Steve Smith Won’t Be Donning The Pink This Year

Steve Smith Won’t Be Donning The Pink This Year

By Neel Gudka21 January, 2021 4 min read
Steve Smith Won’t Be Donning The Pink This Year

The Indian Premier League (IPL) teams announced their lists of retained players ahead of the mini auction to be held next month, and the Rajasthan Royals have bid farewell to their captain Steve Smith.

Smith, one of the best contemporary batsmen in the world, came under flak following his team’s dismal showing in the 2020 edition of the tournament. He has now been released by the Royals, who have named Sanju Samson as captain for the new season.

Among the other big releases was Glenn Maxwell by Kings XI Punjab. One of the most expensive players in last year’s IPL, Maxwell had to pay for an ordinary season. The Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, let go spinners Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla as well as opener Shane Watson. Suresh Raina, who had opted out of IPL 2020, was retained by the franchise.

The Mumbai Indians will be without Lasith Malinga, after the talismanic pacer announced his retirement from franchise cricket, thus ending a stellar IPL career. Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in IPL history, with 170 scalps. The Royal Challengers Bangalore sprung a surprise by releasing all-rounders Chris Morris and Shivam Dube.

Here’s a look at all the retentions and releases by the teams.

Chennai Super Kings

Retained: MS Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore.

Released: Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Monu Singh, Shane Watson.

Delhi Capitals

Retained: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Daniels Sams, Anrich Nortje.

Released: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma.

Kings XI Punjab

Retained: KL Rahul (captain), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel.

Released: Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Tajinder Singh.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Retained: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton, Varun Chakravarthy.

Released: M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Chris Green, Tom Banton.

Mumbai Indians

Retained: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan.

Released: Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Digivijay Deshmukh.

Rajasthan Royals

Retained: Sanju Samson (captain), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa.

Released: Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Akash Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi, Shashank Singh.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Retained: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahamad, Adam Zampa.

Released: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann, Parthiv Patel.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Retained: David Warner (captain), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh.

Released: Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Prithviraj Yarra.

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