Cheteshwar Pujara got 1.9 crore when KXIP bought him in IPL six auction © IANS
Cheteshwar Pujara got 1.9 crore when KXIP bought him in IPL six auction © IANS

Dec 15, 2014

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) released Cheteshwar Pujara, Laxmipathy Balaji and Murali Kartik from their squad for the next season of Indian Premier League (IPL). These cricketers were not regular in their playing eleven and the KXIP.

Monday was the last day for franchises to send the IPL a list of players they wanted to release. The franchise paid Rs 1.9 crore for Pujara, Rs 1.8 crore for Balaji and Rs 1 crore for Kartik at the auction held this February. Kings XI can now generated Rs 4.7 crore to their auction purse for the 2015 season.

Last season, KXIP reached the final of IPL and lost narrowly against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The George Bailey-led team have a well balanced squad with full of T20 specialists. So it was tough for players like Pujara, Balaji and Kartik to get a place in the playing eleven.