Pietersen, Steyn, Tahir, Johnson, Ishant Sharma among big names released by their IPL franchises

ishant sharma TestKevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Johnson were some of the big names released by their Indian Premier League franchises, says a report in the Hindustan Times, adding that a total of 63 players were released while 140 were retained by the franchises for the 2017 edition.

Former England batsman Pietersen was picked by newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants for R3.5cr at last year’s auction but played only four matches after a calf injury ruled him out.

Retired Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who hasn’t played any cricket since the three matches for Kings XI Punjab which fetched him R6.5cr, has also been released while South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, who is out of action due to a shoulder injury, has expectedly been cut by the Gujarat Lions.

The Pune franchise in fact released 11 players, the most, including India pacer Ishant Sharma, all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, South African Albie Morkel and Australia’s former T20 skipper George Bailey.

Full List of players released:

Rising Super Giants

Player Name       Bid Amount

Kevin Pietersen  35,000,000

Ishant Sharma    38,000,000

Irfan Pathan        10,000,000

Thisara Perera    10,000,000

Rudra Pratap Singh 3,000,000

Scott Boland       5,000,000

M. Ashwin           45,000,000

Peter Handscomb 3,000,000

Saurabh Tiwary  7,300,000

Albie Morkel       3,250,000

George Bailey     10,000,000

Gujarat Lions

Player Name       Bid Amount

Dale Steyn           23,000,000

Paras Dogra        1,000,000

Eklavya Dwivedi 10,000,000

Sarbjeet Ladda   1,000,000

Pravin Tambe     2,000,000

Umang Sharma  1,000,000

Amit Mishra        1,000,000

Aksh Deep Nath 1,000,000

Kings XI Punjab

Player Name       Bid Amount

Mitchell Johnson 65,000,000

Rishi Dhawan      30,000,000

Kyle Abbott         21,000,000

Farhaan Behardien 3,000,000

Kolkata Knight Riders

Player Name       Bid Amount

Morne Morkel    28,000,000

Brad Hogg           5,000,000

Jason Holder       7,000,000

Colin Munro        3,000,000

John  Hastings    13,000,000

Jaydev Unadkat 16,000,000

Rajagopal Sathish 2,000,000

Manan  Sharma  1,000,000

Shaun Tait           10,000,000

Mumbai Indians

Player Name       Bid Amount

Corey Anderson 45,000,000

Marchant De Lange  3,000,000

Unmukt Chand   7,500,000

Akshay Wakhare 1,000,000

Nathu Singh        32,000,000

Kishore Pramod Kamath 14,000,000

Martin Guptill     5,000,000

Jerome Taylor    5,000,000

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Player Name       Bid Amount

Varun Aaron       20,000,000

Abu Nechim Ahmed 3,000,000

David  Wiese       28,000,000

Kane Richardson  20,000,000

Vikramjeet Malik 2,000,000

Praveen  Dubey  3,500,000

Akshay Karnewar 1,000,000

Vikas Tokas         1,000,000

Parveez  Rasool 9,500,000

Chris Jordan        20,000,000


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Player Name       Bid Amount

Karn Sharma       37,500,000

Ashish Reddy      2,000,000

Eoin Morgan       15,000,000

Trent Boult          38,000,000

Tirumalasetti Suman 1,000,000

Aditya Tare         12,000,000