Top 5 worst IPL player-releases of the decade

It is a well-known fact that the franchises are quite short of patience due to which they sometimes release players who fail to perform for their side.

2. AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former South African cricketer AB de Villiers is well known for his power-hitting and his style of batting. He is one of the rarest batsmen across the globe, who can smash the bowler in any direction on their good days. Every IPL franchise dreams to have a player like him whereas Delhi Capitals let him slip as they released him into the auction pool back in 2011. It can be referred to as one of the silliest decision ever taken by the national capital-based franchise so far in IPL.

AB de Villiers donned Capitals jersey from 2008 to 2011 in which he played 28 games and scored 671 runs. But, his team owners were not satisfied with former’s performances due to which he went under the hammer in IPL 2011 auction and the rest is history. RCB splashed a hefty amount of 7.80 Cr INR to rope the De Villiers in their ranks, who gave some scintillating performances since his arrival. He played an important role in making RCB qualify for the finals in 2011, and 2016 although he failed to make his side lift their first IPL trophy.

The former Proteas player has mustered 3724 runs at a good strike rate for Royal Challengers Bangalore in last nine seasons. His performances in IPL would have certainly hurt Delhi Capitals but they have no option left but to watch him play for other franchise.


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