The Indian T20 League have released their retention list. The teams had time till November 30 to finalise the players they want to retain. Chennai have retained, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali. Faf du Plessis has been released.
Meanwhile, Kolkata have backed Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer, while players like Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan have been let go of.
Hyderabad released David Warner and backed Kane Williamson, Umran Malik and Abdul Samad. The two young Indians showed a lot of promise in the previous season, while Williamson was a certainty for retention.
Mumbai have stuck with skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav. Mumbai had a tough task given that they had maintained a strong core. In the end, they had to let go of Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan and Trent Boult.
Banglaore have retained just three players – Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj. Kohli and Siraj were expected picks, while Maxwell boosted his case after a terrific outing last season. Yuzvendra Chahal has been let go of.
Delhi have retained Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje. Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada are the prominent players released.
Rajasthan have retained Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. It was a surprise to see Buttler picked ahead of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. However, the two England players are not certain to feature in the next season.
Punjab made a shocking call and released KL Rahul while backing Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh. Rahul’s omission from the list could well be because of the fact that Rahul does not want to play for Punjab in the next season.
Here’s the team-wise list of retained and released players
Chennai Super Kings
Retained Players: Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 16 crore), MS Dhoni (Rs 12 crore), Moeen Ali (Rs 8 crore), Ruturak Gaikwad (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, R Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Hazlewood, Dominic Drakes
Purse Remaining: 48 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Retained Players: Virat Kohli (Rs 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 11 crore), Mohammed Siraj (Rs 7 crore)
Released Players: Devdutt Padikkal, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Pavan Deshpande, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, AB de Villiers (retired), KS Bharat, Mohammed Azharudeen, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, George Garton, Akash Deep
Purse Remaining: INR 57 crore
Retained Players: Rohit Sharma (Rs 16 crore), Jasprit Bumrah (Rs 12 crore), Suryakumar Yadav (Rs 8 crore), Kieron Pollard (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Piyush Chawla, Roosh Kalaria, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Jayan Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult
Purse Remaining: INR 48 crore
Retained Players: Kane Williamson (Rs 14 crore), Abdul Samad (Rs 4 crore), Umran Malik Rs (4 crore)
Released Players: David Warner, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Jason Roy, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Sherfane Rutherford, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, J Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Purse Remaining: INR 68 crore
Retained Players: Sanju Samson (Rs 14 crore), Jos Buttler (Rs 10 crore), Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rs 4 crore)
Released Players: Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Evin Lewis, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Purse Remaining: INR 62 crore
Kolkata Knight Riders
Retained Players: Andre Russell (Rs 12 crore), Varun Chakaravarthy (Rs 8 crore), Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 8 crore), Sunil Narine (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shivam Mavi, Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora
Purse Remaining: INR 48 crore
Retained Players: Rishabh Pant (Rs 16 crore), Axar Patel (Rs 9 crore), Prithvi Shaw (Rs 7.5 crore), Anrich Nortje (Rs 6.5 crore)
Released Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ripal Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Vishnu Vinod, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Umesh Yadav, Ben Dwarshuis, Kulwant Khejroliya
Purse Remaining: INR 47.5 crore
Retained Players: Mayank Agarwal (Rs 12 crore), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 4 crore)
Released Players: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, KL Rahul, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Nathan Ellis, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith
Purse Remaining: INR 72 crore