The month of April is arriving very soon and the most anticipated factor right now would be the eleventh edition of the IPL. All Eight participating teams in the 2018 Indian Premier League has announced their latest squad for the upcoming edition along with their retained players. Each team had the authority to retain at most 5 players in a process which goes through 2 stages. The first one is Player Retention where a team could directly retain their chosen players while the second stage is called RTM (Right to Match). A right-to-match card gives the franchise the opportunity to buy back its player during the auction by matching the highest bid made for the player by another franchise once the bidding is over. This year many star players got retained and many didn’t by their respective teams. But in this article, we go through the Top 5 star players who were not retained in the IPL 2018 Teams Squads.
Top not Retained Players by Teams in IPL 2018
1. Gautam Gambhir
As a captain and a batsman, Gautam Gambhir is one of the most successful players in the history of IPL. Gautam Gambhir the star player and two-time IPL title winning Captain of Kolkata Knight Riders Team has been strip off his services for KKR by the authorities.
Knight Riders took a huge gamble when they decided not to retain the star player. Gautam Gambhir had been an integral part of the KKR squad since 2011 and since then had led them to two grand title victories, in 2012 and 2014.
Gautam has a very impressive track record playing for KKR, having scored 3035 runs in 138 matches. This must be devastating and heartbreaking for many KKR fans to see their favorite captain go like this and has certainly raised eyebrows, Gambhir is now back with his hometown team, Delhi Daredevils and would be looking for a fresh start.
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2. Hashim Amla
South African opener Hashim Amla is considered as one of the most successful and master of the modern cricket. Particularly, he is a specialist in Tests and ODI’s. But last season he shocked everyone with his excellent performance in this short format of cricket.
Scoring 420 runs in just 10 matches, not many would have expected this kind of performance from Amla in T20 cricket. With an average of over 60 and 2 centuries along to brag about, Amla would’ve been the most looked after player in the IPL 2018 but Kings XI decided not to retain him and for many, that was the biggest surprise.
Heis the highest ranked South African batsman even ahead of Mr. 360 AB Devilliers but Amla is not among the players retained by Kings 11 Punjab Team Members, simply because of the amount that they will have to use up to retain him.
Kings only retained one player Axar Patel because of his consistency with both Bat and Bowl.
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3. Ravichandran Ashwin
Chennai Super Kings is making a comeback in the upcoming IPL 2018 after a sad banishment of 2 long years and Fans are super excited to see their favorite players in yellow-jersey once again.
CSK managed to retain most of their star players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja but the star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was shown No-Love by the CSK authorities and was not retained which is quite heartbroken.
Even Ashwin stated that he was disappointed after the auctions because he was there for 10 years. The main reason behind not retaining Ashwin as stated by the think-tank of CSK Stephen Fleming “We went into the auction knowing our cap for Ashwin will not be more than Rs. 4 crores, knowing it will be a lot more than 4”.
Anyways, Kings XI Punjab managed to get the star off-spinner for a wobbling 7.6 Cr Rs into their squad.
4. Chris Gayle
As IPL 2018 Date and Time are announced, the anticipation continues to grow furthermore and we have a bad news for RCB fans, Chris Gayle won’t be a part of the RCB squad for the upcoming IPL 2018.
Who could’ve imagined that the most destructive player in the history of IPL or any other T20 format would not be retained by his side but maybe the age factor has taken over him for a last couple of years?
Chris Gayle, the all-time leading run scorer in T20s with as much as 3500 runs for the RCB squad and record 5 centuries, the highest score record of 175* and also the record of most sixes, 263. Instead of Gayle, RCB went on to retain the youngster Sarfaraz Khan but maybe they ought to balance the equation and going for the consistency of the players rather than former records.
And let’s just all agree that last 2 years Gayle’s performance has seen a terrible downfall. But Chris Gayle was finally purchased by the Kings for 2 crore Rs. let’s just hope we once again get to see Gayle’s outstanding knocks in the IPL 2018 for a new squad.
5. Lasith Malinga
Sri Lankan pace-factory Lasith Malinga, who has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League has been released from the Mumbai Indians squad and has remained unsold. Malinga has some of the best bowling records in the IPL history, the only bowler to take more than 150 IPL wickets.
The lead wicket-taker for a single team in the tournament history and second highest wicket-taker in the T20s, these are some of the numbers behind Malinga’s very successful career with the Mumbai Indians and has been part of the four-time IPL title-winning squad.
The main reason behind Mumbai not retaining Malinga is the abundance of options they have when it comes to player retention. While Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya were certain to be retained, Mumbai went for Krunal Pandya and Keiron Pollard in the RTMs because they both provide all-rounder options and with a stipulation to only retain five players put Malinga out of the picture.
But the main reason was that Malinga is stuck in the twilight of his career and not in his peak anymore plus he also has fitness issues so maybe it didn’t seem wise to Mumbai to spend on him.
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