Ahead of the mega auction, almost every franchise had several world-class players. Yet, a few of these exceptional individuals were released. This confused one and all, as some of these players have been absolutely outstanding for their respective teams. However, given the rules of Indian T20 League, they were allowed to retain only four players. Today, we shall be taking a look at the five worst releases by Indian T20 League franchises
1) Shreyas Iyer:
Shreyas Iyer is one of the most improved Indian cricketers in the recent past. Not only is he a good captain, but is an all-round cricketer who can play in any conditions. While other teams struggle to find a quality Indian middle-order batter, Delhi simply released Iyer. Moreover, the Mumbai batter was the franchise’s captain, and led them to the final in 2020. Nevertheless, Kolkata purchased him, and have announced Iyer as the team’s new captain.
2) Shardul Thakur:
Shardul Thakur is an absolute match-winner. Of late, he has been India’s “X factor”. Besides, he played an influential role in ensuring that Chennai win their fourth title in the 2021 edition. Releasing him was a strange move by the Dhoni-led side as it was nearly impossible to buy him back in the auction.
3) Faf du Plessis:
Faf du Plessis has been synonymous with the Chennai-based franchise. He has been playing for them since 2012, and has been their loyal servant. Besides, he was the player of the match in the 2021 final, and scored the second-most number of runs in that edition. Keeping the records and numbers aside, the Proteas batter could have been retained only on the basis of emotions as well.
4) Yuzvendra Chahal:
Yuzvendra Chahal has been one of Bangalore’s biggest match-winners in the last few editions. Despite playing most of the games in a batting paradise like Chinnaswamy, the leggie was always amongst the wickets. Still, the Bangalore-based franchise decided to release him. The most shocking part was the franchise only retained three players, and had the option to retain one more player. To make matters more confusing, Bangalore didn’t even bid for him during the auction.
5) Rashid Khan:
Rashid Khan is unarguably the best T20 spinner of this era. It is safe to call him a complete package. He was with Hyderabad for five seasons. Yet, the orange army decided not release him. Letting go of Rashid would definitely go down as one of the biggest blunders in the history of the league.