Suryakumar Yadav had rejoined Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018. Photo: BCCI&
- As per reports, there will be a mega-auction for the next year’s IPL
- The IPL franchises will only be able to retain a certain number of players if there’s a mega-auction next year
- The likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Kagiso Rabada and other consistent performers could be back in auction for IPL 2022
The IPL mega-auctions are always challenging for the teams as they can only retain a handful of players and the majority of players are back in the auction pool. The team invests heavily in some players and on occasions, they aren’t able to retain them even in the auction.
The mega-auctions have their own set of challenges and there are many new players in every team after the end of the two-day process. While the franchises try their best to retain consistent performers, sometimes they just have to release them due to a cap on players that they can retain.
Today, we have a look at consistent performers who might be back in the auction pool ahead of IPL 2022 –
The most consistent batsman for Mumbai Indians (MI) since 2018, Suryakumar Yadav could be back in the auction pool due to the limitation on the number of players which a franchise can retain. Though MI will have an option of retaining him via the Right to Match (RTM) card at the auction.
Suryakumar breached the 400-run mark in the past three completed seasons. He scored 512 runs in IPL 2018 and followed up with 424 runs next year. In IPL 2020, he scored 480 runs, which earned him his maiden ODI and T20I call-ups for the home series against England.
Suryakumar struggled in the first half of IPL 2021 and scored 173 runs. He will hope to bounce back strongly in the 2nd phase of the season.
The Purple Cap winner of IPL 2020, Kagiso Rabada has only played for Delhi Capitals (DC) in his IPL career and is expected to continue his association with them. Though DC might not be able to retain him ahead of mega-auction.
In 2018 as well, DC retained him via RTM card and spent Rs 4.2 crore. Rabada took the lead role for DC from 2019 and scalped 25 wickets in that season. He followed up with 30 wickets in the next season.
Just like in 2018, MI might not be able to retain Kieron Pollard ahead of the IPL auction. But Pollard is the core of MI and isn’t expected to go anywhere. At the previous mega-auction, MI used their RTM card to retain his services at Rs 5.4 crore.
Pollard is MI’s vice-captain and was also backed to lead the side when he was struggling (in IPL 2019). Pollard is expected to breach the 7-8 crore mark in IPL 2021 mega-auction.
Sam Curran has emerged as a consistent and improved player for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since his debut for the Yellow Army and the team management is expected to invest in him. But they might not retain him ahead of mega-auction if they retain MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina.
Curran had joined CSK for Rs 5.5 crore and is expected to earn more amount this time. He has 333 runs and 32 wickets in 30 IPL matches.
His name might come as a surprise to many but Delhi Capitals might invest in youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw as they can buy Shikhar Dhawan at a decent amount in the IPL auction. Sunrisers Hyderabad also released him and retained him for Rs 5.2 crore via RTM card in 2018.