With the world’s biggest T20 League also being based on the concept of auction and trading, often when there’s someone’s gain there’s also someone’s loss. Now at least this cycle in the last 14 years of the IPL has become well evident in the case of many renowned IPL teams especially with the ones who have constantly got brimmed with star elite players.
Now although a majority of the time, the IPL teams do dump their elite players only when they utterly start to malfunction, there have been some famous instances where surprisingly the dumped malfunctioned players have then suddenly started to soar high for their new franchises. Perhaps recently in the IPL 2021, such was also the scene with the PBKS team, especially when after dumping Glenn Maxwell, the Aussie then suddenly went all guns blazing while playing for the RCB. Let’s take a look at-
Cases of worst releases in IPL history
10. Yuzvendra Chahal (MI)
Before becoming the premier spinner of the RCB team, Yuzi Chahal had initially begun his IPL journey with the MI franchise. The leg-spinner was first bagged at a base price of INR 10 Lakh in the 2011 IPL by the MI management and was part of the setup till the end of the year 2013. While his first two seasons with MI were merely the bench-warming events, Chahal then by only playing his single IPL game in the blue and gold jersey, had finally made his IPL debut in the 2013 season.
However later in the 2013 Champions League T20, Chahal did get some games to exhibit himself. And with the cricketer also bowling a commendable spell against the RCB in the finals, the leg-spinner apparently was then bagged by the red army in the 2014 auction. Since then it’s been seven seasons wherein Yuzi Chahal has become the team’s chief leg-spinner along with scalping a total of 125 wickets from 105 appearances for RCB.
MI franchise because of the brimming presence of the veteran Harbhajan Singh had eluded Chahal in the 2014 auction but then after the departure of the legend, the team has struggled to procure some quality leg-spinners. Maybe the MI management just like RCB could have fetched Chahal again at his base price, but with the franchise also winning a record number of IPL titles in the same time frame, barely there must be a regret in the hindsight.
9. Shikhar Dhawan (SRH)
By being contracted for INR 1.38 Crore in IPL 2013, Shikhar Dhawan had played for the SRH team till the year 2018. The cricketer in his 6-year stint had represented the orange army in a total of 85 matches and had scored more than 2500 runs at an average of close to 35. More importantly, by amassing more than 500 runs in the glory season of 2016, Dhawan had emerged as one of the vital pillars of the team.
However, with his salary receiving a massive cut from INR 12.5 Crore to INR 5.2 Crore in the 2018 season, Dhawan seemed to be unhappy with the SRH franchise and hence had decided to shift from the orange army. Therefore, before the 2019 IPL, Dhawan was again back playing for his home franchise wherein he has also now completely reinvigorated his T20 batting form.
For the last three seasons, the cricketer while representing the DC franchise has mounted a massive pile of 1,518 runs from his 41 appearances at an outstanding average of 44.38. Also by establishing himself as a reliable opener, perhaps the southpaw in many ways can be called DC’s premier batsman.
Now while the DC team from its last few seasons has immensely got benefitted from Dhawan’s brimming presence, the SRH franchise on the other hand has utterly become dependent on the likes of David Warner, Johnny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson. In fact, their local Indian batters have barely made any mark in the last two seasons of the IPL, hereby eventually making the team search for a steadfast match-winner like the 34-year old.
8. Suryakumar Yadav (KKR)
Suryakumar Yadav had initially started his IPL journey with the MI team in the 2011 edition of the IPL. The right-handed batter was easily fetched for a base price of INR 10 lakh and was part of the franchise till IPL 2013. In fact, the cricketer by merely playing a single game in 2012 had finally made his IPL debut in blue and gold. However, with the KKR team bagging Surya in the 2014 auction for a pleasant amount of INR 70 Lakh, the Mumbai batsman had extensively played for the purple army till the 2017 IPL.
Because of his flexible gameplay, SKY often used to juggle with his batting position in the middle-order which eventually had overall made him just average around 23 during his stint with the KKR. In fact later on, by playing as a mere floater neither Sky gained some fruitful success nor the KKR franchise then persisted with him after the 2017 edition.
