Here’s how the squads look right now. RCB have only 1.8 crore left. RR have 15.1 crore, but they’ve never been ones to spend the entire salary cap in any case. Delhi have 9.6 crore and Hyderabad have 9.7 – so expect those two to fight hardest for any big names remaining.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma. Budget left: 4.5 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.
Delhi Daredevils: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jaydev Unadkat. Budget left: 9.6 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 4.
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, L Balaji, Parvinder Awan. Budget left: 14.2 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 6.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla. Budget left: 9 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Corey Anderson. Budget left: 5.65 crore. Squad Strength: 9. Overseas Players: 4.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar. Budget left: 15.1 crore. Squad Strength: 8. Overseas Players: 4.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron. Budget left: 1.8 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 7.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques. Budget left: 9.7 crore. Squad Strength: 11. Overseas Players: 6.
Rahul Dravid on auction action: Steven Smith is very important for us from the perspective that our other two key batsmen, that is Shane Watson and Brad Hodge … Hodge is 39, Watson’s had a few injury issues. We wanted to back it up with a class player who can play spin really well, who has proven leadership potential.
We have our players. We retained (Shane) Watson, (James) Faulkner, Sanju (Samson), (Ajinkya) Rahane, (Stuart) Binny – they are our marquee players. Obviously when you retain five players, it reduces the budget that you’re working with. Incidentally, some of the prices these (marquee) players went for, it was not possible for us to go for them.
There are a lot of uncapped players in this list. It’s not really a great secret that our strategy is to go for players under the radar who we think we can get the best out of, who fit into our environment and fits into our culture. That’s not going to really change too much.
Rahul Dravid on IPL’s credibility crisis: A lot of work has to be done behind the scenes and on it as well. Obviously, there were a lot of controversies, it is a big tournament, and there are going to be controversies as well. And it’s a challenge for everyone involved, but I believe there a lot of good people in the system and there’s a lot of good that comes out of the IPL as well.