3 Players each team can release ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction

3 Players each team can release ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction

As the next season approaches, IPL teams would be brainstorming their perfect combinations, what new players can they acquire, what players they can let go in order to get the balance they need.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The IPL auction is a very important event in the context of the game. It is the time when teams tire their brains with strategies and combinations. The matches are played and won on the field but the preparations start way back from the time of the auction. The thrill, the excitement of who’s going to play for their favourite team really keeps everyone on their toes.

The dates for the next IPL auction have not been announced yet but it is speculated that a mini-auction would be conducted somewhere around the second week of February. Teams have been given a space till 21st January to decide which players they’d retain and whom they’d let go.

As the next season approaches, teams would be brainstorming their perfect combinations, what new players can they acquire, what players they can let go in order to get the balance they need.

Here, we have listed 3 players from each IPL franchise, that could be released by their respective teams:

1. Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Kolkata Knight Riders had a pretty mixed season, finishing at the 5th spot with 7 wins in 14 games, losing to SRH and RCB in the race for playoffs in terms of net run rate. Having a change of leadership mid-season, KKR still managed to put up a pretty decent performance this year. Three players that KKR could release before this year’s auction are Chris Green, Siddhesh Lad and Manimaran Siddharth.

Chris Green was roped in as an off-spinner who could bat, so probably the management thought of him as a back-up for Sunil Narine. Green just played a single game this year, in which he bowled 17 deliveries and gave away 24 runs, without getting a wicket. He didn’t get a chance to bat and was dropped from the playing 11 after that game.

KKR already have Sunil Narine as a spin-bowling all-rounder who’s very experienced and has been a huge impact player for the team. Chris Green just does not fit well in the team balance for KKR. Releasing him, KKR could go for someone like Ben Cutting or Daniel Sams if they’re available at this year’s auction.

Siddhesh Lad was bought for Rs 20 Lakhs by KKR after a decent domestic season, but the right-handed batsman didn’t get to play a single game this year and warmed the bench for the franchise. It was him or Rahul Tripathi and KKR played their bluff on Tripathi who played up to the management’s expectations. With Tripathi’s spot almost fixed in the playing 11, it wouldn’t be a big issue for KKR to let go of Siddhesh Lad.

Another player who didn’t get the chance to play a single game for KKR this year was the slow left-arm bowler Manimaran Siddharth. The youngster from Tamil Nadu was roped in as a spin back up after his brilliant performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.

The choice again for KKR was him or Varun Chakravarthy and the team management went with Varun, who with his gritty bowling impressed everyone around. KKR have a number of good spinners in the likes of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy. Thus, they can choose to let go of Siddharth for some fast-bowling options.