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IPL 2022 Retention Updates: IPL legends and record breakers fall out of favour as franchises finalise their retained players list

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IPL 2022 Retention Updates: IPL legends and record breakers fall out of favour as franchises finalise their retained players list – With just three days to the deadline, the IPL franchises are closing in on their retention pick before heading into the IPL 2022 mega auction. With only four players available to retain at the maximum, the franchises will have to make a host of tough decisions, meaning some big names and IPL legends will be back in the auction pool. Follow for all IPL 2022 Retention Updates. 

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IPL 2022 Retention Updates: IPL legends and record breakers fall out of favour as franchises finalise their retained players list

Some of IPL’s greatest players, former champions, biggest purchases and leading performers will go under the hammer once more as the IPL 2022 mega auction looms around the corner. With a three-year cycle before a mega auction, teams will be looking to focus on the long run, meaning veterans and legends will find it hard to come by on the retained list.

Here, looks at IPL legends and record breaks who will be available having fallen out of favour with their current franchise.

Chris Gayle

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Chris Gayle in IPL – Matches:142, Runs: 4965, HS: 175*, Avg: 39.72, SR: 148.96, 50s: 31, 100s: 6

The Universe Boss has the most sixes, most centuries and the highest individual score in IPL history, but won’t find himself retained by his current franchise Punjab Kings. With Punjab looking to build for a three-year cycle, Gayle at 43 doesn’t fit their immediate plans and will be available in the auction. While Gayle did hint that the T20 World Cup was his last international appearance, he is yet to say the same for the IPL and still remains a threat at the top of the order.

David Warner

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David Warner in IPL – Matches:150, Runs: 5449, HS: 126, Avg: 41.59, SR: 139.96, 50s: 50, 100s: 4 

David Warner is the leading overseas run-getter in IPL history but finds himself out of favour with Sunrisers Hyderabad after a disastrous IPL 2021. The Australian southpaw who led SRH to the title in 2021 has the most fifties in IPL and will be in huge demand during the new teams draft/auction, following his player of the tournament performance at the T20 World Cup.

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IPL 2022 Retention Updates: IPL legends and record breakers fall out of favour as franchises finalise their retained players list

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan in IPL – Matches:192, Runs: 5784, HS: 106*, Avg: 34.84, SR: 126.64, 50s: 44, 100s: 2

An Orange Cap contender in each of his last three seasons, Shikhar Dhawan is one of the most prolific run-getters in IPL history and is only behind Virat Kohli in the all-time charts. However, Dhawan is not part of the Delhi Capitals’ retention plans and will find himself in the auction, if he is not drafted by either of the new teams. At 35, Dhawan enters the fag end of his career, and his experience will be key to any side that seals the deal for his services.

Dinesh Karthik

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Dinesh Karthik in IPL – Matches:213, Runs: 4046, HS: 97*, Avg: 25.77, SR: 129.72, 50s: 19, 100s: 0

Another IPL veteran who has featured in every season of the tournament since its inception, Dinesh Karthik also finds himself at crossroads heading into the new IPL cycle. A journeyman within the league, Karthik has developed into a fine finisher in the shortest format of the game, while his glovework remains top-notch. Karthik will find suitors for his services in the auction as KKR have no plans on retaining him, which could potentially be his final sojourn in the IPL.

Faf du Plessis

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Faf du Plessis in IPL – Matches:100, Runs: 2935, HS: 96, Avg: 34.94, SR: 131.08, 50s: 22, 100s: 0

Faf du Plessis agonisingly missed out on the Orange Cap by just two runs in IPL 2021, and will consider himself unfortunate to miss out on a retention spot with champions Chennai Super Kings. The veteran South African is inching towards his 40s but has made himself a stalwart in franchise leagues over the world. Du Plessis has been consistent with the CSK over the years and it remains to be seen what the future holds for the South African in the IPL.

Dwayne Bravo

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Dwayne Bravo in IPL – Matches: 151, Wickets – 167, Eco – 8.35, SR – 17.44, Avg – 24.31, BBI – 4/22

The second leading wicket-taker in the history of the IPL, Dwayne Bravo confirmed that he will be playing in the IPL having announced his retirement from international cricket. Bravo is just three wickets away from Lasith Malinga’s tally, and despite being at the end of his career, the all-rounder remains one of the finest death bowlers in the game. A player who leads by example, Bravo could add much-needed depth and experience to any side, and there could be a clamour for his services in the auction.

IPL 2022 Retention Updates: IPL legends and record breakers fall out of favour as franchises finalise their retained players list

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar in IPL – Matches: 132, Wickets – 142, Eco – 7.30, SR – 20.76, Avg – 25.26, BBI – 5/19

The leading wicket-taker among Indian pacers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is unlikely to be retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad and will be heading into the IPL 2022 mega auction pool. Bhuvi has struggled with injuries over the past few years, but remains an asset, as seen in the series against New Zealand earlier this month. Capable of bowling with both the new ball and old ball, the SRH veteran will be in demand during the auction and will hope to return to his best and prove his doubters wrong.

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Mohammed Shami

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Mohammed Shami in IPL – Matches: 79, Wickets – 79, Eco – 8.62, SR – 21.13, Avg – 30.40, BBI – 3/15

Another member of India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad, Mohammed Shami will also find himself in the auction pool with Punjab Kings reportedly opting for a clean slate with their IPL 2022 retention. It has been a stop-start IPL career for Shami, but the Indian pacer has found his groove with the Punjab Kings, picking up at least 19 wickets in each of his last three seasons.

Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL – Matches: 167, Wickets – 145, Eco – 6.91, SR – 24.12, Avg – 27.80, BBI – 4/34

Ravichandran Ashwin showcased his class over the past month in the T20 World Cup and the following series against New Zealand, but the off-spinner will not be retained by the Delhi Capitals. He remains 6th in the list of leading wicket-takers in IPL history and has an impeccable record in the league. Ashwin’s speciality to bowl the difficult overs and fox the batsmen with his variations make him a huge asset as he enters the auction. A leadership option as well, the former CSK spinner should find himself a host of suitors in the auction.

Chris Morris

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Chris Morris in IPL – Matches: 81, Wickets – 95, Eco – 8.00, SR – 18.10, Avg – 24.15, BBI – 4/23

The most expensive player in auction history, Chris Morris has seen his stocks fall over the last two seasons. The South African however remains an explosive T20 option, with finishing abilities aplenty with both bat and ball. Morris struggled with the bat in IPL 2021 and his performance with the ball also dipped in Phase 2 and is set to be released by the Royals. He nonetheless will command a bidding war in the auction should he be available.

IPL 2022 Retention Updates: IPL legends and record breakers fall out of favour as franchises finalise their retained players list

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