While the KKR franchise didn’t bag him in the 2018 mega auction, the MI franchise had gone all in to bag their local boy for an impressive amount of INR 3.2 Crore. Further, with also casting Sky as a top-order batsman, the 27-year old has now been the team’s highest run-scorer since the IPL 2018. All in all, in a true sense, Surya has dwelled himself as a reliable 400-run bank along with emerging as a prominent match-winner in crucial games.
Overall, while the KKR team has extremely grappled with its top-order batting since IPL 2018, the MI franchise by extensively casting Suryakumar Yadav has gone on to build one of the best batting powerhouses of the IPL.
7. Jos Buttler (MI)
Right after the 2015 World Cup debacle, the ECB had given a strong green signal to its white-ball players to extensively go and play the IPL. Perhaps this move in many ways had also then allowed Jos Buttler to completely transform his T20 game. The leeway also then immediately allowed Buttler to easily fetch an IPL franchise, as the MI team in IPL 2016 had signed the wicket-keeper batsman for an amount of INR 3.8 Crore.
However, with Buttler fairly having a reasonable show in his two-year stint with the MI team, the cricketer was then released before the 2018 mega auction. While a lot of MI fans had expected the MI management to recast him by using the RTM card, the franchise barely showed any interest at the auction table.
Hence, with the RR team finally signing Buttler for INR 4.5 Crore in IPL 2018, the explosive batter became worth for every penny, as from his 13 games Buttler had scored a total of 548 runs at a towering average of 54.80. On the other hand, the MI team in that season did endure a struggle with their overall batting that also eventually had displeased fans regarding Buttler’s omission. Hence, Buttler’s exclusion from the MI team turned to be a fortune-changing affair for the RR team especially in the 2018 season when they had qualified for the playoffs.
6. Andre Russell (DD)
Much before gaining utter prominence in the KKR team, Andre Russell had initially started his IPL career with the Delhi Daredevils franchise. The all-rounder was bagged by DD in IPL 2012 for INR 2.26 Crore and also in the subsequent edition was given a small price hike of total INR 2.39 Crore.
Now while the DD franchise hardly made Russell play a total of 7 games in both the IPL seasons, the West Indian had started to showcase his big-hitting prowess in international cricket. The cricketer around that time had also done well for the West Indies team along with building a reputation of being a barbaric striker of the ball.
Hence with the DD franchise eventually letting go of Russell in the 2014 IPL, the KKR team had merrily bagged the all-rounder for a subservient amount of INR 60 Lakh. Since then, Andre Russell has dwelled himself as one of the iconic players of the KKR franchise eventually also manifesting it as a valuable loss of the DD team. However, with the Delhi franchise also at present being as one of the top IPL teams, maybe Russell’s omission might not be a mammoth loss in the hindsight.
5. Shane Watson (RCB)
Shane Watson’s glorious years in the IPL have only come with the RR and the CSK franchise. The cricketer in his debut IPL season was a formidable force who singlehandedly by scoring a total of 472 runs had helped RR to bag its first IPL title. While the all-rounder had received an exclusion from the RR team after the IPL 2015, the RCB franchise had then bagged the Aussie for a whopping amount of INR 9.5 Crore.
Now while especially playing for RCB in IPL 2016, Watson was given an alien role of batting in the middle-order that eventually had just made him average around 13 in that season. Although Watson had played all IPL games, the Aussie never had looked at its pleasant best. In fact, his strike rate in the 2017 season had fallen below 100 that also made him dreadfully just average around 11. Hence, by the time when the 2018 mega IPL auction had come, Watson had already received an omission from the red army.
However, with the yellow army then making a vigorous comeback in the IPL 2018, the Aussie all-rounder was immediately signed for INR 4 Crore which in many ways also turned to be a fruitful affair for CSK. Overall, while the RCB franchise perhaps had endured one of its dreadful IPL seasons in 2018, Watson had soared CSK to its third IPL glory, by heavily scoring a total of 555 runs from his 15 games at a commendable average of close to 40.
4. KL Rahul (RCB)
KL Rahul had initially started his IPL career with his home team (RCB) in 2013 at a base price of INR 10 Lakh. However, after making his India debut, the opener was then fetched by the SRH franchise for INR 1 Crore in 2014. However, with resulting as a decent proposition, the SRH team had discarded KL Rahul in 2016 which again then made his re-entry at the RCB.
