5 Worst player releases by franchises in IPL history
They were released by a certain franchise and they found a lot of success for their new team.
Updated - Nov 3, 2019 11:21 am
There is a lot that happens in the IPL apart from the cricket that is played on the field. Auctions, player swaps, retentions and other things related to the players. Players tend to get big money in the auctions and a lot of new talent comes up as well.
Over the years, there have been multiple retentions and player releases. Some work and some don’t. But there are some where teams regret their decisions. For instance, when they release a player and that player plays well and consistently for another team, it does hurt.
Thus, here are five such instances/players who became a part of the worst player releases in the history of the IPL. They were released by a certain franchise and they found a lot of success for their new team once they were released by the old one.
1. Chris Gayle by KKR
Christopher Henry Gayle is a T20 superstar and the ‘Universe Boss’. There is hardly any T20 batting record that Gayle doesn’t own. And some of them have come through the IPL and that was when he was with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
The Jamaican opener made his IPL debut in 2009 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He scored 463 runs at an average of 30.87 and had a strike-rate of 141.59. However, KKR decided to let him go ahead of the auctions in 2011. Gayle went unsold. But RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history.
Gayle went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. For three years in a row, he scored more than 600 runs and won the Orange Cap twice. After a slump in 2014, he was back to his best in 2015. He changed the complexion of the RCB batting line-up. He played seven seasons for RCB and amassed 3163 at an average of 43.33 and a strike-rate of 152.73. Hence, it may have become one of KKR’s biggest regrets.