11. Jasprit Bumrah

He has led the fast bowling unit of India and Mumbai Indians for quite a period now.  The speedster’s bowling style stands out as it is regarded as unique and unorthodox. Though he doesn’t have a long run-up, he is able to generate the necessary pace and disturb the best of batters.

10. Anrich Nortje

Delhi Capitals retained the South African pacer who was exceptional for the side in the second half of the IPL last year. He picked up 12 wickets from eight matches at an economy rate of 6.16. The speedster bowled the eight fastest balls of the season then wherein he clocked 150 km/h on four instances.

9. Axar Patel

Axar Patel has been instrumental in providing the team with much-needed breakthroughs. He also has a considerable amount of experience playing in the high-profile tournament and it was unlikely that the DC management would ignore him.

8. Sunil Narine

He was exceptional for the side last season, wherein he scalped 16 wickets from 14 matches. By chiming in with crucial breakthroughs, he put the team at the driver’s seat on many occasions. He also played quick cameos to help the side chip in crucial runs.

7. Andre Russell

The Kolkata Knight Riders retained four players in their setup. The management backed the West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell as he was announced as the first retention of the side. He hasn’t appeared at his absolute best lately, but he is one of the most lethal players when it comes to T20 cricket.

6. MS Dhoni (c, wk)

Dhoni’s role in the side now will be to build a strong core for the future while he is still around. In Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021, he played a quickfire knock to book the team’s seat for the summit clash. That quite tempted all to think that there is still a lot of cricket left in him. Well, it is for all of us to see.

5. Glenn Maxwell

RCB had a good run in the last season of the IPL and Maxwell had a big role to play in it. One of the areas where RCB had struggled in the past seasons was their middle-order batting. But the Australian all-rounder’s presence ticked this massive box for the team.

4. Kane Williamson

With the dismaying outing in IPL 2021, SRH’s management would be putting their thinking hats on to make some tough calls. The franchise retained Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik for the next editions. In such a scenario, the New Zealand skipper will have a greater role to play.

3. Virat Kohli

He has consistently performed for the side every season and it was obvious that the franchise will retain him. In IPL 2021, alongside Devdutt Padikkal, Kohli was crucial in giving good starts to the team. He chipped in 405 runs from 15 matches in the previous season.

2. Venkatesh Iyer

Think of one uncapped player who impressed everybody in the IPL 2021 and one cannot miss the name of Venkatesh Iyer. He was one of the key reasons behind the shift in fortunes of KKR in the second leg of the IPL 2021. The Eoin Morgan-led side had an ordinary tournament in the Indian leg of the IPL.

1. Rohit Sharma

He is expected to open the innings for the team and his attacking style of play will thus be important to chip in quick runs in the powerplay. He also has a plethora of experience under his sleeves. He has played 213 IPL games and has chipped in 5611 runs so far.