IPL Auction 2020 fever is underway. While the release of the IPL 2020 Players List justifies the hype, few surprises are in store as well. Over the years, teams have released big names prior to the auction. RCB’s release of Yuvraj Singh in 2015 is a prime example. Franchises look into the future and formulate a foolproof plan. Although sometimes it goes wrong, some players’ release just doesn’t make sense. Here are three IPL 2020 Player List rejects, who should have been retained.
1 Dale Steyn (RCB)
Although Dale Steyn is past his best, he is still in decent shape and form. While Steyn wasn’t bought in the IPL Auction, he served as a replacement player. He starred for RCB in their epic win over CSK with two wickets in two balls. Unfortunately, his IPL season and possibly his international career was cut short by injury during IPL 2019. Nevertheless, Dale Steyn’s performances aren’t good enough for RCB to retain him. Steyn is currently playing in the MSL 2019 and has already won a man of the match award from Cape Town Blitz. While there is a chance for RCB to buy his back, Steyn’s release from the IPL 2020 Players List just doesn’t make do with the fans.
2 Liam Livingstone (RR)
IPL Auction is a battleground where teams often overpay players. Take the case of Mohit Sharma. The former IPL Purple Cap winner was bought for INR 5 Crores last year by CSK to warm the bench. With this trend on the rise, the Rajasthan Royals did the opposite. They gave up a promising youngster, Liam Livingstone from the IPL 2020 Players List. Although he costs only INR 20 lakhs, Liam Livingstone is an asset. Capable of bowling spin as well, Livingstone can bat anywhere in the top order. While RR seems to have changed its thought process with Smith at the helm, Livingstone’s release is still a dodgy one. The Lancashire all-rounder is currently playing for the Cape Town Blitz
3 Deepak Hooda (SRH)
Although Deepak Hooda’s performances for SRH aren’t great, his release did turn a few heads. Hooda, in the mould of Yusuf Pathan, is a hard-hitting batting all-rounder. While he is a decent fielder as well, Hooda hasn’t justified his price tag for SRH. Part of their IPL 2016 campaign, Hooda has been an able back-up for Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan in the past. Nevertheless, Hooda is one of the better batsmen in the domestic circuit. Finding a better replacement for Hooda might be a strenuous task for Trevor Bayliss and co. With IPL experience and a handy skillset as well, Hooda’s release from the IPL 2020 Players List could be some other franchise’s gain.