Just like every year, IPL franchises have retained some of their crucial players, whilst releasing a few members of the squad. This year, there were a few surprises not only in terms of players released but also retained. Every franchise wants to give it’s star players who have flopped in the previous season another chance to prove their point.
In this article, we will have a look at the f5 surprising retentions by IPL Teams.
David Miller: Rajasthan Royals
David Miller, one of the most destructive T20 batsman once upon a time, has found his stakes drastically reduced. The left hander played just one IPL game for Rajasthan Royals in the preceding season and it is a slight surprise that the management have decided to stick with Miller.
Sunil Narine: Kolkata Knight Riders
The allrounder has underperformed in his few previous seasons of the Indian Premier League. Narine is no longer effective batting at the top of the order, and was only dropped to the lower middle order midway through the 2020 campaign after a few poor performances with the bat. Issues with his bowling action have hampered his effectiveness with the ball. There were several doubts over whether Narine would be retained by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Imran Tahir: Chennai Super Kings
Imran Tahir’s inclusion in the CSK squad has certainly raised a few eyebrows given that the leg spinner will turn 42 this year. The Chennai outfit are looking forward to snatch a few young guns in the auction and the decision to include Tahir does not fit into the plan. Moreover, the leg spinner decided to skip the BBL 2020-21, so his match fitness can also be questioned.
Chris Woakes: Delhi Capitals
With the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje already in the Delhi squad it was surprising to see them retain the English allrounder, Chris Woakes. The Englishman was unavailable for the 2020 season and given the England international calendar coincides with the IPL, it would have been a safer option to release Woakes.
Chris Lynn: Mumbai Indians
Chris Lynn, who was bought by Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 auction ended up playing none of the 16 matches for the franchise in UAE. It was expected that Lynn would be released by Mumbai given the balance of their team, with De Kock and Rohit Sharma certain to open the innings. However, Lynn’s recent performances in BBL would have prompted this decision.