IPL Mega Auction: The deadline for retaining players for the current eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) ends on Tuesday and in such a situation some teams will be able to retain their main players. players can be retained, while some teams will try to build the core of their team by retaining fewer players and players entering the auction.
In the last moments before the big auction to be held next year, most of the teams are trying to keep the players of their choice with them. After finalizing the retained players of the current eight team, the two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad will get a chance to choose three players from December 1 to 25, followed by an auction in January.
Chennai Super Kings:
The team will have to take the difficult decision of choosing one among the foreign players including all-rounder Moeen Ali and longtime teammate Faf du Plessis.
Captain Lokesh Rahul is almost certain to enter the auction and in such a situation, the franchise will try to make a fresh start. However, the team will try to retain players like Arshdeep and Ravi Bishnoi who have not played any international match so far. The team will have to choose from among the players playing international matches, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami and Nicholas Pooran.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Even after making Sanju Samson the captain, the team’s fortunes did not change but the team is likely to retain him and England’s star wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. The team will be in dilemma whether to retain Ben Stokes, who missed most of last season’s matches due to injury and mental health issues. Jofra Archer, who struggles with fitness, is also one such player about whom the team will be in a dilemma. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who has not played international cricket till now, is also in the race to be retained.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: