New Delhi: The dip in form and the ouster from the radar of the Indian team has turned out to be bitter for Yuvraj Singh as he was released by the Royal Cbhallengers Bangalore, who had bought him last year for Rs. 14 crores.
Same is the fate of Dinesh Karthik, who earned Rs. 12.5 Crore with Delhi Daredevils last year, but has been released and will be auctioned again this year.
Yuvraj had a decent outing for the RCB last season scoring 376 runs in 14 matches. But the management felt otherwise and are looking for some fresh talent. Moreover Yuvi's exclusion from the 30-probables for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and his lack of consistency is said to be a reason for his release.
Delhi released Karthik after he failed miserably last season as the team finished last in the standings. The move to get the South Zone wicketkeeper didn't work out for the team and they didn't waste time to show him the door.
The India discard was released alongside opener Murali Vijay, former England international and team skipper Kevin Pietersen and New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor. These big-name players failed to make an impact for the Daredevils as the franchise will look to have a wiser strategy during the auction this time.
According to reports, senior players Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan alongside other marquee Indian players such as Pragyan Ojha, and Cheteshwar Pujara were all released from their respective franchises.
Last season's champions Kolkata Knight Riders, however, have retained all their key players.
The auctions are likely to be held in the second week of January.