IPL news December 8, 2010

Ganguly, Dravid shown the door, Kohli stays on

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Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir are among the big names released by their IPL franchises, along with Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle and Andrew Symonds, while Virat Kohli is the surprise retention for his team for the next three seasons. Wednesday was the deadline for the franchises to name the players they would retain from their current squads and while there is no common thread running through the choices of players retained and released, the key factors seem to be form, brand appeal and age.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab have decided not to retain any of their players, while all the other IPL franchises have held back at least one current player. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the 2010 finalists, have retained the maximum of four players each, in the process parting with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.

According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians. The retained players - who must have been part of the franchise's registered squads for the 2010 season - will be valued at $1.8 million for the first player, $1.3 million for the second, $900,000 for the third and $500,000 for the fourth.

Mumbai, as expected, held on to Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of the 2010 season, offspinner Harbhajan Singh, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga. Chennai took the Indian trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and M Vijay out of the auction, in addition to South African allrounder Albie Morkel, their regular opening bowler. Delhi Daredevils retained only Virender Sehwag, meaning Gambhir - their captain for the last two seasons - is in the auction pool.

The most interesting choice came from Royal Challengers Bangalore whose sole retention is Virat Kohli, currently on an impressive run in ODIs. There is no place for Dravid, their icon player, nor for Anil Kumble, their captain and the head of the state association. Kolkata's decision to drop Sourav Ganguly, the biggest cricketing name to emerge from the city and the face of the franchise's on-field persona, is a bold step.

Punjab's decision to release all their players was expected following their dismal 2010 season, which means Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh will go under the hammer.

Siddhartha Mallya, owner of the Bangalore franchise, said the decision to retain just one player was backed by financial logic. "You must realise that with retention, a big chunk of your budget gets taken away," Mallya told ESPNcricinfo. " Mumbai and Chennai have kept four players, which means that half their budget is gone. It finally comes down to how much money one was going to lose. We have a big balance sheet but we have lost $1.8 million for keeping one player. We still have about $7-odd million left but if we had retained four then we would have had to buy virtually an entire squad with the remaining half."

Age is not a universal disqualification. It didn't count in Tendulkar's case, nor in that of Shane Warne, Rajasthan's coach and captain, who was retained by Rajasthan Royals, along with Shane Watson, a day ahead of the deadline. One franchise official explained the difference: "Warne is a global brand so that only helps to promote the franchise."

If Rajasthan opted for Warne because they have always viewed the IPL as a global brand, Mumbai went with Tendulkar and Harbhajan for their popularity. Pollard and Malinga may have made the cut on account of being impact players, who have backed up their strong Twenty20 credentials with consistent performance.

Sehwag's match-winning abilities, coupled with his rapid emergence as a brand, clearly had a say in Delhi's decision to retain him. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina must have been shoo-ins for Chennai following their compelling IPL and international form. Vijay's performances, coupled with his potential to attract a strong local fan-base, must have tilted the scales in his favour, while Morkel's proven all-round skills were always going to be an asset. If there is a stranger in this crowd, it could be Kohli. Despite his owners trumpeting his recent performances, Kohli is still work in progress. But he is young, ambitious and has the youth appeal - all qualities of the UB Group's target audience.

With inputs from Nagraj Gollapudi

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 12, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Kohli to earn as much as Tendulkar n Dhoni...... Cool :)

  • on December 12, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    i m really shocked by the decision of SRK . he is doing a real mistake by not retaining DADAAAAAAAAA IN KKR .Dada is the real icon of kolkatans and if he will not be in the team then KKR WILL suffer from its worst period from now onwards ................................... "SRK sucks"

  • on December 12, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    According to me transfer should place for 1month dt is in 4weeks 1 particular day, take Sunday or Monday or any 1 day. IPL should give IPL franchises 3 Biding option in 1 week and dn 5, 5 bidding in respective weeks. By dt IPL franchises can deside whom to get on bidding option. IPL franchises can bid any cricket player from any team in world. Its totally on IPL franchises manangement to deside bidding rates of the player. for eg I bid Yuraj for 1crore and his salary is 50000rs and bonus for good strike rate or average etc. IPL franchises and player hav full rights to deside wheater to be in team or not.

  • Naikan on December 11, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Evidently there is a big generation gap in all these comments. I can understand Team owners have decided based on what they have in mind over the next three years. But I do not see the reason fans have to be disrespectful. All players worth their salt will fight for and find their own place eventually in the team. (I recall Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble had to do as much). Once the time is up every player learns to step aside but cannot or will not do that unless the next player is ready to take it up. So learn to show some respect when you talk about any player who has achieved his (or her) rightfully earned greatness - - which most of us will not even fleetingly touch in our lifetimes.

  • on December 11, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    rcb r doing d biggest mistake by nt picking kumble.. he would hav been da best captain n d best bowler for em.. r if nt nw..in da auction..dey needa pick up ross and robin!.. game changers r required!.. and suprised abt chennai.. who retained vijay n morkel as well!!

  • NoCountry_for_OldMan on December 11, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I appreciate the gesture of IPL teams in showing the door to people who wud not go otherwise...

  • RayShaumik on December 11, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @ Arnab Chakraborty: HA HA.. GREAT JOKE ....

    And what were the other scores after that : 2, 12, 37, 73 and 16.. scores that make GREAT BATSMEN...!!!!!

    And not only that series (2003) .. his next two centuries were 101 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo (2005) and 100 against Bangladesh in Chittagong(2007)

    GREAT RECORDS REALLY -- 2 centuries in 4 years against the best of OPPOSITIONS!!!! I take back my words ... THE STATS REALLY CONFIRMS HIS GREATNESS

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 11, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Good. Go back to your era and play Rahul Dravid and the likes. Only if BCCI would take a clue and fire oldie goldies from the Indian team as well. This is what happens if you overstay your welcome.

    I don't want to hear how great Dravid was or is. I am sick of watching these people since my childhood. I want people from my generation to play now.

  • on December 10, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    IF u guys have used the CRICINFO STATS CALCI, from 1st jan 1996 to 31st dec 2004,

    SOURAV GANGULY HAS SCORED THE HIGHEST RUNS IN ODI BEATING SACHIN TENDULKAR BY A MARGIN OF 1000 RUNS.

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO THINK THAT DADA LOST TOUCH AFTER 2000. FROM 1ST JAN 2000 TO 31ST DEC 2004 ALSO,DADA IS THE HIGHEST RUNGETTER IN ODI

    SEE HIS CONTRIBUTION IN IPL 1 AND IPL3 .

    IN IPL 1 HE WON THE MAXIMUM MAN OF THE MATCH AWARDS BY AN INDIAN

    IN IPL 3 HIS CONTRIBUTION GETS MAGNIFIED EVEN MORE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT HE WAS PERFORMING FOR KKR WHICH IS NOT REALLY A VERY GOOD BATTING SIDE ON THE FIELD.

    GET OVER SACHIN, WAKE UP AND ACCPET THE REALITY,DADA IS THE BEST.

    AND YES SRK MIGHT END UP WITH EGG ON HIS FACE WHEN DADA IS BOUGHT BY SAHARA WARRIORS PUNE FOR A VERY HIGH PRICE.

    SAHARA SHRI SUBARATO ROY HAD VOICED HIS PREFERNECE FOR DADA AND SACHIN WHEN THE WARRIORS TEAM WAS CULLED

  • Saxo on December 10, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    The title is misleading, or plain dumb. When retaining the first player costs $1.8 million, why would a franchise keep Ganguly (or Dravid at $1.3 million)? Can't they bid half that amount and 'buy' then in auction?

    Bangalore should have let go of everyone; surely Virat Kohli will be available for less than a million dollars in player auction! Siddhartha Malya needs to brush up on his Financial logic.

  • on December 12, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Kohli to earn as much as Tendulkar n Dhoni...... Cool :)

  • on December 12, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    i m really shocked by the decision of SRK . he is doing a real mistake by not retaining DADAAAAAAAAA IN KKR .Dada is the real icon of kolkatans and if he will not be in the team then KKR WILL suffer from its worst period from now onwards ................................... "SRK sucks"

  • on December 12, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    According to me transfer should place for 1month dt is in 4weeks 1 particular day, take Sunday or Monday or any 1 day. IPL should give IPL franchises 3 Biding option in 1 week and dn 5, 5 bidding in respective weeks. By dt IPL franchises can deside whom to get on bidding option. IPL franchises can bid any cricket player from any team in world. Its totally on IPL franchises manangement to deside bidding rates of the player. for eg I bid Yuraj for 1crore and his salary is 50000rs and bonus for good strike rate or average etc. IPL franchises and player hav full rights to deside wheater to be in team or not.

  • Naikan on December 11, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Evidently there is a big generation gap in all these comments. I can understand Team owners have decided based on what they have in mind over the next three years. But I do not see the reason fans have to be disrespectful. All players worth their salt will fight for and find their own place eventually in the team. (I recall Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble had to do as much). Once the time is up every player learns to step aside but cannot or will not do that unless the next player is ready to take it up. So learn to show some respect when you talk about any player who has achieved his (or her) rightfully earned greatness - - which most of us will not even fleetingly touch in our lifetimes.

  • on December 11, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    rcb r doing d biggest mistake by nt picking kumble.. he would hav been da best captain n d best bowler for em.. r if nt nw..in da auction..dey needa pick up ross and robin!.. game changers r required!.. and suprised abt chennai.. who retained vijay n morkel as well!!

  • NoCountry_for_OldMan on December 11, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I appreciate the gesture of IPL teams in showing the door to people who wud not go otherwise...

  • RayShaumik on December 11, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @ Arnab Chakraborty: HA HA.. GREAT JOKE ....

    And what were the other scores after that : 2, 12, 37, 73 and 16.. scores that make GREAT BATSMEN...!!!!!

    And not only that series (2003) .. his next two centuries were 101 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo (2005) and 100 against Bangladesh in Chittagong(2007)

    GREAT RECORDS REALLY -- 2 centuries in 4 years against the best of OPPOSITIONS!!!! I take back my words ... THE STATS REALLY CONFIRMS HIS GREATNESS

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 11, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Good. Go back to your era and play Rahul Dravid and the likes. Only if BCCI would take a clue and fire oldie goldies from the Indian team as well. This is what happens if you overstay your welcome.

    I don't want to hear how great Dravid was or is. I am sick of watching these people since my childhood. I want people from my generation to play now.

  • on December 10, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    IF u guys have used the CRICINFO STATS CALCI, from 1st jan 1996 to 31st dec 2004,

    SOURAV GANGULY HAS SCORED THE HIGHEST RUNS IN ODI BEATING SACHIN TENDULKAR BY A MARGIN OF 1000 RUNS.

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO THINK THAT DADA LOST TOUCH AFTER 2000. FROM 1ST JAN 2000 TO 31ST DEC 2004 ALSO,DADA IS THE HIGHEST RUNGETTER IN ODI

    SEE HIS CONTRIBUTION IN IPL 1 AND IPL3 .

    IN IPL 1 HE WON THE MAXIMUM MAN OF THE MATCH AWARDS BY AN INDIAN

    IN IPL 3 HIS CONTRIBUTION GETS MAGNIFIED EVEN MORE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT HE WAS PERFORMING FOR KKR WHICH IS NOT REALLY A VERY GOOD BATTING SIDE ON THE FIELD.

    GET OVER SACHIN, WAKE UP AND ACCPET THE REALITY,DADA IS THE BEST.

    AND YES SRK MIGHT END UP WITH EGG ON HIS FACE WHEN DADA IS BOUGHT BY SAHARA WARRIORS PUNE FOR A VERY HIGH PRICE.

    SAHARA SHRI SUBARATO ROY HAD VOICED HIS PREFERNECE FOR DADA AND SACHIN WHEN THE WARRIORS TEAM WAS CULLED

  • Saxo on December 10, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    The title is misleading, or plain dumb. When retaining the first player costs $1.8 million, why would a franchise keep Ganguly (or Dravid at $1.3 million)? Can't they bid half that amount and 'buy' then in auction?

