Indian cricket fans are excited for the 2nd leg of IPL 2021 in September-October later this year. On the other hand, IPL franchises are also keeping a close eye on the IPL 2022 mega-auction, which takes place next year. As two new teams will join the T20 tournament from next year, the tournament will be a 10-team event in the 2022 season.
At the mega auction, many players will be transferred to different franchises. However, each franchise will also be allowed to retain 4 players in their group.
According to reports, the mega action rules will allow each franchise to retain 1 or 2 foreign players out of the 4, and the rest may be domestic. This will be a great opportunity for the Rajasthan Royals team to select prominent players from the various franchises.
In the last two seasons IPL 2019 and IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals struggled to perform to the point and finished on the 7thde and 8de place in the points table respectively.
The franchise does have few strong international players in the group, but their teamwork has completely failed over the past two seasons. Rajasthan Royals will definitely pick some powerful batsmen and bowlers at the IPL 2022 mega-auction, but there will also be few players they want to retain. Here we are talking about 4 players that Rajasthan Royals can retain in the mega auction of IPL 2022.
IPL 2022 Mega Auction: 4 Players to Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Sanju Samson is the first player to retain the franchise for next year’s season. Before the IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals dropped their former skipper Steve Smith from the group and promoted Sanju Samson as the new skipper. While the team under Samson’s leadership struggled with 4 losses and 3 wins in 7 games, the RR skipper conquered the spotlight with his batting.
The right batsman hit a century in his first game and piled up 277 runs in 7 overs on an average of 46.19. He also had an excellent strike rate of 145+. In the last few IPL seasons, Samson has scored 375 runs, 342 runs and 441 runs respectively in IPL 2020, 2019 and 2018. Due to his consistent batting performance, Rajasthan Royals Sanju Samson has retained over the years and the franchise will likely retain him again in the 2022 season.