On November 30th, the Indian Premier League's governing council required the eight existing teams to list their retained players. The BCCI has already established a salary cap for each player based on the number of retentions a team chooses to make. Because the rules had already been established, the teams had to plan and calculate accordingly.
The eight teams have retained a total of 27 players. Some teams were forced to fill the positions based on the regulations and paid exorbitant fees for players who did not deserve them.
1. Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal, the opening batter for the Punjab Kings, has been retained as the team's first player for INR 14 crores. He has been a regular in the IPL since 2011, and was signed by the Punjab Kings in 2018 for a salary of one crore.
His batting statistics for Punjab improved steadily. In 2018, he only averaged 12 and had a strike rate of 127.65. In 2020, his average and strike rate increased to 38.54 and 156.45, respectively. During the 2021 season, he averaged 40.09. As a result, it is clear from his batting records.
His overall average with the Punjab Kings is 28.02. Agarwal has become a much better cricketer in recent years, but he hasn't done much to justify his salary's exponential growth. He would not have received this astronomical salary if he had participated in the auction.
2. Axar Patel
Axar Patel has become increasingly popular in recent years. The slow-left-arm orthodox bowling all-rounder has been in the Indian Premier League since 2013, but made his debut for King XI Punjab in 2014.
In the 2018 mega auction, he was the sole retainer of the Punjab franchise. After an underwhelming season in 2018, he was dealt to the Delhi Capitals for the 12th season. This southpaw has been with Delhi Capital for three years.
The 31-year-old has appeared in 109 IPL games, taking 95 wickets and scoring 953 runs with a career strike rate of 125.22. The Delhi Capitals have retained Patel for an amount of INR 9 crores, which is excessive for a player like him because he is only an economical bowler and not a prolific wicket-taker. He could have bid a lower price at the auction.
3. Abdul Samad
Abdul Samad is an intriguing prospect from Kashmir who has become a talking point following his retention by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 20-year-old middle-order batter is also capable of bowling leg spin.
Samad has been a member of the league for two years. Sunrisers Hyderabad selected him for the 2020 season. In the first few games, the youngster demonstrated his hard-hitting ability, with an average and strike rate of 22.5 and 170.06, respectively. He has appeared in 23 IPL matches and scored 111 runs in both seasons.
The exploding batter has a career strike rate of 146.05. He has the highest score of 33, but he has yet to make an impression. However, he was retained in the auction for INR 4 crores ahead of their star power. He would have received a lower rating if he had been an uncapped player and based on his performance.
4. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj is the Indian team's most recently developed player. In 2018, he was selected for the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad by stalwart Virat Kohli. Siraj has gradually improved and emerged as their key bowler. He was retained by RCB over star performer Harshal Patel for a fee of INR 7 crores.
The pacer made his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017 and was later signed by Bangalore. He was a costly bowler who didn't get many wickets at first. His economy grew year by year, from 9.55 in 2019 to 6.78 in 2021. He has 50 wickets and an average of 28.74 in 50 IPL matches.
In 2020, the 27-year-old became the first bowler in IPL history to bowl back-to-back maiden overs, and he also took a hat-trick that season. He worked his way up the ladder and eventually became a member of the Indian team. However, given his wicket-taking abilities, he is lagging in that department and thus could have been purchased at a lower price in the auction.
5. Umran Malik
Umran Malik is another overpriced player on Sunrisers Hyderabad's retained list. After Abdul Samad, he is the second Kashmiri player to be retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The inexperienced player has been retained for a whopping INR 4 crores despite having only played three IPL matches.
Malik made headlines in the final few leagues matches of the 14th edition of the IPL when he clocked the fastest ball by an Indian bowler in the IPL at 153 Kmph. He was chosen over fellow experienced bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Except for bowling the league's fastest ball, the 22-year-old player has had little impact on the team. He has an economy rate of 8.0 and only two wickets to his name. If he had gone to the auctions, he would most likely not have received this salary.