IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have given indications of retaining their skipper, David Warner before the upcoming IPL auction. The signs were seen when the franchise referred to Warner as their commander-in chef in a wish tweet –
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 25, 2017
The tweet came before the start of the Boxing Day Ashes Test where Warner went on to score his 21st Test century. Riding on his innings, Australia posted a total of 327 in the first innings.
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As per the rules, a franchise can retain a total of three players before the IPL auction, but they have to spend a total amount of Rs. 33 Crores before the auction if they wish to do so, the main reason why we can see few of big stars going into the auction.
Though given the form of Warner in past two seasons, there are high chances of him being retained as he was the highest run-scorer in the league in 2017 and was second highest run-scorer in 2016. 2017. In addition to that, Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad also won the IPL title in 2016 when they defeated Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of the tournament.
Warner has emerged out as the best player in the league in past few years, and there are high chances that the franchise might retain him. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is another player who might be retained by SRH.
He was the highest wicket-taker for the side in IPL 2016 and 2017. Rashid Khan maybe another player to look at, but SRH have an option to use RTM card on him, which might prevent them from spending big bucks on Rashid Khan.
Out of the eight franchises, only Chennai Super Kings have revealed that they would retain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina before the auction. Reports have also suggested that Kolkata Knight Riders might release Gautam Gambhir and retain Sunil Narine.
The auction for the upcoming IPL season will be held on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore. The last date to submit the list of retained players on January 4.
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