The craze of IPL is not less than a festival in India. BCCI is gonna host the 14th edition of this mega-cricket event this year. As there will be a mini-auction before the tournament, all 8 teams have announced the list of all their retained and released players for the upcoming season.
There are many surprising names in both the list, Here give a look at the names listed by teams.
1. Chennai Super Kings
Out of 11 seasons of CSK's existence, IPL 2020 was the first season when CSK couldn’t make it to the playoffs. With an aging squad, in the UAE, CSK never looked like competing and the skipper MS Dhoni also admitted the need for more youngsters in the squad.
CSK released some big names like Murli Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla. While Harbhajan Singh, who didn't play the last season, took it to the Twitter and announced the end of his association with CSK.
Here is the list of players retained and released by the Yellow Army:
List of retained CSK players
Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Josh Hazlewood, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Sai Kishore
List of released CSK players
Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Monu Kumar
Purse Available: INR 22.9 crores
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB must be looking to build a title-winning team for IPL 2021, as the team having superstar Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers took some tough calls. RCB has released some big names like Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Umesh Yadav and Shivam Dube.
Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has already announced his retirement from all types of professional cricket, while Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn made himself unavailable for the upcoming season.
Here is the list of players retained and released by the Bangalore franchise:
List of retained RCB players
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa
Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel
List of released RCB players
Gurkeerat Singh, Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Isuru Udana, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav
Purse Available: INR 35.7 crore
3. Mumbai Indians
The last champions and the most successful franchise in the IPL history. Mumbai is the most balanced side of the IPL. Still, some loop-holes were needed to be fulfilled.
MI holds most of its key players but the surprise release was of Veteran Fast Bowler Lasith Malinga, who is also the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. Malinga also played a huge role in 2019's IPL win. But, he didn't play the last season because of some personal reasons.
MI also released Nathan Coulter Nile and James Pattinson.
Here is the list of released and retained players by Mumbai:
List of retained MI players
Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare
List of released MI players
Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Singh, Prince Balwant Rai, Mitchell McClenaghan
Purse Available: INR 15.35 Crore
4. Delhi Capitals
A young captain with almost an inexperienced team made it to the finals for the first time in 13 years. Franchise led by young Shreyas Iyer made their first appearance in the IPL finals in 2020. Delhi had a powerful squad in 2020 having Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Simron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. The coach Ricky Ponting took all the responsibilities and coached the team from the front. Even having their best season, Delhi made some changes in their squad for the upcoming season. Here's the list of players retained and released by the Capitals:
List of retained DC players
Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prithvi Shaw, Lalith Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Praveen Dubey, Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams, Anrich Nortje.
List of released DC players
Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, Jason Roy, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande.
Purse Available: INR 12.8 Crore
5. SunRisers Hyderabad
After winning the 2016 edition, SRH made playoff appearance in every season since then. One of the most balanced sides of the tournament with aggressive openers, stable middle order, perfect all-rounders, magical spin and pace attack. Though SRH is looking to make the squad more perfect.
Here's the list of players retained and released by Orange Gang:
List of retained SRH players
Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mitchell Marsh, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, Jason Holder
List of released SRH players
Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep and Yarra Prithvi Raj
Purse Available: INR 10.75 Crore
6. Kings XI Punjab
Before the tournament started, KXIP was looking a powerful side and considered as one of the strong contenders. Even though KL Rahul 670 Runs and won the Orange cap in the last season, KXIP couldn't make it to the finals and ended up in the tournament at 6th place. There were some big names in the squad who failed miserably.
The unsurprising release was of Glenn Maxwell, as he completely failed to live up to the expectations of the team.
Here's the list of players retained and released by Punjab's side:
List of players retained by KXIP
KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, M Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.
List of players released by KXIP
Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, K Gowtham, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen and Karun Nair, J Suchith, Tajinder Singh Dhillon
Purse Remaining: INR 53.2 Crore
7. Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR started the tournament with a mixture of experience and young blood. But in the mid-tournament, Dinesh Karthik stepped down as the captain and handed over his captaincy duties to the World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan. KKR had an unsuccessful year as they finished the tournament at 5th place. Even though KKR have not changed their squad. They have retained all their core-players.
Here's the list of player retained and released by Super Star King Khan's KKR:
List of players retained by KKR
Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi
List of players released by KKR
Tom Banton, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Manimaran Siddharth
Purse Remaining: 10.85 Crores
8. Rajasthan Royals
RR, a strong looking team on paper ended up the last season at last place. After failing miserably RR franchise has decided to release captain Steve Smith and has appointed Sanju Samson as the new captain for the upcoming season. Though Rajasthan has retained three overseas key players, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Jofra Archer.
Here is the list of players retained and released by Rajasthan Royals:
List of retained RR players
R Uthappa, M Lomror, M Vohra, R Parag, M Markande, S Gopal, J Unadkat, K Tyagi, R Tewatia, Y Jaiswal, S Samson, A Rawat, D Miller, J Archer, A Tye, B Stokes, J Buttler.
List of released RR players
Steve Smith, A Rajpoot, O Thomas, A Singh, V Aaron, Tom Curran, A Joshi, S Singh