We have seen some good retention in IPL History that improved the Team’s performance. However, sometimes it does not work in that way. We will be discussing the worst retention in the Indian Premier League history does not mean that the players we are discussing are not good players. For playing in the world’s toughest cricket league, you have to possess good skill and talent and all these players have these qualities. However, sometimes they did not perform as per team requirements. You have seen in the IPL history why teams like Chennai Super Kings are successful and popular? This is because of the likes of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the team that evolved into the face of their team.
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The Performance of any team in an auction-based sporting league depends on many aspects and retention is one of them. The other factor which helps in building a good core is the Right to Match (RTM) system. These processes help the team to hold on to marquee performers. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have also evolved into the face of their respective teams.
Worst Retentions in IPL History
However, every retention is not successful in the Indian Premier League history. Every retain player may not perform well as expected by the Team Owner. Now, we look for the worst retention choices made by respective IPL franchises.
Stuart Binny made his IPL debut in 2010 for MI. After that, he moved to Rajasthan Royal. In the 3rd season, while playing for Rajasthan Royal, Binny impressed everyone with his all-rounder performance. In that season he scored 293 runs and took 6 wickets for Rajasthan Royal.
Ahead of the 2014 IPL season, Rajasthan Royal names him as one of their marquee players. Sadly, he failed to perform in the next two seasons and only scored 197 runs. Stuart Binny is not currently contracted with any IPL Team.
Sarfaraz Khan who debuted for RCB in 2015, had a promising start to his IPL career. In the first season, Sarfaraz played quick camos while batting lower down the order in his two-season, and his ability to play a wide range of unorthodox shots gain applause from the likes of AB Delivers and Virat Kohli. In 3rd season while playing for RCB, he got injured and ruled out of the entire 2017 IPL season.
Royal Challenge Banglore showed faith in him and retained him ahead of the IPL 2018 mega auction. Sarfaraz was the biggest surprise packet of 2018 IPL retentions. However, he couldn’t live up to that expectation and failed very badly in IPL 2018.
The Delhi all-rounder played his first season for Delhi in 2016. In the next season, he was picked by RCB. He had a good season for Royal Challengers Bangalore as he took 16 wickets and finished as the highest wicket-taker for his team in that season.
Last season’s stats were impressive enough to warrant retention ahead of the IPL 2018 mega auction. RCB acquired Pawan Negi via Right to Match (RTM) for INR 1.00Crores, ahead of the likes of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. But, his performance dipped after the 10 edition of the Indian Premier League. (source)
In your view which is the worst retention in IPL history???