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How The Ten IPL Teams Shake Up Ahead Of The 2023 IPL Auction – Part 1

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The ten IPL teams have announced their list of player retentions and releases ahead of the 2023 IPL auction on the 23rd of December in Kochi, and here are how the franchises stack up with the make-up of their squad and best XI.

In part 1, we will take a look at the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, defending champions Gujarat Titans, Kolkata Knight Riders, and the Lucknow Super Giants.

How the ten IPL teams shake up ahead of 2023 IPL Auction – Part 1

Chennai Super Kings

Players released: Dwayne Bravo (INR 4.4 crore), Robin Uthappa (INR 2 crore), Adam Milne (INR 1.9 crore), Hari Nishaanth (INR 20 lakh), Chris Jordan (INR 3.6 crore), Bhagath Varma (INR 20 lakh), KM Asif (INR 20 lakh), Narayan Jagadeesan (INR 20 lakh)

Purse remaining: INR 19.45 Crore

Slots remaining (overseas): 5 (2)

Current best XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Dwaine Pretorius, Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary

Chennai Super Kings Team
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The Chennai Super Kings made the big call of releasing franchise legend and the all-time IPL leading wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo, along with other overseas pacers such as Adam Milne and Chris Jordan. However, MS Dhoni’s side have retained most of the core that played last season, with the hope that Deepak Chahar’s return from injury should cover for their new-ball woes at the top.

The presence of Dwaine Pretorius and the emergence of Sri Lankan youngster Matheesha Pathirana also covers for the loss of Bravo in the death overs. In terms of their best XI, CSK’s bowling should have all bases covered, particularly on spin-friendly tracks in Chennai, but there are some question marks over the amount of power-hitting in the batting line-up.

Delhi Capitals

Players released: Shardul Thakur (INR 10.75 crore), Tim Seifert (INR 50 lakh), Ashwin Hebbar (INR 20 lakh), Srikar Bharat (INR 2 crore), Mandeep Singh (INR 1.1 crore)

Purse remaining: INR 19.45 Crore

Slots remaining (overseas): 5 (2)

Current best XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant, Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje

Delhi Capitals Team
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The Delhi Capitals have kept the majority of their squad from IPL 2022, with the only major change being the trade of Shardul Thakur to the Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi only have five remaining slots in their squad to fill and a hefty purse available to spend on players. There aren’t too many weaknesses in the XI, but the Capitals can target an overseas backup opener and Indian all-rounders or fast bowlers to replace Shardul Thakur.

Gujarat Titans

Players released: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (INR 50 lakh), Lockie Ferguson (INR 10 crore), Dominic Drakes (INR 1.1 crore), Gurkeerat Singh (INR 50 lakh), Jason Roy (INR 2 crore), Varun Aaron (INR 50 lakh)

Purse remaining: INR 19.25 Crore

Slots remaining (overseas): 7 (3)

Current best XI: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, R Sai Kishore, Mohammed Shami

Gujarat Titans Team
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The defending champions have kept most of the squad that took them to the title in their maiden season in the IPL. The only major move the Titans made was trading Lockie Ferguson to the Kolkata Knight Riders, a decision that unlocks INR 10 Cr in their purse to spend on other areas of the team.

At the IPL auction, the Titans should look to spend their money on an overseas pacer to supplement Alzarri Joseph and a foreign top-order batter. Signing someone in the mould of Rilee Roussow can allow them to move away from Matthew Wade at number three or adding a left-handed wicket-keeping option like Nicholas Pooran can also let them to bring in the highly talented Abhinav Manohar into the XI instead of Saha.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Players released: Pat Cummins (INR 7.25 crore), Sam Billings (INR 2 crore), Aman Khan (INR 20 lakh), Shivam Mavi (INR 7.25 crore), Mohammad Nabi (INR 1 crore), Chamika Karunaratne (INR 50 lakh), Aaron Finch (INR 1.5 crore), Alex Hales (INR 1.5 crore), Abhijeet Tomar (INR 40 lakh), Ajinkya Rahane (INR 1 crore), Ashok Sharma (INR 20 lakh), Baba Indrajith (INR 20 lakh), Pratham Singh (INR 20 lakh), Ramesh Kumar (INR 20 lakh), Rasikh Salam (INR 20 lakh), Sheldon Jackson (INR 20 lakh)

Purse remaining: INR 7.05 Crore

Slots remaining (overseas): 11 (3)

Current best XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shadul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

Kolkata Knight Riders Team
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The Kolkata Knight Riders were the busiest team in the off-season as they completed trades to bring in Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz while also releasing 16 players. This has left them with the least budget amongst the ten teams to fill out of 11 spots in their squad at the IPL auction.

KKR still need batters that can play pace at the top of the order, Indian seamers and spinners as well as some overseas backups for the injury-prone duo of Russell and Ferguson. There’s a lot of work to be done and not enough money available to do it.

Lucknow Super Giants

Players released: Andrew Tye (INR 1 crore), Ankit Rajpoot (INR 50 lakh), Dushmantha Chameera (INR 2 crore), Evin Lewis (INR 2 crore), Jason Holder (INR 8.75 crore), Manish Pandey (INR 4.6 crore), Shahbaz Nadeem (INR 50 lakh)

Purse remaining: INR 23.35 Crore

Slots remaining (overseas): 10 (4)

Current best XI: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, Ravi Bishnoi

Lucknow Super Giants Team
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Despite finishing fourth in the IPL last season, the Lucknow Super Giants let go of many big names such as Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, and Manish Pandey. However, the Super Giants still have one of the best-balanced squads heading into the 2023 IPL auction and the main area they need to target is an all-rounder at number seven who can offer something with both bat and ball. Lucknow also need to sign a couple of overseas pacers to complement Mark Wood, whose availability is always a question mark due to injuries.

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