IPL 2025 Retained Players List – Indian Premier League Mega Auction 

The Indian Premier League 2024 finishes with a KKR win, and people are now speculating about the IPL 2025. The retention of players by an IPL franchise reflects a lot about its upcoming season strategy. The article covers everything you wish to know about the IPL Retention for the 2025 season.

IPL 2025 Retained players list

With the IPL 2024 season signing off, the buzz about the next season’s players is high. And when we talk about next season’s speculation, the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is which players would the IPL franchises retain for the next season. 

As it is confirmed the Mega auction will commence in 2025, the anticipation of retained players of the respective teams is at a high peak. 

The retention of players is an important decision for any team as it gives them a chance to retain their best players in the team with a new contract.

The teams release their list of retained players before the mega auction, so though it’s early let’s see what can be the probable retained players list of the teams in IPL 2025. 

We have curated the list based on this year’s IPL retention rules, where teams were allowed to retain up to four players, where they could not retain more than three Indian players and two overseas players:

Here’s our predicted IPL 2025 Retained Players List:

  • Kolkata Knight Riders:
  • Sunil Narine
  • Andre Russel
  • Other contenders: Shreyas Iyer and Rinku Singh
  • SunRisers Hyderabad:
  • Pat Cummins
  • Bhubaneshwar Kumar
  • Abhishek Sharma 
  • Other Contenders: Travis Head or Heinrich Klassen 
  • Royal Challenger Bengaluru
  • Virat Kohli
  • Mohammad Siraj
  • Other Contenders: Patidar and Cameron Green 
  • Chennai Super Kings:
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad
  • Shivam Dube
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Other Contenders: Matheesha Pathirna
  • Delhi Capitals
  • Rishabh Pant 
  • Kuldeep Yadav 
  • Other Contenders: Tristan Stubbs and Jake Fraser-McGurk
  • Rajasthan Royals:
  • Yashavi Jaiswal
  • Sanju Samson
  • Other  contenders: Jos Buttler and Riyan Parag
  • Punjab Kings:
  • Sam Curran 
  • Arshdeep Singh

Punjab has the highest record of lowest retention, so we think they will go with a clean slate next season or with few retention.

  • Lucknow SuperGiants:
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Gujarat Titans
  • Subhuman Gill
  • Rashid Khan
  • Other Contenders: Sai Sudhrasan and Mohammed Shami 
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Hardik Pandya 
  • Other Contenders: Tim David and Suryakumar Yadav

IPL 2025 Mega Auctions

The governing council of IPL has confirmed the mega auction for IPL 2025 in 2025. The Mega Auction of IPL is held every three years to give teams a chance to change the composition of their team.

According to the news, the teams will get a limited number of retentions, and the remaining players will go to the Auction pool. And maybe each team will have the right to Match Card to retain the players in the team that match a bid during the auction. 

The venue and date of the IPL 2025 Mega Auction are yet to be released by the officials. The last time the mega auction happened was in 2022 at a private hotel in Bengaluru.  The BCCI will announce the date and Mega Auction venue soon. 

What can be the deadline for IPL 2025 retention?

The IPL teams get the deadline to submit the retained players list as per the IPL retention Rules to the BCCI before the IPL Mega auction.

Generally, the teams need to submit their retained players list a month before the IPL mega auction. So, you expect the list near November or December 2024.

IPL Player Retention Policies 

The teams get a 100 crore budget for the IPL auction and according to the rules, 75% of the budget should be allocated to players. 

In the retention of IPL players, salary cap and retention rules play a crucial role. The BCCI has set some retention policies for teams where when they retain players they pay a price from their budget or salary to retain that player, here is the distribution of retained players’ salaries:

  • Player 1 Salary up to 14 crore
  • Player 2 Salary up to 10 crore
  • Player 3 Salary up to 7 crore
  • Player 4 Salary up to  6 crore

So, if the teams retained four players they lose almost half of the budget, so it will be interesting to choose which players teams will choose to retain for the next season’s Mega Auction. 

Apart from that, releasing an IPL player from the team is another important decision that the team takes to work on their core strategy to become stronger in the next season.  

The most probable release can come from RCB can release Faf considering his age and retaining young players. Glen Maxwell’s performance in the 2024 IPL can let RCB release him from the next season. 

Some teams have many strong contenders to retain like Rajasthan Royals, KKR, etc., making the retention decision tough for them. 

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