    Bangalore should have let go of everyone; surely Virat Kohli will be available for less than a million dollars in player auction! Siddhartha Malya needs to brush up on his Financial logic.

  • on December 10, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    I didn't bother about writing anything first because this criticise of Ganguly is going on from when he entered the cricket arena and time and again he proved everybody wrong as all the greats have done in the past....But here so many expert comments are coming and that I couldn't resist myself....I request all of you only one thing who are showing those statistics of 16 centuries and all..Analyze how many matches India have won outside subcontinent (forget about winning the series) including places like zimbabwe..And when before him somebody single handedly played an innings like the one he played in Brisbane (144) in the opening match of the test series which set the tone for the series and that also after so much of media attack like chin music and all??Last but not the list....Kapil Dev (Cricketer of 19th Century) told ganguly, kumble, laxman could easily be in the All time indian XI...Guys criticise people but learn to accept the good work and appreciate them also....

  • cricketfanaticindubai on December 10, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    All cricket fans please don not fret over non-retention of veterans lioke dada, Dravid or stars like Gambhir etc. It's pure economics driven by budget constraints on players costs placed by IPL.

    KKR fans and RCB fans, rest assured that the original franchises will pick them for their "city association" value at lower cost. They are not "hot property", other franchises will not get brand valueand will therefore not pick these veterans except if available at throwaway prices.

  • Naikan on December 10, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    I wonder how perceptions can be so strong as to be wrong causing people to ignore facts. For example Dravid has hit more sixes (17) than Tendulkar(15) or Gambhir(12) in IPL history and yet he is regarded less agressive in approach. Consider this: Yuvraj Singh of the 6 sixes fame has a lesser strike rate than Dravid in each of the last two IPLs !! In fact in the last IPL, Dravid has a higher strike rate than Mathew Hayden, Yuvraj, Ganguly, Gambhir and some others + with a decent average of 28.44 (which again is better than some others). Please note, I hold all the other players in as much respect, in different ways. I believe that every player tries to play to his strength for his team, based on the circumstances he is facing. Team owners may have their hidden strategies, but we cannot belittle or insult legendary players. Just because Dravid is a quite personality does not give fans the right to lambast him (or any other) in their comments, in any which way they can.

  • rlefti on December 10, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Also marketing wise it would be a big hit if you buy sourav as you get kolkatta and the team he plays for, so people would always support him....So owners if you want to make money and also a great captain, team and an Ok player (at the moment) then go for Sourav....

  • D.Sharma on December 10, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    @aks007007 and all other Dravid bashers. Dravid has scored 1100+ runs at a SR of 120. SRT has scored 1300+ at a SR of 125 and Ganguly 1000+ runs at a SR 110. All similar a

  • rlefti on December 10, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    All those who are think that sourav can be bought for a cheaper price is actually a wrong step. If went in to auction he might gain more money than less being retained at KKR as Sahara, cochi want him and many other teams looking for captain would love to have him as after his end he can still be a coach like stephen fleming for chennai....

    For all those bashing him like joydeep and all...I guess you hate him man because you call the most selfish player in worlds cricket as a light and the most influencial and selfless captain as a waste...what a Pity I know he is often miss understood and but this bad...he he all I can do is laugh on you... Actually he did a favour to Indian cricket by reducing the sachin factor because india learnt to rely on others not just sachin which is a very good thing because I would not like sachin to be the only player or most important one because I want everyone to be as important as him at the same level as thats the sign of a good team..

  • ms.arjun on December 10, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    mumbai's decision is by far the best, all four players are the best in business and will be very difficult to retain at open pool. CSK too has made a good decision, however i was expecting Murali/Ashwin/Bollinger to be among the four in place of Vijay , anyways vijay is good too. Sourav represents calcutta, and seeing him play for another franchise will be just plain weird. Dravid and Kumble ..well...cant say they are the best, but still they are very capable. The shocking decision of all is the Gambhirs release and Kohli's overnight star status. Gambhir and sehwag is the one of the most destructive opening pairs. and gambhir is ganing form.. may be the franchise will regret their decision later. Kohli..wow..ya he is getting better with every match, but to pick him over Kumble and Dravid is bit out of the line, and i am sure they are going to make him lead the side this time. Hope he delivers.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    with out dada kkr going toget worst defeat . no dada no kkr

  • peterss on December 10, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    jokers bangalore retain joker kohli. the worst move in ipl history. ipl is entering the records book for all sorts of wrong reasons....

  • guru_43 on December 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    no IPL without pakistani heroes! RAZZAQ THE BANG BANG AFRIDI THE BOOM BOOM GULL YORKERZ EXPERT U.AKMAL TRUE SMASHER S.AJMAL DOOSRA'S SKILLY

  • Pradeeps_Speed on December 10, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    @aks007007, we need to be knowledgeable about cricket before we comment. RCB has been one of the most successful teams in IPL in the last 3 years though the first year was a disaster. And Dravid has been a major contributor to the team. Please check the stats of Dravid for RCB. Dravid's career is over? Just wait and watch, commenting career of Dravid's critics will be over. He is an unselfish, committed, dedicated and extremely hard working person. He doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. He has achieved a lot to be an all time legend but will still contribute a lot no matter which team he is playing for, whether it's t20 or Tests. Many wrote of Tendulkar a couple of years ago and look what we are getting now.. Same with Dravid, a lot to come from him for sure..

  • on December 10, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    @ Joydeep Gupta I support KKR and personally would have kept ganguly gayle mccullum & murali i think they let him go save money

  • RayShaumik on December 10, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    @ Joydeep Gupta: THANKS ever so much for bringing up Sourav Ganguly's Stats.. I don't know why doesn't people do that so often.... If, on basis of ODI and IPL stats, he shouldn't have been dropped, how come despite have one of the most mediocre test records for people debuting after 1995, he got to play so many tests???!!!!!

    I am not even considering batsmen... they all have more test averages and Centuries than him and have played much less tests.....and THERE IS NOT A SINGLE PLAYER I CAN REMEMBER WHO HAS PLAYED 113 TESTS AND HAS SCORED LESS THAN 16 CENTURIES!!!! HORRIBLE he he..

    Even WKs now have more test average than him !!! HA HA

  • SupernDutta on December 10, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    This article seems to be having incomplete information because there was a news @cricinfo that tayler and gayle were retained...Plus dropping ganguly is simple a personal issue because he was the best performer from KKR.

  • aks007007 on December 9, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    pls dont think that rcb fans in bang care if dravid is kicked out. majority support the team and the stadium will be full for every match. if dravid plays for some other team, ppl will cheer if his off stumps goes for a walk after his usual 15 (23) platform building selfish knock.

  • on December 9, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Ganguly was the 3rd highest scorer in IPL-3 after league stage, and he has been the best player for KKR. If someone is still bashing him, this is his/her personal problem...these things happen only with him, he still has the best record in ODI after Sachin...Any team who picks him this season will be very lucky to get one of the greatest in business....!

  • aks007007 on December 9, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    rd supporters need to bash other players. it is in the system. sehwag and ganguly are the fav targets. face the fact that dravid's career is over other than minnow bashing in tests. he got kicked out of ind odi team and now bang team. as a rcb fan, i'm happy he has not been retained. he was a non-performing asset.

  • aks007007 on December 9, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    dravid in t20? he adds no value to the team. he was used as a tailender in ipl 3 and it was obvious that the team thought that he was useless. he was a flop in prev ipl as well. laxman wasnt even in the 11 and hence it's obvious why he hasn't been retained. all abt performance now. players cant use 'icon' status, be a spectator batting at number 7 and earn millions because they are from that city.

  • Rezaul on December 9, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    @Dada Fans: Its not KKR doesnt want dada but they just dont want to lose 1.8m for dada. They can simply buy him from the auction at lesser price. Similar case is applicable for Dravid and Kumble. But the war is going to be for Y Pathan. And I wont wonder if the bid goes more than 1.5m for Y Pathan.

  • vardarajan101 on December 9, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    same was done by dravid in 2007 wc by asking uthappa to open and sachin to bat at 4 what the hell rd and sg trying to do with sach's batting position in odis .

    Mr srusti you should be thankful to sachin ,that despite his slow scoring before being dropped in 1998 sachin never demoted rd . always made him bat at number 3 .

    you accuse srt of playing games against rd in orkut's wall community ,get ur facts clear rd was never dropped during sach's tenure ...despite a hopeless 1999 series v/s aus sach never dropped rd for odis or test . it was during azhar's captaincy that rd was dropped from odi team in 1998

  • vardarajan101 on December 9, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Mr Debopratim Dutta Chowdhury

    you yourself are cracking good jokes ... ganguly made viru open and then made sachin bat at number 4 for entire 2002 and upto wc 2003 .Except 2001 aus series ganguly never himself came 2 down but played with sachin's odi position ... sourav always opened during that whole period ... what was the reason for sg to make sach bat at number 4 in odis in 2002 ? one 100 from viru against nz in SL , and sourav found a way to reduce sachin's importance in side ..but sg forgot one can't stop light from coming out of shadows permanently if sg's did not depend on sach why the hell did sg make sach open thru out wc 2003 after making srt bat for entire 2002 at 4

    RD and SG fans are desperate to show their favorites as the only ones playing for india ... while trying to call others (especially one player as selfish ) Atleast sg fans are better than rd fans who don't even acknowledge sachin as great .just like srusti said rd palyed great knocks that not even top 4 can

  • JCrao on December 9, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    This list seems to be incomplete with missing / contradicting information from other media sources like Gayle retained by Kolkata has no mention in this article. also Ross Taylor retained by Bangalore?

  • Trickstar on December 9, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    @Mohan Bulusu What are you on about, KP came late to IPL in 2010 due to England duties, but he averaged 59 with a strike rate of 150, which was the highest average of any player last year. Last IPL the top players got - Kallis 47,Sangakkara 29, Gayle 32, Tendulkar 47. So he did very well in the games he played and I'm surprised he hasn't been retained by RCB.

  • katrina1234 on December 9, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    i want to reply to sachinXI that dude rr did not retained yusuf because probably they could not give him the contract for which his value is, he has been underpaid at rr for 3 seasons,so he deserves big money now,the base price at second category set for him is a very good decision by BCCI and i applaud them for it...........

  • Narkovian on December 9, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I feel quite lucky that I have little understanding what on earth this article is even talking about. Old stick in the mud that I am I have no intention of finding out ! Hope you all enjoy your IPL. but count me out. I prefer cricket.... sorry.

  • on December 9, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    sharuk did a big mistake by not retaining dada. dada is most successful player of kkr in ipl-3. eden gardens is always full of crowd because of dada only. finally no dada no kkr

  • on December 9, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    AGREE with Ramanujapuram Krishna

    No VALUES for FAN FEELINGS!!!!! RCB has already LOST the SUPPORT of most of the fans by now!!!!!! ---------------------------- Even if they buy Kumble, Dravid back ------------- they still will have half hearted support--------------- I think any team will pick KUMBLE, DRAVID for sure..........RCB may just watch - Unless there are agreements already made internally..... just to FOOL the fans...........

  • blueshine on December 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Whatever team composition is there, it should be a compititive one. all teams should be balanced as well indian players should get enough exposer to international cricket.

  • blueshine on December 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Whatever team composition is there, it should be a compititive one. all teams should be balanced as well indian players should get enough exposer to international cricket.

  • kartheepan on December 9, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    @Mr.AKS007007: You have classified some 5 criteria to opt a player. Now can you give a justification to the below players??? Ross Taylor,T Dilshan, Jacq Kallis, Shaun Tait, A B Deviliers, D Steyn, DJ Bravo, P Kumar,J Botha, M Hussey, Z Khan, Cameron White, J P Dumini, Robin Uthappa,Y Pathan And atlast Kieron Pollard. Also I suppose to share you something that recent form guide and so called fame cannot be an instrument to adjudge a player but its to find core and competency of players was been most important tool. Finally I Can find Sehwag is not be in the any of your 5 classifications (But we all know who he was).Just took it politely. Waiting for your comments!!!!!! Regards, Kartheepan

  • on December 9, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    DADA SHOULD BE IN COCHI TEAM......

