The auction date for IPL 2021 has been announced. On February 18, all teams will be seen bidding on the players. All the teams have already submitted their list of released and retained players to the BCCI. The team of Royal Challengers Bangalore has released 10 of its players, while Kings XI Punjab has discharged from its 9 players team. Kolkata Knight Riders have released 6 players including Tom Banton and Chris Green for IPL 2021 and retained their Andre Russell despite poor performances last season. Meanwhile, former India cricketer and commentator Akash Chopra has advised KKR to include Chris Green and Moises Henriques in the squad as Andre Russell’s backup.
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Talking on his YouTube channel, Akash Chopra said, ‘Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell’s form will be very important for the success of KKR. It is important for the team’s good performance to be a super hit at both numbers 5 and 6. His team looks absolutely perfect, but he would definitely like to include the Indian batsman in the team. They have Shubman Gill, Tripathi and Karthik, which are not so bad. They have Rinku Singh as the backup, which the team does not give much chance in the match.
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The former cricketer spoke on Andre Russell, saying, “His team needs the backup of Andre Russell, a player who can do both things because the entire picture changes when Russell gets injured.” He can include Cameron Green or Moises Henriques as Russell’s backup, if he is looking for a pace bowler all-rounder. ‘ Russell’s performance was nothing special in IPL 2020 and he was also seen battling his injuries.