IPL 2021 Release and Retain Player List

The Indian Premier League, aka IPL, is about to begin, and fans are going crazy about it. As the league has been a game-changer for cricket in India, people worldwide want to know each and every detail about their favorite team and players.

IPL has a huge fan following not only in India but across the globe too. With players from all countries competing to get a buyer, the league is nothing less than an international festival. These facts make IPL the most watched and loved league in the world.

Just like the previous version of the tournament, IPL 2021 has 8 teams with some retained and some released players. With the auction on the go, fans are eagerly waiting to see how their favorite franchise weaves the team with players from across all the cricketing nations.

Here we bring the list and details of 8 IPL 2021 teams, their owners, retained players, and released players.

Chennai Super Kings

Owner (s): N Srinivasan (India Cements)

Players Retained: MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, KM Asif, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Faf Du Plessis, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, Mitchell Santner, Lungi Ngidi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood

Players Released: Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Monu Singh

Since its starting year, Chennai Super Kings, aka CSK, is one of the most loved teams of IPL. The team has been a champion for 3 years in 2010, 2011, and 2018, all under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, our captain cool.

Kings XI Punjab

Owner(s): Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia (Wadia Group)

Players Retained: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Mohd. Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, M Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Sarfaraz Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Ishan Porel, Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Jordan

Players Released: Sheldon Cottrell, Glenn Maxwell, Hardus Viljoen, Mujeeb Zardan, Krishnappa Gowtham, James Neesham, Jagadeesha Suchith, Karun Nair, Tejinder Singh Dhoni

King XI Punjab is a team based in Mohali, also co-owned by Karan and Mohit Burman. However, the dimple girl of Bollywood, Preity Zinta, is the team’s face, spotting the team’s flags and firing flying kisses from the stands.

Rajasthan Royals

Owner(s): Manoj Badale (British Asian Trust)

Players Retained: Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Manan Vohra, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat, Robin Uthappa, Anuj Rawat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye

Players Released: Akash Singh, Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Anirudha Joshi, Shashank Singh, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran

Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur based franchise and one of the most talked-about teams of IPL. The team won the trophy in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, and since then, it has given a tough fight to other teams of the tournament.

Delhi Capitals

Owner(s): Parth Jindal (JSW)

Players Retained: Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Daniel Sams, Chris Woakes

Players Released: Keemo Paul, Alex Carey, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jason Roy

Delhi Capitals emerged as a strong team in the IPL 2020 and had been the runner’s up in that edition. The team is also co-owned by the GMR group with equal stakes. Formerly it was known as Delhi Daredevils, but 2 years back, the name changed to Delhi Capitals when JSW group bought its 50% stakes.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Owner(s): Vijay Mallya (United Spirits)

Players Retained: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Md. Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Joshua Phillipe, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

Players Released: Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Pawan Negi, Gurukeerat Mann

Royal Challengers Bangalore is also one of the most talked-about and loved teams in the league. The team has not won any IPL titles yet; however, it got hold of the runner’s up position on 3 occasions in 2009, 2011, and 2016.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Owner(s): Kalanithi Maran (Sun TV Network)

Players Retained: David Warner, Basil Thampi, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed, Wriddhiman Saha, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mitchell Marsh, Abdul Samad

Players Released: Sandeep Bavanaka, Billy Stanlake, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithviraj Yarra

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL trophy in 2016, while its successor Deccan Charger won the 2nd edition of the league in 2009. As Deccan Chargers went bankrupt in 2013, Sun TV Network bought the team and named it Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Owner(s): Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla (Red Chillies Entertainment)

Players Retained: Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Dinesh Karthik, Lockie Ferugson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Tim Seifert

Players Released: Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, M Siddharth, Tom Banton, Siddhesh Lad

Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the most favorite and successful teams in the league. KKR won the trophy on 2 occasions in 2012 and 2014 under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. The team is jointly owned by Red Chillies Entertainment and Mehta Group, with Red Chillies having the bigger stake.

Mumbai Indians

Owner(s): Mukesh Ambani (Reliance)

Players Retained: Rohit Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Dhawal Kulkarni, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Chris Lynn, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary

Players Released: Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Lasith Malinga, Sherfane Rutherford, James Pattinson, Mitchell McCleneghan

Mumbai Indians is the most successful team of the IPL since its beginning. It has grabbed 5 trophies, winning 3 titles in the last 4 editions of the tournament. The team is owned by the country’s richest team owners and the wealthiest man of India. 

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