The colorful all-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to be sent back to the IPL auction pool by Mumbai Indians as the five-time champions are more or less bragging about the players on their 2022 season retention list. With the IPL set to be a 10-team affair after RP-SG bought Pune and CVC owned the Ahmedabad franchises respectively, there will be a big auction in December this year with many teams restructuring their core, moving to the future look. MI, one of the best IPL teams over the 14 seasons, however, will have their core almost the same, but a notable absentee may be Hardik, a flamboyant versatile player who has recently become more of a specialist batsman.
“I think BCCI will have three-player retention formula with one Right to Match card. If RTM is not there, there could be four retention. Rohit Sharma and India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are automatic choices.
“Kieron Pollard will be third retention. MI’s strength is their continuity as these are three pillars of MI,” a senior IPL official monitoring the franchise market retention told PTI.
“At this point there is less than a 10 percent chance that Hardik will be retained by MI. Yes, he might just all perform better in the next few T20 World Cup matches, but even then the chances are weak. If there are four retentions “or 1 RTM, then Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are the contenders for that slot,” the IPL official added.
The reason for MI’s unwillingness to keep Hardik is pure cricket, as he is no longer the dreaded versatile player he was two years back.
His back might never allow him to be the nimble fast-medium bowler he once was. He will not be able to bowl consistently at a late 130 km / h and no seasoned IPL equipment will simply hit his batting skills.
Hardik may still be selected by MI from the auction if he gets within the budget earmarked for him.
“Yes, of course there is a market dynamic and if necessary MI will select him from the auction, provided he fits within a specific budget. In order of preference are the first five MI players Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, “said the IPL insider.
In view of the leadership role, Shreyas Iyer may leave Delhi Capitals
It is understood that the talented Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is unlikely to be part of Delhi Capitals lineup during next year’s Indian Premier League. If sources close to the cricketer are to be believed, he is eager for a leadership role and it seems unlikely that Delhi Capitals will return the captaincy to him as Rishabh Pant also led the team to the IPL play-offs during this issue.
Under Iyer, Delhi reached the play-off rounds twice, including its first final appearance during the 2020 season.
Because he was a successful leader in his own right, Iyer wants to make himself available for a leadership role.
With two new franchises in the market and a few like Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings always looking for new captains, not to forget RCB, there is a good chance he will be one of the potential captains.
New franchises can select three players from the pool before the auction
To create a somewhat level playing field, the BCCI is considering giving the two new franchises (Lucknow and Ahmedabad) a chance to select three players from the available pool before the auction.
“The logic is to give new teams a chance to get a core ready. Obviously, modalities need to be worked out, which include the fees as well as whether that particular player is willing to be selected before the auction.
“Since most of the top franchises will retain the ” big boys ” of India and international cricket, the two new franchises also need equal playing field. But that is still being considered,” a BCCI official said.
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