IPL retentions and releases

21 Jan 2021
Sridhar Bhamidi 21 Jan 2021
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  • The Indian Premier League franchises announced their squads listing those retained and the ones released.
  • Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell found themselves out of favour and got released by their respective franchises
  • Latest Indian stars from the Australian Test series got big retentions
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IPL 2021 got its first move with the franchise squads announced (Getty Images)

It is an open secret that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the premier T20 tournaments in franchise cricket. Little wonder then that there is so much interest even during the off-season.

The biggest talking point of the week is around the release and retention list by each team as January 20 was the cut-off date for the same. With the need to keep maximum purse for the upcoming ‘Player Auction’ the franchises were walking a tight rope. Let’s look at how each side is going to stack up.

Some of the surprises in the list were Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell released by Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab respectively. Kuldeep Yadav’s retention by the Kolkata Knight Riders was an equally surprising move considering how little game time he got in the previous IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Big names retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe

Big names released: Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn (unavailable)

Balance purse: INR 35.90 crore
Slots available: 13
Overseas slots: 4

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Big names retained: David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan

Big names released: Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen

Balance purse: INR 10.75 crore
Slots available: 3
Overseas slots: 1

Mumbai Indians

Big names retained: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Chris Lynn

Released: Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Mitchell McCleneghan

Balance purse: INR 15.35 crore
Slots available: 7
Overseas slots: 4

Kolkata Knight Riders

Big names retained: Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins

Big names released: Tom Banton, Chris Green, Harry Gurney

Balance purse: INR 10.85 crore
Slots available: 8
Overseas slots: 2

Chennai Super Kings

Big names retained: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir

Big names released: Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson (retired)

Balance purse: INR 22.9 crore
Slots available: 7
Overseas slots: 1 

Delhi Capitals

Big names retained: Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis. Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin

Big names released: Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, Jason Roy

Balance purse: INR 12.90 crore
Slots available: 6
Overseas slots: 2

Kings XI Punjab

Big names retained: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan

Big names released: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, James Neesham

Balance purse: INR 53.2 crore
Slots available: 9
Overseas slots: 5

Rajasthan Royals

Big names retained: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tewatia, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat

Big names released: Steve Smith, Tom Curran, Oshane Thomas

Balance purse: INR 34.85 crore
Slots available: 8
Overseas slots: 3

With the culling done and dusted, all the franchises will turn their attention to the 'Player Auction' to be announced soon.