IPL 2024: Most Expensive players released by franchises

The pre-auction atmosphere is charged with the allure of reshuffling squads and acquiring fresh talent, all while adhering to financial constraints.

Mathew K
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As the IPL 2024 auction approaches, franchises are strategically navigating the release and repurchase of players, a tactic laden with risks. The recent closure of the retention and release window saw notable names, including the absence of Ben Stokes due to workload and injury management, heightening anticipation for the auction. Stokes' expected release marks a shift from his impactful on-field contributions in previous IPL seasons.


The delicate balance of shedding high-value players to create financial flexibility presents franchises with opportunities and pitfalls. The pre-auction atmosphere is charged with the allure of reshuffling squads and acquiring fresh talent, all while adhering to financial constraints. As teams aim to optimize squad compositions, the auction is poised to reshape team dynamics in the pursuit of success in the upcoming IPL season. With the chase in dynamics that have happened through the course of retention phase, the upcoming auction shapes up pretty well. Let us look at top five most expensive players released by franchises;

Ben Stokes (16.25 Cr)

Chennai Super Kings made a significant investment, securing English all-rounder Ben Stokes for over 16 crore rupees. However, the high expectations were met with disappointment as Stokes' performance in two matches yielded only 15 runs, and his bowling over conceded 18 runs. Failing to live up to his cricketing reputation, discussions arose about the justification of the substantial investment. Stokes' injury history raised concerns, ultimately leading to CSK's decision to release him from the team.


Harry Brook (13.25 Cr)

Sunrisers Hyderabad's high expectations for Harry Brook, backed by a hefty investment of 13.25 crore rupees, fell short in his debut season. Despite moments of talent, highlighted by a century, Brook struggled overall, particularly against spin, concluding the season with an average of 21.11 and a strike rate of 123.38. His performance did not match the substantial investment made by SRH in their pursuit of a valuable squad addition.

Wanindu Hasaranga (10.75 Cr)


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pursued Wanindu Hasaranga for his spin abilities, inspired by his T20 World Cup hattrick. However, his impact in the IPL was marred by injuries and inconsistent performances. Despite recognizing his potential, RCB opted not to retain him, attributing their decision to his struggles in maintaining economical spells during crucial phases of the game.

Shardul Thakur (10.75 Cr)

Despite an impressive IPL history, Shardul Thakur encountered a challenging season with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2023. Known for impactful performances, Thakur's contributions were subdued, scoring only 113 runs in 11 innings and taking seven wickets. His lackluster form played a role in KKR's failure to reach the playoffs, resulting in a lower standing on the points table.

Harshal Patel (10.75 Cr)

The highly anticipated return of Harshal Patel to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) following an impressive season elsewhere brought optimism among fans. Renowned as "Purple Patel" for winning the Purple Cap in the 2021 IPL, his fortunes took a downturn in the 2023 edition. Despite his previous impactful performances, Patel struggled, with his economy rate soaring close to 10, marking a stark contrast to his earlier success.

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