IPL 2021: 8 Players who need to play well to get retained in IPL 2022
With the mega auction set to take place in February 2022, few players will look to perform well in the UAE leg of IPL starting on September 19.
Updated - Aug 29, 2021 12:04 pm
The second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin in the UAE on September 19. Already Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) are the two franchises to have reached Dubai to start preparations for the remainder of 31 games. These matches are crucial for all eight franchises considering there is a mega auction lined up in February 2022.
Also, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to include two new teams from next year. Hence, these 31 games will be critical for most of the players to showcase their mettle and remind the franchises of their prowess.
While few players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Keiron Pollard might be retained by their respective franchises, it is the fringe players and the under-performers, who are in trickier situations.
Not only the Indian players, but few foreign players the likes of David Warner, Jos Buttler, and Andre Russell too must be feeling the heat. The eight franchises can retain a maximum of five years (two Right to Match Card) and three-player retentions. Although talks were going on that the teams wanted more caps on players retained, the BCCI has stuck with the original plan of five for time being.
Eight players who need to perform well in the IPL to be retained for the mega auctions for 2022
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad- Chennai Super Kings
The youngster has got off to a brilliant start in the IPL. The CSK opener registered three ducks in the 2020 edition of IPL but made amends at the fag end of the season by scoring three consecutive fifties.
He thus became the first uncapped player in the history of IPL to achieve this feat. In the first half of the 14th edition of IPL, the right-handed batter got off to a good start as he managed to score two fifties and formed a potent opening combination with Faf du Plessis at the top.
And now he has a chance to press the accelerator by scoring well in the remaining matches for CSK. Gaikwad is only 24 and is tipped to play for India for a long time.
With a more consistent performance at the top of the order, the CSK franchise might look to retain a young player in Gaikwad for the next three years. He has so far scored 400 runs in 13 IPL games at a strike rate of 124.61.