5. Shubman Gill – Kolkata Knight Riders

He may have been pipped by his fellow opener as their third retention, but KKR will look to pick Gill back in the auction as he provides them with a future captaincy option. With INR 48 crores in the bank, KKR would have to shell out some cash but they won’t let him go easily.

4. Jason Holder – Sunrisers Hyderabad

Jason Holder will not only be a valuable addition to the team’s overseas slot but will also help them overcome their dreadful 2021 season through his experience and leadership. Picking up an all-rounder like him in the mega auction will be a boon for SRH as they enter the auction with INR 68 crores in their kitty.

3. Devdutt Padikkal – RCB

Coming up the ranks as a dependable and consistent opener, Devdutt Padikkal, in only his second year of the IPL, has made a name for himself in the circuit. The flamboyant opener will surely be on RCB’s radar and might be picked by them in the 2022 mega auction.

2. Shardul Thakur – Chennai Super Kings

A pinch hitter and a valuable bowler at any stage of the game, he has taken 55 wickets for the Men in Yellow in the last three years. While CSK had signed the Maharashtra star for 2.6 Cr back in 2018, they will surely have to dedicate a larger piece of their purse to acquire the allrounder’s services this year.

1. Ishan Kishan – Mumbai Indians

While his exclusion from the retained list ahead of the auction surprised many, Kishan will undoubtedly be on top of MI’s priority list. As the franchise enters the 2022 mega auction with INR 48 crores in their kitty, Kishan might eat away a big chunk of their money. Nevertheless, they will look to reunite him with the core.