The wait has finally come to an end as the 8 IPL sides have released the list of their retained players and now the wait is for the ultimate Mega auction battle which will decide who all will represent the 10 IPL sides next season.
A no. Of 27 players were retained by the 8 franchises out of which 8 were overseas players and 4 uncapped Indian youngsters. Many franchises threw in surprising names such as SRH retaining Abdul Samad and Umran Malik for their upcoming season who were accompanied by Kane Williamson who will be captaining them the next season. PBKS also had some ammendments in place as they couldn’t find a way to keep their captain for next season as K L Rahul didn’t make the list of retained players for the side and rumours are up that the Indian T20 Vice captain may find his new home in one of the two new franchises that are set to play the IPL next season. The same is being heard about stars like Rashid Khan, Warner and many more big names that couldn’t be retained by their franchises.
Out of the 8 teams CSK KKR MI and DC are the four teams that opted to retain four players in their side whereas RR, RCB and SRH retained 3 each and PBKS ended up retaining 2 players.
Here are the list of retained players.
- Mumbai Indians
1. Rohit Sharma – Rs 16 crore
2. Jasprit Bumrah – Rs 12 crore
3. Suryakumar Yadav – Rs 8 crore
4. Kieron Pollard – Rs 6 crore
- Delhi Capitals
1. Rishabh Pant – Rs 16 crore
2. Axar Patel – Rs 9 crore
3. Prithvi Shaw – Rs 7.5 crore
4. Anrich Nortje – Rs 6.5 crore
- Kolkata Knight Riders
1. Andre Russell – Rs 12 crore
2. Varun Chakravarthy – Rs 8 crore
3. Venkatesh Iyer – Rs 8 crore
4. Sunil Narine – Rs 6 crore
- Chennai Super Kings
1. Ravindra Jadeja – Rs 16 crore
2. MS Dhoni – Rs 12 crore
3. Moeen Ali – Rs 8 crore
4. Ruturaj Gaikwad – Rs 6 crore
- SunRisers Hyderabad
1. Kane Williamson – Rs 14 crore
2. Abdul Samad – Rs 4 crore
3. Umran Malik – Rs 4 crore
- Punjab Kings
1. Mayank Agarwal Rs 14 crore
2. Arshdeep Singh – Rs 4 crore
- Royal Challengers Banglore
1. Virat Kohli – Rs 15 crore
2. Glenn Maxwell – Rs 11 crore
3. Mohammed Siraj – Rs 7 Crore
- Rajasthan Royals
1. Sanju Samson – Rs 14 crore
2. Jos Butler – Rs 10 crore
3. Yashasvi Jaiswal – Rs 4 crore
Retaining these players also meant that an auction purses of the franchise will also experience a slight deduction and the franchises can use only the remaining amount to purchase their players in the upcoming mega auctions. Which means PBKS will enter the auctions with the heaviest purse with Rs 72 Crore and DC will have the lowest purse with Rs 47.5 in their bag. SRH will have Rs 68 crore spending power and RR stays the third wealthiest of the existing franchises with Rs 62 crore in their bag for the auctions and RCB will have a purse of Rs 57 crore when they take on the auction battle. Whereas the remaining teams which are CSK, KKR and MI will have to enter the Auction Arena with Rs 48 crore each in their bags.
Seeing the list of retained players and the strategies that teams have applied to retain them it’s sure that the upcoming auctions are definitely going to change the dynamics of the way the teams have been built upto now and it will be interesting to see how these 8 franchises will fight it out in the auctions where they will be awaited by two new entrants to the tournament who will be already focusing on the big names that is available for them at the auctions to built a championship winning side in their debut season. Only time will tell what’s gonna happen next as all we can do for the time being is wait for the Mega auctions to take place.
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