Mitchell Johnson Among Big Names In Line To Be Released By Their IPL Franchises
Some big names are set to be released by their teams on Thursday when the Indian Premier League (IPL) release period commences. Although no franchise has revealed any name so far, speculations are rife that players, who have not justified their price tag in the previous editions of the cash-rich league, would be released.
Mumbai Mirror has reported former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is one of the high-profile names who’ll be released by their franchises. The left-arm pacer who played an integral role in helping the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) qualify for the final in 2014 season, could play only three games last season and he claimed two wickets. South African duo Kyle Abbott and Farhan Beherdien are also set to be released by the Punjab-based franchise. Abbott had a poor outing in the league last term where he could take only two wickets in five matches with an economy of over 11. On the other hand, his compatriot Beherdien scored just 14 runs in three matches.
Among Indian players who could face the axe from their franchises are Rishi Dhawan and Pawan Negi. Rishi, who was a part of the Indian team a while ago, had a lukewarm IPL in 2016, where he played only a couple of matches. On the other hand, Negi, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping amount of Rs 8.5 crores, failed to justify the price tag as he could score only 57 runs in eight outings and grabbed just one scalp.
Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is also in line to join the list of released players after not so impressive performance last season. The explosive all-rounder was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 9.5 crores but his performance left a lot to be desired. He scored only 179 runs in the 16 matches and although he took 20 wickets, it is highly unlikely that he’ll be retained by the RCB.
Former England star Kevin Pietersen, Corey Anderson and Unmukt Chand are also expected to go under the hammer. The news outlet further claimed defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad are not looking to disturb their winning squad but Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants might release some of their players.
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