A total of 187 players in focus as we look at the confirmed best retained squad and players list for all 10 teams ahead of the IPL 2024 Auction.
The Indian team and almost all of the Indian players are currently busy playing the two hottest cricket tournaments, the World Cup 2023 and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Both the tournaments are extremely crucial. While one will bring glory to the country, the other will bring some unique talent from the country, which will create the base for IPL 2024.
It’s been only a few months since the conclusion of IPL 2023, but all 10 teams are already in the planning stage to arrive at their player retentions. The BCCI hasn’t announced the squad retention deadline or the Auction date, but we should expect the deadline to be somewhere in December, and the Auction to be somewhere in January.
Even as the deadline may be around a month away, we can definitely analyze the current squad, and find out the possible retentions for all 10 teams. So, with the data that we have in hand, let’s find out the confirmed best possible retained squad and players list for all 10 teams ahead of the IPL 2024 Auction.
#1: Chennai Super Kings
The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings should retain 24 players in the squad. They are a team that rarely makes any changes in their squad irrespective of whether they win or lose. With a lot of youngsters in the squad, the only changes that CSK may make is to release Sisanda Magala and Kyle Jamieson along with Ambati Rayudu, who has retired. With 24 players retained, CSK will have a space for 1 overseas player.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Batters: Ajinkya Rahane, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shaik Rasheed & Subhranshu Senapati
WKs: Devon Conway (o) & MS Dhoni (c)
All-rounders: Ajay Mandal, Ben Stokes (o), Bhagath Varma, Dwaine Pretorius (o), Mitchell Santner (o), Moeen Ali (o), Nishant Sindhu, Ravindra Jadeja & Shivam Dube
Bowlers: Akash Singh, Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana (o), Matheesha Pathirana (o), Mukesh Chaudhary, Prashant Solanki, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Simarjeet Singh & Tushar Deshpande
#2: Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals were without their primary Captain Rishabh Pant in IPL 2023. With Pant returning, expect a few changes in the Delhi setup after they finished ninth last year. Delhi should mostly release Manish Pandey, Rovman Powell, Abhishek Porel, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, and Pravin Dubey. Overall, Delhi should retain 20 players including 5 overseas players.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Delhi Capitals
Batters: David Warner (o), Prithvi Shaw, Rilee Rossouw (o), Ripal Patel, Sarfaraz Khan & Yash Dhull
WKs: Phil Salt (o), Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh (o),
Bowlers: Aman Khan, Anrich Nortje (o), Chetan Sakariya, Ishant Sharma, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar & Vicky Ostwal
#3: Gujarat Titans
The Runner-up of IPL 2023, Gujarat Titans usually follow the CSK template when it comes to giving their players long rope. Expect Gujarat Titans to retain 21 players including 6 overseas players. The ones that GT might release are Odean Smith, Urvil Patel, Dasun Shanaka, and Pradeep Sangwan; all of whom haven’t looked convincing.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Gujarat Titans
Batters: Abhinav Manohar, David Miller (o), Kane Williamson (o), Sai Sudharshan & Shubman Gill
WKs: KS Bharat & Wriddhiman Saha
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (c), Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia & Vijay Shankar
Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph (o), Darshan Nalkande, Joshua Little (o), Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad (o), R Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan (o), Shivam Mavi & Yash Dayal
#4: Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata Knight Riders had another below-average IPL 2023 season having finished seventh. The team was without their primary Captain, Shreyas Iyer, but he should return this year. But overall, expect a lot of changes in the KKR squad as they usually do. Expect KKR to release David Wiese, Shakib Al Hasan, Aarya Desai, Mandeep Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Johnson Charles, Litton Das & N Jagadeesan.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Batters: Jason Roy (o), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh & Shreyas Iyer (c)
WKs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (o)
All-rounders: Andre Russell (o), Anukul Roy, Sunil Narine (o) & Venkatesh Iyer
Bowlers: Harshit Rana, Shardul Thakur, Suyash Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Vaibhav Arora & Varun Chakravarthy
