IPL 2019 is at least 6 months away but all 8 teams have put on their thinking hats and announced their retained players ahead of the auction which will take place early next year.

In the last article, we saw retentions and released players from CSK, KXIP, DD, and KKR. This time around we’re going to focus on RCB, SRH, RR, and MI. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

No of players retained- 15

Players Released- Brendon McCullum (Overseas), Corey Anderson (Overseas), Quinton de Kock (Overseas), Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes (Overseas), Sarfraz Khan

Available Slots- 10

Overseas Slots- 2

Remaining Purse-  ₹18.15 Crore

One of the most popular teams in the IPL and it certainly makes you scratch your head when you realize a team with so many stalwarts in the past couldn’t go on to win the IPL. RCB have released a good amount of their redundant players like the ever disappointing Sarfaraz Khan, New Zealand Veteran Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, and Chris Woakes. The decision to trade Quinton de Kock and Mandeep Singh With Mumbai Indian and Kings XI Punjab respectively may just Backfire. RCB lack quality Indian Batsman and it’s safe to say that Mandeep was probably their best Indian batsman last Season (Because Virat Kohli isn’t even human let alone Indian. Have you seen him play?!). De Kock, on the other hand, is a quality Wicketkeeper and banking on someone as untrustworthy as Parthiv Patel will be a gamble. RCB have 2 more foreign problem slots and if they get quality players it may be a problem as they consistently have failed to get the balance wrong.

Retained Squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya


Sunrisers Hyderabad

No of players retained- 20

Players Released- Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan (Overseas), Carlos Brathwaite (Overseas), Alex Hales (Overseas), Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan

Available Slots- 5

Overseas Slots- 2

Remaining Purse-  ₹9.70 Crore

Probably the most balanced side in terms of youth and experience in the IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad have depth in almost every department and more importantly, have an abundance of Indian talent. But first things first, David Warner is back! the swashbuckling Australian is back with the Sunrisers after a testing time where he faced a one-year ban from Cricket Australia following a ball-tampering scandal. Sunrisers have also Transferred Team India and Now-former SRH Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils. Releasing the likes of Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan works in their favor barring maybe Saha they’ve got their Released players spot on as they weren’t contributing anything to the team. SRH have an abundance of talent and sorting out their best playing XI will be an issue for them. 

Retained Squad: Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan


Mumbai Indians

No of players retained- 18

Players Released- Akila Dananjaya, Mustafizur Rahman, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba and Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy and Pat Cummins

Available Slots- 7

Overseas Slots- 1

Remaining Purse-  ₹11.15 Crore

3-Time Champions Mumbai Indians have retained their core players and have predictably let go of their Substitute players. Barring Mustafizur Rahman no other released player showed any true consistency while the others didn’t even get into the Playing XI. With 7 Foreign slots filled the focus will be to get quality Indian Players especially in the Spin department as Krunal Pandya will have to do Majority of the heavy lifting along with inexperienced prodigal Leg-Spinner Mayank Markande. Furthermore, Mumbai Indians pulled off a Transfer Coup of sorts when they acquired talented Wicketkeeper batsman Quinton De Kock

Retained Squad: Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne Jason Behrendorff and Rohit Sharma


Rajasthan Royals

No of players retained- 16

Players Released- Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena, D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin

Available Slots- 9

Overseas Slots- 3

Remaining Purse-  ₹20.95 Crore

Rajasthan Royals have expectedly released big-money flops Jaydev Unadkat and D’Arcy Short. But the big news from the Rajasthan Royals camp is that Steve Smith has been retained post his Ball Tampering Scandal. Rajasthan lacks some genuine fast bowlers and have a scarcity of Indian Middle order batsman. They have a decent 20.95 crore to splurge and will be looking to address this problem.

Retained Squad: Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror


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