IPL 2021: Top 5 retained players who can prove to be a big mistake in IPL 14 , The Indian Premier League player 2021 (IPL 2021) retentions and releases were announced by all the eight franchises on Wednesday and while there were many expected releases, there were some surprising or rather shocking retentions.
Dinesh Karthik (KKR): The ex- KKR skipper had a harrowed time in the IPL 2020. Karthik was poor with the bat in IPL 2020 owing to which the wicketkeeper-batsman even handed his captaincy to Eoin Morgan in the middle of the tournament. Karthik accumulated 169 runs from 14 matches at a terrible average of 14.08. Despite his poor show, KKR has retained Karthik for IPL 2021 for whopping Rs 7.4 crore and it can turn out to be a flop deal.
Imran Tahir (CSK): Chennai Super Kings’ leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who was the 2019 IPL’s Purple Cap winner with 26 wickets, warmed the bench for most of the IPL 2020 as he played just three games in which he picked just a wicket. Moreover, he is the oldest member of Dad’s army in the CSK’s side and by the time next IPL arrives, Tahir will be 42 years old. However, CSK still decided to retain him for Rs 1 crore rather than investing on youngsters. This strange strategy can back-fire for the three-time champions.
Andre Russell (KKR): In the world of T20 cricket, few have managed to instil fear in the hearts of opposition bowlers like Andre Russell has in recent years. A vital cog in Kolkata’s lineup, Russell has, time and again, turned the tide in his team’s favour. In IPL 2019, Russell scored 510 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 204.81.