The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League has come to a close at the United Arab Emirates. Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals to lift their fifth IPL title. Doubts were looming large that IPL won’t take place in India due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. But, BCCI had other ideas. The board made a bold move by hosting the lucrative tournament in the UAE.
Thanks to BCCI for successfully hosting the IPL in the foreign nation and making it a grand success. The upcoming edition of the IPL is five months away from the start. There were advanced talks that BCCI is planning for the mega auction for the next season.
There were also reports that BCCI is planning to feature the ninth team in the world’s premier tournament. The team hails from Ahmedabad. The corporate body expressed their interest to make use of Sardar Patel Stadium as their home venue to host games.
Earlier, there were reports that the board doesn’t have much time to conduct the auction. In a recent development, it was learned that there will be a mega auction. This gives a perfect opportunity for the teams to revamp themselves heading into the next season with zest. Let’s take a look at the list of 3 players franchises might retain for the next season.
1. Chennai Super Kings
CSK will like to retain their captain, MS Dhoni. Under his captaincy, CSK won three IPL trophies. However, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time this season. Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar are the other two players CSK should retain in the next season. Jadeja is a terrific all-rounder where he can offer three-dimensional gameplay. He can bat, bowl and field well. Chahar is someone who can move the white leather in both ways. He did well in the powerplay overs.
2. Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in IPL history. The franchise will love to retain the captain Rohit Sharma who won 5 trophies as captain. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are the other two players MI should retain in the next auction. delivered the goods as an all-rounder. Bumrah can deliver pin-point yorkers and can be a lethal weapon in the death overs. Hardik Pandya is known for his batting exploits and can be handy with the ball as well.
3. Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan did a pretty decent job as a captain when Dinesh Karthik handed his duties to him. KKR should retain him in the next season. Shubman Gill has grabbed the opportunity in both hands and KKR should retain him. Sunil Narine who was part of the title-winning team in the 2012 and 2014 season should be retained by the two-time IPL champions. Narine can be explosive at the top of the batting besides taking wickets.
4. Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes are the three players Rajasthan Royals should retain in the next season. Archer won the most valuable cricketer award in IPL 2020. Samson showcased his mettle with the bat this season.
5. Sunrisers Hyderabad
SRH will like to retain their captain David Warner. Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan are the other two names Sunrisers will consider retaining for the 2021 season.
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB are yet to win a trophy since the inaugural edition of the league. The team management will like to retain three important players namely Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
7. Delhi Capitals
The runner-ups of this season should retain Shreyas Iyer who did ever so well as a captain and batsman. Dhawan who played really well in the season should be considered as well. Rabada who won the purple cap last season is the other player DC should retain.
8. Kings XI Punjab
KXIP should retain their skipper KL Rahul. He did a good job as captain. Moreover, he won the orange cap this season. Mohammed Shami and Nicholas Pooran are the other two players Kings XI Punjab should look to retain.