The prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL) has completed its 10 years and with the auction for the next season set to take place in nearly a month’s time, it’s that time of the year when the franchises will be deeply indulged in strategizing. The governing council has allowed the teams to retain a maximum of 5 players and the remaining bunch will go in the pool.
While the franchises will look to hold on to their key players to retain the core of the side, it is also the time to let go of some of the big players who haven’t lived up to the expectations. Each time, before the auctions, we have witnessed some of the big names not being retained by the teams and this year could be no different.
Let’s take a look at the 5 big names who could go into the auction unretained
#1 Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh, a national hero who won 3 World Cups for India, a warrior who fought cancer and still made a comeback to international cricket. He is definitely the one any youngster might look up to for inspiration. But has he had the same kind of impact in the Indian Premier League? The answer, sadly, is no.
If we sit down and remember the best performances in the past 10 years of IPL, we might look at Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sunil Narine, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers but Yuvraj doesn’t have too many knocks to be included in this elite list.
In every auction, he makes the headlines and gets picked by different franchises at a hefty price but unfortunately, ends up being left out of the side later. After moving from Kings XI Punjab to Pune Warriors India and then to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, he was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But his numbers for SRH haven’t been too encouraging. In the last 2 seasons, he has managed to score 236 and 252 runs respectively while the skipper David Warner has produced runs in heaps. There are chances that the Punjab-lad could be left high and dry yet again.
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