IPL 2019: One wrong retention and release by each team
The franchises might have to pay the price for some of their surprising decisions.
Updated - Nov 18, 2018 6:46 pm
2. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Wrongly retained – Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey came into the limelight during the second season of the IPL when he became the first Indian to score a century in the tournament. For years, he had been a reliable middle-order batsman, however, he has been far too inconsistent over the last few years in the cash-rich league.
His last season was especially disappointing. The absence of David Warner was immensely filled by Kane Williamson but the middle-order, especially Manish Pandey proved to be futile for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. His recent form hasn’t been good enough either with 19 as his best score in the three-match T20I series against the Windies.
He is talented but with the stats not in his favour, releasing Pandey would’ve been the good option for SRH as he didn’t live up to the price tag earlier this year.
Wrongly released – Alex Hales
Alex Hales, over the years has smartly cemented his place in the English limited overs squad and has been a pivotal member of it. He was picked up by the Mumbai Indians for the 2015 season, however, he ended his stint without playing any game.
His services were then sought by the SRH as Warner’s replacement. In his IPL debut, the aggressive batsman went on to score 45 runs. With Shikhar Dhawan no more the part of the setup, who will play for Delhi Daredevils, the 29-year old would’ve been the perfect partner to Warner at the top of the order, hence, releasing Hales was inaccurate.