Every year the whole of India and also the world awaits for the beginning of IPL. The Indian Premier League is the most popular T20 franchise league all over the world. The preparations for the upcoming edition has already started.
The last date for the franchises to keep players retained and released is already over. On 15 November 2019, they submitted the list of their retained and released players to BCCI. There were a lot of surprise names in the list.
The unsuccessful teams have let go off a lot of players, especially the expensive overseas ones, that failed to deliver. But there are some who got a harsh treatment. RCB might have made a mistake by keeping some low impact players. Even the other franchises have also kept some low-impact players and released important ones.
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Here is the list of one wrongly retained and released player from each franchise:
Chennai Super Kings
Kedar Jadhav (Wrongly Retained)
The Yellow Army has one of the most complete batting lineups. They have good openers to middle-order, from all-rounders to finishers. So in this aspect keeping Kedar Jadhav in the team might not be a good option.
Kedar is very inconsistent and injury-prone. Moreover he is currently 34 years and age is also not on his side. In the previous season, he played 14 games and scored only 162 runs at an average of 18. Moreover his past seasons records are not too good for him to be retained.
David Willey (Wrongly Released)
During the 2019 World Cup, Willey missed out on his place for the England side. Chief selector Ed Smith later confessed that it was a tough call to leave out the left-arm pacer. Because of his courageous attitude, Willey is often considered an ideal white-ball player.
Willey was bought in place of injured Kedar during the 2018 season. In the previous season he pulled out owing to family reasons. He took only two wickets from the three games he played. Even he wasn’t given much chance to prove himself.
The 29-year-old Willey could have been a good partner of Deepak Chahar with the new ball. He has the ability to pitch in perfect in-swingers. Moreover he has the ability to go big with the bat. Thus he could have been promoted to the top order to make full use of the fielding restrictions.