Indian T20 League debutants Gujarat had a dream start to their journey in the biggest T20 League. However, ahead of the season, they weren’t the contenders to win the title as the experts cited the lack of batting depth. Still, the team did well as a few of their unknown players in the batting department performed better than the expectations. On the other hand, the team had one of the best bowling attacks.
They defended some low totals during the tournament which other teams might not have done. They finished first in the league stages and then went on to win the final against the 2008-winners, Rajasthan. However, there were a few players on whom the team management showed trust, but the players still couldn’t deliver. In this listicle, we will discuss three players who might be released ahead of the next edition.
Three players who might be released next year
- Vijay Shankar
His signing to the team was a shocker for the fans as he has had poor seasons with the bat from 2019. The right-hander had averaged 20.33, 24.25, and 11.60 in seasons 2019, 2020, and 2021.
However, the team showed faith in him, but he disappointed them as he could score only 19 runs in four games. After this, he was benched and didn’t play a game after this with skipper Hardik Pandya promoting himself up the order to provide stability in the middle order.
2. Varun Aaron
The right-arm pacer played the league after 2020 where he couldn’t pick a wicket in three games. Looking at his record, he had a decent average in seasons 2017 and 2019. Yet, he has had a high economy rate over the years. Even after this, the team had faith in him as he played two games this season.
His average in these games was 26 as he picked two wickets. However, his economy rate of 10.40 made it difficult for him to stay in the playing XI with the presence of pacers such as Pradeep Sangwan and Yash Dayal.
3. Matthew Wade
The Australian was playing the cash-rich league for the first time since 2011. Last year, he rose to fame after hitting three back-to-back sixes against Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi in the 20-20 World Cup 2021 semifinal.
However, he couldn’t live up to the expectations he was carrying after the World Cup heroics. In the 10 games played by the left-hander, he could only muster 157 runs at an average of 15.70 and strike rate of 113.77. Needless to say, he might be released ahead of the 2023 auction.