Top 5 worst IPL player-retentions of the decade
Over the years, there have been mistakes made by franchises ahead of the IPL seasons.
Updated - Dec 31, 2019 3:44 pm
It’s been 12 years since the Indian Premier League (IPL) took flight and it’s become arguably the best T20 league in the world. It’s become clichéd to say that players from all over the world want to play in the IPL. The players, the quality of cricket, the drama during the IPL and even before and after the league makes it exciting.
The franchises are pretty busy even in the off-season. The scouting teams are on the hunt for new talents and players. They even keep a close eye on the current players and how they are performing and shaping up. Thus, there have been mistakes made by franchises ahead of the IPL seasons. They have retained players who have performed worse after being retained.
Thus, as the decade 2010s comes to an end, we look back at the top five worst player-retentions in the IPL of this decade:
(The Right To Match card retentions have also been considered)
1. Sarfraz Khan – Royal Challengers Bangalore (2018)
After 10 seasons, the IPL 2018 saw a mega auction. The franchises could retain up to five players – three of them through direct retention and two in the auction using the Right To Match (RTM) card. Ahead of the auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) sprung a massive surprise and shock everybody. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were retained and those were expected.
However, they went on to retain Sarfraz Khan and had INR 3 crore deducted from their purse despite paying him just INR 1.75 crore due to the retention rule. The uncapped batsman was retained ahead of the likes of KL Rahul, Yuzvendra Chahal and Chris Gayle. After having impressed in his maiden season – 2015 where he scored 111 runs at a strike-rate of 156.34, Sarfraz was dropped midway through the 2016 season owing to fitness issues. However, he was ruled out of the 2017 edition due to a knee injury.
Hence, it was a huge surprise that RCB decided to retain him. But his form was poor and he played seven games and scored just 51 runs at an average of 10.20. Moreover, Sarfraz was released the very next season. Thus, it was a poor retention and could well be termed as one of the worst in the history of the IPL.