IPL Retention: 4 players each franchise likely to retain ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction: Things are gathering up steam not just in regard to the resumption of the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during September-October but also regarding finalizing the two new IPL teams for the next season. This leaves franchisees to introspect upon which players to retain ahead of the IPL 2022 auctions that will see a myriad of players going under the hammer.
However, IPL franchises are allowed to retain only four players, which can either constitute 3 Indians and one overseas player or as likely (two each) Indian and foreign players.
Here at InsideSport, we look at potential players who would most likely be retained by the franchisees
Shreyas Iyer- The retention of DC’s skipper comes as a no-brainer who was instrumental in cruising DC’s maiden appearance during the final of IPL 2020.
Rishabh Pant- The left-handed Indian player has been a common face as a ferocious power hitter for DC. In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, he was taken the captaincy charge in IPL 2021 and ensured the Team’s top grade.
Prithvi Shaw- Delhi franchisee would keenly retain the young opener from Maharashtra who made his debut for the same franchisee in 2018.
Kagiso Rabada- The overseas players has given successive performance for the side in IPL 2019 (picked up 25 wickets) and in IPL 2020 (took 30 wickets).
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni- CSK’s skipper, Dhoni has been the face of men in yellow since 2008. Though his retirement plans are still not clear, under the normal circumstances he would be retained by the franchisee.
Suresh Raina- Chinna-Thala often as he is known, he has often been the match-winner for CSK. Just like Dhoni, he is a favorable retain for CSK.
Ravindra Jadeja: In the 2012 IPL player auction, Jadeja was bought by Chennai Super Kings and has been serving as the resting pulse for CSK since then. Because he serves as a complete all-rounder, he has a likely chance of being retained.
Sam Curran: Bought by CSK in IPL 2020, he gave all reasons to retain himself just in his debut season for CSK. The allrounder from England would be soaked by CSK.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal: Showcased his maiden appearance in IPL 2020 for RCB, he etched his name among the favorites for RCB. He would be fairly eyed as a potential retained by the franchise.
Virat Kohli: Inducted in the RCB squad in 2008, Virat Kohli has never been overlooked by the selectors since then. Fairly, he would likely continue donning the red jersey.
Mohammed Siraj: The pacer was included in RCB in 2018 and has given strong reasons as a potential bowler. Siraj would grab a fair chance of grab in the RCB squad.
AB de Villiers: A veteran of 10 years for RCB, de Villiers has been the go-to man for RCB. He has all likable reasons to be retained by the franchisee.
Rohit Sharma: A part of the squad since 2011, MI would never part away with Sharma who has lifted the trophy five times for his side. It is a no-brainer that MI would retain him.
Kieron Pollard: The face of MI since 2010, the all-rounder has helped MI survive through all the thick and thins. Most likely, he has his place already secured in the place.
Jasprit Bumrah: The death bowler specialist has won them numerous matches just when things seemed in jeopardy for MI. The trump card would be fairly secured by the franchisee.
Hardik Pandya: The allrounder has worked wonders for MI ever since he has donned their jersey from 2015. He is going to be a likely target of retention for the franchisee.
Sanju Samson: The skipper for RR, he has been featuring in the RR jersey since 2013. The power-hitter who has been bestowed with captaincy is likely to be retained in the upcoming mega auctions.
Ben Stokes: The all-rounder from England, he has been a strong back for RR since 2018. Emerged as the match-winner for RR on multiple occasions, he will be likely retained choice for RR.
Jos Buttler: Accompanying Ben Stokes in his association with RR, the right-handed batsman has a fair chance to be retained in the upcoming auctions.
Chetan Sakariya: Hailing in his debut season- IPL 2020 itself, just when he wore RR jersey, the bowling quick has garnered a lot of attention. The ace pacer has a fair chance of retention for the men in pink.
KL Rahul: The skipper for Punjab Kings, his performance as an opener has been instrumental for Punjab Kings. Playing for Punjab since 2018, he has headed responsibilities well for his side and is likely to be retained ahead.
Mayank Agrawal: Tagging the skipper not just in terms of joining but also aiding with the bat as an opener, Agrawal has been instrumental to the Punjab squad. The selectors might fairly eye him for retention.
Mohammad Shami; Yet another joinee in 2018, Shami has been a key bowler in Punjab’s squad. His bowling prowess might just earn him a likely chance of retention.
Chris Gayle: Yet another player of 2018 contingent, the ‘big-show’ has been the man of big occasions. The selectors would prefer to have him re-don Punjab jersey.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill- The right-handed batsman has a range of shots under his belt and can potentially rise for the franchisee as an opener. He might be banked as a potential retainer in the upcoming auctions.
Nitish Rana- The left-handed batsman has been an underdog for KKR but is a phenomenal smasher of the ball. Because he has been a match-winner for KKR, he could be possibly retained by the franchisee.
Andre Russel- The allrounder has turned tables for KKR in their favor both with the bat and the ball. Russel could a sure shot retainer for their side.
Eoin Morgan- The skipper’s England’s mentorship has come in handy in leading KKR from the front. Barring his off-color in IPL 2021, he could be retained by the franchisee ahead of the auction.
David Warner: A leading run-scorer for the side for successive seasons, he was instrumental in leading SRH to their only IPL victory in 2016. He is likely to be seen in the orange jersey in the upcoming seasons as well.
Kane Williamson: The right-handed batsman from New Zealand is a thrust to SRH during their dark times. Having the potential to change the tables of the game, he might be retained by the franchisee.
Manish Pandey: The middle-order batsman has often risen to occasions for his franchisee and thus can fairly be retained by the SRH selectors.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The right-arm pacer has been a key pacer to the SRH side since 2014. Because of his skills- economy and rattling wickets, he would be a likely retaining choice for SRH.