Updated: 24 March 2022
Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to witness a mega auction towards the end of this year. This mega auction takes place every three years. This time, the IPL mega auction will also include two new teams. These two teams were announced on 25th October 2021.
With BCCI allowing only fore players to be retained, many teams will have to sacrifice key players. A few of them may also part aways with their regular captain.
Let us look at the expected captains of all ten teams in IPL 2022:
Expected Captains Of 10 IPL Teams
Mumbai Indians- Rohit Sharma
There is absolutely no doubt that Rohit Sharma will be retained in Mumbai Indian’s squad as the captain. He is the most successful captain of IPL with five title wins under his belt. Rohit Sharma is also one of the best opening batsmen playing the IPL, and his role in the team is of paramount importance.
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The way Rohit Sharma has evolved over the years as a player and as a captain speaks a lot of volume about his dominance in the shortest format of the game.
MI retained Sharma for 16 cr.
Chennai Super Kings- Ravindra Jadeja
Chennai Super Kings will most likely retain Dhoni as the captain for one more year. Dhoni is the second most successful captain of IPL leading CSK to four IPL trophies. He is the key member of the side, and his experience is worth gold to the team. There are many talks about Dhoni retiring from IPL, but his fitness can still allow him to play one more year.
With Dhoni in the team in IPL 2022, this will enable Chennai to have a smooth transition for the new captain, who will be nurtured under Dhoni’s guidance in IPL 2022.
CSK retained Dhoni for 12 cr.
Just before IPL 2022, in an unexpected move, MSD steps down as captain. Ravindra Jadeja will be his successor.
Delhi Capitals – Rishabh Pant
Delhi Capitals made Rishabh Pant captain of the team during the start of the IPL 2021 due to injury to Sreyesh Iyer. Under Rishabh Pant’s captaincy, the team has performed well, winning nine matches out of fifteen.
However, Sreyesh Iyer is now fit and expected to return, but the team management will most likely stick with Pant as the captain since they can see a bright future due to Rishabh Pant’s age and his x-factor. He has the potential to be the next superstar for India and in the IPL arena.
DC retained Pant for 16 cr.
Royal Challengers Bangalore- Faf du Plessis
Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the IPL, with 6244 runs in 206 matches. But, it’s also a fact that Kohli-led RCB has failed to lift the IPL trophy even once. Kohli cannot be blamed for this as he cannot play in place of all 11 members. Everyone needs to contribute as a team. He is the crucial player in the side and is too good a captain to be replaced at this point.
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Kohli had announced that he would remain in the team but this would be his last IPL as a captain. Du Plessis could be his rightful successor.
Punjab Kings – Mayank Agarwal
KL Rahul is one of the most successful batsmen in the last 3 years in IPL. He has been the Orange Cap winner last year. He has guided Punjab to good scores with his dependable and aggressive batting. Though he has played well, as a captain, he failed. His team has not lived up to the expectations and has lost vital matches in the group stage and failed to qualify for playoffs.
PBKS retained only two players before the 2022 mega auction, Mayank Agarwal & Arshdeep Singh. They retained Mayank for 14 cr. Today Punjab appoints him captain for IPL 2022
Sunrisers Hyderabad- Kane Williamson
Sunrisers Hyderabad had gone through turmoil this IPL season when they removed David Warner mid-way from captaincy due to an internal rift. Although his successor Kane Williamson is an excellent captain for the national team, he has failed to have an impact in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But this time too the team management will keep trusting Williamson and will make him the captain.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Shreyas Iyer
Eoin Morgan has not been fruitful as a captain and has failed to lead the team effectively. In IPL 2022 mega auction KKR team management, buy Shreyas Iyer at 12.25 cr. Today KKR appointed Shreyas as their new captain for TATA IPL 2022.
Rajasthan Royals – Sanju Samson
The IPL governing council is allowing only a maximum of 4 players to be retained from each team. As a result, they have to release a few quality International players who are probable captains. Sanju Samson, the regular captain of RR, has failed to qualify in the playoffs, which is reflected in the IPl 2021 points table. But he performed well with his bat in VIVO IPL 2021
His explosive batting and good captaincy can change the fortunes for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022.
RR retained Sanju for 14 cr.
Gujrat Titans – Hardik Pandya
Two new teams were introduced in IPL 2022. One of them is Ahmedabad. The owner of this team (CVC capital) will have to build the team from scratch. Before that, all the existing eight franchises will also announce their retained players list.
Team picks 3 players – Pandya – 15 cr, Rashid Khan – 15 cr & Shubman Gill – 7 cr.
MI team management did not retain Pandya. All-rounder local boy Hardik Pandya will be the captain of this new franchise.
Lucknow Super Giants – KL Rahul
One of the two new teams in IPL 2022 is Lucknow (owner- Sanjeev Goenka, RPSG group). Like Ahmedabad, they will also have to build the team from zero. Lucknow picks 3 players ahead of mega auction KL Rahul (17 cr), Marcus Stoinis – 9.2 cr & Ravi Bishnoi – 4 cr. LSG appointed him as the captain of a new franchise.