Tuesday saw the 16th iteration of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams declare their retention and reveal player lists for the competition. The news that numerous prominent players would not be retained by the franchises shocked many people. After working with West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for 11 years, IPL powerhouse Chennai Super Kings decided to part ways. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad also severed ties with Kane Williamson, the captain of the New Zealand team. Prior to the IPL 2023 mini-auction, the franchises’ financial strength has increased by releasing such well-known players.
The following is a list of the franchises’ most expensive players to date:
Kane Williamson: Williamson was one of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s most valuable players. The franchise ultimately let go of its captain after a middling performance in the previous tournament, scoring only 216 runs in 13 games. Before the mini-auction, Williamson’s release has increased SRH’s bank account by Rs 14 crore.
Mayank Agarwal: Every fan was shocked to learn that Agarwal had left the Punjab Kings team. The batter, who had led the Punjab-based franchise the season before, had struggled at the plate. Agarwal had been replaced as captain by Shikhar Dhawan prior to Tuesday’s release of the retention list. After introducing the Bengaluru batter, PBKS saw an increase in revenue of Rs 14 crore.
Nicholas Pooran: The captain of the West Indies also didn’t make a lasting impression in the IPL 2022. Pooran, who cost the Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs 10.75 crore, scored just 316 runs in 14 games.
Jason Holder: The West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder was another well-known name that caught everyone off guard. He was purchased for Rs 8.75 crore by the Lucknow Super Giants, newcomers to the IPL. Holder scored 58 runs while taking 14 wickets in 12 games.
Romario Shepherd: By releasing West Indies star Romario Shepherd, SRH increased the strength of their financial position. The pacer, who cost Rs 7.75 crore to purchase, only participated in three IPL 2022 games but claimed three wickets.