IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals and Sunsrisers Hyderabad likely to release some big buys
All of them went above INR 10 crore in last edition's auction.
Updated - Nov 15, 2018 12:50 pm
With the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) coming closer, franchises have already started to trade and release players. The last season saw the return of teams like Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. The final was played between the Super Kings, captained by the enigmatic Super Kings, and Kane Willaimson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
In the meantime, it has been learned that the Royals and Sunrisers are set to let go some of their players ahead of the next season. English all-rounder Ben Stokes may not play for the Royals in the upcoming edition. He did exceptionally for the Rising Pune Supergiant owing to which he was picked at a whopping price of INR 12.5 crore. However, he could only score 196 runs and get eight wickets.
Big names likely to be released
Rajasthan may also let go Jaydev Unadkat, who also was drafted in on the back of some marvellous performances for the Supergiant, as per reports in Times Now. The Royals shelled out a colossal INR 11.50 crore for the Porbandar-born fast bowler, but he flattered to deceive having picked up only 11 wickets in 15 matches and leaked runs at an alarming economy rate of 9.65.
Manish Pandey was roped in by the Sunrisers last season for INR 11 crore and he was the joint highest-paid batsman in the erstwhile season along with KL Rahul. While the latter was phenomenal with the willow in hand for Kings XI Punjab, Pandey couldn’t live up the expectations. The Karnataka batsman played 15 matches and could only manage 284 runs at an average of 25.81.
Albeit he scored three half-centuries, he wasn’t able to accelerate in the hour of need, which is manifested by his dismal strike-rate of 115.44. However, the Sunrisers managed to qualify for the final as Williamson put his best foot forward and led the team with authority. Both Royals and Sunrisers would want to get in some useful players going into the next edition.