Five players who shouldn't have been released by IPL teams
Last week, the eight franchises of the Indian Premier League submitted their list of retained and released players ahead of the auction next month. Several teams went big in terms of releasing a host of names. Going by what we saw, there are several high-profile players, who shouldn't have been released by their respective teams. Here's the list.
Chris Lynn was one of the high-profile names, who was surprisingly released by Kolkata Knight Riders. Lynn was an integral part of the KKR set-up and scored runs consistently in the last three seasons. His experience in T20 is monumental and he is a destructive force. He would have been the ideal choice atop for KKR. Lynn will attract significant bids from several teams.
England's Sam Curran was an expensive buy for Kings XI Punjab last season. He scored 95 runs and claimed 10 wickets in his maiden IPL season. KXIP should have been patient with the youngster, who is touted to be a future star. Recently, he claimed six wickets during England's 3-2 T20I series win against New Zealand. Curran could have added that extra bit.
Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore. The utility player didn't get the desired run of games last season. In four matches, he scored 46 runs. He has done a commendable job for New Zealand of late and is quite the match-winner. For a side like RCB, who have struggled big in terms of consistency, Grandhomme could have helped them.
Rajasthan Royals went on to release a total of 11 players. One player the side could have retained was Ashton Turner. The Aussie cricketer is a regular in the T20I side of late. He has real skills with the bat and despite failing to produce substance in IPL 2019, he should have been trusted to play a serious role next term.
West Indian youngster Alzarri Joseph was strangely released by champions Mumbai Indians, who allowed several pacers to leave. Joseph dazzled for MI last season when he claimed 6/12 in a match. He ended up being costly in the other two games he featured in. With age and promise by his side, MI missed the trick here. He is definitely someone for the future.