3. Punjab Kings

Punjab has retained just two players from the previous season including explosive opener Mayank Agarwal and promising left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh. Thus, Shami could also be given another go considering the fact that he has been the team’s most consistent bowler in the last two editions.

2. Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Orange Army decided to retain skipper Kane Williamson,  and the Jammu & Kashmir cricketing duo of batter Abdul Samad and pacer Umran Malik respectively. While Malik impressed one and all by clocking 150+ kmph consistently, he is still raw and would need the guidance of a seasoned performer and there would be no one better than Shami at the moment.

1. Kolkata Knight Riders

Surprisingly, KKR have not retained any of their pacers. The team had some outstanding fast bowlers including the likes of Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins, Indian talents Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, and New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson. With Russell being injury-prone, the former champions would be looking for a full-time fast bowling auction.