Talking about the auctions and the players, the franchises have thrown up multiple surprises. Usually, these surprises come in the form of retention.
The Indian Premier League has been the most talked-about tournament in the T20 format. Multiple factors have contributed to its success. Talk about players, coaches, management, celebrities, and money, no other league comes closer to this in the sport. IPL has been the most prominent T20 league in the world.
Adding on, it also has been the toughest one. With every passing year, the addition of new players, and the failure of established players have shocked the fans. Along with every auction, there is a price tag of players that makes them famous overnight.
Talking about the auctions and the players, the franchises have thrown up multiple surprises. Usually, these surprises come in the form of retention. Sometimes the gamble works, sometimes it doesn’t. Let us have a look at instances when the gamble did not pay off.
Ranking top 10 worst player retentions in IPL history
10. Albie Morkel, DD
Albie Morkel was a T20 specialist. For most of his IPL career, he was with the Chennai Super Kings. His captain, MS Dhoni used him as an opening bowler and a finisher. And Morkel played the role to perfection.
Morkel was retained by the Delhi Daredevils, now known as Delhi Capitals. In the 2014 season, he played just seven games. With 45 runs under his belt and the highest score of 16, Morkel was completely out of form.
Talking about his bowling, Morkel picked only 4 wickets. Although he bowled only 96 balls, his talent was not properly utilized by the franchise. This was bad retention as Morkel could have been used to his full extent at any other franchise.