Surprisingly, while the likes of skipper Virat Kohli and ABD were batting on a different planet in the 2016 season, even KL Rahul had joined the party and had scored some blazing 397 runs at a commendable average of around 44. In fact, his strike rate of 146.49 had turned out to be a revelation for many IPL teams that also then eventually paved his way into team India’s T20I setup.
However, by getting injured for the next entire season, the horrific 2017 season had influenced the RCB franchise to even discard KL Rahul before the 2018 mega auction. Hence, when the franchise had also not used its RTM card to bag Rahul at the auction table, the PBKS management had not only then signed Rahul as an explosive opener but also as their future captaincy prospect. Overall, ever since KL Rahul has joined the Punjab franchise, the batter has been one of the routine contenders of the orange cap in the last few seasons of the IPL.
3. Chris Gayle (KKR)
The Universal Boss had first made his IPL debut in 2009 and was bagged by the KKR franchise for INR 3.93 Crore. The opener in his 16 collective appearances across the 2009 and 2010 IPL edition had scored a total of 463 runs at a quality average of 30.47. However, with the KKR management finding it as an inadequate affair, Gayle was omitted from the squad before the 2011 mega auction.
While there was no doubt that the West Indian was an honourable T20 cricketer even back in those days, the RCB team had then left no stone unturned to bag the southpaw in the 2011 IPL. Although Gayle had come in as an injury replacement, his batting at the end of the 2011 IPL had become a big revelation, as a mammoth pile of 608 runs were scored from his blade. While the number of 608 runs was just a trailer, Gayle perhaps even further broke many records by scoring more than 700 runs in the both IPL 2012 and 2013 season.
Overall, with his thunderous batting, Chris Gayle had made RCB one of the top teams of the IPL in his initial years, whereas the KKR side did struggle until the emergence of former captain Gautam Gambhir. However, with the purple army also bagging its first IPL glory in 2012, the regret wouldn’t have been anymore felt.
2. David Warner (DD)
Instantaneously, David Warner in his debut international T20I game had shown his commendable batting prowess that also then had indulged the cricketer to join the IPL. Immediately, by being up for grabs in the 2009 IPL auction, the DD franchise had signed the southpaw for a mere INR 14-15 Lakh. However, his stint with the Delhi team turned to be a lot more prolonged as Warner until the IPL 2014 had got intact for five consecutive IPL seasons. Further, in the 2013 IPL season, Warner had also impressively scored more than 400 runs at an average of above 31.
But unfortunately in the mega auction of 2014, the DD team had left David Warner that eventually then started his soaring run with the SRH franchise. Promptly, by bagging him at a whopping price of INR 8.8 Crore, Warner apparently turned out to be worth for every single penny, as a mountain of 528 runs had come from his blade in that season. In fact, by further forging himself for a future captaincy, Warner finally had also brought in the IPL glory in 2016.
Overall, while the Delhi franchise had horrifically struggled for a prolonged 4-5 years since IPL 2013, similarly the SRH franchise by allowing Warner to helm had successfully transformed themselves as a top IPL team. Therefore, his release from the DD team has definitely been one of the worst blunders performed by any IPL franchise.
1. AB de Villiers (DD)
Even AB de Villiers just like many eminent T20 stars had started his IPL career with the DD franchise. The cricketer initially was bagged for INR 1.2 Crore in the inaugural season and had received a similar salary for the next two IPL seasons. Even in terms of performances, ABD had played a total of 28 games across three seasons and had scored a total of 671 runs that also includes his impressive average of above 50 in the 2009 edition.
However, with the DD team finding it an unsatisfactory affair, De Villiers was made to exit before the 2011 mega auction. And as the rest is history, the RCB franchise had immediately then bagged him for more than INR 5 Crores which in return also instantaneously helped the franchise to qualify for the 2011 IPL finals.
Overall, by emerging as an eternal vital pillar of the RCB team, ABD has scored a total profusion of 4385 runs across a decade. In fact, the red army has not only seen or experienced his prime years but also now cherishes his vintage days. Hence, while the DD franchise had an unparalleled opportunity to cast ABD at the helm, the RCB franchise on the other note has made him the finest all-time great of the game.
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