The 2016 IPL Player Auction will witness all the eight participating teams throw in major money to sign players of their choice on Saturday in Bengaluru. The IPL franchises need to make some wise decisions during the auction and use their money in the right manner. Teams cannot afford to go all out on a single player and hence compromise on rest of the players.
Here is a look at all the eight teams and the purses available with them in the auction along with the retained players.
Rohit Sharma's team have retained some top players from the squad that won the last edition of the competition with some brilliant all-round display. With players such as Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga, who were superb last year, retained, they will only buy players which fit their bill perfectly this time around. They have retained 19 players -- most in the competition -- and hence have the least money in the auction, which is Rs 14.40 crore. With limited money in their kitty, they cannot afford to let any penny go waste.
Purse left: Rs 14.40 cr
Players retained (19): India players: Akshay Wakhare, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchitch, Jasprit Bumrah, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand
Foreign players: Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Keiron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR, which is one of the most popular teams in the IPL, have retained 15 players, which includes some big guns such as Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn and others. One look at their retained players reflects that the team may be required to sign a quality fast bowler. Dale Steyn is one player who they might target during the auction.
Purse left: Rs 17.75 cr
Players retained (15): India players: Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan (India)
Foreign Players: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The RCB comprises an array of superstars including AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, who is the captain of the side as well. They have retained 14 players, including all the big names, and also let some well-known cricketers go such as Dinesh Kathik and Darren Sammy. They have Rs 21.62 crore in their kitty and can even sign some other big guns like Kevin Pietersen, which will strengthen their batting line up to the hilt.
Purse left: Rs 21.62 cr
Players retained (14): India players: Abu Nechim Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Arvind, Varun Aaron, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal
Foreign players: AB de Villers, David Wiese, Adam Milne, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc
The SRH had a decent IPL 2015 with players such as David Warner, Eoin Morgan and Shikhar Dhawan enjoying great success with the willow. The trio, as expected, were retained by the franchise along with some bowlers such as Trent Boult. With a purse of Rs 30.15 crore, they can dig in deep and get players of their choice, irrespective of the cost. Their key target should be a quality wicket-keeper batsman like Jos Buttler, who is expected to command huge money in the auction.
Purse left: Rs 30.15 cr
Players retained (15): India players: Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Parvez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddharth Kaul
Foreign players: David Warner, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult
Kings XI Punjab
Preitz Zinta's team rewarded the performers of last season by retaining them. They retained 14 players overall and will need to buy some key players in the auction. Though the team boasts quality foreign batsmen such as Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and George Bailey, they need to sign some good India batsmen. Kings XI may do themselves a favour if they sign Dinesh Kathik, who is a quality wicket-keeper batsman.
Purse left: Rs 23 cr
Players retained (14): India: Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Shankar Naik, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Wriddhiman Saha
Foreign player: David Miller Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh
The team from Delhi has the biggest purse of 37.15 crore and can sign some huge players with such mega bucks. Duminy, who led the side last year, was the single batsman who stood out for his side, which reflects lack of batting depth in their squad. They will need to spend big on batsmen of top quality as they are going to be in huge demand. Players like Guptill and Pietersen should be on Delhi's radar.
Purse left: 37.15 cr
Players retained (13): India: Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan
Foreign players: Albie Morkel, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock
Rising Pune Supergiants
The new team on the block signed five players in December draft and are expected to be one the busiest franchises during the auction as they need to buy more than 15 players in the auction. They have 27 crore in their kitty. With Pune signing MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith as batsmen and only one bowler in Ravichandran Ashwin, they have to focus on quality fast bowlers and all-rounders in the auction along with some batsmen.
Purse left: 27 cr
Five players signed in December: MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Ravichandran Ashwin
The Rajkot-based franchise, who are the other new team in the IPL, were smart in December draft as they signed quality all-rounders such as Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner, while Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum are the two batsmen in the team so far. Like Pune, Gujarat Lions need to shell some money on bowlers in the auction.
Purse left: 27 cr
Five players signed in December: Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner