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The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League was a success despite the ongoing health crisis. The 2021 VIVO IPL that initially took place in India was interrupted for a few months. However, it was able to push through in the UAE before the year ended.  The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was able to bring home the championship.

Now, even before the 2021 IPL ended, many people are already talking about the upcoming 2022 season of the league. It’s going to be exciting because of the expected changes now that the league will once again be a ten-team affair after almost a decade.

Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the newest addition to the league and this means that fans will see a lot of player movements to different teams. While the dates of the 2022 IPL season are yet to be announced, many are already looking forward to witnessing the IPL Mega Auction where we will get to know more about which players will be moving to new teams. This could help determine the IPL 2022 odds and we just can’t wait to find out more.

What We Know So Far About Player Retention and the Auction

Before 2021 ended, the list of retained players by the eight senior teams was already released. Here are the players retained by the eight teams and how much they spent on them:

Chennai Super Kings

  • Ravindra Jadeja – Rs 16 crore
  • MS Dhoni – Rs 12 crore
  • Moeen Ali – Rs 8 crore
  • Raturaj Gaikwad – Rs 6 crore

Delhi Capitals

  • Rishabh Pant – Rs 16 crore
  • Axar Patel – Rs 12 crore
  • Prithvi Shaw – Rs 8 crore
  • Anrich Nortje – Rs 6 crore

Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • Kane Williamson – Rs 14 crore
  • Abdul Samad – Rs 4 crore
  • Umran Malik – Rs 4 crore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Virat Kohli – Rs 15 crore
  • Glenn Maxwell – Rs 11 crore
  • Mohammed Siraj – Rs 7 crore

Punjab Kings

  • Mayank Agarwal – Rs 12 crore
  • Arshdeep Singh – Rs 4 crore

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Andre Russell – Rs 12 crore
  • Varun Chakravarty – Rs 8 crore
  • Venkatesh Iyer – Rs 8 crore
  • Sunil Narine – Rs 6 crore

Rajasthan Royals

  • Sanju Samson – Rs 14 crore
  • Jos Buttler – Rs 10 crore
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal – Rs 4 crore

Mumbai Indians

  • Rohit Sharma – Rs 16 crore
  • JaspritBumrah – Rs 12 crore
  • Suryakumar Yadav – Rs 8 crore
  • Kieron Pollard – Rs 6 crore

The two new teams are expected to complete the list of players they intend to purchase by January 30. The Mega Auction that is reported to happen on the second week of February is when all the teams will complete their team lineups.

Who are Likely to be Team Captain of the 10 Teams?

Since there will be plenty of players who will move, many are curious to know who are likely going to be the team captains. Sports Ganga recently shared their predictions and here they are:

  • Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni
  • Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma
  • Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: Glenn Maxwell
  • Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell or Shreyas Iyer
  • Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson
  • Ahmedabad: Hardik Pandya
  • Lucknow: KL Rahul or David Warner

This prediction is based on the list of retained players by the eight senior teams. The predicted captains for the two new teams are based on the available pool and their IPL performance.

Will CSK Have a Good Chance of Winning Twice in a Row?

Chennai Super Kings winning the IPL 2021 edition was a big moment and they will surely be an early favorite this upcoming season. However, it’s really hard to say whether the team has what it takes to win the 2022 edition when we only have the names of their retained players.

CSK has retained the following players and here’s how they performed last season:

 

Player Name

No of Matches

Runs

Highest Inns Scores

Average

Strike Rate

Ravindra Jadeja

16

227

62

75.66

145.51

MS Dhoni

16

114

18

16.28

106.54

Moeen Ali

15

357

58

25.50

137.30

Raturaj Gaikwad

16

635

101

45.35

136.26

 

Based on how these players performed last year, CSK looks like they have quite a powerhouse for the next season. MS Dhoni is likely going to be the figurehead of the next season. CSK owner Narayanaswami Srinivasan did say that there is no CSK without him.

Ravindra Jadeja’s batting skill is an asset to the team and his contribution to last year’s team was so big. Add Gaikwad’s ability to smash sixes and CSK can be a tough contender next season. However, it’s still too early to say that CSK has a huge chance of bagging another IPL championship this year. It’s best to wait for the Mega Auction first.

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