IPL 2014: Favourites retained – Dhoni for CSK, RCB keep Gayle, Watson for RR, MI trust Pollard, DD axe team

IPL 2014: Favourites retained – Dhoni for CSK, RCB keep Gayle, Watson for RR, MI trust Pollard, DD axe team. As expected, Indian Premier League franchises have retained their top-performers for the seventh edition of the tournament. There were no surprises when Chennai Super Kings retained skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina, Royal Challengers Bangalore held on to Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, Rajasthan Royals kept their stars Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane while Mumbai Indians retained Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard. The rules, of course, will force several top performers like Mumbai’s Mitchell Johnson and Pragyan Ojha into the auction pool. In a ‘game’ limited by numbers, there will always be ‘winners’ and ‘losers’.

For example, Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner will be the biggest losers after Delhi Daredevils decided to axe their entire team. The Delhi team management explaining the decision said in a press statement: “It was the unanimous decision of the management with the focus of building a fresh team that the fans would be proud of.”

IPL 2014: Favourites retained – Dhoni for CSK, RCB keep Gayle, Watson for RR, MI trust Pollard, DD axe team

IPL 2014 Favourites retained

Team Player Name Country
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni India
Ravichandran Ashwin India
Ravindra Jadeja India
Suresh Raina India
Dwayne Bravo West Indies
Mumbai Indians Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka
Kieron Pollard West Indies
Ambati Rayudu India
Rohit Sharma India
Harbhajan Singh India
Rajasthan Royals Shane Watson Australia
James Faulkner Australia
Ajinkya Rahane India
Stuart Binny India (uncapped)
Sanju Samson India (uncapped)
Royal Challengers Bangalore Chris Gayle West Indies
Ab de Villiers South Africa
Virat Kohli India
Kings XI Punjab David Miller South Africa
Manan Vohra India (uncapped)
Sunrisers Hyderabad Dale Steyn South Africa
Shikhar Dhawan India
Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir India
Sunil Narine West Indies
No. of players retained in advance of the Player Auction Salary Cap left for the 2014 Player Auction Rs. crore No. of RTM for the 2014 Player Auction
Chennai Super Kings 5 21 1*
Delhi Daredevils 0 60 3
Kings XI Punjab 2 43.5 2
Kolkata Knight Riders 2 38 2
Mumbai Indians 5 21 1
Rajasthan Royals 5 22.5 1
Royal Challengers Bangalore 3 30.5 1
Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 38 2

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