Last Update on: November 15th, 2019 at 06:46 pm
Two-time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders have released some big names ahead of the next month’s auction for IPL 2020. The Kolkata-based outfit has parted ways with their one-time batting mainstay Robin Uthappa. The right-handed batsman first joined the franchise in 2014 and became an instant hit.
Part of the Indian team that won the inaugural World T20, Uthappa had gone on to win the Orange Cap after scoring a staggering 660 runs. Over the years, he established himself as an integral part of the Knight Riders team. But before the last season, the Knight Riders had released him only to sign him again in the auction by using the Right to Match card. The wicketkeeper-batsman was bought by the franchise for Rs 6.4 crore.
But he failed to live up to the expectation in the last season and the Knight Riders have decided to release him again. He managed just 282 runs in 12 outings at a modest strike-rate of 115.10. Along with Uthappa, the Knight Riders have also released hard-hitting Chris Lynn despite the Australian being one of their most consistent performers last season. Lynn slammed four fifties last season while amassing 405 runs in 13 outings.
Other players released by the Knight Riders are – Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Yarra Prithviraj, Nikhik Naik, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly, Shrikant Mundhe and Carlos Brathwaite released. Chawla was a part of the two winning campaigns for the franchise, having scored the winning runs in the 2014 version. He was one of the prominent names in the team in the last few seasons.
Talking about Brathwaite, the Knight Riders had bought him for Rs 5 crore last year but the West Indies star failed to do well. He played just two games and managed just 11 runs while also going wicketless.
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