The IPL 2022 mega auction is set to take place soon enough. Franchises will be looking at the the players whom they would like to retain before the mega auction. Whom the franchise looks to retain will be an important factor for them going ahead. The mega auctions will determine the team that will form and how well it is likely to do in the IPL for at least 2-3 years.
The date for the IPL 2022 mega auction will be out soon and there has been a lot of buzz around the retentions already. Eight existing teams can retain only four players, which makes every choice all the more important. Franchises are most likely to retain well established Indian or international players. However, there have been instances in the past where franchises have retained uncapped players before a mega auction.
After 2011, 2014 and 2018, this will be the fourth time the IPL will have a mega auction. Ahead of the same, let us take a look at three such uncapped players who were retained for a mega auction.
#3 Manan Vohra – Punjab Kings (IPL Auction 2014)
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 26, 2014
Manan Vohra was the uncapped player retained by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2014 mega auction. At the time, Punjab had retained only two players from their entire IPL 2013 squad. Vohra was the uncapped player to be retained along with David Miller.
Manan Vohra was retained by Punjab ahead of IPL 2014 mega auctions for INR 4 Cr. He repaid the faith, scoring 324 runs in IPL 2014 at a healthy average of 40.50. However, he was unable to perform consistently in the seasons to follow. As a result, Manan Vohra was released by Punjab in 2017.
He then went on to represent Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. Although, Vohra has not had success at the IPL, failing to be a constant in the playing XI and seizing the opportunities that he received.
#2 Sanju Samson – Rajasthan Royals (IPL Auction 2014)
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 24, 2021
The wicket-keeper batter from Kerala, Sanju Samson, made his debut for Rajasthan in the 2013 IPL. Samson put up a decent show in the 2013 season, where he scored 206 runs from ten innings.
While Samson represented Delhi Capitals for a brief period, his rise has come playing for Rajasthan in the IPL. He has been a regular for them since the 2018 IPL and also went on to captain the franchise. Samson was retained for INR 4 Cr ahead of the IPL 2014 mega auction. With Stuart Binny, he was the other uncapped player to be retained by Rajasthan.
Sanju Samson has been consistent for Rajasthan in the IPL, scoring 2391 runs for them in eight seasons. With 484 runs in IPL 2021, he was their leading run-scorer as well. Ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, Rajasthan have retained their skipper Sanju Samson.
#1 Sarfaraz Khan – Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL Auction 2018)
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 4, 2018
Sarfaraz Khan is probably one of the most debated uncapped player to have been retained by a franchise ahead of a mega auction. He was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL 2018 mega auction for INR 1.75 Cr.
The young right-handed batter displayed immense potential and talent in the 2015 IPL. Sarfaraz showed his innovative shot-making ability and played a few important knocks for Bangalore that season. Following his retention, Sarfaraz had a decent season in 2016 as well. However, he missed the 2017 IPL due to injury. Showing belief in the youngster, RCB retained the uncapped batter ahead of the 2018 mega auction.
While Bangalore retained Sarfaraz ahead of big names like KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal, he failed to live up to the expectations. He could only muster 51 runs in six innings and was released ahead of the following IPL season. Sarfaraz was signed by Punjab Kings but hasn’t had much success with them either.
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