Some of the top players, like Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur, are likely to change teams before the IPL 2024 auction.
The Indian Premier League 2024 Retention Day is here, and all 10 franchises are about to reveal the players they want to keep for the upcoming auction. Hardik Pandya, the captain of Gujarat Titans, is grabbing major attention before the official announcement. Reports hint that he might leave the Titans and make a comeback to the Mumbai Indians. This possible move has surprised the cricketing community, especially since Rohit Sharma is currently the captain of the Mumbai team and has not shown any signs of leaving in the near future.
Franchises have already let go of some top players. Delhi Capitals released Sarfaraz Khan and Manish Pandey, and there were trades between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad involving Shahbaz Ahmed and Mayank Dagar.
Some confirmed player moves include Romario Shepherd going from Mumbai Indians to Lucknow Super Giants, Devdutt Padikkal transferring to Lucknow Super Giants from Rajasthan Royals, and Avesh Khan moving to Rajasthan Royals from Lucknow Super Giants.
Top player retention/release/trade rumors:
Shardul Thakur, the all-rounder, was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 10.75 crore. However, reports suggest that the franchise is eager to transfer the Indian star before the auction, freeing up valuable space in their budget.
Prithvi Shaw, the opening batter, generated much speculation about his future following a challenging season with Delhi Capitals last year. However, it appears that the franchise is set to retain him.
Hardik Pandya, the captain of Gujarat Titans, appears to be in the process of switching teams, with a move to Mumbai Indians imminent. The intriguing question remains whether Hardik will assume a leadership role at MI or join Rohit Sharma’s squad as a key player.