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5 Retention Choices That Could Backfire For The Teams

IPL 2022 Retention

Ahead of the IPL 2022 Auctions, it appears that a few teams have taken a few bold decisions in their retention choices. In this article, we take a look at five retention choices that could backfire for the teams before the IPL 2022 Mega Auctions.

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Sometimes, betting on a cricketer can reap rewards for a franchise while on other occasions, it could backfire. For instance, while backing Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya made Mumbai Indians a successful team in the past, the retention of Sarfraz Khan did not work for Royal Challengers Bangalore. If things do not go as imagined, a few teams might taste a sour result due to their retention choices before IPL 2022.

1) Umran Malik – Sunrisers Hyderabad

Umran Malik is one of the retention choices that could backfire for the teams before the IPL 2022 Mega Auctions. The J&K pacer did well in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, but that was only for three games. He hardly has any experience at the domestic level to place complete confidence on. Yes, Umran has raw pace, but without control, it could go awry. Moreover, SRH has retained him for INR 4 crores, when they could have rather risked buying him at a lesser price at the auctions.

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2) Venkatesh Iyer – Kolkata Knight Riders

Similar to Umran, Venkatesh Iyer‘s sample size is also too low. He has played only ten games and has not played a single IPL game in India. KKR has gone in with the Madhya Pradesh all-rounder due to his profile but it is surprising that he has been picked ahead of Shubman Gill, who is touted to be the next superstar of Indian cricket. Also, retaining him for INR 8 crores is a little difficult to understand considering he is fairly new to the competition.

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3) Mayank Agarwal – Punjab Kings

Mayank Agarwal is one of the best T20 batters in the country. However, it is only recently that he started to do well in the league. Hence, it appears to be a risky move that Punjab has placed a big responsibility on him so early. Also, it needs to be seen if Mayank would be able to perform the same way considering KL Rahul would not be around him. The price of INR 14 crores also seems high for Mayank.

4) Abdul Samad – Sunrisers Hyderabad

Abdul Samad has played more than 20 games so far in IPL. While he has shown immense potential, he has not been able to construct a lot of match-winning performances. On the other hand, players of his age group have won games for their franchise. Abdul’s profile as a multi-utility cricketer is tempting, but he must do well consistently if SRH has to reap profits.

5) Andre Russell – Kolkata Knight Riders

Andre Russell is too good an all-rounder to release, but the West Indian has not played consistently for the franchise. He has missed games too often due to injuries. His form with the bat, too, has been disappointing in recent years. Hence, retaining him looks like a risky move for KKR.

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