IPL 2022 – SRH: Kane Williamson will be retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad- check out other 3 probables

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson is favourites to be retained for IPL 2022. He is key to the franchise after taking over the leadership role mid-IPL 2021. Afghanistan spin legend Rashid Khan and pacer T Natarajan are also front-runners in the retention list for the Orange army. The duo are key to the SRH bowling department as the franchise will look to repat its 2016 success with another silverware. With David Warner all set to part ways, Jonny Bairstow could be retained as the fourth player.

Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand and SRH captain Kane Williamson bring in a lot of experience as a leader.
  • He might have failed to weave his magic in IPL 2021 but his captaincy at T20 World Cup reinstates his name among key leaders.
  • He has led SRH in 33 matches with 16 wins and an equal number of losses while one game was tied.
  • At 50 per cent success rate, he remains key to the future of Sunrisers. His current IPL salary is Rs 3 crore.

Rashid Khan

  • SRH ace spinner Rashid Khan is a vital cog for the franchise.
  • He is the most successful player for the Sunrisers and economical.
  • He can change the game at any moment of the game.
  • He has taken 93 wickets in 76 IPL matches at a staggering economy rate of 6.33 rpo.
  • His excellent record speaks for itself which makes him an automatic pick for IPL 2022 retention.
  • Rashid Khan draws a salary of Rs 9 crore and SRH would be happy to keep him as a player of his calibre can touch record highs in auctions.

T Natarajan

  • SRH pacer T Natarajan might have missed the UAE leg of IPL but he can be a long-term investment for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  • He can bowl in the powerplay and death overs and take wickets. His economy rate of 8.23 is also impressive.
  • The 30-year-old had a dream season in 2020 where he returned with 16 wickets which paved his way to the Indian Cricket Team.
  • He can be the leader of the pace group. Natarajan is paid a whopping Rs 4 crore in IPL.

Jonny Bairstow/ Bhuvneshwar Kumar

  • With David Warner parting ways with SRH, the franchise would look to retain its attacking opener Jonny Bairstow.
  • The England batsman might have pulled out of IPL 2021 Phase 2 but did fire in India leg.
  • He has scored 1000+ runs in just 28 matches with an impressive average of 41+.
  • He can provide an explosive start for the Sunrisers. Bairstow is paid Rs 2.2 crore in IPL but his price is likely to increase.
  • Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is a senior pacer in the SRH lineup could be among retainees.
  • He has taken record 142 wickets from 132 matches at an economy rate of 7.3.
  • However, he failed to perform throughout IPL 2021 with just 6 wickets in 11 games.
  • He could stay with the franchise with a wage cut. He currently draws a salary of Rs 8.5 crore in IPL.

Here is a breakdown of the salary cap of retained players:

4 Players –  INR 420 million (Rs 42 crore)

Player 1 –  INR 160 million (Rs 16 crore)
Player 2 –  INR 120 million (Rs 12 crore)
Player 3 –  INR 80 million (Rs 8 crore)
Player 4 –  INR 60 million (Rs 6 crore)

3 Players – INR 330 million (Rs 33 crore)

Player 1 –  INR 150 million (Rs 15 crore)
Player 2 –  INR 110 million (Rs 11 crore)
Player 3 –  INR 70 million (Rs 7 crore)

2 Players – INR 240 million (Rs 24 crore)

Player 1  –  INR 140 million (Rs 14 crore)
Player 2  –  INR 100 million (Rs 10 crore)

1 Player – INR 140 million (Rs 14 crore)