Chennai Super Kings likely to retain MS Dhoni, Mumbai Indians set to retain Rohit Sharma: Sources

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The clock is ticking for the eight existing Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises as the deadline to name the players they retain ahead of the mega-auction before IPL 2022 approaches. The teams must go out with the list of detained players before November 30, and NDTV has learned through its sources that most of the teams have almost confirmed their respective choices. Among the big names likely to be retained by their franchise are MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals), Kane Williamson (SunRisers Hyderabad). NDTV had previously reported through its sources that Royal Challengers Bangalore are likely to keep former captain Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell, while the Rajasthan Royals are ready to keep Sanju Samson in the fold.

There has been much speculation as to whether MS Dhoni would ask CSK to send him to the auction pool to get a bigger purse, but sources have told NDTV that the Talisman captain who has led ‘Yellow Brigade’ to four IPL titles will actually be retained along with star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

The franchise is still considering between Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis that the choice of overseas player should be retained.

Sources have also informed that the five-time Mumbai Indians are ready to retain captain Rohit Sharma, leading paceman Jasprit Bumrah and wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan while discussions are underway with Windies star Kieron Pollard.

Delhi Capitals is set to retain IPL 2021 captain Rishabh Pant along with spinner Axar Patel. The franchise is still deciding on the choice of overseas paceman between Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Prithvi Shaw and young paceman Avesh Khan are also seen as possible names that could be retained.

Aside from Kohli and Maxwell, RCB is likely to retain opener Devdutt Padikkal, while the fourth name could be one among Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj.

Jofra Archer is likely to join captain Samson on the Rajasthan Royals’ hold list, while one among the English duo Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes is also ready 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 Chakaravarty, while SunRiser’s Hyderabad may also select Rashid Khan along with skipper Williamson.

The Punjab Kings appear to be parting ways with KL Rahul, seeking to retain young spinner Ravi Bishnoi, paceman Arshdeep Singh and hard-hitting batsman Shahrukh Khan.

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

The report further stated that the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad, can select three players before the auction, after the detentions are over. The combination for these two teams would be two Indians and an overseas player.

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