Despite plenty of speculation and rumors surrounding a trade as well as a release from Chennai Super Kings, the 2021 IPL champions have decided to retain star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on the IPL retention day.
Reports of Jadeja’s relationship with CSK turning sour after the uneventful captaincy saga last year made plenty of noise and it seemed like it would take a toll going into the IPL 2023 mini-auction. Jadeja had also hinted at leaving the franchise with his social media activities but in the end, he will stay put with Chennai.
Following CSK’s official announcement, the left-hander took to Twitter to announce that everything was fine and shared a picture of himself and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad has decided to part ways with their captain Kane Williamson. The New Zealand captain has spent eight years with SRH, scoring 2101 runs in 76 matches at an average of 36.22 and a strike rate of 126.03. He has also captained them on 46 occasions.
However, Williamson’s form has been under the scanner over the last couple of years and releasing him also allowed SRH to free up a considerable chunk in their purse. He was the most expensive player in the squad at INR 14 crore last season – the highest paid price to retain an overseas player.
In another surprising move, Mayank Agarwal, who had captained Punjab Kings last season in the IPL has been released from the franchise. It is a bit of a surprise given that he performed exceedingly well in 2020 and 2021.
PBKS had earlier announced Shikhar Dhawan as their captain for the new season and it was expected that Mayank would stay on as a pure batter. However, that is no longer the case and he will be involved in the mini-auction.
Ahead of the IPL retention day deadline, West Indies all-rounder, Kieron Pollard took to social media to announce that he was retiring from the IPL as a player. Despite the fact that he wanted to continue for a few more years, lengthy discussions with MI resulted in his decision as he couldn’t envision himself playing against them in the IPL. However, Pollard will join the backroom staff next season and be a batting coach for the star-studded franchise.
Fellow West Indies star Dwayne Bravo has also been let go by Chennai Super Kings. He has been a part of the franchise since 2011, except the two years that they were suspended in the league. Bravo has won multiple IPL titles and there’s reason to believe that CSK will go after him and look to swoop him up for a lesser value during the mini-auction.