IPL news December 31, 2015

Yuvraj, Mathews, Karthik released ahead of IPL 2016

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Yuvraj's IPL numbers don't inspire awe

Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Karthik, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Kevin Pietersen are some of the big names released by their IPL franchises as the deadline for the first trading window closed on Thursday. A total of 101 players were retained, while 61 were let go by the six franchises.

Yuvraj (INR 16 crores) and Mathews (INR 7.5 crores), who played for Delhi Daredevils, and Karthik (INR 10.5 crores), who was with Royal Challengers Bangalore, were the three most expensive buys at the IPL auction last year. All of them were dropped going into the new season.

Yuvraj, who recently earned a recall into the Indian Twenty20 squad for the three-match series in Australia after a hiatus of close to two years, was anything but the catalyst Dardevils hoped for as they finished seventh in 2015. He scored 248 runs from 13 innings and averaged below 20, and bowled bowled only nine overs in the tournament as well. Mathews, too, proved a failure, tallying a mere 144 runs in 11 matches in which he bagged just seven wickets at an economy rate of 8.20.

Karthik lasted just one season at Royal Challengers after he managed a paltry 141 runs at an average of 12.81 in 11 innings. His inability to bolster the lower-middle order worked against Karthik, who has played for close to a handful of franchises so far.

Among the overseas players Pietersen and Steyn were left out by Sunrisers. Pietersen was bought at his base price of INR 2 crore but a shoulder injury kept the former England batsman out of the tournament. Aaron Finch, the top-ranked batsman in T20Is, was also released. He had played only three matches Mumbai Indians before he hurt his hamstring and was ruled out of the tournament last year.

Kings XI Punjab released the recently retired Virender Sehwag, and George Bailey, who captained them in 2015.

Sunil Narine, who has been suspended from bowling by the ICC, has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders. He is still No. 1 in the ICC ODI and T20I rankings for bowlers. But they did not keep KC Cariappa, the mystery spinner who became the highest paid uncapped player from the 2015 auction.

Maharashtra and India batsman Kedar Jadhav was the solitary trade after Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him from Delhi Daredevils for an undisclosed amount.

The six franchises along with two new teams - Pune and Rajkot - will take part in the player auction, scheduled for February 6 in Bangalore. The second trading window will be open for the eight teams after the auction and will last till the beginning of the IPL. The ninth season of the IPL would be played between April 9 and May 23.

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  • Gowthaman on January 3, 2016, 6:30 GMT

    Dinesh karthik is the best IPL 8 keeper and currently he is the no.1 IPL keeper with more dismissals. He is the no.1 keeper currently in vijay hazare trophy 2015-16 season and scored a brilliant Century and half century with the total runs of 260 with average of 41 in 8 innings

  • ALEX on January 2, 2016, 20:35 GMT

    As RCB fan hope we make sensible purchases in the auction I would go for an extra Indian Seamer maybe an Ishant Sharma then get an Indian batsmen like Aditya Tare or Manoj Tiwary an all-rounder in Rajat Bhatia and an overseas hard-hitting all-rounder like Angelo Mathews while also get a youngster like Hooda who could roll his arm over and give a couple good overs if Bhatia or Mathews couldn't bowl their full quota

    Then this would be my side based on if I got Tare rather than M.Tiwary as Tare may be more affordable

    Chris Gayle, Aditya Tare/Mandeep Singh, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Angelo Mathews, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishant Sharma/S Aravind

  • Kazi Muhammad on January 2, 2016, 9:56 GMT

    May god help Yuvi to explore his talent yet another time against Aussies so that he will find a team for IPL

  • Abhishek on January 2, 2016, 3:56 GMT

    @ELECTRCI_LOCO_WAP4: Look at his test match batting average this year.

  • Amit on January 1, 2016, 21:03 GMT

    Maybe IPL teams know something that Indian selectors don't...

  • First on January 1, 2016, 17:58 GMT

    Do the released players still get paid their contract price? Or do they get nothing unless someone buys them at a new price?

  • kumar on January 1, 2016, 9:20 GMT

    I am good Fan of RCB namma bengaluru.. RCB requires good wicket keeper who can bat...two fine alrounders.......hard hitting batsman at lower down the order and one great finisher.....Any suggestions..... My choice is Keeper ---- Bailey, Get yuvraj at better price... Tishara periera, mathews, Bhopara, and other local lads who had exceptional performances recently....

  • Naresh on January 1, 2016, 8:13 GMT

    dhoni may eye yuvi.....if in case yuvi perform well against Aussie

  • Venkat on January 1, 2016, 8:05 GMT

    Last year I was wondering how the franchises are wasting their money on players like Yuvi and Karthik . They appear to have corrected their mistakes . The franchises are clearly trying to pick up CSK & RR players who are trained and polished finished products .

  • Ashik on January 1, 2016, 6:06 GMT

    Delhi's strategy is unfathomable and the result is for there to see. Yuvraj, Karthick are all spent-force. They can contemplate retirement.

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