IPL Teams Seek To Position Themselves For 2021 Season

The IPL 2021 season is set to get underway shortly and teams are seeking to position themselves by releasing players who did not play up to par last season.

The 8 teams have released 57 players to open their slots for the upcoming auction. 

Mumbai Indians-

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have retained 17 players in total. They have all the resources required for an ideal team and just require some fine-tuning. 

They have released four of their imported quick bowlers, including Lasith Malinga, which is quite surprising to see. Total 15.35 crores INR available to spend in the coming up auction.

Retained Players: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Chris Lynn, Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock.

Released Players: Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh.

Delhi Capitals-

Delhi Capitals were the runner-up of the previous season. The team has nothing to change in the squad as most of their players are in good form and have been performing well for their national sides. The franchise has 12.8 crores INR left in the purse. 

Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer (C), Rahane, Dhawan, Shaw, Pant, Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Pravin Dubey, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, R. Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje.

Released players: Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, Jason Roy, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande

Sunrisers Hyderabad-

Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise released just five players. No significant releases in the team, which indicates that they trust their core group. The remaining purse amount is 10.75 crores INR. 

Retained players: David Warner (C), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Jason Holder

Released Players: Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep, Y Prithvi Raj

Royal Challengers Bangalore-

Royal Challengers have retained the least number of players (12) yet again. We have seen that Royal Challengers have been impatient with squad selection as they kept changing many players over the years; nothing is different this year. They have a good remaining purse of 35.7 crores INR.

Retained Players: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson

Released Players: Umesh Yadav, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Gurkeerat Mann, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel

Kolkata Knight Riders-

Kolkata Knight Riders have released 5 players in total. Releasing these players did not increase their purse to a big extent as they have a low purse of 10.85 crores INR. They have backed their young fast bowlers like Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna to perform well in the coming up season.

Retained Players: Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier.

Released Players: Chris Green, Tom Banton, M Siddarth, Nikhil Naik, Siddesh Lad 

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab released seven players. It was expected that Glen Maxwell, who flopped during the entire IPL 2020 season, would be released. The franchise has released other big-name players such as Cottrell to extend their purse. Kings XI Punjab has the highest purse amongst all other teams with a whopping amount of 53 crores INR.

Retained: KL Rahul (C), Gayle, Pooran, Shami, Jordan, Mandeep, Mayank, Bishnoi, Prabhsimran, Hooda, Sarfaraz, Arshdeep, M Ashwin, Arshdeep, Porel, Harpreet

Released: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, K Gowtham, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen, and Karun Nair.

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings, with their worst IPL season in 2020, has released six players. It was anticipated that many more players would have been released, but historically, this franchise backs its players we didn’t see any drastic releases. By releasing Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, and Piyush Chawla, super kings have vacated the purse to a big extent. However, Super Kings have a purse of 22.9 crores INR available for the auction.

Retained Players: MS Dhoni, N Jagadeesan, R Gaikwad, KM Asif, R Jadeja, J Hazlewood, K Sharma, A Rayudu, S Raina, I Tahir, D Chahar, Faf du Plessis, S Thakur, M Santner, D Bravo, L Ngidi, S Curran, S Kishore.

Released: Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Monu Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson (Retired). 

Rajasthan Royals

After finishing last in the league stages of IPL 2020, the Rajasthan Royals have released Steve Smith, who had led the Royals in the previous season. In total, they have released 4 players. Sanju Samson has been appointed as the captain for the Royals for the 2021 season. The royals have a purse amount of 34.85 Crores IPL to be spent in the auction.


Sanju Samson (C), Robin Uthappa, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler.

Released players: Steve Smith, Oshane Thomas, Tom Curran, and Varun Aaron

A look at the franchises’ releases, one observed that settled and strong franchisees have retained most of their players. On the other hand, the franchisees searching for a balanced team have released many players to try new and different line-ups and seek better outcomes.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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