The richest cricket league in the world, the Indian Premier League saw its first-ever ‘transfer season’ end yesterday. Up until now, the teams only had the option of an auction to recruit or release the players.
However, this year saw a change on the rule, as the teams were allowed to sell, buy or release players they desired just like the European football clubs. And, the process did seem to interest the clubs, as all of them made the respective modifications.
The season was headlined by Gautam Gambhir and Jaydev Unadkat, who were both released by their respective teams. While the former was an inspirational captain just last season, the later was bought for an eye-popping ₹ 11.5 crores. Another veteran who parted with his employer was Yuvraj Singh, who too was released by Kings XI Punjab.
Also, the ousted duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, both serving suspensions for ball-tampering, would be returning back after giving a miss to the IPL 2018. The teams will now have an opportunity to fine tune their teams for the final time in the IPL auction that is rumoured to be staged later in December.
Chennai Super Kings
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings did the obvious by retaining their core of Dhoni-Raina-Jadeja along with du Plessis, Bravo and Vijay. However, they parted company with Mark Wood, Kanish Seth and Kshitiz Sharma, who were all released.
Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Released: Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma
Available slots: 2; Indian 2, Overseas 0
Daredevils took a significant step towards turning their fortunes overhead by releasing veteran captain Gautam Gambhir. The Delhiite was seriously out-of-form and even abdicated his captain’s armband mid-way into the season. The move, however, has received a lot of criticism on social media, especially from Gambhir’s fans.
Delhi has taken another big risk of trading three players in the form of Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem to sign opener Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad. It is expected that the experienced batsman will help in grooming young prodigies like Iyer, Pant and Prithvi Shaw among others.
Retained: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult
Released: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Junior Dala, Liam Plunkett, Mohammed Shami, Sayan Ghosh, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Naman Ojha
Traded: Shikhar Dhawan from SRH for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem with Delhi Daredevils
Salary cap available: 25.50 cr
Available slots: 10; Indian 7, Overseas 3
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab managed to stage the steal of the season by bringing in Punjab captain Mandeep Singh at the expense of Marcus Stoinis. The former has been in prolific form of late, especially in the domestic circles.
They have released veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh in another indication of the 37-year-old batting bastion’s declining career, who was earlier ousted from Punjab’s Ranji Trophy squad.
Retained: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin
Released: Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar and Manzoor Dar
Traded: Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh with RCB
Salary cap available: 36.20 cr
Available slots: 15; Indian 11, Overseas 4
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR retained star names like captain Karthik, Uthappa, Lynn and Narine while releasing Mitchell Starc, Vinay Kumar and Tom Curran among others. They now have a total budget of Rs. 15.2 crores
Retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Released: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Javon Searles
Salary cap available: 15.20 cr
Available slots: 12; Indian 7, Overseas 5
Mumbai Indians have made a major overhaul in their team by releasing as many as ten players from their squad which mainly include uncapped players like Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Akila Dananjaya and Sharad Lamba among others.
Retained: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff.
Released: Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya.
Traded: Quinton de Kock from RCB
Salary cap available: 11.15 cr
Available slots: 7; Indian 6, Overseas 1
The release of Jaydev Unadkat, who they bought for Rs. 11.5 last season, will be the biggest move for the Rajasthan Royals. The fast-bowler did seem to struggle to perform well in 2018 IPL, most probably due to the pressures of the exorbitant price tag. They also released Zahir Khan.
Retained: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror.
Released: D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin, Heinrich Klaasen, Dane Paterson, Zahir Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena.
Salary cap available: 20.95cr
Available slots: 9; Indian 6, Overseas 3
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have also released many A-listers like the New Zealand duo of Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson, Quinton de Kock and Chris Woakes. They also traded Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis.
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya
Released: Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, Quinton de Kock, Chris Woakes, Sarfraz Khan
Traded: Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis with KXIP
Salary cap available: 18.15 cr
Available slots: 10; Indian 8, Overseas 2
Sunrisers Hyderabad took an important decision by parting ways Shikhar Dhawan, who had been a mainstay in the opening department. However, the south team will be boosted by the arrival of another opener David Warner, who was absent in the last season. They have also shown the door to another promising batsman, Wriddhiman Saha.
Retained: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan
Released: Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Traded: Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem
Salary cap available: 9.70 cr
Available slots: 5; Indian 3, Overseas 2
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