Rajasthan Royals
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Rajasthan Royals (RR), also coming back from their two-season hiatus, had a satisfactory outing this year in the recently held season eleven of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Ajinkya Rahane-led team qualified for the playoffs in a dramatic fashion and finished fourth in the league stage fixtures.

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However, there are several scopes of improvements and many question marks regarding the future of some of the players in their squad.

Here, we look at some of the players who might be released next season, on the basis of their performance this year.

1. D’Arcy Short:

IPL 2018: Five Rajasthan Royals' Players Who May be Released Next Season
In seven matches this season, Short could only amass 115 runs at an average of 16.42. Credits: IPL.

Much was talked about this Australian international D’Arcy Short prior to the auctions.

Rajasthan invested in the left-hander after his breakthrough season in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Hobart Hurricanes.

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However, at the end of the season, he would be listed amongst the foreign players who may find it difficult with the sluggish surfaces of India, coming from hard bouncy wickets back home.

2. Stuart Binny:

IPL 2018: Five Rajasthan Royals' Players Who May be Released Next Season
Binny has had six seasons with Rajasthan Royals thus far. Credits: IANS.

Stuart Binny’s season when it comes to batting, came only second to his dismal season with the ball.

Perhaps, Rajasthan would look again at their strategies when it comes to Binny, who seems a different player with age.

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With the likes of Jofra Archer and Krishnappa Gowtham, Binny’s services become obsolete for the Royals, and they wouldn’t hesitate to bid adieu to Binny

3. Heinrich Klaasen:

IPL 2018: Five Rajasthan Royals' Players Who May be Released Next Season
Klaasen of RR plays a shot during a match. Photo by: Rahul Gulati /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Heinrich Klaasen announced himself at the international stage with his notable series against India.

With the unfortunate ban of their marquee retained player and first choice skipper, Steven Smith, Rajasthan had to go out of their way buy someone like Klaasen, who wasn’t included even in the auction list.

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However, with the return of Smith next year, serving his ban, his replacement from South Africa might not be retained next year.

4. Jaydev Unadkat:

Unadkat
Unadkat conceded runs at 9.67 every over, and had only 11 wickets to his name in 15 games. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Jaydev Unadkat’s recent career graph can be demarcated into two halves, before and after the IPL auctions.

While the Saurashtra bowler headed during the auctions with a heavy price tag of 11.5 crore-post good show with the ball in IPL 2017, with now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant(s).

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His career went spiralling down in a very short time ever since.

After his exorbitant figures representing India during South Africa series and Nidahas Trophy, Unadkat continued with his expensive ways in the IPL.

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Perhaps, batsmen have got the hand of the Purple Cap holder in IPL 2017. Well, Unadkat is going through a horrible bowling form.

Therefore, Rajasthan might have a stern look at his value for money, prior to next season.

5. Dhawal Kulkarni:

Dhawal Kulkarni
Dhawal Kulkarni. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

In the eight matches he featured in this season of IPL, Dhawal Kulkarni could only scalp four wickets. The bowler has almost conceded nine-and-a-half every over.

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Kulkarni, too, is walking on thin ice, when it comes to letting go of players in Rajasthan Royals prior to the start of next season.