IPL 2014 January 9, 2014

CSK spoilt for choice, Kings XI search for one

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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

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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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  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey 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

  • TSJ07 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey 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.

  • snbirdi 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.

  • BigINDFan 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

  • CricketFanInCA 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

  • Rally_Windies 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

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey 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

  • TSJ07 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey 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.

  • snbirdi 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.

  • BigINDFan 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

  • CricketFanInCA 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

  • Rally_Windies 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

  • manju1438 on January 9, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Why both Ashwin&Jadeja ? Seriously.. Nurture local boy Baba Aparajith [U19 player] for 1 complete season, he will become an asset to the team. Ian Chappell has high regards over his talent.

  • manju1438 on January 9, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    i wish CSK retain Hussey, REASON 1 : As he is retired, he will be available for all the games. All the SA,Aus and WI players will be missed out of action for atleast 4 games in the beginning of every season due to their international commitments. REASON 2 : He is the most reliable player in CSK lineup after Dhoni. In difficult batting conditions, where 120 is a winning total, he will be an asset.

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey Marsh and Miller have been key for KXIP. but if they retain they had to pay them a lot [ Rs 125 million for player one, Rs 95 million for player two] which is way way higher. Thus Cricinfo picked none. As it seems illogical to retain, as they can easily buy in the auction with far less prices

  • RockcityGuy on January 9, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    COREY ANDERSON for CSK...Yeah we love all-rounders especially the kiwi ones(oram, styris)...Go Lions...!!!:-)

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    bravo is brave and wise thinking cricketer. in most of the close finishes for csk, bravo has made it both with bat and ball. plus his exceptional fielding adds strength. vijay will be a better choice than ashwin, to get a decent start, if suppose hussey is not picked.

  • class9ryan on January 9, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Kings XI could be the party spoilers in the auctions this year, they should or rather will go after some top performers in the domestic circuit - ishwar, pankaj singh, rishi dhawan, rasool, manhas, parthiv, v rao, keadar jadhav, etc. But the biggest challenge Kings face will be chooosing a captain. On the contrary, all is well for CSK and they would like to add some pace in their squad in coulter-nile, morne morkel, parnell, etc. Obviously CSk will go happier than most of the teams in the auctions.

  • gauravm5 on January 9, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Considering Dhoni's strategies and picking playing 11 approach, he would prefer to retain Bravo and get Michael Hussey through RIGHT to MATCH card option. Dhoni is always keen on having fast bowling all-rounders in his playing 11 and I am sure Dhoni would love to pick atleast 5 overseas fast bowlers. Considering the remaining amount after retaining 5 players, the best options are: Faulkner, Hilfenhaus, Coulter Nile, Morne Morkel & Bollinger. Dhoni would love to have either Faulkner or Coulter Nile (both power hitters later down the order) batting at number 8 followed by Ashwin at number 9.

    As per my experience of viewing Dhoni's bowling combination in T20s, he wud like to hav 3 front line bowlers (Ashwin, Morne Morkel & Mohit), 3 allrounders (Jadeja, Bravo & faulkner) and 2 part timers (Raina & Binny).

    Dhoni's playing eleven: Hussey/Finch/Faf, Rahane/Vijay, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Bravo, faulkner, Ashwin, Morne Morkel, Mohit/Balaji.

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    It makes more sense for CSK to retain M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin and M. Vijay. It is easier to buy quality foreign players at a low price from the auction pool since teams are restricted to playing only 4 foreign players in their playing 11. On the other hand, even half good Indian players command a very high price in the auctions.

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    CSK: Please don't pick Wriddiman Saha, Dhoni is spoiling his chance to play always leaving to warming bench, let Saha picked by other franchises like DD they are eager to find a good batsman-wicketkeeper....

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    With CSK guaranteed to retain 4 of India's international players, all weaker teams can do is dream of buying strong Indian batsmen/bowlers. This IPL season was supposed to have NO retention with EVERYONE back in the auction pool, but as usual, stronger teams have played their hands and twisted the rules in their favor. So disappointing.

  • SRAM20 on January 9, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    I would pick Hussey in place of Bravo. Hussey is a lot more useful in winning games for CSK. Bravo picks wickets, but at the same time he leaks runs at a decent pace too. Hussey is more effective and useful. I wouldn't waste money to retain Jadeja or Ashwin. But I am sure CSK will retain atleast one of these two. If so, I would retain Jadeja and then try to get Ashwin through the auction.

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Age is the factor for Hussy.

