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IPL 2020: Complete list of players retained and released ahead of auction



Mumbai: The date for trading is over and the eight Indian Premier League teams (IPL) have finalised the players they wish to retain and the ones they will release as they get ready for the auctions in Kolkata on December 19.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) retained their core team, including Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, while releasing 12 players as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) let go of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa while Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) released some big overseas names ahead of next month”s auctions.

Defending champions MI, who have won the title a record four times, released Australia”s Jason Behrendorff and Ben Cutting, Alzarri Joseph of the West Indies, New Zealand”s Adam Milne and Beuran Hendricks of South Africa.

They have retained 18 players which helped them win it”s fourth title earlier this year. Former India allrounder Yuvraj Singh, who called time on his international career earlier this year, was also released. The three traded-ins for the franchise are Kiwi seamer Trent Boult, West Indian Sherfane Rutherford and local boy Dhawal Kulkarni.

Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli”s RCB have released the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile of Australia, Kiwis Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee, Dale Steyn of South Africa and Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies.

Other big names to have been released include Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals), Chris Morris (Delhi Capitals), Mohit Sharma (Chennai Super Kings) and Colin Ingram (Delhi Capitals).

Sunrisers Hyderabad released a few big names too, including Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan and Martin Guptill. Shakib has been banned from all forms of cricket by the ICC for two years for failing to report match fixing approaches.

Three-time winners Chennai Super Kings have released England cricketers Sam Billings and David Willey besides three Indian players. CSK announced on social media that they have released wicketkeeper-batsman Billings and all-rounder Willey along with Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey and Chaitanya Bishnoi.

Coming to Rajasthan Royals, Australian star batsman Steve Smith will lead the inaugural champions after having taken over from Ajinkya Rahane mid-season in the last edition. Royals announced that they would retain 11 and release 11 players.

Ahead of the retention deadline, key trading took place in which India”s Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane was traded to Delhi Capitals for spinner Mayank Markande and all-rounder Rahul Tewatia.

Kings XI Punjab have released dashing South Africa batsman David Miller after eight seasons along with Sam Curran of England and Australian pacer Andrew Tye.

They also released Tamil Nadu spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was bought at last year”s auction for a whopping Rs 8.4 crore.

Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, have already made a couple of high-profile trades with ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin coming from Kings XI Punjab and Rahane jumping ship from Rajasthan Royals.

A total of nine players have been released by Delhi Capitals. The likes of Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris have been released by the Delhi outfit.

List of players released:

Chennai Super Kings: Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, Scott Kuggeleijn

Delhi Capitals: Ankush Bains, B Ayyappa, Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh

Kings XI Punjab: Agnivesh Ayachi, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Moises Henriques, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy

Kolkata Knight Riders: Anrich Nortje, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, KC Cariappa, Matt Kelly, Nikhil Naik, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Mundhe

Mumbai Indians: Adam Milne, Alzarri Joseph, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Beuran Hendricks, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Yuvraj Singh

Rajasthan Royals: Aryaman Birla, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Liam Livingstone, Oshane Thomas, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Sudhesan Midhun

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Akshdeep Nath, Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klassen, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Deepak Hooda, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan


Virat, Rohit end 2019 as joint highest run-scorers in T20Is




Mumbai: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of India’s batting mainstays, have ended 2019 as the joint highest run-getters in T20 internationals.

In what was India’s last T20I of the year on Wednesday evening, Virat and Rohit came out with exceptional batting performances as the hosts took the West Indies bowlers to the cleaners at the Wankhede and went on to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

Going into the series decider, Virat was one run ahead of Rohit. After West Indies put India to bat first, Rohit scored 71 while the Indian captain scored 70* as a result of which both are tied at 2,633 runs each in T20Is.

The Indian skipper has accumulated these runs in 75 matches (70 innings) at an average of 52.66. Rohit, on the other hand, needed 104 matches (96 innings) to score the same number of runs at an average of 32.10.

While Virat has scored 24 half centuries in his T20I career so far, Rohit has hit 19 fifties.

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill sits at the third spot in the list of highest run-getters in T20Is. He has scored 2,436 runs and is followed by Shoaib Malik (2,263) and Brendon McCullum (2,140).

In the third and final T20I, India posted a mammoth total of 240/3 riding on the back of brilliant knocks from Rohit (71), KL Rahul (91) and Virat (70*). During the course of Indian innings, Rohit also became the first Indian batsman to smash 400 international sixes.

In reply, West Indies could manage 173/8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs and lost the match by 67 runs.

India are now scheduled to play three-match ODI series against West Indies beginning Sunday in Chennai. After that, they will play three T20Is against Sri Lanka in early January next year.

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