On 4th January, all the teams in the IPL must submit their retentions for this edition of the tournament.The rules are that you can get back a maximum of 5 players from your original team and a minimum of 0. there are 2 ways of doing this – Through
- Retention – A maximum of three retentions is allowed.The player you are retaining may also ask to be in the auction instead of being retained if he feels that he will get a higher sum of money there.Then, you have to raise your prices, but the default prices for retention are 15 crores for the first player, 11 crores for the second player and 7 crores for the third player.
- Right To Match Cards- Let me explain this with an example. Virat Kohli used to play for RCB. Now, he is in the auction. Mumbai Indians have bid 20 crores for him and this is the final bid. Now, the auctioneer will ask RCB if they want to use their Right To Match card to buy Kohli for 20 crores. Now, they can buy him just by equalling the highest bid whereas, another team would have had to bid higher than 20 crores.
Now, we’ll start with the players I think each team should retain and the players the team should use the Right To Match cards on.
Delhi Daredevils – So far, the daredevils have not won even 1 Ipl trophy and hardly reached the playoffs. Still, they have some superstars along with some young talent they would be looking to get in their side.
- Rishabh Pant
- Shreyas Iyer
- Chris Morris
If they don’t use three retentions on these players then they surely use their Right To Match cards and secure them as they were there biggest run-getters in the previous season .
Royal Challengers Bangalore- They are a team who thrive on superstars like Kohli, ABD, Chris Gayle , Lokesh Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal. So, deciding who to retain and if they are worth the money is a tough job for them but here’s what I think.
- Virat Kohli
- Ab De Villiers
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Lokesh Rahul
RCB would obviously love to retain all three in the top but if they do so, then Chahal would only get 7 crores, ABD would get 11 crores and Virat would only get 15 crores and all three of them are worth way more than that . So, they would want to go to the auction instead of being retained. The smart choice would be to retain 1 of the 3 through retention and get the others and Lokesh Rahul through the Right To Match cards.
Kings XI Punjab – Another team deprived of silverware through the years is Kings XI Punjab. They can almost be classified in the same category as Delhi Daredevils but I don’t think they would be retaining many players. There first priority would be a captain, a job at which Glenn Maxwell had failed miserably last year.
- Hashim Amla
- Axar Patel
- Sandeep Sharma
The team would be looking to get these three through 1 retention and 2 Right To Match Cards. The 3rd one will be used for either David Miller or Glenn Maxwell.
Kolkata Knight Riders – This team has won 2 titles under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir. They would be looking to get their key Indian players back along with using 2 Right To Match Cards.
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Gautam Gambhir
- Robin Uthappa
- Sunil Narine
They could retain Kuldeep and Gambhir while using their Right To Match cards on Robin and Narine.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – They are a team who focus more on bowling than batting and this is a strategy their captain, David Warner believes in.
- David Warner
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
- Rashid Khan
They would be looking to get these 3 players back in their side but the amount these players would be getting through retention would be much lesser than the amount they would be getting through the auction and that is why Sunrisers would probably have to use all their Right To Match cards.
Mumbai Indians – The team of the decade have their task cut out for them. Their Match-winning core of 5 players needs to be kept for themselves.
- Rohit Sharma
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Krunal Pandya
- Hardik Pandya
- Kieron Pollard
Krunal will only need to be paid 3 crores to be retained so he is a must. Then, Rohit and Bumrah Should also be secured through retention. The other two can be bought through Right To Match cards.
- Chennai Super Kings – The yellow army would be happy to make their return to IPL but they would be even happier with the retention policy this year as it allows them to regain almost all of their star players.
- MS Dhoni
- Suresh Raina
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Dwayne Bravo
- Faf Du Plessis
- Ravichandran Ashwin
They would be looking to get all of the above but they would have to choose between Faf and Ashwin.
Rajasthan Royals –They won’t be half as happy as CSK about the retention policy as many of their star players are not available to them.
- Steve Smith
- Ajinkiya Rahane
- James Faulkner
These would be the only players Rajasthan would be interested in and even Faulkner might not get a chance to play for the team.