The Cricket Lounge’s IPL Retained Players XI

IPL is just around the corner and the excitement is just getting better and better. We saw some spectacular purchases in the IPL auctions but even before a plethora of players went under the hammer, some iconic players were already retained by franchises.



So we have made a team of the retained players which we call the IPL RETAINED PLAYERS XI.


David Warner

Rohit Sharma


Perfect opening combination of a lethal left-handed batsman and an explosive right-handed batsman. This opening pair can play around with any bowling attack and literally destroy the finest bowling attacks. This is the best international opening pair for T20 cricket.

Middle Order

One Down: Virat Kohli (captain)

Two Down: AB De Villiers

Three Down: Suresh Raina


So, if the bowlers get away with the openers and expose the middle order, things would only get worse for them as they would then have to see Virat Kohli and ABD take the crease. This is a rich middle order which also includes Suresh Raina who is the leading run-getter for India in the shortest format of the game.


MS Dhoni


Well, the obvious choice here. Rishabh Pant was another choice but we would still go with MS Dhoni for all his experience and lightning-fast reflexes. So, MS Dhoni is the perfect wicketkeeper for this IPL Retained Players XI.
All Rounders

Hardik Pandya

Chris Morris


Perfect all rounders both of them. While Morris was retained by the Delhi Daredevils, Hardik Pandya was retained by the Mumbai Indians. Both can contribute to the team as full-time bowlers and well as batsmen.


Jasprit Bumrah

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Ravindra Jadeja



The best bowling attack among the retained players. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been just sensational in the limited overs cricket.

How would you rate this squad?


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