There is still about six months left for the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). But before the mini auction to be held in Kochi on December 23, all the teams have released the list of their retained and released players. This time the franchisees have taken many surprising decisions. In the mega auction held last year, the players who were bought for crores of rupees. He was dropped from the team after just one season.
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. Bravo has played 161 matches in this mega event, in which he has taken 183 wickets at an average of 23.82 and an economy rate of 8.38. Also, Bravo jointly holds the record of taking 32 wickets in a single IPL season (2013). Talking about IPL 2022, his performance in that too was not too bad.
He took 16 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 18.69. But despite this, Chennai Super Kings did not retain their champion player. In fact, Bravo is now 39 years old and all the teams would be looking at building a strong squad for the next few years. In such a situation, it is very difficult to sell this veteran Caribbean player in the auction.
Ajinkya Rahane was included in their team last year by Kolkata Knight Riders by paying one crore rupees. But Rahane showed a very disappointing performance. The right-handed batsman scored just 133 runs in 7 matches in IPL 2022 at a very poor average of 19.00. Due to this poor performance, KKR has decided to release him this season.
Rahane, 34, has played in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiants, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. During this, he has scored 4074 runs in 158 matches at an average of 30.86. However, Rahane’s poor performance in the last few seasons makes him a tough sell in the upcoming mini-auction.
Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has been released by Kolkata Knight Riders. Last year, KKR bought Nabi for Rs 1 crore, but didn’t use him enough. The right-arm spinner played just 3 matches in IPL 2022, taking 2 wickets at an economy rate of 10.75. Nabi is now 37 years old. In such a situation, other teams will hardly show interest in buying him.