Hello cricket fanatics! a very convivial welcome to our cricketing page. As the heading suggest in this article we are going to have a talk on IPL, well talking about it, IPL has taken each and every fan by sheer amusement and cheerfulness since it’s advent, well technically speaking the IPL normally starts from the month of April, but for many the war between the teams already begins right from the day of auction, which indeed is as exciting to watch out for as the IPL games itself. Well why not, because it showcases the tactfulness of the franchise holders of how they spend their money efficiently albeit retaining their core players into their setup. Initially the auction used to take place in dollars, but from a few years it has changed it’s bidding in Indian Rupees.
The auction takes place either in the month of December or February depending on the availability of all the team owners and location, this time around it will be held on 19th of December in Kolkata and an additional thing to lookout for this time around is that the owners will have Rs. 3 Crores more balance in their armoury then they had last year. There are some marquee players to look out for in this years auction for e.g. Chriss Lynn and Colin De Grandhomme, which might spark an auction war amongst the team owners as we all know their clean hitting capabilities in the T20 format can turn the tide for any team at any moment, and their record(Intl and IPL) also makes them the favourite among all. According to the statistics a total of 127 players have been retained including 35 oversees players.
Over here I am going to place some of the players which were retained and disbursed by their respective owners a few days back –
Starting off with the defending Champions Mumbai Indians who always have been mighty impressive in the auctions, which indeed has led them to so many glorious titles, this time around the owners have retained around 18 players including veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga and Batsman all-rounder Kieron Pollard, while releasing senior players like Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting, with a remaining purse of 11.15 crore to go into the auction after deducting all the transfers and retaining amount.
Coming to Delhi Capitals which was led so well by Shreyas Iyer last time has decided to release the SA pacer Chriss Morris, Batsman Colin Ingram and NZ opener Colin Munro. While they brought certain star Indian players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ashwin with a remaining purse of 27.85 Crore Net after deducting all the Transfers and retaining amount.
Coming next to the free spirited team Kings XI Punjab who has seen a serious surge in their performances with due regards to star players like KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and David Miller. Punjab team was captained by Ashwin in the last 2 seasons, but this time around he has been transferred to Delhi Capitals, whilst the team retained players like Gayle, Rahul, Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran and releasing David Miller and Andrew Tye, Sam Curran and Moises Henriques, with a remaining purse of 42.7 crore after deducting all the transfers and retaining amount.
Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Le has been the tagline of this team since it begin its journey in the IPL and has completely justified its tag over the years. The 2 time IPL champs KKR led by their WK Skipper Dinesh Karthik in the past 2 seasons, with its star-studded line-up including Andre Rusell, Shubman Gilland and the captain himself, we can call this team complete and balanced in all aspects as they have a bolwer like Sunil Narine who can strike a few lusty blows in the opening slot along with spinning a web around the batsman. Whilst KKR released their veteran batsman Robin Uthappa, Chris lynn, Carlos Brathwaite and Piyush Chawla. KKR have already spoken about their plans for retaining Chris Lynn in the auctions which my’s well get them to spend a good buck as the other teams will also be competing intensely for him. KKR will go into the auction with a purse of 35.65 crore after deducting all the transfers and retaining amount.
Coming to the stylish team Rajasthan Royals, which has shown good potential to win the title after its initial victory over the cup in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne, but has somehow managed to miss the mark at the crucial stages of the game even after having the right players, but as we know cricket is a game of if’s and but’s and anything can happen in this format of the game. Well, a lot of the onus lies on Steve Smith this time around as the other star player Rahane has been transferred to Delhi Capitals, whilst they retained Sanju Samson, Jos Butler, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer to name a few. Whilst they released Oshane Thomas, Ish Sodhi, Ashton Turner, they will go into the auction with a purse of 28.9 crore after deducting all the amount that went in retaining and transferring players.
Coming to the team which I call the powerhouse of IPL – Sunrisers Hyderabad! after winning its maiden IPL title in the year 2016 under the captaincy of David Warner, the team has shown the promise to be consistent even under the captaincy of Kane Williamson and they even reached the finals of IPL in 2018, but were thrashed by CSK by 8 wickets. This time around the team retained Williamson, Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Johnny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvi to name a few, whilst they released the all-rounder Deepak Hooda, opening batsman Martin Guptill , all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan and Yusuf Pathan, SRH will be coming into the auction with a remaining purse of Rs. 17 Crore after deducting all the retaining and transfer amount.
Coming to the most cherished and all-time favourites – Chennai Super Kings a.k.a CSK, all-time favourites because of just one reason and one leader our own Thaliva – Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has taken the his side CSK to many victories and has won a total of 3 IPL trophies over the course of the IPL which is the second highest among other teams. The owners kept players like Dhoni, Faf Du Plessis, Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, and Dwayne Bravo to name a few in their strides, whilst releasing players like Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, David Willey to name a few. Chennai will go into the auction with a remaining purse of Rs 14.6 crore after deducting the retaining and transfer amount.
Touted to be the most entertaining, but at the same time the most unlucky team of the IPL tourney because it has come just so close to win the IPL trophy ‘n’ number of times but has somehow managed to loose the grip just at the last moment or when they needed to capitalise the most, yes we are talking about the team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by the Indian masterclass legend Virat Kohli. The team often gives the Bangalore crowd enough to cheer about including high-scoring matches along with towering sixes all thanks to Kohii’s deputy Ab Devilliers, who does not failed to showcase his 360 degree element which has added a whole new level of fun to the already interesting game. RCB were the most closest to win the trophy in the year 2016, but due to the unexpected batting collapse eventually failed to win the title, that is why many fans have have given them a tag of chokers. Coming back to the auction part the team will continue to be led by Kohli, along with other players like DeVilliers, Parthiv Patel, spinner Chahal, pacer Umesh Yadav to name a few, the team released players like Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Coulter-NIle, and Tim Southee to name a few. The team will go into the auctions with a purse of 27.9 crore after deducting all the transfer and retaining amount.