The anticipation for the IPL 2024 auction is already building, and as franchises made strategic decisions on player retentions, some established names founded themselves on the release list. As these released players await new opportunities in the forthcoming auction, franchises will weigh the potential of these diamonds in the rough.
Top XI from the released players list ahead of IPL 2024 auction
Here is the formidable XI from the pool of released players, each possessing the potential to be the game-changer that franchises might regret letting go.
1. Bhanuka Rajapaksha – released by Punjab Kings
Bhanuka Rajapaksha, the power-packed batter from Sri Lanka, was released by Punjab Kings after a lacklustre season. However, his explosive batting and ability to dismantle any bowling attack make him an exciting prospect for franchises needing a dynamic opener.
2. Finn Allen – released by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Finn Allen, released by RCB, may be known for his prowess with the bat, but the star-studded batting lineup did not provide him enough opportunities. With a potential shift to focus on his bowling skills, he could emerge as a valuable all-rounder for any team.
3. Joe Root – released by Rajasthan Royals
Released by the Rajasthan Royals, the former England skipper Joe Root faces the challenge of adapting to the T20 dynamics. While he might not be the conventional T20 pick, his class and cricketing intelligence makes him an unexpected asset in the shortest format.
4. Rilee Rossouw – released by Delhi Capitals
Rilee Rossouw, released by Delhi Capitals due to below-par performance in IPL 2023, now has a point to prove. The South African left-hander possesses the skills to anchor innings and could be the redemption story for any franchise willing to take a chance.
5. Harry Brook – released by Sunrisers Hyderabad
Bought for a hefty sum of INR 13.25 cr. by Sunrisers Hyderabad but failing to make any significant impact, Harry Brook remains an exceptional talent waiting to be unleashed. A second chance might be all he needs to showcase his potential and repay the faith of a new franchise.
6. Sarfaraz Khan – released by Delhi Capitals
Capable wicket-keeper batter Sarfaraz Khan‘s stint with the Capitals didn’t meet expectations. A change of scenery might provide the spark needed for this talented Indian player to contribute significantly in the upcoming season.
7. KS Bharat – released by Royal Challengers Bangalore
KS Bharat, another wicket-keeper on the list, found himself out of sync with the explosive batting lineup of RCB. His skills behind the stumps, combined with a potential to bolster the middle order, make him an intriguing prospect for teams seeking a reliable gloveman.
8. Jason Holder – released by Rajasthan Royals
Released by the Royals, Jason Holder, the Caribbean all-rounder, brings a wealth of experience. Despite not hitting top gear with the Rajasthan-based side, his ability to contribute with both bat and ball could make him a sought-after commodity in the auction.
9. Wanindu Hasaranga – released by Royal Challengers Bangalore
A surprise release by RCB, Wanindu Hasaranga, left fans speculating on the reasons behind the decision. As a seasoned spinner with a bag full of tricks, any franchise securing his services could be getting a match-winner in the spin department.
10. Josh Hazlewood – released by Royal Challengers Bangalore
In another surprising move, RCB released Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood. Known for his accuracy and pace, Hazlewood can be a potent force in the IPL. Franchises looking to bolster their pace department might closely monitor this experienced campaigner.
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11. Lockie Ferguson – released by Kolkata Knight Riders
Offloaded by KKR, Lockie Ferguson, the Kiwi speedster, has the raw pace to trouble even the best in the business. A fresh start with a new franchise might catalyse him to showcase his wicket-taking abilities and become a force to reckon with in the upcoming season.
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