Barring a few surprises, most IPL franchises made predictable choices in their retention lists released on 30 November. Rahul, Hardik, and Rashid and were the surprising omissions, ahead of the mega auction for IPL 2023. The three players will get added to the pool of players from which the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – will be able to make their first picks. Each new team will be allowed to select three players — two Indian and one foreign – from the pool before the auction.
Advantage Mayank Agarwal
Of the three players, Rahul and Rashid are reported to have chosen to put themselves up for auction. With Rahul’s exit from Punjab Kings’ retention list, Mayank Agarwal has benefited hugely, with an offer of INR 14 crore.
|IPL franchise||Retained players|
|Chennai Super Kings||Dhoni, Gaikwad, Jadeja, Moeen Ali|
|Delhi Capitals||Axar Patel, Nortje, Pant, Shaw|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Narine, Russell, V Chakravarthy, V Iyer|
|Mumbai Indians||Bumrah, Pollard, Sharma, Yadav|
|Punjab Kings||Agarwal, Arshdeep|
|Rajasthan Royals||Buttler, Jaiswal, Samson|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kohli, Maxwell, Siraj|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Malik Samad, Williamson|
Remaining purses with the franchises
Each franchise was given a purse of INR 90 crore for player acquisition. After they finalized their retention lists, Punjab Kings who made only two retentions – Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh — were left with 72 crore, the highest amount, for use in the upcoming mega auction.
Sunrisers Hyderabad who retained three players – Williamson, Umran Malik and Samad — had a remaining purse of 68 crore, while Rajasthan Royals who also retained three players – Samson, Buttler and Jaiswal — were left with 62 crore to spend.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore who retained Kohli, Maxwell and Siraj had a remaining purse of 52 crore. Delhi Capitals who retained Pant, Shaw, Axar Patel, and Nortje, had 48 crore left to spend. Mumbai Indians, who retained Sharma, Bumrah, Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav, and Kolkata Knight Riders, whose retention list included Venkatesh Iyer, Russell, Narine, and Chakravarthy, were also left with 48 crore.
Finally, Chennai Super Kings, who retained Gaikwad, Jadeja, Dhoni, and Moeen Ali, had the least amount of 47.5 crore left to spend at the auction.
There were several predictable picks by the various franchises. These included Kohli, Bumrah, Sharma, Pant, and Jadeja, among Indian players. Among the overseas players retained by their respective franchises, the most prominent were Pollard, Russell, Narine, Maxwell, Nortje, and Buttler.
Sharma, Jadeja and Pant were the highest earners among retained players with contracts worth INR 16 crore each. Close behind were Kohli (15 crore), Samson, Williamson and Agarwal (14 crore each), Bumrah, Dhoni and Russell (12 crore each), Maxwell (11 crore), and Buttler (10 crore).
Investment in youth
Some franchises chose to invest in the future by retaining young players. The most prominent among these picks were Gaikwad (CSK), Venkatesh Iyer (KKR), Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR), M Siraj (RCB), Samad and Umran Malik (SRH), and Arshdeep Singh (PBKS).
Among the prominent omissions – other than Rahul, Hardik, and Rashid — were Ishan Kishan (MI), Archer and Stokes (RR), Stoinis, Shreyas Iyer, and Rabada (DC), Bairstow (SRH)
Players likely to get the best prices at the IPL mega auction
The following are arguably the best eleven players who were left out from the retentions lists of the eight existing IPL franchises: Archer, Bairstow, Boult, Chahal, Hazlewood, Rabada, Rahul, Rashid, Shreyas Iyer, Warner