5. Anrich Nortje

Nortje has been retained by the 2020 runners-up for INR 6 crore which is way more than what he was paid in 2021. He actually had come in as replacement for England all-rounder Chris Woakes who pulled out of the tournament due to bio-bubble issues after going unsold in the auction.

4. Prithvi Shaw

The youngster had amassed 479 runs from 15 matches and that is the reason why the 2020 finalists decided to retain him. Delhi Capitals have offered Shaw a sum of INR 7.5 crore compared to INR 1.20 crore that he was paid last season and it certainly shows the talent Shaw possesses with the bat.

3. Arshdeep Singh

He finished the 2021 season with 18 scalps to his name from 12 games and was retained by the 2014 finalists for a whopping INR 4 crore which is 200% more than what he was offered last year. Just like Iyer and Gaikwad, even Arshdeep was bought for a sum of only INR 20 lakh in the auction.

2. Ruturaj Gaikwad

The opener was retained by the defending champions for a sum of INR 6 crore which is a significant hike from the 2021 edition where he was offered INR 20 lakh. Ruturaj’s good show also earned him a place in the Indian team and is set to make regular appearances at the top of the order in the near future.

1. Venkatesh Iyer

Venkatesh Iyer made his presence felt during the second leg of the IPL 2021 season in the UAE. He stunned the opposition teams with his power-hitting abilities opening the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Iyer finished with 370 runs from 10 matches along with three scalps as KKR made the finals only to go down to CSK.