  • on December 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    hi every one. i am from chennai. i will be most happy if chennai pick dada as we trying to find out our second opener in absent of hayden. even thoug he was not playing for chennai i will support the team witch he play as he was my favorite player ever. they way he hit sixes on the roofs oh million eyes not enough to see it. kkr done big mistake i think they want to continue there losing habit.

  • A.Ak on December 9, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Clever call by most of the teams except MI. They are wasting huge money only on 4 players. When everyone else not performing these 4 cant save them (against CSK that was proven in 2010 final). For CSK all low profile players except Dhoni and Raina, but still won 2 big prices. Great choice, an opener, hitter, keeper and all rounder. As they had more local players (Badrinath, Ashwin, Murali, Anirutha, Balaji, Mukunth...), they can get them back. For RCB, Virat can prove them wrong as he is not someone that disciplined. RR its an aussie team already.

  • on December 9, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    All ganguly bashers have just got personal issues against him datz it... even if he scores runs they still hate him, some compared ganguly with kambli...what a joke just look at their records then comment...after tendulkar ganguly was india's best opener till he gave it to sehwag(middle order batsman) without any selfishness.....such generous cricketers is rare...who has build the team india which is widely successful at the moment....and not many cricketers can play and still score with so much criticism at their back,just goes to show his mental toughness....hats off to d gr8 man

  • jupiterlaw on December 9, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    MISRT28 I agree with you that the prices set for retention by the IPL are steep but it is my guess that it has to be so to maintain parity in the league and deliver a better product. While the rule might not be in the best interest of the owners, it is certainly in the best interest of the fans. I believe that this year a lot of the answers would be found after the decimal point.

  • on December 9, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    I'm really disappoint with following player retains Mumbai: Harbhajan Singh Chennai: M Vijay, Albie Morkel Rajasthan: Shane Warne Bangalore: Virat Kohl

  • Tiptop32 on December 9, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    @Nayeemuddin Mohammad, What an analysis on Ganguly? Do you know for a fact that he was the best performer for KKR in IPL3? And also he was one of the best performer in IPL3 on the whole. May I kindly request you to get your facts right before you bluff.

  • on December 9, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    EXITED FOR THE NEW LOOK-UP OF TEAMS !!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    kkr m rcb dropped d players because of this

    The new auction rules governing player retention, which have been criticised by the franchises, allow a team to keep up to four players but at a steep price.The first player retained will cost a team $1.8 million against the salary cap of $9 million, regardless of the amount the player is actually paid. The second player will cost $1.3 million, the third $900,000 and the fourth $500,000.

    KKr hv to pay 1.8m 4 dada .same case 4 rcb. dey r hoping to retain dem 4m d aution with a lower price

  • misrt28 on December 9, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    csk should have retained murali or ashwin instead of vj.... and MI harbhajan??? wouldve gone with saurabh tiwary or z khan and rr made a big mistake by not taking pathan

  • only_india_1 on December 9, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    @ Procter..very interesting point mate..and even RR are to play in IPL 4, Yusuf knows he is going to get more and lots more of money in acution..if this is the case very smart decision by Yusuf and most likely DC or KKR will try to get him..

  • only_india_1 on December 9, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    @ Sukee..read the article thoroughly again..KKR didn't retain any player..nor Ganguly nor Gayle..Its all about business...may be they will buy Ganguly again in auction for much less than $ 1.8 Million, doesn't that make sense???? To me it does..

  • on December 9, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    We can comment till the end of time. It is neither our money nor our choice. Am sure each of the franchises know the best strategy for buying players. One may have ones choice and sentiments but, at the end of the day, the franchise that books or buys a player will use commercial instincts to get the best deal. RCB choices are dictated purely by such considerations in not booking Dravid and Kumble. They are sanguine of getting them cheap in the auction. Similar with other franchices. Sentiments of fans are irrelevant.

  • joseyesu on December 9, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Atleast for some comedy Dravid, Laxman,Ganguly should be there in some team

  • VIKRAMLOVESDADA on December 9, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    its shame its bad kkr are going to loose their home support and mr.khan has to be face lots of criticism. why he showed the door for dada he played well . its a worst scenario .dada is the third highest rungetter in past ipl its a mad decision . dada dont loose your heart play well for the team which choose you and show you are one of the finest player in ipl4

  • Tiptop32 on December 9, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    SRK made a blunder by retaining inconsistent Gayle and consistent Ganguly. There is no cricketing logic that comes to my mind in this decision. KKR without Ganguly is of no use. Ganguly was one army in IPL3 for KKR. Gayle, Mccullum are just over-rated players.

  • ASHOKRISHNA on December 9, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    I DONT KNOW WHY RCB HAVE LEFT THEIR STAR PLAYERS SUCH AS UTHAPPA,KALLIS,ROSS TAYLOR AND CAMEROON WHITE WHO ARE THE MOST STARRING PLAYERS LAST YEAR.I AM ALSO SHOCKED TO SEE THAT DECCAN CHARGERS HAVE LEFT GILLY,SYMONDS AND ROHIT SHARMA,WHILE PUNJAB DID THE SAME MISTAKE OF LEAVING MAHELA JAYAWARDANAE.

  • eomer17 on December 9, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    all this discussion about KKR going to suffer for leaving out ganguly is beyond me.Haven;t they suffered all this while.KKR will get ganguly from the auction at a lesser price.Secondly with or without ganguly,either ways KKR is always gonna end up last!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    whatever mayb the target audience of ub group it is THE poorest cricketing decision its really gonna hurt them, n i really hope it does!

  • ARIS99 on December 9, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    its totally waste....i dnt knw wat d hell dey r up to..RAHUL DRAVID who d finest players in world cricket has not been retained...experience has no value???he is a player who has +10000 runs in both form of games n is has most catches in d world in test cricket......u cnt tok abt his class...toking abt t20 he was d highest scorer in 2008 for RCB AS WELL....he is not called 'WALL' just lyk dat, he has dat quality...its just rediculous...

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    All this talk makes no sense.Come on people THINK.JUST IMAGINE YURSELF AS OWNER.why is everyone opposing the release of Gautam,Ganguly and KUmble etc.please understand that the player released can be bought again in the auction and for a far less amount than the amount needed for retention(in case of ganguly,gautam and kumble etc) so it was only wise to retain BIG PERFORMING PLAYERS like sachin, pollard,watson,raina,sehwag etc.

    To me the surprises were the release of Y.Pathan,Gayle,Gilchrist and the retention of Harbhajan,Kohli

  • jupiterlaw on December 9, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    What must be understood here is the fact that a team's release of certain players doesn't necessarily mean that the team does not want those players. What it means is that given the constraints imposed on them by the IPL, they have do make choices, and in some cases very deifficult and unpleasant choices about whom to protect and whom to expose to the draft. Many of the players who are now exposed would end up with their former teams, but my guess would be that they would generally command lower salaries because of the money balance available teams after the retentions of players, and the deminished value of being in the draft pool. Players such as Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo who turned down their Board's retainer contracts in anticipation of huge pay days at the IPL may come to realize that their expectations did not pan out.

  • on December 9, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Suprise! suprise! Kallis was not retained by Bangalore...common DC spend wht all you have and get him :)

  • Sukee on December 9, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Ganguly has not been retained by KKR. Very sad!!he was very keen to play this year for one last time.Can Mr Khan explain the reason of showiing him door after playing well consistently in last season?they have retained gayl?just for 1 and 2 good innings?what about that when gayl refused to play in the last match because of some personal reason?no immotion man

  • chalindu on December 9, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    i think kolkata knight riders need to look for a ew captain.i suggest ANGELO MATHEWS srilakan allrounder as the new captai. HE is a good team player and understand his responsibilities.IF KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS NEED TO WIN,THAY MUST DO IT.OTHERWISE THEY WILL FAIL AGAIN.you say he is still younger,he is in his early days.BUT YOU KNOW GRAME SMITH GOT CAPTAINCY IN 23.see how well he playing

  • on December 9, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    rcb is all about dravid and kumble...i'm sure mallya is looking forward to get them both bak into rcb in the auction...if not there wont be any rcb!

  • on December 9, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Deccan chargers taken wrong step by without retaining Gilly, Symo, Rohit.These three players are the match winners.Leaving Gilly is the big defect to Deccan chargers because Gilly is the most talented Capitan to strengthen the team work.It is really disappointing to me. Next coming to KKR, without having GANGULY,how KKR team played in Kolkata....... some decisions are really foolish.....this is one of those decisions.

  • on December 9, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    cant imagine KKR without DADA...well all others are as expected...

  • rlefti on December 9, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    For me the prize man to get during this auction is Sourav Ganguly...because the franchise that gets him benifits from huge following of their local support and at the same time the support of kolkatta thats quite a marketing sale....of course dada captaincy and performance is always a big adavantage...He he it will be nice to see if dada plays for someother team in kolkatta and the local crowd supporting the team DADA plays for and not KKR....Gauti would be a good buy as well for new Franchise as he can captain the side...

  • joseyesu on December 9, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Mumbai, Chennai selection is Good. But to leave Anil Kumble, Gambir, Yusf is a bad choice. I hope they will retain them in auction. Anyway interesting to see the new mix.

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on December 9, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I am much interested to see how much Ganguly, Dravid & VVS Laxman is valued in the auction. Never mind, these cricketers especially Dravid can be 3 of the world's finest cricketers but statistically, they are seriously not the frontman in T20. I was extremely surprised when I first saw them selected as icon players back in the 1st season of IPL. Yet, I believe if Ganguly can play the way he played last season, he will get his credit. If Dravid can score some runs in the way he scored in 2008 season, he will also survive. Same goes for Laxman.

  • on December 9, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I don understand why DC has left out Gilly. They should have retained Gilly and Rohit Sharma. From the Auction, they could have taken some fast bowlers, released by RBC and DD. In the same way, KKR should have retained Gayle and McCullum and now should take Kallis and Kumble released from RBC for strong bowling attack. In case of RBC, they did a blunder by releasing DaleSteyn, the asset for them in terms of fast bowling. They should have retained him and now they should take either take Dirk Nannes or Boullinger for their fast bowling. CSK has done a small mistake by retaining Murali Vijay. They Should have retained Boullinger and Murail for the bowling attack instead of Albie. Now they have to replace Hayden with Gilly/Gayle/McCullem. RR has done right thing, but only issue is they should have retained Yusuf Pathan. Now they are in a position to take a middle order batsmen, may be Yuvaraj or Sangakara and a Fast bolwer. Infact they could have retained Shaun Tait. No comments on MI.

  • Raj_pandian on December 9, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Doug Bollinger blamed IPL for not performing in the India tour...... that's why he and hussey are not retained in the team i think..

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    CSK should have retained ashwin and murli insted of morkel and vijay......Ashwin is one of the best young players.....hope chennai buy the full previous team again...Mumbai have done a very good job in retaining players..

  • Joby_George on December 9, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Hope no team will take T.Dilshan for the next IPL for his act making randiv bowl a no ball to avoid sehwags century..LET HIM REPENT !

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    CSK should have retained muralitharan ahead of albie morkel.........

  • Sanks555 on December 9, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Kumble, the president of KCSA, is playing for IPL. If some Karnataka player tries to excuse himself from Ranji games to prevent injuries which may side-track from IPL, what moral right will Kumble have to tell him to do otherwise. If established players start neglecting their Ranji games for IPL sake, what moral authority will Kumble have to tell them to concentrate on Ranji or Deodhar trophy.

    Mallya has to hire a certain number of players from Karnataka and Kumble, a potential player for RCB, is the President for KCSA. Can he not throw spanner into Mallya's actions, if he is not paid as per his demands.

    As far as retaining Kohli is concerned, the Mallyas have never taken an intelligent cricket decision (if they have ever taken an intelligent decision). Any one remembers there hiring Pieterson for $1.6 million. Well, if IPL 2010 and World Cup T20 performances are indication,Pieterson is a much better batsman than Kohli. And he, might have a larger fan base, even within India.