  • 30-30-150 on January 9, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Bravo ahead of Hussey? I don't think so. Hussey was CSK's leading run-getter in both 2011 and 2013 seasons, if I'm not wrong. He's in terrific form right now. He should be the first choice along with Dhoni. Bravo is in great form too but Hussey adds more value to the team than Bravo. Btw, Hussey has been playing for CSK since 2008 whereas Bravo came only in 2011.

  • ThinkingCricket on January 9, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Mike Hussey is highly over-rated in T-20s. A true legend in any other format, but just good here. This is mainly because averages are over-rated and strike rate is under-rated in T-20. Hussey is a good player, but nowhere near the elite due to the unfortunate number of innings where he consumes too many balls and then gets out leaving the team in the lurch (like Shaun Marsh).

    Dhoni is the best in the format by a mile (even apart from his keeping), and Raina is an elite player too (only in this format). Also, I agree with Cricinfo picks, Indian bowlers are at a premium because of overseas slot restrictions and Jadeja/Ashwin are gold. Dhoni and Raina give the team the batting fire-power needed whereas steady batters are a dime-a-dozen (even though Vijay and Badri are nowhere near Hussey).

  • srinideva on January 9, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @Colm, Even though Hussey may not be in the Retention list. But he will be part of CSK. I`m sure about it...They have huge respect for Hussey. He is players favourite..Authors pick is the right one for CSK...

  • xylo on January 9, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I expect CSK to go all out for Ben Stokes.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on January 9, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Really? No one for KXIP? True they don't have many good players but come on, the article just stated the Both Marsh and Miller have been key performers, I don't get the "Our picks: No one"

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    I would go in with faf du in place of bravo

  • TheDarkKnight1988 on January 9, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    kxip should retain miller and shaun marsh

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Not picking Michael Hussey is just wrong, he plays all types of bowling brilliantly, he scores quick runs if needed, he has an average of 41.25 and has more than 3000 runs in T20s.

    He should be picked ahead of even Dhoni for CSK. Cricinfo suggest Ashwin, Jadeja etc, Hussey brings more than any of the suggested players...

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  • on January 9, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Not picking Michael Hussey is just wrong, he plays all types of bowling brilliantly, he scores quick runs if needed, he has an average of 41.25 and has more than 3000 runs in T20s.

    He should be picked ahead of even Dhoni for CSK. Cricinfo suggest Ashwin, Jadeja etc, Hussey brings more than any of the suggested players...

  • TheDarkKnight1988 on January 9, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    kxip should retain miller and shaun marsh

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    I would go in with faf du in place of bravo

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on January 9, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Really? No one for KXIP? True they don't have many good players but come on, the article just stated the Both Marsh and Miller have been key performers, I don't get the "Our picks: No one"

  • xylo on January 9, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I expect CSK to go all out for Ben Stokes.

  • srinideva on January 9, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @Colm, Even though Hussey may not be in the Retention list. But he will be part of CSK. I`m sure about it...They have huge respect for Hussey. He is players favourite..Authors pick is the right one for CSK...

  • ThinkingCricket on January 9, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Mike Hussey is highly over-rated in T-20s. A true legend in any other format, but just good here. This is mainly because averages are over-rated and strike rate is under-rated in T-20. Hussey is a good player, but nowhere near the elite due to the unfortunate number of innings where he consumes too many balls and then gets out leaving the team in the lurch (like Shaun Marsh).

    Dhoni is the best in the format by a mile (even apart from his keeping), and Raina is an elite player too (only in this format). Also, I agree with Cricinfo picks, Indian bowlers are at a premium because of overseas slot restrictions and Jadeja/Ashwin are gold. Dhoni and Raina give the team the batting fire-power needed whereas steady batters are a dime-a-dozen (even though Vijay and Badri are nowhere near Hussey).

  • 30-30-150 on January 9, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Bravo ahead of Hussey? I don't think so. Hussey was CSK's leading run-getter in both 2011 and 2013 seasons, if I'm not wrong. He's in terrific form right now. He should be the first choice along with Dhoni. Bravo is in great form too but Hussey adds more value to the team than Bravo. Btw, Hussey has been playing for CSK since 2008 whereas Bravo came only in 2011.

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Age is the factor for Hussy.

  • SRAM20 on January 9, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    I would pick Hussey in place of Bravo. Hussey is a lot more useful in winning games for CSK. Bravo picks wickets, but at the same time he leaks runs at a decent pace too. Hussey is more effective and useful. I wouldn't waste money to retain Jadeja or Ashwin. But I am sure CSK will retain atleast one of these two. If so, I would retain Jadeja and then try to get Ashwin through the auction.