After Sam Billings, three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings on Friday released English cricketer David Willey and three other Indian players, including Mohit Sharma, ahead of next month’s auction. Taking to Twitter, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) announced that it has decided to release wicketkeeper-batsman Billings and all-rounder Willey along with former World Cupper Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey and Chaitanya Bishnoi.
With the release of these players, CSK will now go into the December 19 auction with an available purse of Rs 14.6 crore. Willey had missed the 2019 IPL due to personal reasons as he and his wife were expecting their second child. Since it was not an injury, the team couldn’t get a replacement for the Yorkshire man.
The 29-year-old had joined the team as a replacement player in 2018 and featured in three matches. Billings also had been part of the squad in the past two seasons. He had played ten games in MS Dhoni-led CSK’s title-winning run in 2018 including a match-winning 56 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram stadium Chennai.
Mohit, who was once MS Dhoni’s go to man, too was confined to the bench with the emergence of Deepak Chahar as a key bowler for CSK during the run to the final last season. Shorey played a solitary match in the 2019 season while Bishnoi never get to showcase his talent for the Chennai.
(With agency inputs)