The Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) will be bigger and better, with two new additions to the tournament in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. The mega auction for the next edition of the tournament will take place next year, and before that, all the existing teams must announce the players they will be retaining.
Each of these 8 teams has been given the option to retain a maximum of 4 players, out of which the cap for foreign players is 2. There have been plenty of surprises in this endeavour, with Sunrisers Hyderabad not going ahead with Rashid Khan or Chennai Super Kings continuing with MS Dhoni despite the age factor.
After the CVC group sorts out its allegations on involvement with betting companies in the past, the two new franchises of Ahmedabad and Lucknow, owned by CVC Capital Partners and RPSG group respectively, will be allowed nearly 20-25 days time to negotiate with players about drafting them into the new setup.
For now, here’s the list of players who have been retained and released by the existing eight franchises ahead of IPL 2022
Chennai Super Kings – IPL 2022
Quite surprisingly, MS Dhoni has been retained at the age of 40, perhaps the franchise is looking out for his experience to help in this transition. Among all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali have proven themselves to be invaluable, and the orange cap winner of 2022, Ruturaj Gaikwad, is the 4th player retained by the franchise.
Retained: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali
Released: Suresh Raina Narayan Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, R Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders – IPL 2022
Sunil Narine and Andre Russell were the only two players retained by KKR ahead of the 2018 mega auction, and their management has trusted them once again going into a new era of IPL. Russell had a disappointing outing in 2021, whilst Narine picked up form towards the end. Besides them, Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer have been asked to stay by the purple army.
Retained: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer
Released: Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Tim Southee, Pat Cummins
Mumbai Indians – IPL 2022
The 5-time champions made some pretty obvious selections, but not retaining Hardik Pandya will make a lot of headlines. Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, as predicted, are the first-choice picks whilst Kieron Pollard, who wasn’t retained ahead of the last mega auction, has been retained this time. Suryakumar Yadav seems to have won the 3-way race between Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya.
Retained: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard
Released: Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jayant Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2022
With AB de Villiers calling time on his career, the first two retention choices were quite straightforward for RCB, and they went ahead with Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell. Mohammed Siraj has won the 2-way race between himself and Yuzvendra Chahal, which was won eventually by the fast bowler. Interestingly, they have let go of young opener Devdutt Padikkal.
Retained: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj
Released: AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga
Sunrisers Hyderabad – IPL 2022
Sunrisers Hyderabad let go of many superstar names, including the likes of Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, and quite surprisingly, Rashid Khan. The club have retained Kane Williamson as their first-choice player, and besides him, they have made two surprising picks. The Jammu & Kashmir cricketers who made their mark in the franchise, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik, are going to be a part of the team next year.
Retained: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik
Released: David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, Jason Holder, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow
Delhi Capitals – IPL 2022
The options to retain were pretty straightforward for Delhi Capitals, at least for most roles. They have retained Rishabh Pant, who will take up captaincy role next edition. Prithvi Shaw had a stellar outing in 2021, and so did Anrich Nortje in the last two seasons, earning them retention. Axar Patel was the surprise pick by the franchise, but the side has decided to trust him ahead of Kagiso Rabada or Avesh Khan.
Retained: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, Axar Patel
Released: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod
Rajasthan Royals – IPL 2022
Sanju Samson has been a major representative of Rajasthan Royals over the last decade and it comes as no surprise that he will lead them into the new era. Jos Buttler has been terrific for the franchise since joining them, and he will be pivotal going forward for the unit. Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal sneaks in a place as well in the retained list.
Retained: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal
Released: Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips
Punjab Kings – IPL 2022
KL Rahul being released is perhaps the biggest news besides Rashid Khan among the surprise outcasts of this retention event. Punjab Kings have decided to retain Mayank Agarwal as their first-choice player, which will add massive responsibility on his shoulders. Arshdeep Singh, who has been delivering top performances for them, is their second pick for INR 4 crore.
Retained: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh
Released: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Aiden Markram, Adil Rashid, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Nathan Ellis