  • Pravardhan on December 9, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Only MI & KKR have got it right ! RR left out Yusuf, Bang left out Kallis (the only reason for their strong show in ipl3), Chennai r fools to waste money on Vijay & Morkel. Hyd should have retained Symonds, Delhi - gambir and Punjab - Sangakara.

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Its no surprise that rcb have retained kohli ahead of the likes dravid and kallis from a marketing point of view. For a starter he is an Indian. He is only one who will be in the world cup team. He is young. He can become a good ambassador for rcb. potential captain. IPL is just about making cash...... kohli can become the next Dhoni or even Tendulkar....(marketing point of view).... but a dravid or kallis can never become one.....

    Dont be surprised if mallya goes all the way for yuvraj during auction

  • Procter on December 9, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Did it occur to anyone that it must have been Yusuf Pathan who must have refused to be retained with RR? Why should Yusuf risk signing up for a team who may not be allowed to play for IPL in the future. Imagine if post auction RR is taken out and all other eligible teams have exausted their $9 mil purse in auction. Yusuf could even miss IPL if he retained with RR. He's smart to go for auction because he knows that he will get highest auction price for Indian or foreign player. Yusuf will beat the $2 mil mark in the auction as all 8 or 10 franchises would go for the Baroda Bomber who bowls wells and fields brilliantly.

  • BULTY on December 9, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Release of Kumble & Dravid has nothing to do with their performance or age. If you were to take the performance yard stick, they would be the first players to be retained. They have become responsible members of the Cricket Association and therefore would not be able to devote whole time to IPL. Moreover, Dravid is needed as a Test batsman for some more years if India were to retain the No.1 position. That could also be one reason for not exposing him to the T20 formats for long. As for the others, I do not have any comment. IPL rules(with reference to finance) can be sometimes funny.

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Gilchrist,Symmonds should be there in the Deccan Chargers squad..How DC can leave Gilly!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Retaining Kohli is a big mistake. Mumbai has done well and so Rajasthan. If Mumbai can get Yusuf and Rohit into the squad, it will be invincible team. Good Luck Mumbai Indians!

  • hiccup on December 9, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Kings XI should have retained mahela...The rest of it all are pretty rational decisions...Except for Kohli of course...Carnal waste of 1.8million...Ross Taylor or even Uthappa would have sounded logical, if not right...also, wasnt Pollard bought only last year, so why does he have to be bought again??????? Beats me...

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    It's funny to see that people being happy for the exclusion of Ganguly and Dravid from their teams.Ganguly scored 493 from 14 matches in IPL-2010 and is the 4th highest run getter after Raina,kallis and SRT,all of them playing more matches than Ganguly.He was also the highest run getter for KKR in 2008 and 2010 despite having players like Hodge,Hussey,Gayle,Mccullam.Whereas Dravid was the highest run getter for RCB in 2008 with 371 runs.YUSUF scored 333 only for RR in 2010 but still he is the hottest property.STRANGE!

  • POLINENI on December 9, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    why delhi retain viru......................he told in the last season that he is not going to play for delhi from Ipl4 and also give up the captaincy.

  • bubai.cricket on December 9, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    no dada no kkr. i cant imagine kkr without dada

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    With all due respect to cricinfo and it's readers was it necessary to use "shown the door" as a headline ? especially if its directed to Dravid , the most respected cricketers of our era (and probably ever)

    secondly , some of you readers have mentioned dravid is a test player , he cant play odis , 20/20 etc. have you looked his record. Coming at no.5 this guy has played more better innings than the top 4 can play.

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    RCB has done BIG MISTAKE - by leaving out KUMBLE and DRAVID!! Is Malya only worried of money??? Then why dont they start another airline?????? WHO WILL SUPPORT RCB IF THEY DONT BELIEVE IN PLAYERS FROM THEIR OWN STATE / CITY?????? What has Kohli to do with Bangalore??? Is it ONLY MONEY that MATTERS????? Ridiculous.....

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Why Rjasthan Royals did not retain Yusuf Pathan ??? Why Why Why...Sees they are letting him to earn more money...Hope they buy him back !

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Why Sachin included not Dravid ? Its all in the hands of Sachin..Fools around the world in favour..

  • nataraajds on December 9, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    no surprise RCB drop kumble ,dravid because they are not going to play next 3 years. like wise Ganguly,Laxman,Gilchrist, all have played enough cricket in IPL and respective teams must look for young blood. IPL is mainly for young talents for whoom this will be a big plotform. take a look at -Yusuf pathan, Thivari, Nayar, pandey they all got international recognition due to their IPL performance.so give opporutnity to young talents.

  • rayprincy on December 9, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    hi parth, According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians. so it can be maxmimum 3 indians + 1 foreign plager or 2 indian + 2 foreign player or 1 indian + 3 foreign player

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    csk could have retained ashwin inspite of vijay dhoni and raina were obvious players for retaining ;mumbai have retained good players

  • Cheeka_CricketLover on December 9, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Chennai , Please buy Ashwin somehow. He is one talent we should not miss. Also retain the local players like Badri and Aniruddha.Jakati also deserves a run.Murali ,the son in law of chennai should be retained. And Bollinger ofcourse.

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Y did kallis not retained by RCB he is an all-rounder with great talents????????

  • Raaamesh on December 9, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    I have to wait till action, bcz which team dada going to play. I will support that team. I hope dada will take in action by KKR.

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Ganguly and Dravid did not deserve a place even during the first edition of IPL tournment. Moreover they were branded as the icon players for their respective teams. With due respect to Dravid as a test batsman, he did not deserve a place in one day internationals, leave alone T20. The Board of control for cricket in India is so obsessed with some players that it cannot see what is wrong or what is right. Ganguly is mediocre across all formats of the game. In fact, If Kambli was half as clever as Sachin or had his sensibilities in place, I do not think Ganguly would have ever played cricket. Kambli was far superior batsman than Ganguly. I do not know where this guy Kambli has disappeared. If I was the owner of KKR, Ganguly would have never played in IPL. Ganguly was the main reason for the poor performances of Kolkatta Knight Riders in all editions of the IPL so far. Kolkatta Knight Riders is the only team that could not make it to the semifinals of any of the editions of IPL so far.

  • Raaamesh on December 9, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    I think RCB did mistake retain kohli, alleast RCB can retain taylor or kallis. If they need kohli, they can get less monney in action. CSK can retain murali behalf of morkel. MI should retain zaheer in place of Bhajji. DD did correct one.

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Saurav's exclusion was not a surprise but I am surprised at the exclusion of Dravid, Kumble, Gambhir, Yusuf from the teams. These are players with remarkable qualities and Dravid had a better strike rate than most of the other players in his team. Mallya was never clear about his priorities and I am sure he will put his feet in the mouth again. I am sure we can get the likes of Yusuf, Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma to MI n improve the strength of this team which will then be a formidable challenge to most others. also the cost will not be prohibitive and with the balance these people can definitely be included. I wish all the players the best of luck for the auction.

  • timohyj on December 9, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    RCB should have retained Kallis, Kohli would have been my second choice. While Kohli is very good, Kallis is more important to out team because of his all-round abilities, he provides a good balance. Good move to retain just one player, but it's the wrong one

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Hopefully gangully n dravid will be out of IPL this time...

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I can see dat many ppl are having confusion with the rules of retaining players.. i m explaining it.

    maximum of 4 foreign players can b retain. Maximum of 3 indian players can b retain

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    @nitintin.... The rule doesnt say only one foreign player can be retained.. it says a maximum of 3 Indian players CAN be retained..

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    y is yousuf pathan not being retained

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    y is yousuf pathan not being retained !!!!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    The reason i assume behind the RCB's move in regards to kumble is that the RCB is going to bid for him but they don't believe he'll go for 1.3 million which is the cost of retaining the 2nd player. But Ross taylor should have been held.

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Chennai without the local favorites Murali and Ashwin would have bit of their popularity reduced.

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Chennai is the happiest team unit. Given a choice they could have retained atleast 10 players (leaving Hayden and Balaji). They would now miss Doug Bollinger who was so much a part of IPL 2010 victory.

  • Alok505 on December 9, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    i would suggest pune franchaise to pick this team .. Harshad Khadiwale, Maccullumi ( Wk ) , Sourav tiwary , Anjelo Mathews ,Stuart Binny ,Abdul Razaq ,Yusuf Pathan , Bhubneswar kumar,Irfan pathan ,Anil Kumble ( capt ) ,Umer Gul

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Pretty interesting to note that DC have let go of Gilly. He was an inspiring persona, but probably his lack of form in 2010 tilted the scales against him. Probably, DC are aiming at snatching away Ambati Rayudu at the auctions to add a keeper with a local flavour! Similarly, Rohit should have been kept. Maybe they'll buy him at the auction!

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    i pity Mr. Shah rukh Khan for not retaining Saurav Ganguly...... this is really heart-breaking...

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    This is the rule: If a franchise retains all the four players, maximum of 3 indians or 2 foreigners can be retained.. i.e a team can retain either 2 indians & 2 foreigners or 3 indians & a foreigner. So a team cannot have more than 3 indians or 2 foreigners. Hope this is clear to everyone!!

  • Navin84 on December 9, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    I wonder which player from both Mumbai and Chennai are worth the $500,000? For Mumbai, Tendulkar, Harbhajan & Pollard all went for more than this the first time, so is it Malinga? For Chennai, I can only see Vijay as the $500,000 one? Does anyone know the value of the 4 players each that Mumbai and Chennai retain?

  • srini_jana on December 9, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Why wasn't the Allrounder of the Year - Sir Ravindra Jadeja not being retained by RR? Maybe Dhoni might be secretly bidding him for CSK?

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    whats bangalore without dravid and kumble and whats kolkata without ganguly .. Surely IPL 4 is going to be a dud .. Mumbai and chennai have taken the right decisions atleast now

  • Navin84 on December 9, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    @nitintin & others : the rules are (1) a team can retain a maximum of 4 players (2) of the 4 players, a maximum of 3 can be Indians (3) of the 4 a maximum of 2 can be overseas. The keyword is maximum!

  • hiteshpandya on December 9, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    If a team can retain maximum of one player, how can MI retain two players, viz: Pollard and Malinga??

  • Boomastic on December 9, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    I am strong supporter of mumbai indians and fan of Uttappa, wants to see Pollard and Uttappa playing together for Mumbai Indians ....sure champions

  • Spotnaga on December 9, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    This was always on the cards.. Kumble has bigger responsibilities with RCB and Bengaluru as such. Dravid is a slightly out of domain player.. mind you he is still the best test guy. However, all players are in and out of sorts for a T20. So, it may be a good decision to start auction all over again with people in form(like Gambhir, Yusuf, Bollinger and many other new faces etc) in fresh pool. Also, the game does not look interesting if the same team keeps playing for 6 years ..

  • on December 9, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    The reason i assume behind the RCB's move in regards to kumble is that the RCB is going to bid for him but they don't believe he'll go for 1.3 million which is the cost of retaining the 2nd player. But Ross taylor should have been held.

  • Rezaul on December 9, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Since RR did not retain Yousuf Pathan, its going to be a huge war among franchises to get senior Pathan. I will not wonder if he becomes the highest bid in next IPL auction. Saurov Tiwary, Zaheer, Gambhir, Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Yuvi, etc players will be in the shopping list of more than one team and hence creating a hot war in the auction. However, Kumble still has potential to be a match winner. So, dont discard him. I will wonder if the players like KP attracts same amount of money again.

  • on December 9, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Surprised at Delhi for dropping Gambhir....

  • on December 9, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    this not fair which they done against dravid and ganguly duo bcoz they r the capable players at any situation. the teams shud pay pay the penalty 4 this IPL-4. hey whatz funny is M Dravid's avg is better than Ross Taylor(stats) in 20's. But the fate is against Mr WALL. lly to happens to Mr Jumbo I think virat kohli and pieterson the two men in the squad consistency

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Some sites saying that KKR eetained Gayle. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/iplarticleshow/7062491.cms

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    @All who are against not retaining Dravid, Gangully and Kumble: I think it's a perfect stratergy from the owners. They can be easily auctioned and retained in the same team. Example for Kolkatta they can spend maximum if required during auction to retain Gangully, I think he will be avilable much less than 1.8 m$ (If they retained, they should have spend that much money). Same case with Dravid and Kumble. I believe they will be retained in thier team during auction.

