Cricket lovers are eagerly waiting for the world’s richest franchise league tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL) to start. However, they will have to wait for even more as the BCCI has declared that IPL 2020 which was scheduled to start from March 29 will now start from April 15.
IPL is a tournament where not only national but international legends also participate extensively. Some legendary players of Indian cricket have been a part of the cash-rich league and some are still part of the franchises.
In the Indian Premier League, a player who performs well is kept in the franchise and the one who doesn’t is released every year no matter how big a player he is.
There have been many players in the IPL who were dropped from the team by their domestic franchise. In this article, we’ll tell you about those 5 legendary players, whose domestic franchises have shown them the way out.
IPL: 5 Legends Who Were Dropped By Their Home Franchises
Virender Sehwag, Delhi Daredevils
India’s veteran explosive opener Virender Sehwag started his career from Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ground. Sehwag was selected as the marquee player for the Delhi Daredevils in 2008 when the IPL began.
While captaining Delhi in 2008, Sehwag scored 406 runs in 14 matches to lead his team to the semi-finals. However, the franchise lost in the knockout. After this, Sehwag sustained his form till 2012 but in 2013, he lost it.
Opening the innings in 13 matches for Delhi, Sehwag could score only 295 runs at a dismal average of 24.58. Out of them, 95 runs came in a single match, which means that Sehwag could only score 200 runs in the other 12 matches.
The domestic franchise released Sehwag for IPL 2014. In the auction, Punjab-based Kings XI Punjab bought Sehwag and added him to his team. There he scored 455 runs in 17 matches. After this, in 2015 he said goodbye to his IPL career.