The Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) mega auction is scheduled on 12th and 13th of February. The auction is going to be huge for all the teams as they will be laying the foundations of their franchise for the upcoming edition of the tournament.
The auction also carries added significance due to the addition of two new franchises in the IPL, Lucknow (Lucknow Super Giants) and Ahmedabad.
Ahead of the IPL 2022 auction, the original 8 teams have released their list of retained players and the newly added teams have also announced the players they have roped for the upcoming season of IPL.
While most of the IPL teams have retained their key players including their captains, there are a few franchises who will be looking for a new leader in the upcoming auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders are the franchises without a skipper. While Kohli announced his decision of stepping down as the captain prior to RCB’s first game in the 2nd leg of IPL 2021, PBKS and KKR never retained their respective skippers KL Rahul and Eoin Morgan.
Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik, who played for KKR in the previous season, named 3 potential players who could take leadership duties in the upcoming season.
“If you go by recent history, obviously David Warner. He has captained a franchise, he's available. If you go by the current international standards, Pat Cummins. He is put his name in so he obviously has an opportunity to be a captain if he goes to a franchise that believes he could be a captain,” said Karthik on Cricbuzz.
The wicketkeeper-batter also suggested Ishan Krishan’s name and said he could be an “outside name” for the captaincy role.
“If you throw an outside name, obviously Ishan Kishan has led the U-19s. He has led Jharkhand. So, they seem like an option,” said Karthik.