A bunch of newcomers might get released in the IPL 2020 auction. Let’s find out the five top names.
Thangarasu Natarajan was signed by SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018 Auction for INR 40 lakhs. But he did not feature in any of their games. The left-arm pacer did not gey any chance in 2019 as well. So probably this time the franchise would like to let Natarajan go and that would not hamper the team much. With a quiet of few good bowlers on their bench, Hyderabad can think of strengthening their batting power. A good buy for the batting department might be worthy in place of Natarajan.
Coming back to the showpiece even after suspension Chennai Super Kings invested in young guns like Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, and Lungi Ngidi. Deepak and Ngidi got enough chances to prove their mettle. But Asif did not get many opportunities and played only two matches in IPL 2018 while picking up three wickets at a strike-rate of 12.00 and an economy rate of 12.50. In 2019 he was not included in the playing eleven for any of the Chennai games. So there is no point in keeping him in the lot.
Kolkata Knight Riders acquired Prasidh Krishna in 2018 to replace an injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti. The Karnataka pacer was included in seven games for KKR in the 2018 edition and took ten wickets at an average of 26.00 and a strike-rate of 16.80. But he could not deliver in the same way in the 2019 edition. IPL 2019 saw him playing 11 matches and scalping four wickets at an average of 94.25, strike-rate of 60.25, and an economy of 9.34. KKR would like to improve their bowling unit and let him go.
Rahul Tripathi proved to be a good pick for Pune Risers. He played 14 games in IPL 2017 to accumulate 391 runs at an average of 27.90 and an exceptional strike-rate of 146.44. He was welcomed by Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018 based on his 2017 showcase. He had a decent run in that edition but in IPL 2019 he failed absolutely. In eight games for the Royals, he could manage only 141 runs at an average of 23.50 and a low strike-rate of 119.49. The Royals will in all likelihood look for better option this time.
Varun Chakravarthy was considered to be an emerging player in 2019 IPL. Kings XI Punjab bought him for a whopping INR 8.4 crore and Chakravarthy was in spotlight immediately. But the spinner failed to make an impact as such and featured only in one game for the Kings. After registering a disappointing bowling figure (3-0-35-0) on IPL debut he did not get any further call. The management busy in a revamp might not like to invest in Chakravarthy anymore.