A First Look at IPL 4 Player Rosters
The deadline for the franchises to decide the players they want to retain is still a week away so there developments yet to take place. Here are some of the players their franchises have already retained according to the this Times of India article.
Chennai Super Kings looked the most settled, the players enjoyed each other’s presence and not surprisingly, the team did well last year to win both IPL 3 and the Champions League T20 2. Dhoni for his captaincy and Raina for his performances were their biggest Indian draws, along with Murali Vijay, whose stock has been growing in the national team, they are the three Indian players the franchise has decided to retain. Albie Morkel, despite his blow hot blow cold performances rounds up the list of four they’ve held back. Raina being the MVP of IPL 3 could have been one of the biggest deals at the auction but his latest dip in form unfortunately takes off his leverage.
Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan are two players who’ve openly stated how much they love being a part of the CSK set up and how they’ll enjoy turning up for CSK post their retirements but couldn’t find a place in the management’s plans. Murali still has the 2011 ODI World Cup to look forward to but Hayden found himself out of the playing XI of CSK in the CL T20 after poor performances in the first two matches there and in IPL 3. Buying him is a risk for most franchises now so it might have been the last we saw of him.
Mumbai Indians had the easiest decision to make in the world and they’ve done it by retaining Sachin Tendulkar. With Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard having rejected their WICB central contracts I thought the two would have been shoo-ins but the MI management is waiting to decide on them as of now. Zaheer Khan’s fitness and Harbhajan Singh’s bowling form, batting form notwithstanding are a gamble which they are also waiting to decide on. Ambati Rayudu being an uncapped player can be signed out of the auction by the team while Lasith Malinga and JP Duminy could be other players they might want to lock down.
Delhi Daredevils have retained Virender Sehwag. Four players are understood to be serious contenders for the three remaining slots: their IPL 3 skipper Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Ashish Nehra and Dirk Nannes. Gambhir and Karthik are understandable but I can’t believe they’re not considering retaining AB de Villiers and Daniel Vettori, both amazing players, both in good form. And Dilshan too.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are planning to retain only Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. There was all that tension with Rahul Dravid in the first year so it’s easy to see why he might not be retained. They’ve also decided to let go of Jacques Kallis and Robin Uthappa, again understandable. Cameron White, Dale Steyn, Jesse Ryder are some of the other talents they might want to retain but I think Kevin Pietersen is the guy they’re most likely to go for. Remains to be seen if Kumble’ll play or be a part of the management set up, he looked like he’d been enjoying retirement in the CL T20, having put on weight and that’s the closest I’ve seen him to being physically unfit in a match. I’m counting the time he played with a bandaged jaw. Although if we know anything about him, he wouldn’t want to go out without a last hurrah.
Deccan Chargers have stated they aren’t interested in keeping Adam Gilchrist, VVS Laxman or Rohit Sharma. They’ve not mentioned who they want to keep either. Only Andrew Symonds is a sure bet, Vaas is too old, Styris, Dwayne Smith, Gibbs are patchy. Ojha, Ryan Harris, possibly even RP might be retained but Sharma was a valuable player for them, hard to see why they don’t want him. Suman thankfully remains an uncapped player and they can sign him outside of the auction.
Kolkata Knight Riders have the big question of whether to retain Ganguly or not. He tried very hard in IPL 3 but it just wasn’t enough. He’s going to play Ranji cricket to be fit for IPL 4 but will he be turning out for KKR? They could come under fire from the Kolkata crowd for not buying him but maybe they won’t. Chris Gayle is the certainty on the players they’d like to retain as of now. They’d do well to add Brendon McCullum, Angelo Mathews and Manoj Tiwary to that list.
Also, all the players from the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals roster are effectively on the market so that opens up a lot of the market for the new franchise(s).
All said and done, the picture will be clearer in a weeks time when the deadline is past. And this is from a report from ToI so please, please keep a bucket of salt with you as you read this.
Edit: A few minutes after posting this, this happened:
So, Rajasthan and if they follow suit quickly, Kings XI Punjab can choose to retain their players ahead of the auction in January. Their players are not all on the table yet. Shambolic.