#5: Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants had a good IPL 2023 having finished at the fourth position overall. LSG should mostly not do a lot of changes, and will only focus on releasing expensive players. So, expect LSG to release the likes of Manan Vohra, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra, Swapnil Singh, Dan Sams, and Romario Shephard. Overall, LSG should retain 18 players including 6 overseas players.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
Batters: Ayush Badoni & KL Rahul (c)
WKs: Nicholas Pooran (o) & Quinton de Kock (o)
All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kyle Mayers (o), Marcus Stoinis (o), Prerak Mankad & Yudhvir Charak
Bowlers: Jaydev Unadkat, Mark Wood (o), Mohsin Khan, Naveen Ul-Haq (o), Ravi Bishnoi & Yash Thakur
#6: Mumbai Indians
Talking about Mumbai Indians, who finished third overall in IPL 2023, there won’t be a lot of changes in the squad. The team should retain 5 overseas players, but should let go of the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Duan Jansen, Jhye Richardson, and Chris Jordan. Expect Mumbai Indians to retain 19 players with space for 6 players in the Auction.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Mumbai Indians (MI)
Batters: Dewald Brevis (o), Rohit Sharma (c) & Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma & Tim David (o)
WKs: Ishan Kishan, Tristan Stubbs (o) & Vishnu Vinod
All-rounders: Arjun Tendulkar, Arshad Khan, Cameron Green (o), Hrithik Shokeen, Jofra Archer (o) & Nehal Wadhera
Bowlers: Akash Madhwal, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla & Shams Mulani
#7: Punjab Kings
Talking about Punjab Kings, who finished eighth in the points table in IPL 2023, we should see them retaining 16 players with a lot of unused and less-potent players getting released. The players who could get released include Matthew Short, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh, Baltej Singh, and Vidhwath Kaverappa.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Batters: Atharva Taide, Harpreet Bhatia, Shahrukh Khan & Shikhar Dhawan (c)
WKs: Jitesh Sharma, Jonny Bairstow (o) & Prabsimran Singh
All-rounders: Harpreet Brar, Liam Livingstone (o), Raj Bawa, Sam Curran (o) & Sikandar Raza (o)
Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada (o), Nathan Ellis (o) & Rahul Chahar
#8: Rajasthan Royals
Coming to Rajasthan Royals, who finished fifth in IPL 2023 should retain their core group of players with 21 players getting retained. RR should retain as many as 11 bowlers including 3 overseas bowlers. However, the players that RR could release are Abdul Basith, Akash Vashist, Kunal Rathore, and Jason Holder.
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Batters: Devdutt Padikkal, Joe Root (o), Shimron Hetmyer (o) & Yashasvi Jaiswal
WKs: Dhruv Jurel, Donavon Ferreira (o), Jos Buttler (o) & Sanju Samson (c)
All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin & Riyan Parag
Bowlers: Adam Zampa (o), KM Asif, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy (o), Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult (o) & Yuzvendra Chahal
#9: Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB finished sixth in the IPL 2023 points table, which isn’t good given the quality of players the team had. However, with a lot of underperforming players, expect RCB to release a good number of players with only 16 getting retained. The likes of players that RCB could release are Will Jacks, Dinesh Karthik, David Willey, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Bhandage, Sonu Yadav, Wayne Parnell, Avinash Singh, Himanshu Singh, Karn Sharma, Rajan Kumar, Reece Topley & Siddharth Kaul.
IPL 2024: Predicted Retained Squad Players List for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Batters: Faf du Plessis (c&o), Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai & Virat Kohli
WKs: Anuj Rawat & Finn Allen (o)
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell (o), Mahipal Lomror, Michael Bracewell, Shahbaz Ahmed & Wanindu Hasaranga (o)
Bowlers: Akash Deep, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood (o), Mohammed Siraj & Vyshak Vijaykumar
#10: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Coming to Sunrisers Hyderabad, the team finished in tenth position in IPL 2023, but it looks unlikely SRH would make a lot of changes in the squad. Overall, expect SRH to retain 20 players including 5 overseas players. The players that SRH could release are Harry Brook, Sanvir Singh, and Vivrant Sharma
IPL 2024: Best Predicted Retained Squad and Players List for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Batters: Abdul Samad, Aiden Markram (o), Anmolpreet Singh, Mayank Agarwal & Rahul Tripathi
WKs: Heinrich Klaasen (o) & Upendra Yadav
All-rounders: Abhishek Sharma, Glenn Phillips (o), Marco Jansen (o) & Washington Sundar
Bowlers: Adil Rashid (o), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi (o), Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, T Natarajan & Umran Malik
So, that’s about the confirmed best retained squad and players list for all 10 teams for IPL 2024.
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