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January 10, 2014
News : Kirsten looks forward to fresh Daredevils start
News : Kings XI surprise with Vohra and Miller retention
News : Knight Riders retain Gambhir and Narine
News : List of players retained ahead of the 2014 IPL auction
News : Mumbai retain Rohit, Malinga, Pollard, Harbhajan and Rayudu
News : Royals retain Samson, Binny, Rahane, Watson, Faulkner
News : CSK retain Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bravo
News : RCB retain Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers
News : IPL franchises allowed to retain up to five players
Series/Tournaments: Pepsi Indian Premier League
Delhi Daredevils became the only IPL franchise to not retain any player ahead of the 2014 auction. That means they will have the maximum right-to-match cards among all the franchises at the auction: three. They will also have their full purse of Rs 600 million (approx US$9.6) to spend.
It is understood that the franchise was in talks with Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner till Thursday night, but the negotiations fell through. Though franchise officials remained tight-lipped about what went wrong, it can be understood that the owners were not willing to meet the price the players wanted.
In 2011, they had retained Sehwag, who had been the icon player for Daredevils when the IPL launched in 2008. Sehwag, though, has lost his place in the India team, and had a wretched 2013 in domestic cricket.
While England's Pietersen wasn't in top form in the recently-concluded Ashes, going past fifty only twice in 10 innings with a high score of 71, Warner was at his dominating best. He topped the batting charts with 523 runs at 58.11, including two hundreds and two half-centuries.
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