IPL 7: CSK and Rajasthan Royals retain five players; KKR and KXIP retain two
While CSK retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, Rajasthan Royals retained Australian Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson. Kings XI Punjab retained hard-hitting South African left-hander David Miller and talented Ranji team opener Manan Vohra. Kolkata Knight Riders retained their skipper Gautam Gambhir along with mystery spinner Sunil Narine
The formidable Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have exhausted all their five retentions available for the seventh edition of the cash-rich IPL as the franchises today 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.
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.
Gambhir has led the team to IPL glory in 2012 and is again set to lead the team for the fourth straight season while Narine has been one of the biggest assets for the Kolkata franchise.
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"
"Almost all of the retained players have attained cult status in the state and each is a master finisher and proven match-winner. All of them carry huge expectations and own many a record set in the IPL Championship too," Chennai Super Kings said in a statement.
"In Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings have a match-winner and the best finisher in limited overs cricket. Raina is yet to miss a single match and Ravichandran Ashwin often opens the attack when the team is faced with pressure situations. Ravindra Jadeja has flourished post his stint with the Super Kings and is now making a strong mark in International cricket. Bravo's credentials are indisputable. With their core team in place, the Chennai Super Kings seem set for another strong showing this year," the statement added.
The franchise said that besides the retained players, it can also buy back additional members of their squads at the auction via right-to-match cards. The number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise will depend on the number of players already retained. Since Super Kings have retained five players, they will have one right-to-match card at the auction.
24 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).