The Delhi Capitals have allegedly decided on their retention ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, with skipper Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Shaw, and Axar Patel being among those chosen. This means that players like Avesh Khan, Shreyas Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Kagiso Rabada, among others, will either be acquired by one of the two new teams or will be sold in the mega-auction. Iyer, who made a brilliant Test debut against New Zealand, has chosen to participate in the mega-auction, according to sources.

After Gautam Gambhir stood down as captain, the 26-year-old right-hander took over as captain of the Delhi franchise midway through 2018 and led them to the final in 2020. After being ruled out with a shoulder injury, he was replaced as captain by Pant ahead of the 2021 season. Ravi Ashwin’s IPL 2022 Mega Auction hints that he and Shreyas Iyer would not be retained by the Delhi Capitals. Delhi may have had a difficult time deciding between Rabada and Nortje. Nortje has been the most outstanding of the two South African fast bowlers, particularly in the second leg of the competition.

In the T20 World Cup 2021, which ended earlier this month, he routinely got wickets in the powerplay and also bowled at an express pace on a regular basis, doing admirably. Rabada, on the other hand, has been a member of the Delhi Capitals since 2018 and has more IPL experience than his countryman. He’s had a good IPL season as well. As a result of this retention, Delhi will not have to hunt for a captain or an opener. With Axar Patel in the mix, the Capitals have a quality all-rounder who can bowl quite well while also hitting the big ones when necessary.

Shikhar Dhawan, who was one of the most dependable openers last year, was also let go, after hitting 587 runs in 16 games. With the choice to keep four players, it’s reasonable that they decided to put their faith in the youthful Shaw and maybe build the batting order around him. Despite the fact that no official statement has been made on these four players’ retention, Delhi is said to have limited their options. All teams have till November 30 to keep their players.