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Top 4 batters retained in IPL auction 2022



Two new teams have been added to this year’s IPL so there will be a total of 10 teams fighting for the title in IPL 2022.

Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the two new franchises of IPL and both the teams have announced their draft picks before the mega auction.

The star bowler Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill, and Hardik Pandya will be playing for Ahmedabad while KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi will represent the Lucknow franchise.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul will be leading the two new teams this season. 

The other eight teams have also retained some players before the auction.

Four teams have retained 4 while the remaining 4 teams have retained 3 or less than 3 players in their squads. 

There were many outstanding performances especially from the batters in IPL 2021.

However, only some of these batters could make the retention list.

In this article, we will take a brief look at the top four batters who have managed to force their franchisees to retain them due to their excellent performances in the past seasons.

Number 4: Venkatesh Iyer 

Venkatesh Iyer emerged as an excellent all-rounder by surprising everyone with his performances both with the bat and bowl in the UAE-leg of last year’s IPL season.

He scored 370 runs in just 10 matches at an average of 41.11 as an opener.

Iyer is known as a part-time bowler and picked up three wickets with the best figures of 2/29.

He thrashed four half-centuries in IPL 2021 and played a key role in taking his side to the IPL final.

Venkatesh Iyer was picked in the T20I squad for the series in New Zealand last year.

He was also of the Indian ODI squad that played a series against South Africa recently.

Owing to his strong performances, Iyer has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming season.

Number 3: Prithvi Shaw

Prithivi Shaw was a part of the Delhi Franchise in last year’s IPL season and the right-handed opener played aggressive cricket throughout the tournament.

Shaw provided a quick and flying start to his side in the whole season.

Prithivi Shaw smashed 479 runs in 15 games at an average of 31.93.

He was the seventh-best run-getter in IPL 2021.

Due to his unreal talent and form, the Delhi Capital’s management has decided to retain him for the coming season.

Number 2: Glenn Maxwell 

Glenn Maxwell was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp in the 2021 IPL season.

Maxwell smoked 513 runs in 15 games at an average of 42.75.

He played a big role in getting the RCB to the playoffs stage.

Maxwell was named in the retention list of Bangalore along with Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Siraj. 

Number 1: Ruturaj Gaikwad 

Ruturaj Gaikwad was the star performer with the bat in IPL 2021.

He scored 635 runs at an average of over 45.30 in the season.

Gaikwad was also Orange cap winner of the previous season because no one had scored more runs than him.

He was the biggest reason for the victory of the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021.

He scored 4 fifties and a wonderful hundred in the season and that’s why CSK has retained him in this season. 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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