The much-awaited mega auction for the new season of IPL is just around the corner. There's been too much speculation about which franchise will retain which player ahead of the auction. Check the reported retention list below to find if your favorite player has been retained by their franchise.
When is the deadline? What is the retention rule?
The official retention statement will come by 30 November. Each of the eight franchises is allowed to keep a maximum of four players. They can't have more than three Indians or two foreign players in their final four. Meanwhile, once the eight teams have submitted their list of retained players, the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – will have the option of selecting at least three players each from the pool of non-retained players. While none of the teams has made their retention official, multiple reports have confirmed who each of the eight franchises plans to keep.
List of retained players as per reports
MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli are all expected to stay with their teams ahead of the IPL mega auction. However, several high-profile players, including KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Hardik Pandya, are expected to be released by their respective franchises.
Chennai Super Kings
- MS Dhoni
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Moeen Ali
We are all aware that MS Dhoni is not just the face of CSK but a great leader too and hence, his retention is no surprise. While the likes of Jadeja, Ali, and Gaikwad will be completely held back based on their exceptional performance for the team.
- Rohit Sharma
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Kieron Pollard
- Ishan Kishan
Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful captains in the IPL winning 5 titles for the team, therefore, keeping him is a no-brainer for Mumbai Indians. Pollard is the ideal finisher for the franchises whereas Bumrah is an asset and Kishan may be selected thinking about the future.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Virat Kohli
- Glenn Maxwell
- Mohmmad Siraj
While RCB is still searching for its first cup as well as a new captain, they've decided to keep their 3-star players Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj. Whether RCB will keep one more player or not is still to be announced.
- Rishabh Pant
- Prithvi Shaw
- Axar Patel
- Anrich Nortje
Shreyas Iyer and R Ashwin are all set to be released by the Delhi Capitals, who have certainly decided to keep captain Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, and South African speedster Anrich Nortje ahead of the new season.
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Sunil Narine
- Andre Russell
- Venkatesh Iyer
- Varun Chakaravarthy
In addition, the Kolkata Knight Riders have retained four players ahead of the IPL mega auction. According to ESPN Cricinfo, they have retained all-rounder Sunil Narine, all-rounder Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, and spinner Varun Chakaravarthy for the upcoming season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained captain Kane Williamson ahead of the mega auction, according to ESPN Cricinfo. However the franchise was also interested in keeping Rashid Khan, but it is unclear whether he will stay with SRH or not.
- Sanju Samson
- Jos Buttler
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
The Rajasthan Royals have, however, retained only three players. Skipper Samson has been retained as their first choice and as a result, will be paid Rs 14 crore. However other two players retained by RR are Jos Buttler and young Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Punjab Kings are reportedly planning to retain none of the players from their current squad and as a result, will head into the auction with a full purse of Rs 90 crore.
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