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Ganguly, Dravid shown the door, Kohli stays on

Nitin Sundar

December 8, 2010

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Sachin Tendulkar tries to get one past MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL final, DY Patil Stadium, April 25, 2010
While the retention of MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar was along expected lines, there were some other surprising calls made by the franchises © Indian Premier League
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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 retained players

  • Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga
  • Chennai: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, M Vijay, Albie Morkel
  • Rajasthan: Shane Warne, Shane Watson
  • Delhi: Virender Sehwag
  • Bangalore: Virat Kohli

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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Posted by   on (December 12, 2010, 17:57 GMT)

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

Posted by   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"

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!!

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

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