8. Steve Smith

Smith, has an unorthodox technique, which frustrates many bowlers. He has the ability to nudge around singles and doubles and control the innings in the favour of his team. He is an excellent timer of the ball and can play the big shots depending on the situation.

7. Manish Pandey

After a disastrous IPL 2021 season with SRH, he was released ahead of the mega auctions. Because he is Indian and does not occupy an important overseas slot, he can be an excellent captaincy prospect for the new franchises.

6. Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, was released from the KKR franchise despite leading them to an epic turnaround in the second half of the IPL 2021. In the 14th edition of the IPL, he was released due to poor returns from the bat.

5. Faf Du Plessis

The South African legend was CSK’s most valuable player during their successful run in the IPL 2021. Faf did not make the cut for the franchise’s retention because Moeen Ali was chosen as the overseas option due to his multidimensional abilities.

4. Rashid Khan

The spinner is well-versed in the responsibilities of captaincy. He has captained Afghanistan’s national team and has learned a great deal about the nuances of captaincy. As a result, he can be an un conventional captaincy candidate for the two new franchises.

3. KL Rahul 

KL offers multidimensional qualities for the two new franchises. On his day, he can bat up the order and demolish any attack. His skill level is unrivaled, as is his hitting range. Furthermore, he has been consistent in the shorter format of the game.

2. Shreyas Iyer 

Shreyas can serve as the pivot of the two new franchises’ batting units. Given his progress in the format, he could be a hot property enough to make it to the auction tables. During the middle overs, he provides the necessary impetus to the batting lineup and can bash the spinners at will.

1. David Warner

The relationship between Warner and SRH management deteriorated, and the management ultimately decided not to retain Warner for the year 2022. After regaining his form, Warner made a miraculous comeback and was named “Player of the Tournament” in Australia’s World Cup-winning campaign.