Ahead of IPL 2022, the 8 existing teams of the IPL, were asked to retain a maximum of 4 players. All the teams made some very interesting choices. Some of the young talented Indian Players were retained but some experienced International players failed to get a contract from their previous sides. Check the list below to find out more.
1. Mumbai Indians (MI):
- Rohit Sharma: Retaining the 5 time IPL winning captain and India’s Current T20 captain was a no brainer for MI. Rohit is currently one of the best batsman in the world and MI will hope that he continues to perform and win trophies for the team.
- Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah came into the MI Side in 2013 through their scouting system and since then he has been an integral part of the MI squad. He is currently one of the best fast bowlers in the world and he has the ability to win games single handedly.
- Suryakumar Yadav: SKY as he is fondly called is the 3rd retention by MI. SInce rejoining MI in 2018, he has been one of their most consistent players. He has the rare ability to score runs at a very good strike rate against both spin and pace through the middle overs.
- Kieron Pollard: One of the most experienced T20 players around the world, Pollard has been with the MI squad since 2010. He possesses one of the best strike rates in the IPL history and his ability to win games from difficult situations makes him one of the most valuable and dangerous member of the team.
Notable Exclusions: Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult, Quinton De Kock.
2. Chennai Super Kings (CSK):
- Ravindra Jadeja: Arguably one of the best All-rounders in the world currently, ‘Sir’ as he is fondly called will be back in CSK. Having joined the team in 2012, Jadeja has been a valuable part of the CSK team since then. He is currently one of the best hitters in the death overs which makes him a very valuable part of the squad.
- MS Dhoni: Yes, you read it right. MSD will be back in yellow for the next season too. The defending champions’ second choice retention is their captain and they will hope that he can continue winning more trophies with his captaincy.
- Ruturaj Gaikwad: The Orange cap winner of IPL 2021, Ruturaj Gaikwad has had a very steep growth in IPL cricket. Having debuted in only the last season, he has been very impressive since then. CSK will hope that he continues his growth and becomes a captaincy candidate in the future.
- Moeen Ali: The Hard hitting all-rounder from England is CSK’s fourth retention. Having moved from RCB to CSK this season, he had immediate impact batting at no. 3. His ability to hit boundaries to the spinners in the middle overs proved very beneficial to CSK.
Notable Exclusions: Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran
3. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):
- Andre Russell: The experienced Seam bowling all-rounder from West Indies is one of the best power hitters at the death. Along with that he is a very useful wicket taking bowler too. The only concern with Russell has been injuries and KKR will hope that he can stay injury free for the IPL.
- Sunil Narine: Having Joined the team in 2012 as a mystery spinner, Narine has donned many hats at KKR. From opening the batting in 2017-18 to playing as a pinch hitting floater recently he has proved to be very useful with both bat and ball, thus lending great balance to the side.
- Venkatesh Iyer: The Young All-rounder from Madhya Pradesh has an experience of only 10 IPL games but he impressed everyone so much that he ended making his T20i debut for India and getting retained by his franchise. KKR will hope that Iyer continues to develop and becomes a very key member of the squad.
- Varun Chakravarthy: A late bloomer in cricket, Chakravarthy who is also an Architect, has been one of the most consistent spinners in the last 2 seasons of the IPL. So much so that he was fast tracked into the Indian side and was also part of the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
Notable Exclusions: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Kuldeep Yadav, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik
4. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):
- Virat Kohli: Retaining Kohli was a no brainer for RCB. Having joined RCB in 2008 as a young 19 year old, he has been an integral part of the squad. Currently the highest ever run getter in the IPL, he has a wealth of experience currently captaining India’s Test and ODI Team as well as captaining RCB for 9 Seasons. His experience will be very valuable to the next RCB captain.
- Glenn Maxwell: With the retirement of AB De Villiers, Maxwell becomes a very important part of the RCB team. Having mostly been a mediocre player in the IPL, his performance improved considerably after joining RCB last season. He is one of the best fielders in the world and also a handy off spin bowler.
- Mohammad Siraj: Since making his test debut against Australia last December, Siraj has not looked back. Currently he is one of the leading pacers in the Indian Test Squad. His performances in white ball cricket have also improved considerably in the last one year making him a very integral part of the team.
Notable Exclusions: Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar
5. Delhi Capitals (DC):
- Rishabh Pant: The hero of India’s win at Fortress Gabba, Rishabh Pant is the 1st choice retention for DC. Having captained them last season, he will be expected to continue captaincy next season as well. DC will hope that the young keeper will continue to grow and achieve great things for the team.
- Axar Patel: The wily left arm spinner has been a crucial part of DC in the last 3 years. His ability to choke the opposition in the middle overs and the capability to score quick runs with the bat makes him a very valuable player to have in the team.
- Prithvi Shaw: One of the Brightest Prospects in Indian Cricket at the moment, Shaw has one of the best strike rates in the powerplay. Along with his batting talent, he also has captaincy experience having captained India to the U19 World cup win in 2018 and captaining Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- Anrich Nortje: One of the fastest Bowlers in world cricket at the moment, Nortje has been performing brilliantly in IPL as well as international cricket. His ability to hurry the batsman up and pick wickets regularly makes him a very key retention for DC
Notable Exclusions: Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Shikhar Dhawan
6. Punjab Kings (PBKS):
- Mayank Agarwal: Having Played Second Fiddle to KL Rahul previously, it will be time for Mayank Agarwal to step up and play an even crucial role in the PBKS team. He will surely be a captaincy candidate for PBKS as well.
- Arshdeep Singh: The left arm Seamer from Punjab is the 2nd retention for PBKS. Being an uncapped player currently, PBKS signed him for a price of only 4 Crores which makes him a steal considering his potential as a player.
Notable Exclusions: KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Shahrukh Khan
7. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):
- Kane Williamson: The current NZ captain, Kane Williamson is the 1st choice retention for SRH. He has been with the team Since 2015 and has batted in various positions showing his versatility. His wealth of experience will be very beneficial to the side.
- Umran Malik: The young pacer from Jammu & Kashmir created headlines this season for consistently clocking more than 150 kmph. Having played only a handful of IPL and domestic matches didn’t deter the selectors from fast tracking him as a net bowler for India in the T20 World Cup.
- Abdul Samad: The hard hitting all-rounder from Jammu & Kashmir is another very bright prospect who has been retained by SRH. SRH will hope that he continues his development and becomes a very dangerous T20 player.
Notable Exclusions: David Warner, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
8. Rajasthan Royals (RR):
- Sanju Samson: The Wicket Keeper Batsman from Kerala, was first discovered by RR in 2013 and since then he has been a crucial part of the team. He captained them this season and it is expected that he will captain them next season as well.
- Jos Buttler: One of the most explosive batsmen in the current generation, Jos Buttler has been one of the best players for Rajasthan Royals since joining them in 2018. He will be expected to carry on and keep performing for the team in tye future.
- Yashasvi Jaiswal: The young opener from Mumbai, who was also part of the U19 World Cup in 2020 was retained by RR. His performance in the 2nd half of the IPL this season was brilliant and RR will hope that the youngster develops into a vital player for the team.
Notable Exclusions: Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Chetan Sakariya