  • lazyplayers on December 9, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    nitintin, there is nothing like only 1 foreign player. Its a max of 3 indian players. So, you can keep 4 foreign players also i guess. RRoyals has also retained only 2 foreign players.

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    @ nitintin : Total players that a team can retain is 4. of which maximum of 3 Indians and minimum of 1 foreign player

  • IndianSummer on December 9, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    @Parth - it says , a team can retain 4 players , only 3 of which can be Indians. i.e. a max of 3 indians. So MI have 2 indians and 2 foreign talent. Within the rules

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Interesting that DC did not hold Rohit Sharma/Andrew Symonds. Who were great asset to the team. I am surprised with RR who did not retain Yousuf Pathan. I wish he plays for DC along with Chris Gayle, Shaun Tait, and Yuvraj Singh...

  • Rohan0309 on December 9, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    This is surprising!! Kohli gets retained, but Kumble, under whose leadership RCB had two fantastic seasons, doesn't? No place for Gilchrist or Symonds or Rohit Sharma in DC? What is KKR's business model without Dada? Vijay gets retained by CSK, what about Murali? :-o I'm sure the new franchisees would've breathed a sigh of relief due to the inactivity of some of the old teams for player retention!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Kohli is a loss for 1.8 Million...He's not worth that much as yet..I remember he wasn't even starting some matches for RCB last year,that's the fellow who has been given equal footing with Sachin & Dhoni.Let's see if he develops into that soon.

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    dhoni can be da big horse again 4 chennai.......

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    @nitintin: [i think]'Only 3 out of 4 can be Indians' means if you're going to retain 4 players, you should have at least 1 foreign player.

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Dropping ganguly is really a bold decision... RCB shoud have retained ross taylor... And feel sorry for Haydos and murali.. But csk should spend most in auction to pick ashwin and doug bollinger.... As a dada fan, wish him to play for csk this year... :)

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Mr Mallya, you r correct..But you havent considered the fact that Chennai Super Kings hve won Champions League and therby r having some money in their pockets.. They can easily retain their team....So Chennai.. Mumbai have retained the top guns SO both of them havent made any mistakes.. But you have made a big mistake by givinJumbo for auction...

  • deepmalhotra on December 9, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Parth, nitin read the rule carefully, the rule is you can retain MAXIMUM of 3 Indian player, nothin has been talked about minimum and foreign players...........

  • rockybulh on December 9, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    They release others to pick Sakib n Tamim :)

  • Vinoth_Ganguly on December 9, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Without Dada.... KKR can't win even a single home match... As there won't be any support from their home crowd!!!!! We love ganguly - Chennai

  • raaghul30 on December 9, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    As expected Chennai retained dhoni,raina,vijay, albie..

    so, its time for the young guns in cricket to rock....

  • deepmalhotra on December 9, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    I am surprised by retention of Harbhajan singh his performances have not been too good in recent times mumbai have got it wrong here. SRK earned alot due to brand value of Ganguly and he has been relesed now but i think its a smart move anyways no one is going to pay 1.8 m for ganguly SRK can go on and take him in the auction at much lesser price same goes with Kumble and some others. Generally all teams except Chennai and Mumbai have kept their options open however I feel they will try and get some of their key players back at much lesser price

  • saraschandra on December 9, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    @PARTH - Dude, it clearly states that you can retain 4 players, of which a MAXIMUM of 3 CAN be Indians. IT does not say, 3 players HAVE to be Indians. It lays a limit on the number of local players you can retain, not international players. I suggest you re-read the phrase before passing opinions.

  • Spotnaga on December 9, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    This was always on the cards.. Kumble has bigger responsibilities with RCB and Bengaluru as such. Dravid is a slightly out of domain player.. mind you he is still the best test guy. However, all players are in and out of sorts for a T20. So, it may be a good decision to start auction all over again with people in form(like Gambhir, Yusuf, Bollinger and many other new faces etc) in fresh pool. Also, the game does not look interesting if the same team keeps playing for 6 years ..

  • nitintin on December 9, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    If only one foreign player could be retained? then how Mumbai retained Pollard & Malinga

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    @PARTH_: The rule means to say that out of a maximum of 4 players retained, you can have an "atmost" of 3 indians...to make it simpler, the rule just says that out of the 4 players a team retains, not all 4 can be indian...in other words, there should be "atleast" 1 foreign player.

  • They.Ra.S on December 9, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    hello everybody who have mistaken about no of player retained from india an foreign. condition is that max of indians condition is not max foreign player so if a team wishes to retain even 4 foreign players they can. then everybody is feeling about that not retaining dravid, ganguly for those please do you know what is mean by t20 means they need to score more than 100 s/r even if it is IPL you need to more than atleast 120 s/r not like ganguly so guys don't feel about that.

  • D.Sharma on December 9, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    @Martin_Hooks.. You obvioiusly RCB must not your favourite team if you have no idea how Dravid has done! The likes of Gilly and Taylor should have been retained. Quite surprising really.

  • Swingit on December 9, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    @Parth the rule means each Franchise CAN retains a MAXIMUM of 3 Indian players it does not mean the HAVE to retain 3. They can retain less than three as in Mumbai's case where they retained 2 so the two other slots went to two non-Indian players. If they had retained 3 Indian players they could then only have kept either Pollard or Malinga since they are only allowed a max of 4 retained players.I am so Happy Gayle got released now make the dream of so many come true and lets see Gayle and Sehwag open for Delhi!! That would be MURDER!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    gautum gambhir was surprise being sent to auction i would have never done that Sangakara and jaywardne and yuvraj sent to auction was not much of shock as expected after all the drama they were out to go with whole new team kings XI

  • ChenduPhali on December 9, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    @PARTH_ The rules states 'Franchise can retain only 3 indian players' that means 'They can retain at most three indian players. All the four players cant be indians.' However franchise can retain indian players less than three which Chennai and Mumbai eventually did.

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    @Parth there can be MAXIMUM of three Indian players.

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    What was the reasoning for Chargers not keeping Gilly?!

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    RCB should've retained Kumble. If there's one pattern we have noticed over the last 3 IPL's it wasn't individual players who won the championships, but strong and inspiring leadership. Warne in 08, Gilli in 09 and MS in 10. Notice a pattern. MI with Tendulkar and RCB with Kumble came to the semis this year and went to the CL. RCB's loss is someone's gain!

  • nikhilbengeri on December 9, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    RCB have made the right decision to retain only one player, as they can buy the same players again in the same team at a much lesser price. Looking fwd to the inclusion of someone like Pujara, among the Indians, n sumone like DJ Jacobs, Ingram (Warriors), or may be Martin Klinger (South Aust) in RCB. These are the potent guys of T20. An interesting auction this time. Lets wait n watch.

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Dear friend......."maximum" indian player retained can be 3 so, "minimum" foreign player can be 1 . That means, maximum foreign player can be more than 1. Very simple logistic mathmatics.

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    @ Parth, It said max of three Indian players can be retained out of four, didn't tel how many foreign players can be retained. So MI could retain two foreigners.

  • realnavtej on December 9, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    @parth out of 4 players you retain only 3 can be indians and one has to be a foreigner... so MI can have both as they are not retaining 4 Indian player but 2 Indian and 2 foreginers.

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    wt the hell happen to delhi team there is no better player thn gambir to retain with viru hope gumber was back to delhi team this session

  • Tau001 on December 9, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    up to maximum of three Indian players can be retained. Does not mean minimum of three Indians.

  • EshwarParvathaneni on December 9, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    @Parth Like you said each team can retain "upto" 3 indians....they can choose anywhere between 0-3.

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I wonder where McCullum Dan and Ross will go? Shame Delhi didnt retain daniel Vettori, ah he is class!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    MI, CS, DD expected ones...rest all really unexpected...Ganguly???SRK will get somthing from Kolkata for this reason. Now MI has to bid for Zaheer, Bravo, Tiwari, Raydu..If Lee is there MI please ake him to count. Heard Lara is about to play? What if MI got LARA and two legends open the innings???Dream Opening???????????

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    I would say it is a great move by Chennai. Going for known players rather than relying on Auction. The best part in this move is, assuming the batsmen would be in for auction to begin with. Most of the teams would pick the likes of Gambir,Yuvi,Yusuf. When it comes to fast bowlers, they would be on level terms to pick a good one. I would say someone like Zak or Steyn. Chennai would retain their 3 local talents, Anirudha, Badri and Balaji. No one would pick Jakati, so he would come to chennai. I think this is a smart move from chennai. Also, if they manage to pick Karthik and Ashwin, the team would be complete. I think they would also go for another allrounder like kemp. Smart move Chennai as they don't need to reinvent the wheel

  • on December 9, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Do you think anyone will touch Ganguly, Dravid or Laxman

  • EightBall on December 9, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Who care? IPL schmipl. Can we please ban the word "brand" from articles on cricinfo? I curse the day these upstarts from the IPL introduced it into the cricketing lexicon. "Warne is a global brand..." No he isn't. He is a human being, and a cricketer.

  • Vnott on December 9, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    Quite a misleading headline. The key player retention is just a strategy. Dravid and Kumble will in all likelihood continue to play for RCB.....

    Article would have been interesting if it had delved more into that.

    As for Martin Hooks comments, Dravids Twenty20 stats are below.

    54 47 5 1187 75* 28.26 989 120.02 0 6 130 20 11 0

    An average of 28.26 at 120 strike rate....in T-20....

    Whats wrong with that. You have to seperate reality from imagination...

  • Nadeem1976 on December 9, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Good choice ball all the teams. Now IPL is 80% open for auction and people will make more balanced teams than last three years. Good to see that Icon players are no more icon becuase its competetive sports and name cannot make you ICON every day. YOu need to win too.

  • on December 9, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    @Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow as a CSK fan, I would miss Bollinger a lot..they should have taken him..Lets hope he would be taken in the aucton!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    lets see how KKR manage without DADA !!!

  • vinodtheyyan on December 9, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Why haven't Chennai retained Doug Bollinger? That's a bad miss.

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    good job my MI even though it is expensive to retain players. all 4 they retained are good players and match winners..hyd didnt retain even one player is a big surprise ?

  • Sach_is_Life on December 9, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    I thought MI will retains Zak instead of Bhajji ..but can't complain especially after his twin hundreds against NZ .. and I think both Chennai and MI did the right thing by retaining their core ..bcaz they can't buy all of them even if they spent more than half of their money ..Both Dhoni n Raina r 'ld 've been hot in the auction and same for Sachin, Pollard and Malinga ..and I guess even Bhajji would've been hot ..bcaz he can bat and can contain any batting side in the power plays or can take wickets .. I think MI will go 4 Zak if possible and most probably get bravo,Tiwari n Raidu ..But I really want them to get Rohith Sharma back 2 MI ..That would be great ..Go MI Go ..!!

  • PARTH_ on December 9, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Well I have one question, "According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians" then How MI retains Pollard and Malinga both. ???????

  • on December 9, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    i am really hoping that they sort out the base prices correctly. Good one by Mumbai. Albie dont worth it. It will be a real shame for India when Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly will remain unsold.looking forward to the auction. I think SHAKIB-AL-HASAN will be a very clever and valueless buy for any team. CHEERS

  • varunpal123 on December 9, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    @LakmalPhysics - you got the system wrong...BCCI is definitely cutting the mentioned amount from the franchise purse..but that in no way means that the franchise is paying the same amount to the player...for example by retaining Kohli Blor loses 1.8 mil but that doesn't mean Kohli gets 1.8 mil Blor has its own right to pay as much as it wants to the player. 2nd thing over here is that both the player and franchise has to agree for a player to be retained...dont see that happening with Ganguly

    @mrmonty - the franchise have invested money to make more money and not to show loyalty to a particular city. SRK has no reason to buy Kolkata except for monetary gains (he lost the bid to Reliance for Mumbai) Retaining and choosing players is completely on professional basis and has got nothing to do with loyality and hence 3 icon players have been released.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 9, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Now we shall find out true market price of many so called icon players. Let the bidding begin. I can not think any scenario in which some one will acquire Rahul Dravid for a 20/20 match. He plays almost 20 overs to get in to the mood to play few shots!

