IPL 2018: This year Indian Premier League is going to be one-of-its-kind, as it is for the first time that franchises will have a golden opportunity to rebuild their team from the scratch.
IPL 2018: This year Indian Premier League is going to be one-of-its-kind, as it is for the first time that franchises will have a golden opportunity to rebuild their team from the scratch. Interestingly, this time at the IPL retention list announcement, teams not only concentrated on strengthening their batting but also focused on bowling department. Be it Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore or Sunrisers Hyderabad, every team has either retained their best batsman or best bowler. A lot of money has also been bet on all-rounders. However, the most foolish retaining policy was don by SRH. Although they had kept their skipper David Warner and one of the best bowlers in death overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they chose to let go extremely talented players. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is already an established member of the national team having made his debut just after his 17th birthday. Still just 19, he is in global demand for franchise T20 teams where his box of tricks has batsmen bamboozled.
Last year, he fetched almost $600,000 in the Indian Premier League auction, the highest ever bid for an Associate player. Already a veteran of 32 one-day internationals and 27 T20s for Afghanistan, he has 112 wickets and will be a key figure when the ambitious Asian side make their Test debut in 2018. The youngster is so far, yet to concede more than 6 runs in an over in Big Bash. In his six matches in the T20 league with Adelaide Strikers, he has not given away more than 6 runs in an over. Here is the tally of his performance with Adelaide Strikers:
This means letting go off Rashid who is dubbed as the ‘Million dollar baby’ by experts would be a silly decision that would cost SRH heavily. However, they can still retain him through Right to Match (RTM) and probably it is one of the reasons that he has been let go to the auctions.