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Which Players SHOULD (not will) IPL Teams Retain Ahead Of The 2022 Mega Auction? – Part 1

Jonny Bairstow and Jasprit Bumrah

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Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals

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The eight existing IPL teams are poised to announce their player retention for the next three-year auction cycle on the 30th of November. The eight franchises can retain up to four players from their existing squad, with a maximum of three Indians and up to two overseas stars.

Retaining four players would cost almost half of a team’s INR 90 Cr auction purse, and the cost of retaining the players is as follows:

● 4 players – 42 Cr (16 Cr, 12 Cr, 8 Cr and 6 Cr)
● 3 players – 33 Cr (15 Cr, 11 Cr and 7 Cr)
● 2 players – 22 Cr (14 Cr and 10 Cr)
● 1 player – 14 Cr (14 Cr if capped and 4 Cr if uncapped)

Here is who we think the teams should retain.

**Warning – This isn’t what they will do, but what we think they should do.**

▶ MUMBAI INDIANS

 

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Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard 
Notable Omissions: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock

Mumbai are going to pick Rohit Sharma at the top spot in their retention list, but given his age and declining form in the IPL in recent years, they should probably look away from their captain. Jasprit Bumrah is the most valuable asset in the IPL as the best death bowler in the world, while Hardik Pandya is the second-rarest commodity in the IPL, an Indian fast-bowling all-rounder who can finish games with the bat. 

Hardik’s bowling fitness is a concern, but over the long term, he is the most sensible pick. As for the third Indian retention, Ishan Kishan is 11 years younger than Rohit Sharma and has a better record as an opener in the last two IPLs for Mumbai than his captain. Plus, he’s an Indian wicketkeeper and we know how valuable that is! 

With Rohit not available to lead the side as per our take, Kieron Pollard is the sensible overseas pick, with the West Indies captain continuing his 11-year tenure with Mumbai. He isn’t getting any younger either but still brings immense value with both bat and ball. 

▶ RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

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Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Kartik Tyagi
Notable Omissions: Ben Stokes

Unlike teams like Mumbai or Delhi, Rajasthan aren’t spoilt for choice over whom to retain, and the retention options are pretty straightforward if they can reach an agreement with their players. After showing an improved consistency as the captain of the side in IPL 2021, Sanju Samson should continue as the franchise centerpiece as the top retention pick.

Additionally, Rajasthan should keep their English core of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer along with the promising fast-bowler Kartik Tyagi, who could prove to be a huge bargain for a price of just 4 Cr.

▶ SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

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Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow
Notable Omissions: David Warner, Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

After finishing last in 2021, SRH are one of the teams in need of a major rebuild in the IPL. However, the two players they should look to keep in their side as a part of that rebuild are Rashid Khan and Jonny Bairstow. Khan is undeniably the best spinner in white-ball cricket at the moment with Hasaranga perhaps, while Bairstow has a phenomenal record in orange and is an excellent high-upside opener to build the batting line-up around.

▶ DELHI CAPITALS

 

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Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje
Notable Omissions: Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Avesh Khan, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada

After Mumbai, the team with the trickiest choices to make in terms of the retention are the Delhi Capitals. Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw were the two straightforward candidates – two of the stars of India’s next generation of batters who embrace the modern method of T20. In terms of the one overseas pick, Anrich Nortje edges out his South Africa teammate Kagiso Rabada. Although Nortje has only played one IPL game in India, the Proteas quick has an astonishing 34 wickets at a strike rate of 16 in the IPL for Delhi. 

The final Indian retention was a toss of a coin, and one could make a rational argument for three or four players. However, Axar Patel takes the edge given the sheer skill he possesses with the ball but also how much he contributes on the field and with the bat down the order.

Check out part two here.

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