Indian Premier League 2019: Before players go under the hammer next month, all eight franchises released the names of players retained, traded and released. Some teams once again showed the belief they have in the core and retained it and some franchises again vested trust in youth like Delhi Daredevils as some franchises did away with big names that surprised many. A couple of big names that did not get retained and surprisingly were Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir. They have to be the biggest casualties so far. But there were also other names which did not make it to the squad and here is a list of those players.
Yuvraj Singh: He comes in with a huge reputation in T20 cricket being one of the very few batsmen to have hit six sixes in an over. Yuvraj at the age of 36 is at the twilight of his career and fitness is a huge problem. With the rising standards of T20 cricket in terms of staying fit, he probably did not make the cut on that point. Apart from that, Singh is no more a part of the Indian cricket team that is preparing for the World Cup, which means he has not been playing cricket of the highest quality.
Brendon McCullum: The Kiwi has stopped playing international cricket but still continues to play league cricket for various franchises. But lack of consistency has always been a problem with the marauder. It seems the fate of him was similar to the fate of RCB and finally the franchise took the bold step in letting him off.
Gautam Gambhir: The discarded India opener has been a good cricketer in the shortest format but bad form last season meant he stepped down as captain midway through the tournament. Since he did not play a match and Daredevils have a reputation of backing youth, this could be the reason they have let go of Gambhir.
Mitchell Starc: The Australian pacer was not fit to play for KKR after he was brought onboard for a whopping Rs 9.4 Cr. Once he did not play the entire, it was time the management had to come up with a stern decision and he was let off. Even the KKR franchise must have taken into account the policy Cricket Australia has taken for their players. CA has asked their players to leave the IPL in the later half as they will start preparing for the upcoming World Cup.
Mustafizur Rahman: The left-arm pacer from Bangladesh came in with a big reputation in T20 cricket but did not live up to the expectations as he scalped seven wickets in seven games. He and Australian speedster Pat Cummins were the biggest casualties in the bowling department.
JP Duminy: He may have been one of the top run-getters for his national side, but things have not worked out for the southpaw in Mumbai Indians colour and hence the franchise must have realised it was high time to let him go. With the Rohit Sharma-led franchise finishing outside the playoffs spot last season, Duminy was one of those big names to have been sacrificed in search of better fortunes next term.
Glenn Maxwell: The Australian all-rounder is arguably one of the most brutal cricketers in modern times, but he too was let off, maybe because he will not be able to complete the entire IPL stint next year because of the World Cup.