Chennai Super Kings likely to retain MS Dhoni, Mumbai Indians ready to retain Rohit Sharma: Sources | cricket news

The clock is ticking for the eight current Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, as the deadline to name players named by them is set ahead of the mega auction ahead of IPL 2022. The teams are yet to come out with the list of retained players by November 30 and NDTV has learned from its sources that most of the teams have almost finalized their choices. The big names that are likely to be retained by their franchises are MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals), Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad). NDTV had earlier reported through its sources that Royal Challengers Bangalore are likely to retain former skipper Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell, while Rajasthan Royals are all set to retain Sanju Samson.

There has been a lot of speculation as to whether MS Dhoni will ask CSK to send him to the auction pool so that he can have a bigger purse, but sources have informed NDTV that the talismanic captain, who played four IPL matches The ‘Yellow Brigade’ is headed. The title will be retained along with star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

The franchise is still looking to retain the overseas player between Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis.

Sources have also informed that five-time champions Mumbai Indians are all set to retain captain Rohit Sharma, leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah and wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, while discussions are on with Windies star Kieron Pollard.

Delhi Capitals are set to retain IPL 2021 captain Rishabh Pant along with spinner Axar Patel. The franchise is still deciding on the foreign pacer’s choice between Kagiso Rabada and Enrique Nortje. Prithvi Shaw and young pacer Avesh Khan are also being seen as possible names to be retained.

Apart from Kohli and Maxwell, RCB are likely to retain opener Devdutt Padikkal while the fourth one could be named between Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj.

Captain Samson is likely to feature in Jofra Archer’s Rajasthan Royals retention list, while one of the English pair of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes is also set to make it.

NDTV has learned through sources that IPL 2021 finalists Kolkata Knight Riders are likely to retain spin aces Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty, while Sunrisers Hyderabad may also pick Rashid Khan along with skipper Williamson.

Looks like Punjab Kings is going to break away from KL Rahul and want to retain young spinner Ravi Bishnoi, pacer Arshdeep Singh and swashbuckling batsman Shah Rukh Khan.


According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, teams are likely to get a purse of Rs 90 crore in the upcoming IPL auction.

The report further states that the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad, may pick up to three players before the auction after the retention is over. There will be a combination of two Indian and one foreign player for these two teams.

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