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Will stingy approach of KKR & SRH come back and sting?

IPL 2023 Retentions: Sunrisers Hyderabad have the highest purse (INR 42.25 crore) while Kolkata Knight Riders lowest (INR 7.05 crore) ahead of IPL 2023 mini-auction.

IPL 2023: SRH have the highest purse (42.25 crore) left in IPL 2023 mini-auction and  KKR lowest with 7.05 crore_ Walking Wicket (Source_ ©BCCI/IPL)
SRH have highest purse while KKR lowest ahead of mini-auction (Source: ©BCCI/IP

Ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega-auction of 2022, one thing was certain: teams buying players for short-term goals might end up releasing them under pressure. Out of all the teams, one was certain to face the wrath of the owners, and that team was Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Just like the sun rises every day, the auction paddle for the Sunrisers went up every time a player was being auctioned. Sometimes this is done to genuinely secure a player, and other times it is done to raise the price for other teams.

Well, all in all, SRH’s strategy ended up hurting them, as they had more bowlers in their eleven than batters and were one of the least balanced teams in the IPL. The situation was similar for the Kolkata Knight Riders too, who ended up buying short-term players without really keeping the long-term future in hindsight, and the last minute withdrawals of players like Pat Cummins, Alex Hales and Sam Billings have put the gears in reverse for the Knight Riders.

Just before the 16th edition of the IPL, a mini-auction is on the cards, which is scheduled to be conducted on December 23, 2022 in Kochi. Just before the auction, the trading window for players was closed on November 15 at 5 PM IST for the teams to release or retain their existing batch of players to make money for new guns and ammo that are up for grabs.

Summary of the pre-auction trading window

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Indian Premier League



IPL 2023 Start Date


End Date


IPL 2023 Mini-Auction

23rd Dec 2022

Total Teams

10 Teams

Name of Teams