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Indian T20 League 2023: Five openers who can earn big at the mini-auction for the next season

These openers have been released from their respective franchises ahead of the mini-auction for the Indian T20 League 2023.

The retention and release process for the Indian T20 League has been concluded on Tuesday, the 15th of November. During the retention, there had been a few decisions from the franchises that left the fans shocked ahead of the mini-auction for the 2023 edition of the Indian T20 League. Bangalore hasn’t decided to make a lot of changes and opted to go with their core group that played in the 2022 edition of the tournament.

On the other hand, Hyderabad has freed up a lot from their purse by releasing some big names including none other than their former skipper Kane Williamson. Although there might be some highlights during the mini-auction, the list includes the likes of star English all-rounders, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes alongside young Australian batter Cameron Green.

Nevertheless, the teams will be eyeing to add some blistering openers in their squad for the next season of the Indian T20 League. Notably, some of the openers have been released by the franchises before the mini-auction. Considering the importance of having an opener in the squad, these released players might be picked by some teams for a big amount of money.

So, here we’ll have a look at five openers who might make a big price tag after being released by their franchises before the mini-auction of the 2023 edition of the tournament.

1. Mayank Agarwal

Probably one of the most surprising releases ahead of the auction of the Indian T20 League was of Mayank Agarwal. The 31-year-old had also led a Punjab-based franchise in the tournament, but he could score only 196 runs in 12 innings of 13 matches he played during the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League. Agarwal registered an extremely low average of 16.33 which didn’t justify the amount of INR 12 crores Punjab spent for him.

Meanwhile, Punjab announced the senior Indian southpaw Shikhar Dhawan in the 15th edition of the tournament. Although Agarwal enjoyed two brilliant seasons in Indian T20 League for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021. Considering that performance and his experience, the franchise might go to claim the Karnataka batter with a big amount in the upcoming mini-auction for the next season of the Indian  T20 League.

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