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on December 9, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    The super kings shouldve retained deadly doug bollinger. i'll miss him :(

  • on December 9, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    RCB have gambled with retaininng Virak Kohli. They know Dravid and Kumble can be included in the team as local talents. They can get Robin for a price lesser than $900000. I am happy to not see Kallis and Boucher in RCB line up. They will definitely take one among Yuvraj, Yusuf and Robin to do the hitting. Dravid will definitely be there to stabilize. Kumble to spin...This time RCB will go for good fast bowlers whom they lacked in first three IPLs.

    KKR also might include Dada in local talent quota. They might try for Saurabh Tiwari due to his popularity in Jharkand and WB.

    DC might go for Rayudu.

    Kochi and Pune might try hard for Sreesanth and Pujara respectively ;)

  • We_Win_All on December 9, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    I wanted Watson to play for MI in the next seaon.... RR retained him so can't do anything.... Mumbai should have retained Zak in place of Bhajji.... Buying Zak back in auction wont be easy as there will be heavy competition, especially from RCB... RCB should have retained Kallis as he's in great touch and now he has many takers... Wonder will MI get Kallis in auction, as they can't get Watson... Would have liked CSK to have retained M.Muralitharan instead of Albie... Wonder who will pick Amla, now that he is in great form scoring runs very quickly and consistently

  • Dzongrila on December 9, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    What you guys don't understand is the fact that for someone like SG, it's a win-win situation. As Mallya said, no franchise will like to hold a big chunk of money by retaining players. They may get these players at a lower rate through the auction. Also, keep in mind that there will be two additional teams who need players. There are talks already that Pune will go after SG, Yuvi etc. I see someone like SG or Kumble fitting into the role of a Warne, coach cum player. Keep in mind that both SG and Kumble were reasonably successful in the last edition of IPL.

  • kvrnpavan on December 9, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    DC should have retained Gilly ....

  • lord_v on December 9, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Kohli would have been hot for the auction so blr removed him..Rest of the blr squad (which was termed as test one) no one will fight (dravid , kallis , uttappa ,praveen kumar , taylor..) so they would be able to get their team in less money.. interesting auction would be zaheer , gambhir , yuvi and yusuf from indian team.. mcullum , dilshan , pieterson and david hussey from outside india...

  • super-innocent on December 8, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    what? no Ross Taylor?? thats pretty stupid, hes one of the best t20 batsman in the world and he has hit the most 6s overall in t20.

  • on December 8, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    To be honest KKR had no real option other then to empty their closet and start again. They didnt think about their options well enough. They had 4 wicket keepers!!! No team needs 4 keepers, especially when you play 3 in one game!! SRK needs to go back to the drawing board and find good local talent 1st and then focus on bolstering up their attacks with the international players. That was the issue with the 1st 3 IPLs, they relied too much on the Internationals and Ganguly. Okay they had great local telent such as Saha and Dinda, but they werent really given the chance as the internationals got more attention then the locals....I think that is the difference between KKR the likes of Rajasthan and RCB.

  • mohsin9975 on December 8, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Absolute blunder by malya. He cud hav opted out of retention instead of retaining kohli for 1.8 mil. Steyn wud hav been better option. No wrong in not retaining ganguly.He takes his own sweet till he reaches 50 scoring at less than run a ball.Wont be surprised if he isnt picked up by kkr in d auctions as well. Csk shud hav retained bollinger nd ashwin instead of vijay nd albie.

  • CSmit on December 8, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Sachin should change the bowlers around

  • arvindthiru on December 8, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Good retains by MI and CSK, though ZAK would have been a better bargain than bhajji..and for CSK, it was always going to be difficult to choose between Doug, Ashwin, Vijay. But for $500 m they could only buy vijay as the other two are now worth more than that. Surprising to see Yusuf not retained my RR, is it really an Indian think-tank there or an Aussie one? Could not fathom a reason for that. Ganguly might find it difficult to get picked in any other franchise except KKR, hope they retaining him for fan support, it is understandable that dravid and kumble were not picked because they are not going to play IPL for 3 more years so no use giving them long contracts, but Steyn or kallis should have been there, for DD it shd be gauti n viru..hope to buy gauti, else the opener's magic would be gone and DD will fall apart..KXIP and DC definitely had to do this because both don't have big aggressive players..and with sree not retained he will be eyeing to become captain of kochi team !!!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 8, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    To drop Ganguly was indeed the right step by KKR. He lost KKR twice the number of matches (for his slow batting and abysmal fielding) that he won for them. He isn't fit enough to play cricket at the international level any more, and should concentrate on T.V shows and commentry instead. Though he might be bought by KKR just because his popularity, and not for his cricketing skills.

  • on December 8, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    I dont agree with Mallya. When chennai and Hydrebad were able to form a team with just 3.5 million after buying Dhoni and Symonds for 1.5 million and 1.3 in the first auction. Then why wont you guys be able to form a team with 4.5 million dollars when u already have retained four good players.. Delhi did a mistake by releasing Gauti. And im sure Gauti will be bought for more than $1.5 million mostly by Pune or Kochi ;) ;) Delhi lost a star player who would have cost them lesser OR it would have been someone's move to send the future Indian captian to either Kochi or Pune to increase those franchise brand value.

  • on December 8, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Ganguly, Dravid shown the door?? That is not the sort of headline you would like to see on cricinfo.

    They are brilliant players on any day and can walk into any IPL team in this auction. Lets just wait and watch what is to come.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    CSK- Was it a good move or bad move??? My views - - Vijay is a good batsmen 4th best opener(after sehwag,sachin and gauti) of the Indian squad. Morkel, an All rounder who can bowl well and sometimes might win u matches with his bat. DHONI and RAINA fantastic players and players on form. The price tag is good too since in the last auction Dhoni was bought at $1.5million when the total budget was just $5 million. Now he is retained for $1.8million when the budget is $9million.At current form Raina would cost more than $1million. At present form, Morkel is the odd man out. But we may not know who is gonna do well when the game begins. Just like Hayden and Raina who where bought at much lesser price in the first auction and yet they wr the top performers of the team ;)

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    No other franchise would want to buy ganguly or dravid. So, they will end up being bought by their respective owners at a much lower price than the retention fees. Surprised by Bhajji's retention though...

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    RCB has taken harshdecision by not retaining kumble/dravid. infact kumble brought up RCB frm bottom position. being auctioned dravid as a icon player & now showing door for him is not quite sensible. even this applies to ganguly as wel. cant understand yusuf's exclusion also.the past best teams are benefited by retaining their combinations. otherwise there shudn't b the retention policy. if al players are to b auctioned then its gud to see again the new composed teams. anyway whatever we write franchise owners dont change their minds. money matters guys.. money mattters !!!!!

  • VancouverPunekar on December 8, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    All in all i must say the businessmen (or the team they have) understand cricket better than most audience. All decisions baring few arguable ones look good.

    Dhvanil Patel : "no ganguly on KKR...kkr going down.." - I dont think KKR can go down any further, with or without Ganguly

    mrmonty: "Dropping of Ganguly by Kolkotta and Dravid/Kumble by Bangalore tells you how interested the franchises are in their respective city.. What a sham?" - So you thought the franchises are interested to serve the local cities and interests!?! . Yes charity is good i am all for it, but only to an extent. This is all business Mr Monty

    Rakesh Ramineni : "no respects for dravid and kumble? I want bangalore to lose now!!" - Respect...lol (refer to my comment to MrMonty). But if i were Mallya i would have perhaps retained Kumble, but not out of respect (or mutual respect or whatevea) But Dravid! no way any sane businessman would have kept him for the price.

  • aks007007 on December 8, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    this isnt abt respect. teams want to be successful and make money. they arent going to pay millions to non performing players/misfits like dravid and laxman. if you cant play the format, you wont get retained. simple. for that money, you need to be someone who might be the highest scorer/wicket taker/brilliant captain/awesome finisher who wins games/future star. if youre none of them, you cant expect to get millions.

  • ad-infinitum on December 8, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    I think KKR have done the right thing by not retaining Ganguly. If they would have retained Ganguly, they would have 1.8 million $ less to choose players in the auction and Ganguly isnt worth that much. They will get him back for about 0.6 million (does anyone think any other franchise wants Ganguly? No.) and save 1.2 million........CSK retained Morkel and not Hussey or Bollinger as the Aussies are generally not available during the tournament........MI should have retained Zaheer, not Harbhajan. Harbhajan is a useless t20 bowler, whatever may be his batting. I think being close to Sachin helped........Expected Gilchrist and Symonds to be retained by DC as they are available for all matches........Shocked that RCB think Kohli is worth removing 1.8 mil from the auction pool........DD and RR must be confident of buying back Gambhir and Yusuf no matter how high their bids go........WANT TO SEE NO FRANCHISE BID FOR AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN AND LEAVE BOTH OF THEM HIGH AND DRY.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    CSK - I may sound stupid, but CSK won the IPL3 becoz of Doug Bollinger.. He turned the results for them and he should have got the preference ahead of Albie.. Doug is having a tough time with the Aussie team, but still he is the best T20 CSK bowler... remember the last over of CSK from Ashwin which they lost, Doug was gutterred for not having the oppurtunity to bowl.. he is still one of the best T20 bowler in world cricket now along with Mallinga...

  • Fareen on December 8, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    I supported KKR just because Dada was there...He scored the 4th highest run in IPL 3...How can they throw him out like that & disrespect him?.....It's really sad & i'm sure KKR will lose a HUGE number of fans if they don't buy back Sourav..

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Not me in any of the team.. what a shame!! :)

  • dr_salman on December 8, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    is there ne chance that pakistani players might play this time around?

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    I am not surprised to see Ganguly go ! I have sure he will have no takers, at any price. He is way past his best. He should hang his botts, and should dedicate his time to promote the game and bring up some young Gangulys.

    Virat Kohli has come of age, and he is not too far from breaking into the test team too. Gambhir will have his takers, as will Yuvraj, but I see bids for most cricketers coming down. An Ishant Sharma will not command a price of over 100,000 Dollars, on current form. Bhajjis retention is a shocker. He merited a slap here.

  • dinster77 on December 8, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Albie? That's the one spot they needed to improve on - and they retain Albie??

    Chennai won the championship in spite of Albie - not because of him!

    If Ashwin gets signed by another team, that would be sad - he won many games for chennai on his own merit!

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    No "dadagiri" in KKR!!!!or it's only KHAN!!! who is the ONLY DON in KKR....Dada was one of the BEST T20 players for the last 3 IPLs...what is wrong with SRK??? Better would be to sell KKR to some local company...They could keep dada and then buy others...Nyway they will not win IPL4...u don't have Sachin/Viru/MS/Malinga or Pollard!!!!

  • the_Srikanth on December 8, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Guys dont worry. KKR will buy Ganguly at any cost. SRK knows better than leaving out dada from the kolkata side. He will be executed when he enters the Eden. I am a huge fan of KKR, dada and SRK and I can say for sure that this combination will not be disintegrated. KKR will probably buy Dada, Mccullum, Gayle and Bond/Matthews for less than $3m now, instead of the $4.5m they would have had to spend otherise

  • ARad on December 8, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Chennai did the right thing. Keeping core players is an excellent idea from fan's pov - it creates identity and continuity. Raina and Dhoni are obvious choices and so is Albie. If he remains fit, he is a 3-in-1 player so he gives you more bang for the money. A pure bowler who could only be effective for at most 20% of the game. Vijay has had a fantastic year in T20s. He is a good fielder and supposedly has a great attitude so if he can recreate this year's form, he would be a good choice too but choosing between him and the local boy Ashwin must have been a tough choice. Also, Murali will be 39 next year and I am not sure if Dougie would have been worth the fourth spot since he can go for a few runs too. I am also not sure if he is considerably better than other fast bowlers who may be available at a similar price.

