IPL 2014 January 9, 2014

Royals want many, KKR two, Daredevils unsure

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.

Rajasthan Royals

From the time Shane Warne took his band of no-namers to the title in the inaugural season, Rajasthan Royals have been known as a small team that has to outwit sides with more financial muscle. They rarely use up their entire auction money, betting instead to focus on budget buys.

While retaining players takes a big chunk out of the auction purse - Rs 12.5 crores for the first Rs pick, Rs 9.5 crores for the next, and so on - the players retained are not paid that amount. They can be paid more - for eg, MS Dhoni could be offered a contract of, say, Rs 20 crore - or less. Perhaps Royals are hoping to pay less than what they lose from the purse, as they are looking to retain many players.

Among the names doing the rounds are Shane Watson, Man of the Series in 2013, opener Ajinkya Rahane, who hit four successive half-centuries to finish the Champions League last year, Australia allrounder James Faulkner, who made a big splash last season with his death bowling and big hitting, and Kerala teenager Sanju Samson, who showed immense composure even in the finals of the Champions League. Allrounder Stuart Binny also has an outside chance of being retained.

Our picks: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny


Kolkata Knight Riders

In 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders decided to rebuild their team from scratch, deciding against holding on to any of their players. They bet big on Gautam Gambhir as the man to build their team around, and it paid off as they won the title in 2012, bringing Kolkata to a standstill with massive celebrations.

Knight Riders have shown their shrewdness in auctions by bidding huge money in 2012 on little-known Sunil Narine, who promptly produced a Man-of-the-Series performance in their run to the title. Gambhir and Narine are the players Knight Riders are considering retaining.

The 2013 season was a disappointment for the team, though, as they finished seventh, a long way off the pace. Similarly disappointing was the form of Yusuf Pathan, who couldn't produce the performances expected from one of the team's highest earners. Another key player has been allrounder Jacques Kallis, though at 38, age will hurt his chances.

Our picks: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine


Delhi Daredevils

Despite dominating the league phase in several seasons, the title continues to elude Delhi Daredevils. A team that experiences big highs and big lows, the 2013 season was perhaps their worst, as they could collect only six points, even fewer than the now disbanded Pune Warriors managed.

Like Daredevils, the team's iconic player Virender Sehwag has had a horrendous 2013, losing his place in the Indian team in all formats, and struggling to score on the domestic circuit. Never the fittest of players, Sehwag is now 35, and Daredevils could consider someone younger to be the face of the franchise.

They have plenty of big-name overseas players, and talks are said to be on with David Warner and Kevin Pietersen, though it is unclear whether an understanding has been reached. They have others like Mahela Jayawardene and Morne Morkel, but Daredevils are unlikely to retain them.

Our picks: David Warner, Kevin Pietersen (in talks)

With inputs from Nagraj Gollapudi and Amol Karhadkar

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  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    DD should retain Sehwag as well. because his success in past only DD was in a leading position in league level.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 11:58 GMT


  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    KKR, please don't pick Morgan and Tendo! Let these talents be useful to other teams rather you keep them in bench..

  • Dharma on January 10, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Since, RR is a low profile team which believes in team strength rather than individual strength, probably they can target Ryan ten doeschate.

  • RAJARAMAN on January 10, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    ShivaRam ... one more season for VS, then DD can't dream of winning IPL in the near future ... investing on spent forces will drag DD back ... DD should look-out for promising youngsters who will play as a team without ego

  • Sagarneel on January 10, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    One of the players no one talks of is Ryan Ten Doeschate. He was simply WASTED in KKR. I wish they try and buy Tendo and Morgan back....a middle order comprising of these two plus either of the two between Shakib/Tiwari/ Shukla would be rock solid. The auction's gonna be interesting.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    woow no sakib on foreign player list of KKR by espn editor garav karala , dear karala u dont have to show us that we know how much u guys are against us , those days are not far away when bangladesh will whitewash indian in their own soil just lyk they did NZ twice . just bcz sakib was from bangladesh u didnt even bother to put on his name on foreign list , but thank u for your showing the world truth about u guys , plz post this cricinfo

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    KKR will retain Gambhir and Narine. They will use Joker C for Shakib and Morgan. Given the sporting nature of Eden wicket thus far in Ranji Matches this year KKR will do well to get some quick bowlers not Brett Lee. This year Yusuf could well do well because he needs sporting wicket to play cross batted shots not the low slow turner. There may also be a big bet on Laxmi who is in outstanding form. KKR will do well to retain him instead of Bhatia and other weak Delhi boys. KKR should also get all season all pitch players like Hussey, Jayawardene.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    DD should retain Sehwag,Warner,Pietersen ,Morkel & Unmukt Chand and use their joker card to buy Angelo Matthews .Apart from that should buy local players like Manvinder Bisla,Gurkeerat Mann ,Shahbaz Nadeem,Pravej Rasool,Harshal Patel,Deepak Chahar,Sumit Narwal and international players like Ryan ten Doeschate ,Rusty Theron ,Quinton de Cock and James Pattinson

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    For DD all I can say is First: DD is so famous because Dashing Daredevil Sehwag is part of it, Second: DD is dominating in almost every league phase because of Sehwag innings(s) and Third: Sehwag if he is confident enough then one innings is enough for him to rock back. Finally all you have to do is to take a final call on Sehwag, ask him about this, talk to him honestly let him take decision but make sure he opens the innings bcoz he is still the best opener (atleast we believe in him).

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