IPL 2014 January 9, 2014

CSK spoilt for choice, Kings XI search for one

ESPNcricinfo staff

A day before the IPL franchises release the names of the players they have retained, we try to work out who those cricketers could be, based on the buzz from the teams and previous retention and auction trends.

Kings XI Punjab

In contrast to Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab have fewer stars and no Indians who are regulars in the national side. Being a franchise that works on a tight budget, it is unlikely they will retain any players.

The biggest Indian names are Piyush Chawla, who has had reasonable success in the IPL, and Praveen Kumar, who has struggled with injuries this domestic season. Neither of them are candidates to be the face of a franchise, or team captain.

The overseas contingent has more proven T20 performers. Shaun Marsh has been consistently destructive over the years, David Miller is remembered by IPL fans for playing the innings of the tournament last season to stun Royal Challengers Bangalore, and then there's David Hussey, who is among the format's leading run-scorers but had a mediocre season in 2013.

Our picks: No one


Chennai Super Kings

The most successful franchise over six years, and a team that aggressively went all out to retain the core of the side during the previous all-in auction in 2011. In the three years since, they have progressed past the league phase each time, an achievement their captain MS Dhoni is proud of.

They are perhaps the team with most viable options when it comes to retaining players. Dhoni was the most expensive player in the original auction back in 2008, and possibly remains the player who would fetch the biggest bucks in an open auction. Giving up Rs 12.5crores (approx US$2m) from the auction purse for Dhoni would be a bargain. Suresh Raina may not exactly be flourishing on the international stage, but he remains the IPL's highest run-getter and a player to fear in the less-exacting environment of the IPL.

The Chennai Super Kings thinktank also loves allrounders. They have at least two of them who are prized in the T20 format: Dwayne Bravo, whose 32 wickets last season was the most taken in one IPL, and Ravindra Jadeja, for whom they shelled out US$2m two years ago and who had a golden year in international cricket in 2013.

Other contenders include offspinner R Ashwin, whose variations have confounded most IPL batsmen, and the openers Michael Hussey and M Vijay, who have set the base for many a Super Kings victory.

Our picks: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo

With inputs from Nagraj Gollapudi and Amol Karhadkar

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  • Cricket on January 10, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    They should retain Marsh and Miller as these players could be lost in the auction. Then they could buy back Mandeep, Vohra, Sandeep and Gurkeerat. This makes the core still the same and they are all in good form. Honestly, Hussey hasn't done too well for us and Mahmood is too old to last 3 seasons. Realistically, even if the big franchises limit their pockets with mass retentions, Punjab should aim to by an all rounder, a couple of batsman and a good fast bowler. They could get Neesham or David Weise, and go for someone like Finch/Bailey who can also lead the team. If unavailable, they could try Chris Lynn or Hamish Rutherford, both talented and young. Then they could try for a good fast bowler like Starc, or domestically, like Pandey, Dhawan or Bhuvi. Lastly they need a good spinner, Bhajji could dot he trick but I feel that MI is going to buy him back, so they could look at Rahul Sharma, Rasool or Abdulla. That plus a couple other players for reserves and Punjab will have a good team

  • RAVINDER on January 10, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    As Punjab fan I would love to have Marsh and Miller in the team.David Hussey has not had great IPL with KXIP so far except 2012 but 2011 and 2013 have been very bad. But then he is experienced player and not many players are left for auction.And now KXIP can also try for Bhajji,Yuvi,Rahul,Rishi Dhawan,Rassol and few other local.This might create more interest for local KXIP fan as all these players are from Punjab or neighboring states.So far KXIP management has not acted smartly in the previous auctions and thats why they ended with worse players than any other franchise may be except 1st auction when they picked Yuvi,Marsh,Mahela,Sanga,Katich,Powersbach,,Pathan,Chawla but then they released almost all.And they paid the price for that too. I just hope we have learnt the lesson and pick good players now.

  • kartikeya on January 10, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Punjab should retain Mandeep Singh also and Gurkeerat Singh has been superb this ranji trophy season.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    @snbirdi: Absolutely Spot On!! Only IPL1 KXIP team had the look of a winner! PZ only brings her enthusiasm to the Team Nothing else. Regarding No Retention this time;Maybe Miller and Marsh are worth that much money.They will go all out for Yuvi and Bhajji(If he's in put in Auction). Dont Forget-If they dont retain anyone,They will the Maximum Right To Match Cards.This can be a gamechanger.

  • Cricket on January 9, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    True, but the fact is that KXIP is not the wealthiest of franchises and after last season, Miller's going to be snatched up as soon as he is put out there. That plus KXIP needs some sort of consistency so they should try and retain them. Furthermore, if you look at how aggressive the other franchises are, how meekly KXIP auctioned last year, and the funds available, there aren't many better foreign players they could but anyway, so they might just use this opportunity. Miller and Marsh can also form a good batting core and as for foreign players, they could pick up an all rounder and a bowler to complete their initial XI. I would go for James Neesham as Tendo will proabbly be retained/taken early and Corey Anderson is most definitely going to one of the big franchises. They can look at a good bowler depending on how the auction goes.

  • Nick on January 9, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Well, enough supporting Punjab I guess. I need to switch to Mumbai or something before another heart-breaker of a season. I watched the last auction live and the reaction of Prity Zinta was priceless. She was so clueless as to what was happened around her and the the so called "experts" sitting beside her to give her advice were even more pathetic than she was. Jumping around with KXIP flag at their matches isn't enough Prity, stop ruining my love for my state and let someone brighter than you manage the team.

  • Harry on January 9, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    I am tired of CSK and MI hoarding India team and overseas players. The IPL needs revamp where India team players and emerging domestic players are equally assigned to the various teams to improve competition and skills. The overseas players can be bought in auction every year. I get the franchise model will be based on money buying the best talent but IPL should be competitive and benefit Indian cricket.

    CSK needs a new owner and brand after the scandal last year. If that is not possible then revamp the team to improve credibility.

    My pick for CSK XI is Vijay, M Hussey, Finch, Pujara, MSD, Jadeja, Bravo/Ben Stokes, Coulter-Nile/Holder, Ashwin/Rasool, Mohit/Balaji, I Pandey

  • Suresh on January 9, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    CSK should retain MS Dhoni, S Raina, R Jadeja, M Hussey and M Vijay. CSK should right to match card for D Bravo. CSK should also pick Corey Anderson and Ryan ten Doeschate as Foreign Players. For local Talent, CSK should pick Baba Abarajith - Future Allrounder for India.

  • Alexei on January 9, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    I think its pretty wise and obvious that they would retain Dwayne Bravo, especially as his batting improves. For Kings XI I would definitely try to keep Davd Miller, another young amazing batsman coming out of SA and has the potential to play that stunning innings

  • Ali on January 9, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    So much fun reading the comments of ignat cricket fans here !

    Of course one would pick Bravo ahead of Hussey.... (Michael Hussey)

    David Hussey, is another Story.....

    David, gets picked ahead of Bravo any day !

    But people on this blog are using "Hussey" interchangeably and getting all confused

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