Most Expensive Releases for IPL 2024 Auction

Ahead of the much-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 Auction, teams are shedding high-value players to bolster their auction purses. Notably, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a significant move by releasing the highest-paid player of IPL 2023, Ben Stokes. The release of other pricey acquisitions is shaping up to be a strategic financial maneuver. Here’s a roundup of the most expensive releases by IPL franchises:

Ben Stokes (CSK) – England – ₹16.25 Crore – All-rounder
Chennai Super Kings parted ways with Ben Stokes, the highest-bid player in the IPL 2023 Auction at ₹16.25 crore. Stokes’ impact was minimal in the previous season, featuring in just two matches. It remains to be seen if other teams will show interest in acquiring him at a potentially reduced price.

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Harry Brook (SRH) – England – ₹13.25 Crore – Batter
Sunrisers Hyderabad released England’s Harry Brook, who was a high-profile purchase at ₹13.25 crore in the previous IPL auction. Despite the anticipation, Brook’s performance in IPL 2023 was underwhelming, managing only 190 runs in 11 matches with an average of 21.11.

Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB) – Sri Lanka – ₹10.75 Crore – Bowler
Royal Challengers Bangalore surprised many by releasing Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, valued at ₹10.75 crore. Hasaranga played a crucial role as a spin bowler for RCB in IPL 2023, claiming nine wickets in eight games. His departure raises questions about RCB’s spin-bowling strategy.

Shardul Thakur (KKR) – India – ₹10.75 Crore – All-rounder
Kolkata Knight Riders released Shardul Thakur, contributing ₹10.75 crore to their auction purse. Thakur had a lackluster IPL 2023 season, scoring 113 runs and taking seven wickets in 11 matches. KKR’s decision to release him indicates a recalibration of their squad strategy.

Harshal Patel (RCB) – India – ₹10.75 Crore – Bowler
RCB opted to release Indian bowler Harshal Patel, who was acquired at ₹10.75 crore. Despite Harshal’s overall IPL success with 111 wickets and an economy of 8.59, his performance in the last season was subpar, with 14 wickets in 13 matches and an economy of nearly 10 runs per over.