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IPL 2020: 5 surprising retentions made by franchises ahead of the auction

One player in the list has missed the 2018 and 2019 IPL seasons due to injury.

Mitchell McClenaghan of Mumbai Indians IPL BCCI
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: IANS)

The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is still months away but all the franchises have already started to shape their squads ahead of the player auction which is going to take place in Kolkata on 19th of December 2019. Kolkata will be hosting the auction for the first time in the history of the tournament. The deadline to announce the list of retained and released players was set on 15th of November 2019.

As expected the teams who had a miserable 2019 season released most of the players from their squad whereas the teams which had a successful campaign for the last couple of years retained most of their core cricketers. The three teams who have been performing consistently are Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). These three have retained most of their players who feature in their regular starting eleven.

However, there were a few names, who were astonishingly persisted with. Let us look at the five players who were surprisingly retained by their respective franchises when all were thinking that it was the end of the road for them in the upcoming edition of the tournament.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti (KKR)

Kamlesh Nagarkoti bowling
Kamlesh Nagarkoti of India U19. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The young right-arm fast bowler from India lit up the news when he was giving performances one after another in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018. He became an overnight young sensation in the Indian cricketing world when he clocked over 150 km/h in one of the matches of the mega event in New Zealand.

Indian cricket fans around the globe started comparing the young gun with the Australian great Brett Lee. He was straightaway picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL auction that year. A number of the Under-19 Indian stars were expected to be picked after they won the 2018 World Cup beating Australia.

Everything was going pretty well for Nagarkoti when reality hit him hard. He fractured his foot before the start of the IPL 2018 and was straightaway ruled out of the whole season because of that. Injuries didn’t leave him as he once again missed the next edition of IPL. He hasn’t even played any first-class game for more than a year now so we are not able to figure out the logic behind his retention by Knight Riders.

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