The Rajasthan Royals (RR) have reportedly retained their skipper Sanju Samson ahead of the mega-auction scheduled to take place early next year for the IPL 2022 edition.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, the royals have retained Captain Samson’s services at a whopping price of INR 14 crore (1.8 crore usd). It should be noted that although Samson would technically have been detained for INR 16 crore as the one-time winners’ first retention choice, the management nevertheless agreed on a deal worth the aforementioned amount with the goalkeeper-batsman. For the ignorant, Samson was last signed by the Royals in 2018 as they had paid INR 8 crores for his services. Thus, the cricketer’s increase in stature is certainly evident as his price has gone up significantly. He was at stake with the bat in IPL 14 and collected 484 runs in 14 matches (6th most).

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RR still has three spots to fill for their list of retained players. While Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Yaishavi Jaiswal are being considered, it is surprising to note that English all-rounder Ben Stokes is not even being discussed. The star player had missed the entire IPL 2021 due to personal reasons. In addition, it is only from an economic point of view that the franchise managers are sweating hard to find ways to retain him over other overseas options.

On the other hand, Archer is a safe game in the shortest format, but his injury problems may not help his case. He had also missed the entire IPL 2021, T20 World Cup (due to elbow problems) and will not even be a part of Ashes 2021.

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Speaking of the other franchises, Delhi Capitals (DC) have reportedly decided on their retained players. It includes their IPL 2021 captain Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and speedster Anrich Nortje. This means that some big names like R Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada are set to participate in the auction pool.

The IPL 2022 auction is likely to be held in early January 2022. All of the existing eight teams must share their list of retained players by November 30th. On the other hand, two new teams – ie. Lucknow and Ahmedabad – get the license to draw three players each among the non-retained players before the auction.

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