Chennai Super Kings player retentions - IPL 2021

Chennai Super Kings player retentions - IPL 2021

With the mini-auction ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) inching closer, franchises looking to retain players had been given time till Wednesday to complete the process.

"Steve has been a great player and great leader for the Royals, and we want to thank him for his contribution to the franchise", Royals owner Manoj Badale said. For the first time, the team was knocked out.

Harbhajan was one of the two CSK players, along with Suresh Raina, who chose to skip the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE past year, held in a bio-secure bubble amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "All the best", Harbhajan had tweeted.

Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh As my contract comes to an end with @ChennaiIPL, playing for this team was a great experience.handsome memories made &some great friends which I will remember fondly for years to come.Thank you @ChennaiIPL, management, staff and fans for a wonderful 2years. Harbhajan picked 150 wickets in 157 IPL innings at an excellent economy rate of 7.05.

Harbhajan Singh, an off-spinner, was part of the CSK team that won the IPL title in 2018. Chennai Super Kings have the least purse in IPL 2021 with Rs 15 lakhs but with the retirement of Shane Watson and the release of Harbhajan Singh, they will have some money for the February 11 auction.

The veteran off-spinner had pulled out of the 13th edition of the IPL due to personal reasons, choosing not to travel to the United Arab Emirates. He is in the list of highest wicket-takers in this league, along with Lasith Malinga (170) and Amit Mishra (160), Piyush Chawla (156), and Dwayne Bravo (153). The 40-year-old Punjab tweaker turned out in 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20s for India.

Samson, who was signed by the franchise in 2013, becomes the third Indian after Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane to be entrusted with the top job.

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