Defending champions Mumbai Indians, the formidable Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are three teams who have exhausted all their five retentions available for the seventh edition of the cash-rich IPL as the franchises submitted their list to the Governing Council.
Almost all the established India players have been retained by their respective franchises. CSK predictably retained skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo.
Mumbai Indians went with their champion skipper Rohit Sharma, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard, Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga and talented batsman Ambati Rayudu.
Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson will in all likelihood be picked up with ‘Right to Match’ card while Dinesh Karthik has also got the boot.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had retained their captain Virat Kohli, Jamaican Game-Changer Chris Gayle and explosive South African ODI and T20 skipper AB de Villiers.
Rajasthan Royals retained Australian Shane Watson, who will lead the side in IPL-VII along with left-arm seamer James Faulkner along with India internationals Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny. The franchise also retained talented India colts wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who did well for the franchise in the Champions League T20.
Kings XI Punjab retained hard-hitting South African left-hander David Miller and talented Ranji team opener Manan Vohra. Vohra is another uncapped player to be retained.
Kolkata Knight Riders retained their skipper Gautam Gambhir along with mystery spinner Sunil Narine for the next edition of the cash-rich league.
KKR CEO Venky Mysore said, “We are delighted that we have managed to retain two of our key players. We hope to build a competitive and exciting squad. The challenges of salary cap deductions and the retention rules did not allow us to retain more of our original team, who made us proud over the past three years.”
KKR will have 38 crores of salary cap space and two retention cards going into the auction in February.
Delhi Daredevils unanimously decided against retention of their existing player going into the Indian Premier League (IPL7) auction.
The team management explaining the decision said “it was the unanimous decision of the management with the focus of building a fresh team that the fans would be proud of”.
Twenty four players have been retained, including 14 Indian players (of which three are uncapped) and 10 overseas players.
Ranjib Biswal, chairman of IPL said,”The regulations were drafted taking into account franchise, player and fan feedback.
Continuity of the core players in the teams is very important and the retention of these twenty four players, coupled with the “rights to match” (RTM) to be used in the auction, is a good sign.
“I am very pleased to see three uncapped Indian players in the list of players retained. The IPL is a great platform for young talent,” Biswal added.
Among the eight franchises, Delhi Daredevils will go into auctions with full purse of 60 crores with three “Right To Match” cards while CSK and MI will have the least purse of Rs 21 crore going into auction.
Rajasthan Royals will be going into auction with Rs 22.5 crore purse. KKR and Sunrisers (both with Rs 38 crore) and Kings XI Punjab (Rs 43.5 crore) who have had two retentions each, will all have two ‘Right To Match’ cards.
While David Warner, Morne Morkel (both DD) are expected to be back in their respective franchises with ‘Right To Match’ cards, the same can be expected for Quinton de Kock (Sunrisers), Faf du Plessis (CSK), Mitchell Johnson (MI), Mohammed Shami (KKR).