8) Punjab Kings (3/10)
The Punjab Kings (PBKS) have made it a habit to have a complete overhaul in every auction. It’s like a ritual that they always follow. It isn’t an overstatement to say that their strategy with respect to their retention list was baffling, to say the least.
7) Sunrisers Hyderabad (4/10)
Even if the decision to release Warner is kept aside, they didn’t even retain a single capped Indian player. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar or even T Natrajan could have easily been retained. Last but not the least, they didn’t even retain Rashid Khan.
6) Kolkata Knight Riders (5.5/10)
The fact that they decided to retain the 30-year-old spinner Varun over several young and talented players, comes as a surprise. If not for the 22-year-old, the Knight Riders could have easily returned one of their batters such as Nitish Rana or Rahul Tripathi.
5) Rajasthan Royals (6.5/10)
In the last few seasons, the Rajasthan Royals have underperformed. They have struggled consistently. One of the major reasons for their poor returns is the fact that their key players aren’t available most of the time due to injuries
4) Delhi Capitals (7.5/10)
While some fans of the Delhi Capitals (DC) would be happy, others would be dejected. The reactions on their retention list are topsy-turvy, to say the least. While they did retain a few match-winners, they did let go of several champions.
3) Chennai Super Kings (8/10)
While the decision to make Jadeja the first retention and Dhoni the second was an absolute masterstroke, retaining Moeen Ali was slightly questionable. The four-time champions decided to let go of Faf, who has been one of their most consistent performers.
2) Royal Challengers Bangalore (8.5/10)
Their third retention was Siraj, which is tactically spot on. The fact that he can bowl in the powerplay overs as well as in the death was one of the major reasons for him not being released. The only complaint which the RCB fans would have is their decision to let go of Chahal and purple cap holder Harshal Patel.
1) Mumbai Indians (9/10)
With three-star Indian players, the franchise chose the veteran Kieron Pollard as their fourth pick. The limited-overs skipper of the West Indies has been synonymous with the franchise for more than a decade. Besides, he’s only getting better with age.