The deadline to retain players for the current eight IPL franchises ends on Tuesday. In such a situation, some teams may retain their core players while some teams will try to build the core of their team by retaining fewer players from the players who enter the auction.
In the last moments before the big auction to be held next year, most of the teams are trying to retain the players of their choice. After finalizing the retained players of the existing eight teams, the two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad will get a chance to pick three players from December 1 to 25, followed by an auction in January. The current eight teams can retain a maximum of four players with no more than three Indians and not more than two foreign players.
Schedule after IPL 2022 Retention:
After finalizing the retained players of the current 8 team, two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad will get a chance to pick three players from December 1 to 25, followed by an auction in January.
It is almost certain to retain the franchise’s captain Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel and South Africa’s Enrique Notreje. However, the team will have to drop consistent performers like R Ashwin and Kagiso Radaba whom the team may try to buy in the auction. Star player Shreyas Iyer is leaving the team after not getting back the captaincy of Delhi while returning from a shoulder injury.
The five-time champions will build a team around captain Rohit Sharma and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah. The team would also like to retain Suryakumar Yadav and the experienced Kieron Pollard. However, the challenge for the team may be to choose between Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan. Hardik Pandya is not the same all-rounder as he has been unable to bowl but the team may try to buy him again in the auction.
Chennai Super Kings:
The team of four-time champion Super Kings has almost decided its four players. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja are set to be retained while Ruturaj Gaikwad, who played a key role in the team’s title win last season, may be retained by the team. Among the foreign players, all-rounder Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis, who has been associated with the team for a long time, will have to make a difficult decision for the team.
Captain Lokesh Rahul is almost certain to enter the auction and in such a situation, the franchise will try to make a fresh start. The team, however, will try to retain players like Arshdeep and Ravi Bishnoi who have not played any international matches so far. The team will have to choose from among the players playing international matches, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami and Nicholas Pooran.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The team is likely to retain Varun Chakraborty, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine but it means England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill will have to put the team up for auction. Under Morgan’s leadership, Knight Riders made a spectacular comeback in the UAE stage of IPL 2021 to reach the finals. Considering his leadership abilities, the decision to release him will not be an easy one.
Even after making Sanju Samson the captain, the team’s fortunes did not change but the team is likely to retain him and England’s star wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. The team will be in dilemma whether to retain Ben Stokes, who missed most of last season’s matches due to injury and mental health issues. Jofra Archer, who struggles with fitness, is also one such player about whom the team will be in a dilemma. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who has not played international cricket till now, is also in the race to be retained.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Skipper Virat Kohli and Yuzvendra Singh Chahal will be retained while Glenn Maxwell has also won the team’s confidence with his good performances last season. After the memorable IPL, India’s successful debutants Harshal Patel and Muhammad Siraj will be fighting for a retainership. The decision to drop opener Devdutt Padikkal is also not going to be easy.
Sunrisers, who were in the news for all the wrong reasons due to differences with former captain David Warner last season, are almost certain to retain Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan. The team will have to see whether they will build their fast bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan or start afresh.