5. Shikhar Dhawan

The 36-year-old player was at peak of his career in 2020 when he scored back-to-back hundreds and ended the season as the second-highest run-getter. Dhawan gives a steady start to the team upfront. Despite averaging 39.34, he was not retained by Delhi Capitals. He is also missed by the two new teams and will feature in the mega auction this year.

4. Ishan Kishan

This 23-year-old youngster has played 61 IPL matches and has hit 1452 runs at a strike rate of 145.76. He was in terrific form in the year 2020 and scored 516 runs in 14 matches at an average of 57.33. His form earned him a call to the national side and has now played a few matches for India.

3. Yuzvendra Chahal

Chahal is an experienced campaigner and has made world-class batters struggle against him. Though he was expected to get retained by RCB or at least by any of the two new teams, he has been not considered and hence will appear in the auction.

2. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas was then injured and was ruled out of the first phase of IPL and when he continued in the second half, he was not given the captaincy. He then opted out of the team and was available for the teams to get picked. But, he has not been picked by either of the two teams and will probably be sold for a huge price in the auction.

1. David Warner

The southpaw has won the orange cap twice and is the most by any player. But, unfortunately, his rapport with the franchise got bad and was dropped from the captaincy in 2021 and eventually from the team. Warner was expected to get picked by any of the two fresh teams as a skipper, but he has been neglected and will face the hammer for the first time after 2014.