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Hardik Pandya (r) with Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya. Credits: IPL
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After the IPL 2022 retention deadline got over, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the list of the retained players of all the teams on Tuesday. While teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super retained as many as four players, Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, retained 2 and 3 respectively.

As per the list, the 8 franchises retained a total of 27 players, which include 19 Indians and 8 foreigners. High-profile names such as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Rishabh Pant, and many more have all been retained by their respective franchises.

However, there are a lot more names who were released by the teams ahead of the mega-auctions. Amidst all that, we have compiled the best XI of Indian players who went unretained in IPL 2022 Retention.

Best XI of Indian Players Who Went Unretained in IPL 2022 Retention

  1. KL Rahul

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KL Rahul (Image: IPL/Twitter)

KL Rahul’s four-year association with Punjab Kings has come to an end. He was an integral cog in Punjab Kings for the last four years. He led the run-charts for Punjab Kings in every season that he was part of. KL Rahul finished the last season as the third-highest run-getter in the tournament.

But the Indian opener is no longer interested in playing for the franchise. Punjab’s consistent failure in the league might have been the reason behind his decision.

He is likely to find himself back in the auctions. The kind of form he is in right now and the impact he has had with the bat over the last few years, he should cause a bidding war.

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