New Delhi. Delhi Capitals released five players including Shardul Thakur, Shrikar Bharat and New Zealand’s Tim Seifert ahead of the November 15 deadline of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to retain players. ) is in preparation. Mandeep Singh and Andhra opener Ashwin Hebbar are also in the mood to leave the Delhi team. The reason for leaving Shardul is said to be costly for his team.

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Let us tell you that Delhi Capitals had bought Thakur in the auction for Rs 10 crore 75 lakh. He took five wickets in 14 matches in the 2022 season but during this period gave runs at a run rate of about 10 runs per over. Thakur could only manage 120 runs with the bat at an average of 10.81 and strike rate of 137.93.

Delhi Capitals wanted to swap Shardul Thakur

Delhi Capitals wanted Thakur to be swapped with another team but it did not work out. Considering the huge price tag of Thakur, the franchise is preparing to release him before the auction in December. An IPL source told PTI, “Shardul is a top all-rounder but his cost is an issue. Hebbar, Mandeep, Seifert and Bharat can also be released.

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New Zealand batsman Seifert will have the option to enter the auction. He played only two matches in IPL this year for Delhi in which he scored 24 runs. With skipper Rishabh Pant taking over the wicketkeeping responsibility, Bharat was tried in only a few matches, in which he failed to make an impact with the bat.

Delhi would like to keep Yash Dhul intact

Punjab’s experienced batsman Mandeep played three matches for the team but could score only 18 runs. He did not get a chance to play many matches even in the 2021 season. Andhra batsman Hebbar did not get to play any match in 2022 and the decision to release him will not come as a surprise. Delhi’s team is preparing to retain Yash Dhul, the captain of the Under-19 World Cup winning team, who did not play a single match in the last season. Delhi’s team finished fifth out of 10 teams in the 2022 season and failed to make it to the play-offs.