Rajasthan Royals (RR) have retained 16 players from the previous edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the mega auctions of IPL 2019.
Meanwhile, the 12th edition of the cash-rich tournament has kicked with franchises announcing the names of the players retained. After a poor start to the season, the Royals bounced back in the second half to finish in the top four. And now, they have retained 16 of its players ahead of the IPL auctions for 2019 season.
The team depended on few players in the 11th to deliver the desired results. The likes of Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal are some of the names who did well and have found themselves in the list.
Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals, stated that they didn’t want to disturb the balance of the squad.
“The results in the previous season have been impressive and that is why we have decided not to disturb the balance of the squad. We cannot wait for the start of the 2019 season and preparation has already begun,” he said.
After much deliberation and discussions, the management decided to release Australian batsman D’Arcy Short.
The list also includes Ben Laughlin and South African Wicketkeeper-Batsman Heinrich Klaasen. The list of includes Dane Paterson, Zahir Khan, and Dusmantha Chameera.
Speaking on the released players, Manoj Badale, one of the owners, thanked them for their effort and wished them luck for the future.
“After analysing our performances of 2018 and plotting our vision for the season ahead, we have decided to release a few players from our squad. We are grateful for their exceptional effort during the tournament last season and wish them success in their future endeavours, whilst they will always continue to be part of the extended Royals family,” he said.
The Indian names released by the team are Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, and Jatin Saxena.
Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi