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Ahead of the fall of the hammer on Dec 19- Here is the list of players released by top 4 teams
Creator : Sujit Gupta
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As the clock struck 5:00 PM IST, the second day of the first test between India vs. Bangladesh came to an end. There were many busy enjoying the last half hour of the game with Umesh Yadav going all out, and hitting sixes at will. Others were eagerly waiting for the release list, which was mandated to be out by 5:00 PM IST. There were some speculations regarding key players to be released. As it turned out, some releases were on the expected lines, while some others raised many eyebrows.

There were a total of 127 players retained, which includes 35 overseas cricketers. The players released will be presented in the auction that will be held on December 19. There were certain key releases, all of which can be understood under various contexts. Here, we try to give an overview of the players released. 

Mumbai Indians

Beginning with the table-toppers, and the defending champions Mumbai Indians. They have released five domestic players and one Indian national player. They have also let go of five foreign players presumably to increase their purse. MI more or less have a sorted team and they along a couple of other teams look the most settled unit ahead of the auction.

International players/Domestic player

Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Beuran Hendricks, and Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Pankaj Jaswal, and Siddhesh Lad 

Indian International (a heavyweight name, which demands a column for itself)

Yuvraj Singh 

Chennai Super Kings

The runners up of the IPL 2019 gave away the information of releasing five players in a cryptic tweet by one of the official representatives of the teams, which read something like this- “Relea5ing tomorrow.” CSK, famously known as the dad’s army will have their work cut out in the auction. Though they have most of the bases covered but what they might miss is the backup wicketkeeper.

Domestic players/International players/Indian nationals   

Dhruv Shorey, Chaitnya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, David Willey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mohit Sharma 

Delhi Capitals

In the 2019 edition of the IPL, Delhi Capitals have punched above their weight with a young captain in Shreyas Iyer, surprisingly enough, they had made it to the qualifiers. A bit of experience is what they would be looking for this time around to get them in good stead in the upcoming IPL. The release of Chris Morris will make the DC's to look for a like to like replacement given the quality Morris can provide with both bat and ball.

Domestic players/International players 

Ankush Bains, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Bandaru Ayyappa, and Nathu Singh, Chris Morris, and Colin Ingram, and Hanuma Vihari 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

The orange army had a kind of mixed IPL 2019 and felt the need for having a quality bowler at the back end of the innings. With Shakib almost certain of not featuring in the next years IPL. Things are quite dicey for the orange army. As you would scroll down the list of release you would come to the reckoning that they have left out both Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda. This makes the middle order look a bit fragile. Also, they do not have a finisher perse and they would heavily be counting on their top order to do the bulk of the scoring.

Domestic players/International players   

Deepak Hooda and Ricky Bhui, Shakib al Hasan, and Martin Guptill, and Yusuf Pathan 

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