    Mumbai's choice of Harbhajan is the most puzzling. Warne is already 41 but he has other positives. Kohli seems to have the passion, ability and temperament - a fair gamble.

  • TheShawshankRedemption on December 8, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    RCB - Obvious decison (Future captain is Virat), CSK - Except Dhoni remaining r bad choices (Could hav got Yuvi or Yusuf, remaining 3 in aution instead) DC did brilliantly - (Could hav reatined Gilli though) But ppl talk aboutloyalty factors...NO loyalty in IPL...IPL is for fun n enjoyment with parties n money.. Cricket is 2nd ry

  • Andy199 on December 8, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Chill folks.. good players will surely find a team to play for... it'll be more interesting if teams changed.. as this format & tournament is more like watching a thriller movie.. for youngsters like Tiwary, Rayudu.. this is the arena.. given a chance they should grab it with both hands.. (like they did last year) would have loved to see Rayudu getting a chance as well in the national scene.. Ganguly although was extremely brilliant last season.. has been let down by his franchise.. not sure what the deal is but he may not necessarily be the same this year and moreover he is probably taking up a youngsters place.. so no worries he ruled during his times and now its time for others..

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Im sure, Kolkata, bangalore will buy their localites in auction at lower price instead of paying them at 1m$. for sure... IPL4 auction is really a must watch one...

  • the_Srikanth on December 8, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Mumbai - smart move, except Zak for Malinga Chennai - smart move, Rajastan - having already lost $3.1m on Warne and Watson, they should have made sure they retain Tait and Yusuf for a mere $1.4m more on paper. Delhi - should have retained Gambhir, nehra and AB/vettori/dilshan Bangalore - seriously? should have either retained 4 (Kallis, KP, Steyn, Kohli, Uthappa) or could have bought Kohli for lesser during auction. Kolkata - smartest move. will definitely buy back ganguly, gayle, matthews, mccullum in auction and have much more than $4.5m left for further purchases. Punjab - had 4 worth retaining, but no harm done Deccan - had 4 worth retaining, but no harm done

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Dravid, Kallis performed much better than all the players. These guys are really important to Bangalore. Chennai......No other chance, they need to retain Dhoni, Raina and Vijay, but should buy Ashwin at any cost. Delhi really lost Ghambir. Would love to see Ghambir playing for CSK.

  • inswing on December 8, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    No players are being "shown the door". They will just be re-signed at lower prices. The players are all overpaid and after a few years of losses the owners are realizing that. The player prices at the next auction will be very modest and more in line with reality.

  • on December 8, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Its all about money and performance I guess. Not retaining Anil Kumble n Dravid will haunt Challengers in the coming season. Mumbai made smartest decision amongst all by retaining Malinga and Pollard. Although mumbai would have better off without Harbhajan. Now it will be interesting to see how veterans like Ganguli, Kumble and Dravid will be dealt in auction. Gilly should have been retained by Deccan, which is not a good sign for them.

  • on December 8, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Why would anyone drop Dravid - am sure he is going to be picked up by Rajasthan or Mumbai - it's a no brainer. I agree that Zaheer Khan is much better off than picking Harbhajan the leveler (he just about scores as many as he gives).

  • dilipm on December 8, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    IPL4 is a great leveller. There were a number of players, in the first auction 3 years ago, who did not earn their keep but were paid astounding amount of money.Many of those will now have to do with much less and this will bring their inflated egos down. Certain Indian players like Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Ishant, Pathan brothers etc were distracted from cricket because of the easy money and glamour IPL gave them.Now they will have to work hard to be picked at auctions! Ganguly,Dravid,Kumble & Laxman are not ideal for IPL as the slam bang cricket and hard running is not their strong point. Of the overseas stars Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, David Hussey, C.White, Taylor,Vettori,Sangakkarra,Dilshan ,Steyn,Shane Bond should offer good value if they are picked up.

  • on December 8, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Albie is not a good choice to be retained.. He hardly performs, but when he does, its a match-winning performance.. I'd have stuck with Ashwin instead of Vijay.. But retaining Raina and Dhoni is a brilliant decision, though obvious. I'd say retaining Kohli is a good decision too.. He is very consistent. Electrifying fielder and a part-time bowler as well.. I wont be surprised if he is made captain too.. MI's retainment of Bhajji baffles me.. I'm pretty sure, they'd have felt much pressure from Sachin himself, being a very close buddy to bhajji.. He is good.. but hasn't been among the wickets lately..

  • mrmonty on December 8, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Dropping of Ganguly by Kolkotta and Dravid/Kumble by Bangalore tells you how interested the franchises are in their respective city.. What a sham?

  • on December 8, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    no ganguly on KKR...kkr going down..

  • LakmalPhysics on December 8, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Clearly IPL& BCCI are destroying morale of quality cricketers. $1.8 million for the first player, $1.3 million for the second, $900,000 for the third and $500,000 for the fourth. How much for other players? less than $500,000? Warne & Kohli valued for$1.8 million each. No Dravid, No Lakshman, No Ganguly, No Zaheer. What an insult for my great Indian heroes.....

  • on December 8, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    @ Sunil.....it meant out of 4 players, a max of 3 indian players can be retained...It could be 1 or 2 or 3....

  • sadcool on December 8, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Bangalore made a big mistake by not retaining.....Jacque Kallis Even Rajasthan by not retaining.....Yusuf Pathan....

  • ssenthil on December 8, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I think MI and Chennai made a Error not becoz they Retained 4 players but their Player Choice. I can Say MI should have kept Zak in place of H Singh and CSK Should have Kept Ashwin ahead of M Vijay and Douggy Bollinger ahead of my Fav Albie Morkel. Since Ashwin and Bollinger will be so costly in the Auction then M Vijay and Albie, though I have to love I can see Albie Playing for CSK, But I feel Sad If CSK couldn't Buy Ashwin from the Auction

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    no respects for dravid and kumble? I want bangalore to lose now!!

  • vaidyar on December 8, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Mixed bag for RCB: Dravid being the icon player was expensive. KP was an expensive buy and did not do justice to his price tag. I can see them being bought back at lower rates. Letting Steyn go was probably not such a good idea. Hopefully they can get back Kumble and Uthappa. Bangalore worked best because of their bowling firepower. Doesn't make sense losing too much of that now. But then the team makeups as we know it is now over. Going to take some getting used to, to the new teams.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    I m shocked to see Delhi not choosing Gambhir.... With punjab/KKR/Hyderabad opting out of retaining players this IPL option would be really intersting!!

  • Vilander on December 8, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Mumbai and Chennai have spent on maintaining their brand and so has Rajastan. Quite predictably flashy Bangalore have retained the flash player llike Koli and left kallis and KP out not to mention Dravid. The new franchise should make sure they get these guys.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Mumbai's retention players Sachin(Can Attract Huge Fan Base +NO1 INDIAN),Harbhajan (One of the economist Spinner In IPL),pollard&Malinga(Huge T20 Credintials) and chennai players Dhoni,raina(2 of the INDIAN next genertion Superstars),Vijay(Can Attract Huge Local Fans),Morkel(HUGE T20 Credintials) and Delhi Viru (Can Attract Huge Fan Base + Can change Game in a flash) ARE Exactly correct but Rajasthan and banglore choices can't attract much and i think both franchises wasted a huge Amount of money instead can go by the way deccan,punjab and Kolkatta Did....

  • ChetanS on December 8, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    happy for Mumbai Indians. Should I call them the Fantastic Four. Tough I don't really like Bhajji, but he is a good cricketer!

  • givemefood on December 8, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Ha ha ha.... Mallyas.. I feel sorry for you. Virat is an awesome cricketer but to retain him at the loss of $1.8M is just poor business. Mumbai Indians' choice of Harbhajan is terrible.. They could have picked him from the auction bucket for $100k. Good thing is... talents like Yusuf, Gambhir, Rayudu, Tiwari, etc. will get paid a lot more. Bye bye Ganguly... he would have been given the pink slip a long time ago if it wasn't for the emotions of the locals. At last Shah Rukh can sleep in peace... Goodbye to Dravid and Kumble too... Good players, nevertheless a good bye is in order.

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 8, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    *_CURRENT_FORM_*. That's all that matters during auctions. Remember Ishant being one of the costliest players in the 1st auction - post 10overs-to-ponting time. (I am not taking anything away from him - but was he really the best catch in that season? especially in this format where premium is on the batsman and even the best bowler can't bowl more than 4 overs).

  • AncientAstronaut on December 8, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    This sounds more like an article on business than cricket :-\

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    rajasthan had made the biggest mistake in all decison are made in all ipl. now yusuf will get the highest money ........yah

  • SettingSun on December 8, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Does anyone actually think this ridiculous player retention thing in the IPL is a good idea?

  • Newkid on December 8, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Somebody made comment about why would Mallaya pay $1.8mn to Kohli. Please understand that this the amount that is being taken out of the total purchasing power of $9mn for each team. It does not mean that Mallaya must/will pay Kohli $1.8mn, but I am sure the players will misunderstand it too(unless they have an agent who understands it properly) and think that this is what they will be getting.

    Retaining Kohli was a good step by Mallaya, because if he had retained KP then KP would have expected to be paid $1.8mn(which he doesn't deserve) as he was paid $1.55mn last time around.

    There is some unjustice in this players auction when local players will be limited to salary cap even though some of them might be better players than national teaml or international players. That is not valuing players on their true talent but rather on their images.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Retaining Kohli is the biggest mistake by RCB. They should have gone for Kallis considering his all round abilities. Mumbai has done well with their four. This has to be the best possible four for Mumbai. Rajastan missed the trick by not retainning Yusuf Pathan. Chennai should have gone for Hussey instead of Vijay. All in all 50 - 50...

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Wait till Dravid helps India win in SA and his stock rises again.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Kohli has been phenomenal in last one year & mallyas hav taken the right decision. In fact, kohli has exceeded everyone's expectations and it makes sense to retain him @Hema - Things have changed and your comment is very sterotypical. Tell me which oldie has done badly for India in recent times. Dravid struggled for some time but has regained his form and justified his inclusion in test team. Remember, these are private franchisees whose primary aim is to earn millions, irrespective of performances

  • rimjhim007 on December 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I am not sure why is everyone so surprised by Kohli's retension.I rememeber watching Ray Jennings interview right after last IPL about how Kohli would be ready to captain RCB inanother 1 year and India after a couple of years.RCB does not look at him as just another player, to them he is the captain once Kumble decides to make an exit.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Who in the right mind wants to have Warne at 1.8 million US dollars?Royals bought Warne for 400,000 US dollars last time.They could have easily bought him in the auction.Only Mumbai has the correct set of players but the pricing is absurd.Surely Pollard and Malinga deserve a higher tag than Harbhajan.May be Sachin's friendship got him those extra 800,000 dollars.M Vijay getting 900,000 US dollars for playing once in a blue moon innings and Kohli getting 1.8 million dollars are just pretty insane.

  • arunsen on December 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Chennai's retention was unbelievable. I thought they would retain MS Dhoni, Raina, Bollinger and Muralitharan or Ashwin... Bollinger, Murali and Ashwin, these three played really well in IPL and champions league which gave Chennai a win in both tournaments. Three of them bowled superbly, which has lead to the victory. I don't know whom chennai is going to take as the bowler this time around. I am sure there will be much more auction money given for those three from all the other teams. Its going to be a tough auction for chennai to take those three back in the team.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Mr. Sunil Menon, have you read the 3rd paragraph "According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians. The retained players - who must have been part of the franchise's registered squads for the 2010 season" have you read paragraph 8 Rajasthan royals they retained only two foreign players Shane Warne & Shane Watson.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari :DO you know what is CRICKET except understanding the bookish knowledge "An outdoor game played with bats, a ball, and wickets by two teams of 11 players each."

