IPL 2020: Sam Billings posts heartfelt message on Instagram to thank CSK

4. IPL 2020

Yuvraj Singh, Dale Steyn is also going to be under the hammer next month as the auction takes place in the City of Joy. KKR and Rajasthan Royals have released 11 each.

Though majority of their players are on the wrong side of 30 and team management had special focus on managing the niggles and injuries of players throughout the 2019 season, Dhoni has been lauded for his skills of using semi-fit players brilliantly and taking the team to finals where they were beaten by Mumbai Indians by just one run.

While Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad have released five players each, the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have released as many as 11 and 12 players respectively.

The Delhi franchise has released nine players including two South Africans, all-rounder Morris and power-hitter Colin Ingram.

Among the released players are Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph of West Indies, New Zealand's Adam Milne, Beuran Hendricks and Ben Cutting.

The MSD-led side made a decision to axe Chaitanya Bishnoi, Dhruv Shorey, Sam Billings, David Willey and Mohit Sharma from the squad for the 2020 season. Other players that have been released include Aryaman Birla, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Liam Livingstone, Oshane Thomas, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny and Sudhesan Midhun.

Kings XI also let go of England all-rounder Sam Curran and Australia seamer Andrew Tye.

Sunrisers Hyderabad released a few big names too, including Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan and Martin Guptill.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Yarra Prithviraj, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly, Shrikant Mundhe, Anrich Nortje, Carlos Brathwaite. This year at the auction, the team looking for a backup wicketkeeper is likely to bid for him.

As you can see, Kings XI Punjab have the biggest balance - Rs 42.70 crores, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders at Rs 35.65 crore and Rajasthan Royals at Rs 28.90 crore. The appealing tournament is nearly sure to start in April next year. Likewise, this year the teams will have an additional 3 crore in their salary cap kitty as well.



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