the KKR management decision-making process was faulty, but because there was no need for him to occupy the fourth position for his performance.
In those three matches, he took only one wicket and conceded runs at an economy rate of 12.52. He was expensive in the T20 World Cup as well, with an economy rate of 5.57 runs per over.
Other potential candidates include the experienced Bangladeshi duo Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das, Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee, West Indian Johnson Charles, Namibian David Wiese, N Jagadeesan, and Indian pacer duo Mandeep Singh and Kulwant Khejroliya.
Lucknow Super Giants
- Remaining purse: 10.80 crore INR.
Lucknow Super Giants have already released Avesh Khan in exchange for Devdutt Padikkal, issuing 2.25 crore INR. Apart from the 8.55 crore INR obtained from the unused and new purse, this will prepare them well for the auction, considering they don’t have many deficiencies in their team.
Contrary to several Indian players we’ve mentioned, there is uncertainty around Hooda’s retention. Despite scoring 179 runs for Rajasthan with an average of 35.80 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, his value might lead to his exclusion from the team.
Players like Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Krishnappa Gowtham, Yudhvir Singh, and Swapnil Singh might be released.
Sams had no opportunities last season, and with LSG claiming to have a team full of talented players, his chances of a turnaround seem bleak. Unadkat, on the other hand, couldn’t take any wickets in his three matches for Rajasthan in IPL 2023.
Despite a good performance in his debut season, where he scored 452 runs and took six wickets, Glenn Maxwell might be released. However, he had a tough time in the T20 World Cup, scoring only 73 runs in three matches without taking any wickets.
There might be several other releases, but on expected lines – Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Duane Jansen, Tristan Stubs, Arshad Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Raghav Goyal, Vishnu Vinod, Rithik Shaukeen, and Ramandeep Singh.
Jordan took three wickets in six matches in IPL 2023, while Meredith managed seven wickets in five matches, but he gave away runs at a disappointing economy rate of 10.52. Arshad Khan and others were also expensive, with an economy rate of 13.41.
- Remaining purse: 17.20 crore INR.
The cycle of construction-destruction-reconstruction for Punjab Kings hasn’t proven beneficial anytime soon. Despite finishing eighth in IPL 2023, they might opt for some consistency before the 2024 edition.
Except for the left-arm spinner, Raj Bawa, players like Mathew Short, Shivam Singh, Baltej Singh, and Mohit Rathi could be let go.
After scoring 117 runs in six matches in IPL 2023, Mathew Short is finding it challenging to stay in India while on national duty. In the two ODIs against India in September, he scored only 11 runs, and in the last T20 match, he managed just 13 runs.
- Remaining purse: 6.60 crore INR.
After utilizing 2.25 crore INR for the acquisition of Avesh Khan in exchange for Devdutt Padikkal, Rajasthan Royals might be one of the teams looking to release players on big contracts to free up their purse.
After signing Avesh, it seems likely that they will release at least one Indian pacer, and the recently signed Navdeep Saini, at 2.60 crore INR, could be a contender for release.
In the last season, Saini had an economy rate of 12.33 runs per over, giving away 74 runs in six overs across two matches. Despite being a fast bowler for Delhi in SMAT, he took four wickets at an economy rate of 8.63 runs per over in seven matches.
Potential candidates for release include Joe Root, Obed McCoy, Kasey Cariappa, KM Asif, Kuldeep Yadav, and Kunal Singh Rathod.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Remaining purse: 6.75 crore INR.
Setting up a new coaching structure, Royal Challengers Bangalore has already hinted at significant changes under the leadership of Andy Flower. Among those who might be released are two wicketkeepers – Dinesh Karthik and Anuj Rawat.
Karthik has played only one game after IPL 2023 and hasn’t stepped onto the field for Tamil Nadu in SMAT 2023. Meanwhile, Rawat has struggled with consistency, scoring 206 runs at an average of 29.42, but managing only one half-century in seven matches for Delhi.
Their inability to showcase their talent so far doesn’t justify Bangalore’s decision to spend 3.40 crore INR on them.
Other potential releases could be Will Jacks, Kedar Jadhav, Karn Sharma, Avinash Singh, and Rajan Kumar.
- Remaining purse: 11.55 crore INR.
Amid rumors of letting English batsman Harry Brook go, Sunrisers Hyderabad might be swayed by their habit of breaking the team before every auction and have confidence in some expensive signatures.
In SMAT 2023, Mandeep Singh scored 126 runs in five matches with an average of 25.20. His only half-century came against Uttar Pradesh, while experienced campaigner Karun Nair couldn’t cross the 30-run mark in four innings.
Despite the trust shown in Abdul Samad, the young all-rounder from Jammu and Kashmir hasn’t become an indispensable part of the team yet. In the previous season, he scored 169 runs in nine matches, and in SMAT, he managed only 68 runs in five matches with an average of 17.
Tye took only one wicket in three matches in IPL 2023, giving away runs at an economy rate of 14.91 per over. The 23-year-old from Uttar Pradesh didn’t have a significant impact in SMAT 2023 either, with only four wickets in six matches.
To complete the list, Adil Rashid, Mandeep Dagar, Akhil Hossein, Niteish Kumar Reddy, Anmolpreet Singh, and Sanveer Singh could also be potential releases.
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