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    DC, KKR are going to go for good players and I felt the teams who retained some players made a mistake.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    I can't imagine KKR without Sourav!!!!

  • Icyman on December 8, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @ Sunil Menon- the rules were changed,Franchisees could retain 4 players with a maximum of 3 Indians. As far as retention is concerned, CSK and MI have kinda lost it-they now have only 50% of the amount to buy other players as opposed to the other teams.

  • meeyan on December 8, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    @Sunil :"According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians." that means there is no restrictions about foreign player.

  • Phaninc on December 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    @Sunil Menon: Only three Indian players can be retained, can be all four foreign players.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    there will be lots of shift in loyality for many..will have to wait for IPL acution to decide which team to follow now..KKR will suffer the most ,expect loss of revenue

  • dyogesh on December 8, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    But have the franchises clarified who will be paid how much ? Clearly the 4th players of Mumbai & Chennai (whoever they be Bhajji or Malinga, Vijay or Albie) are capable of earning in the auction at least $750,000 which is1.5 times $500,000 they are going to get otherwise. Why would the players then agree ? There seems to be some other invisible benefits here.. Perhaps, brand opportunities, ads or goodies in other form from the team owners.

  • crikkfan on December 8, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    @Sunil Menon of the 4 allowed, max of 3 can be indian players. so minimum of 1 foreign player out of 4 not max. If the team is not even retaining 4 players, then there is no issue. RR have retained warne and watson as their only 2.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    How could mumbai retain both pollard and malinga despite (3+1) combination?Can anyone answer my question......I am really surprised when RR has not retained Yusuf Pathan as he single handedly won many matches for RR in the past 3 years or is it just a trick to auction him and buy for a cheaper price couldn't understand their logic behind this.

  • pranav301283 on December 8, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari: Did you just return to the world after two years ? What is wrong with you ? The Oldy Goldies have performed out of their skin this year. One was named World Cricketer of the Year, one won a memorable test match against Australia (not to forget the 3rd Test against SL) and one just signalled return to form with a beautiful 191 agianst NZ. Thank God you do not run cricket in India. Stop being whimsical.

  • asraruwant on December 8, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Best decision was made by mumbai indians because even if they tried to buy these 4 players in auction it would have costed them pretty much the same money. So very well thought decision by mumbai indians. Chennai probably spent about 1 million extra than they would if they had tried to buy all these 4 players in auction. The most stupid decision was RCB's They have retained kohli for $1.8 million, If they were that keen for kohli they could have bought him in the auction iam sure for not more than $900,000, They just got fooled by his current form they dont realise there is another 4 months before IPL starts and form's can Dip. Good decision by KKR , Punjab,Delhi and Rajasthan.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    @Sunil: Its from the 4, only 3 must be Indian. it doesn't mean only one foreign player allowed.

  • Scrop on December 8, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    I can see Kolkata, Punjab and Deccan going all out in the auctions. Chennai could have just retained MSD and Raina, Albie and Vijay are little wasted options I feel, they need to be wise in the auctions. Mumbai did the best, but they will have less budget to play in the auctions. Virat is a real surprise, KP/ Kallis / White or Styen would have been better options. Rajathan missed Pathan I guess, the India Pollard. DElhi also missed Vettori.

    May be the FTP for next 2 yrs has something to do with the retention ??

  • asraruwant on December 8, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    @Sunilmenon- It doesnt say only one foreign player can be retained, it says maximum of three indians can be retained. So that means franchise can choose to retain all 4 foreign players as well if they want but cannot retain more than 3 indian players.

  • Malakaran on December 8, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    @ sunil, teams can reteain only maximum of 3 Indian players but no restriction that they can't retain more than 1 Foreign players.

  • Sajeesh.M.S on December 8, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    A team can retain up-to 4 players. The choice is either 2 Indians and 2 foreign players or 3 Indians and 1 foreign player.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    @ Sunil Menon: You didn't quite decipher it correctly - "According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians." It doesn't say that 3 have to be Indians, all it says is that ALL 4 that are being retained cannot be Indians.

  • Antu_Mathiyas on December 8, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    @Sunil Menon, "teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians" that means they can keep up to 4 foreign players, but not more than 3 Indian Players

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Mumbai did the biggest blunder in keeping Harbahajan, they can get him in auction at a cheap rate!!!

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Sunil, it doesnt say only 1 foreign player can be retained, it says, maximum of 3 indians can be retained....so therotically you can have 3 foreigners and only 1 indian also,,but not 4 indians..cheers.... On the retention part, Kolkatta should have kept Gangully and Gayle, Punjab could have kept Sangakarra, etc...as a proud Pakistani i hope the Pakistani players play in this edition of the IPL...cheers

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    @Sunil: They said max 3 indian players cab be retained so Mumbai retained 2.

    I think instead of Kohli they should have retained Kallis.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    i feel sad to c commercialization of cricket n players @ such an extent

  • saikrish1 on December 8, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Sunil: "teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians" So 3 indians maximum, so it can be any combination of foreign and Indian cricketers possible as long as number of indian cricketers is <=3

  • Malakaran on December 8, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    MI decision to retain 4 players seems to be good since all those are talented and match winners.But if they retained Zaheer instead of bhaji it would have much better. But I think that CSK should have limited their retention to three players and they could have droped Vijay. RR had made a good decision by retaining their two Aussie players. Even though Warne is aged, his ability is not torn and moreover his presence will be a boost to the team. DD could have retained Gambir and Dilshan.Sehwag's fireworks could have been brighened with the presence of Gambir. But I feel dropping all players will become a better decision.So the decision of KKR and DC to drop all players will turn as a boon to them. But DC could retain Rohit Sharma since he have a good potential. I think Punjab is in total confusion even regarding their inclusion in the tounament. RCB retained only Kohli,but I think they would have foreseen that they could have win their winning capital for a much cheaper prce in auction.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    The lesser the number of retentions, the more exciting IPL 4 will become. I am a DC fan and I happy that DC did not retain anyone. I would love to have Yusuf in our squad :). @ Sunil : There is no constraint on number of foreign players retained but there is 3 player constraint on the no. of Indian players retained.

  • aks007007 on December 8, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    LOL waiting for the dravid worshippers to arrive soon and bash all the retained players (esp sehwag) and provide fake support to the rejects. no team with brains will pay dravid 1.8 mil since he is a misfit. i'm from bang and support for rcb is huge and no one will care if dravid is dropped. in fact, many will be happy. he took millions and didnt even contribute in last ipl.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    @Sunil Menon.. you are mistaken. It doesn't state how many foreign players are allowed to be retained, but what it does say is that a maximum of 3 Indian players can be retained. So if a team chooses to only retain 2 Indian players, there are still 2 slots open for foreign players - since there is a limit of only 4 players that can be retained in total. Hence, Pollard and Malinga joining Tendulkar and Harbhajan.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Thank God, DC didn't retain any retireees...Hunt and bid for some real domestic talent for next 3 seasons. Take a leaf from New England Patriots...Big names doesn't matter.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Can anyone in the world explain me how can Mumbai Indian retain 2 foreign players in Kieron Pollard, and Lasith Malinga, when the policy is a max of 1 foreign player can be retained?

  • tones765 on December 8, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    I was sure Chennai would retain Dhoni & Raina! Morkel's retention is good too, quality allrounder..! I am happy with that too..! When you look at Vijay for 500,000 it looks a fair deal because if he was put back into the auction..i am sure he would have cost chennai the same to get him back in the squad!

    Great Strategy again by Chennai! Best team overall in the 3yrs! The current champions in India and in the world! Way to go..Cant wait for the auction! :)

    Mumbai have got their tactics right! Best 4 retained..!

    Bangalore..well Kohli for 1.8million..?! We need to wait and watch! I disagree given the current scenario..although they might have the future in mind and have taken him!

    Rajasthan- I would have reatined Yusuf for sure! Utility player..!! Indian conditions, you have to have him in a 20-20 team!

    Delhi- Fair deal! There are other good players win Warner,Gambhir,Vettori..but they havent performed for them..so wise choice in not spending too much on them!

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Big surprise why Yousuf, gambhir,ashwin,kallis were not retained.. same why kohli and vijay got retained :)

  • xxxneilxxx on December 8, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    think bangalore made the right decision...they had the best team on paper but on the field was a different scenario...had some dissapointing outings...should have won the ipl and the champions league...get fresh players and make gd use of them instead of having all the star players and none aint really shining.

  • prasazz on December 8, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    chennai super kings back.!!!!! with msd,raina,vijay and albie.!

  • DRSK on December 8, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    If Kumble or Dravid are available for IPL and are not in Bangalore's team, then RCB is going to lose my suppoort.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Its a tough call on Chennai and Mumbai - they still have Ashwin, Saurab Tiwari, Murali and Nayar to deal with other than the second wicket keeper and bowlers. I would love to have Kumble in Chennai's side though it won't be fair on RC given that Karnataka state team is being shamed by Sunil Joshi. He openly challenged the youth to take his spot a couple of seasons ago and he is still playing.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Expected names are retained by Mumbai and Delhi. Chennai could have retained Douggie, who is the spearhead helped in winning both the IPL and Champions League.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Surprised to see Yusuf Pathan not retained by Rajastan. Expect to see him as the highest-paid Indian player in the auction (unless Yuvraj makes a sensational return to form). Ganguly and his fans get a reality check, while stars such as KP and Gayle pay the price for not performing for their IPL teams.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Honestly, i'm surprised Bangalore didn't retain Kumble, but I suppose they could be weary about his availability - considering he's KSCA head now. Kohli is hardly a player worth the kind of money they're paying for him; they could easily have bought him for far less off the auction. No surprising choices otherwise, really - except maybe Harbhajan, though his market value would've been similar anyway.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    only one foreign player cane be retained na? how Mumbai retained Pollard & Malinga.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 8, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Good. Only if BCCI would take a clue and fire oldie goldies from the Indian team as well. This is what happens if you overstay your welcome.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    cant figure out on y yusuf one of d destructors, gambhir has not been retained!!!!!!!n wat makes d maalyas to buy kohli fr 1.8 $..really couldn understand....

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  • on December 8, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    cant figure out on y yusuf one of d destructors, gambhir has not been retained!!!!!!!n wat makes d maalyas to buy kohli fr 1.8 $..really couldn understand....

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 8, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Good. Only if BCCI would take a clue and fire oldie goldies from the Indian team as well. This is what happens if you overstay your welcome.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    only one foreign player cane be retained na? how Mumbai retained Pollard & Malinga.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Honestly, i'm surprised Bangalore didn't retain Kumble, but I suppose they could be weary about his availability - considering he's KSCA head now. Kohli is hardly a player worth the kind of money they're paying for him; they could easily have bought him for far less off the auction. No surprising choices otherwise, really - except maybe Harbhajan, though his market value would've been similar anyway.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Surprised to see Yusuf Pathan not retained by Rajastan. Expect to see him as the highest-paid Indian player in the auction (unless Yuvraj makes a sensational return to form). Ganguly and his fans get a reality check, while stars such as KP and Gayle pay the price for not performing for their IPL teams.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Expected names are retained by Mumbai and Delhi. Chennai could have retained Douggie, who is the spearhead helped in winning both the IPL and Champions League.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Its a tough call on Chennai and Mumbai - they still have Ashwin, Saurab Tiwari, Murali and Nayar to deal with other than the second wicket keeper and bowlers. I would love to have Kumble in Chennai's side though it won't be fair on RC given that Karnataka state team is being shamed by Sunil Joshi. He openly challenged the youth to take his spot a couple of seasons ago and he is still playing.

  • DRSK on December 8, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    If Kumble or Dravid are available for IPL and are not in Bangalore's team, then RCB is going to lose my suppoort.

  • prasazz on December 8, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    chennai super kings back.!!!!! with msd,raina,vijay and albie.!

  • xxxneilxxx on December 8, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    think bangalore made the right decision...they had the best team on paper but on the field was a different scenario...had some dissapointing outings...should have won the ipl and the champions league...get fresh players and make gd use of them instead of having all the star players and none aint really shining.