Why CSK released 6 players, but retained Raina?

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday parted ways with six players – Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Kedar, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh and Monu Kumar Singh – ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

However, the MS Dhoni-led side has retained 18 players from the previous edition, keeping its core intact. As there is no change in the purse limit of Rs 85 crore, Super Kings will have Rs 22.9 crore to spend at the IPL Season 14 auction.

“The team management took the decisions after looking at the performances of the players in the last couple of years. We have retained and released players only on the basis of how they did in the previous seasons,” CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said. “We are looking to bring in changes to our playing squad. We might pick a few youngsters at the mini auction,” revealed Viswanathan.