IPL 2019: Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson thank RCB after being released
Both the Kiwi cricketers didn't get a lot of opportunities in the previous season and were eventually released.
Updated - Nov 17, 2018 2:50 pm
Much before the start of the new IPL 2019, the league is once again in news for the release and retention of players before the auctions next month. Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore once again made interesting changes to their squad as they went onto retain the core of their side, at the same time, releasing some big names ahead of the next season.
The men in red retained a total of 14 players after bidding goodbye to players who no more fit into their scheme of things for the next season. The overseas stars in New Zealanders Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson along with English pacer Chris Woakes were let go off. South African Quinton de Kock was also traded to Mumbai Indians during the first trading window.
Kiwi duo thank skipper, franchise
Former Kiwi skipper who was roped in by the franchise ahead of IPL 2018, didn’t have a great outing in the Bangalore jersey. Being in and out on most occasions, McCullum featured in only six games in the entire season and looked out of sorts in each of his exploits with the bat. After being released, the 37-year old thanked skipper Kohli and the team for some good time and wished the best for them in the season to follow.
Here’ the tweet:
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) November 15, 2018
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson who was also a part of the Bangalore-based franchise for the previous season, also took to Twitter to express gratitude. Anderson who had a pretty ordinary time with the team saw a dearth of opportunities, playing just three games in the entire season. He wished all the success to the team for the upcoming season.
Here’s the tweet:
— Corey Anderson (@coreyanderson78) November 15, 2018
With some of the big names now released from the team, the Royal Challengers would look to figure out their best possible squad in the auctions next month. It would be a tough job in hand to strike the right balance within the squad.