It has been a total of eleven seasons that the cash-rich Indian Premier League has witnessed and is getting ready to witness the 12th edition of the tournament.
Cricket news: The last date for release and retention of players is 15 November
Last year Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the trophy for the third time and equalled the previous record set by Mumbai Indians (MI).
The upcoming edition is just a few months away and already all the teams are gearing up to work with their combinations in order to achieve a better result this year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already announced 15 November as the final date for the franchises to submit the list of players they wish to retain and those the wish to release this year.
It means that those players who had underperformed for their franchises would give axed and thrown into the auction pool once again. We look at one player from each of the teams who can be released before the beginning of the next season.
Harbhajan Singh (Chennai Super Kings)
The off-break bowler played 10 consecutive seasons for the Mumbai Indians but was released by the franchise in the beginning of the previous season. He was bought by CSK for his base price of INR 2 crores.
But unfortunately he did not have a good season as he picked just seven wickets from 13 matches. The more shocking fact is that he bowled at an economy of 8.48, which is quite higher compared to his IPL economy of 7.05.
He did not even contribute with the bat down the order and scored just 29 runs from 13 games. With spinners like Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir and Karn Sharma, there will be no surprise if CSK lets Bhajji go this year.
Gautam Gambhir (Delhi Daredevils)
After ending his fairytale run with Kolkata Knight Riders, Gambhir decided to join his previous and home franchise Delhi Daredevils and was bought for INR 2.8 crores.
The 37-year-old was handed the band of captaincy because of his vast experience and knowledge but he could not deliver and resigned from captaincy midway through the tournament.
Although he started the tournament with a knock of 55 against Kings XI Punjab, yet he failed later and managed just 30 runs in the next four innings. Moreover his low strike rate of 96.59 did not help his cause either.
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