On January 20, 2021, all the Indian Premier League teams submitted their list of released and retained players ahead of the 2021 auctions. Some retained players were a surprise, considering the cloud around them leaving the IPL franchise. In addition, there were some releases which raised the eyebrows of many fans.
As the IPL auctions for the 2021 season will be taking place in the month of February, mostly all the franchises might be looking for players from the new pool of names and may also look at the players being released from the other franchises. There is no doubt that players like Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell will once again be bought at high prices.
But, there are obviously few of those released players who might not be on the radar of the franchises. Players with poor records in IPL, bad form or international commitments, might be the ones who won’t attract many buyers during the auctions. Let’s take a look at them-
5 released players who may go unsold in IPL 2021 auctions:
1. Nathan Coulter-Nile
It was quite surprising to see the Australia fast-bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile not be retained by the Mumbai Indians team ahead of the IPL auctions 2021. Even though he didn’t have the greatest of seasons with the ball, he did bowl a key spell during the side’s victory in the final. In addition to that, the Western Australian pacer is regarded as one of the best in the shortest format.
His IPL records also read well. In 33 matches, he has taken 41 wickets and has a strike rate of 17. However, with all his experience, pace and quality bowling, there is a catch. The pacer has a long history with injuries. Coulter-Nile has missed several series and matches, due to injuries. He has had some freakish injuries in the past, which often ruled him out from the IPL.
Even in the 2020 season, he missed a few matches initially, as he was injured. In 2018, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, only to step out due to an injury. He had gone for big money in the 2020 auctions, but franchises might run out of patience of to have a bowler with such a history of injuries.
2. Sheldon Cottrell
The left-arm fast bowler from Jamaica Cottrell had been bought by Kings XI Punjab for over 8.5 crores in the previous year’s auction. However, he didn’t play up to his potential. In the six matches in which he featured, he took six wickets only, before Kings XI replaced him with other overseas options in order to have a balance in the XI.
His economy was almost close 9 and he wasn’t delivering for the Punjab franchise as they would have liked. So, when they announced that he will be released for this year’s auction, there weren’t too many people who were surprised.
Since the end of last year’s IPL, he hasn’t shown much of his class which had helped him to get the 8.5 crore INR deal with Kings XI Punjab. There are high chances that he will be going unsold this time. Getting a foreign fast-bowler, with low returns will not be on the minds of any of the franchise heads.
3. Kedar Jadhav
Back in 2018, Kedar Jadhav’s demand in the IPL auctions may have raised a few eyebrows. He was bought by Chennai Super Kings for INR 7.8 crore after a fierce battle with Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The right-handed batsman was a regular part of the ODI team back then. Unluckily, he got injured in the first match, but not before scripting a fantastic win for his side.
The next two seasons for Jadhav were nothing short of miserable. In the 2019 season, he scored 162 runs at an average of 18 while scoring just 62 runs at an average of 20 in the 2020 edition. Both occasions, his strike rate was less than 100.
Ahead of 2021 auctions, CSK releasing him was expected. At an age of almost 36, out of the Indian team and no remarkable innings to his credit, Jadhav’s time in the IPL might have been over. He might be unsold in the upcoming auction. The only advantage to him would be the fact that he is an Indian player and several teams look to stack up to their resources with those.
4. Moeen Ali
As Moeen Ali is a spin-bowling all-rounder, it was obvious that he would be a good prospect for the teams playing in the IPL. He was first picked in the 2018 auctions but managed to play only a few matches. But, in the 2019 edition, he played more number of matches and batted quite well in the middle order for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
However, Ali wasn’t contributing enough with the ball to call him a proper all-rounder in the cash-rich league. In the 2020 season, RCB didn’t play him for most of the season. Finally, ahead of the 2021 auction, he was released.
Even though Ali has great T20 numbers in county cricket, his T20I numbers tell a different story. There are high chances that the franchise might not go for a bidding war for the spin-bowling all-rounder. He might not find a franchise this year. In addition, his international commitments have always restricted him from playing franchise T20 cricket across the globe.
5. Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham is one of the best all-rounders in the world and his contributions to the New Zealand team’s success has been quite good in recent times. When he was picked by the Kings XI Punjab for the IPL 2020, a lot was expected out of him. However, he had a tournament to forget. He played only five matches in the league, where he could manage only 19 runs. He got only two wickets in these matches and had an economy close to 10.
A season like that made Kings XI releases him. He wasn’t batting good enough to play in the side as a proper batsman, nor was he giving the captain Rahul good enough overs with the ball. Having been released from the side, Neesham will go into auction in 2021, with little or no hope.
The Kiwi all-rounder has had his share of good performances for the national team but has failed to replicate that in the franchise T20 cricket. He had also featured in the Caribbean Premier League for a few seasons, where his bowling was effective but in the IPL, he couldn’t do much good.
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