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IPL 2022: Heartbreaks for all 8 franchises, check 1 player they loved the most but could not retain

IPL 2022: Heartbreaks for all 8 franchises, check 1 player they love the most but could not retain- MI, CSK, RCB, SRH, PBKS, DC, RR, KKR

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks: The highly-anticipated IPL 2022 Retentions are OUT. All the eight franchises- MI, PBKS, RCB, KKR, SRH, RR, CSK and DC have announced their final retentions. While big names like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were the obvious choices, a number of franchises failed to retain a number of superstars. The biggest among all were KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan. Follow IPL 2022 Retention live updates on InsideSport

IPL 2022: Heartbreaks for all 8 franchises, check 1 player they loved the most but could not retain

IPL 2022 Retentions: 27 Players retained, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja gets highest pay cheque of 16 Crore: Check full retained players list

IPL 2022 Retentions Updates: 27 Players retained, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja gets highest pay cheque of 16 Crore: Check full retained players list

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks – Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)

Mumbai Indians allrounder Hardik Pandya is one of India’s best all-rounders in modern cricket. Unfortunately, he has failed to live up to his potential for the last two seasons. His IPL 2021 record was forgetful for both MI and India. He didn’t bowl for Mumbai Indians for two successive seasons, leading to ignorance at IPL 2022 Retentions. Hardik managed just 127 runs at a poor average of 14.11 in IPL 2021. The 28-year-old was purchased by MI at Rs 11 crore which didn’t suit him for IPL 2022. As a result, Mumbai Indians couldn’t retain him for IPL 2022.

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks – KL Rahul (Punjab Kings)

Punjab Kings and KL Rahul parted ways for IPL 2022. He failed to deliver as a skipper but KL Rahul shined as an opener. Now, Punjab Kings will look for a new captain to end their IPL trophy drought. However, Rahul smashed 550+ runs for four consecutive seasons. His price tag of Rs 11 crore completely suited him. The 29-year-old is expected to lead a bidding war at the IPL 2022 Auctions. Meanwhile, IPL 2022 new teams- Lucknow, Ahmedabad will be vying him for a leadership role.

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks – Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings)

CSK opening batsman Faf du Plessis has been phenomenal for CSK for the last few seasons. In the last three seasons, he amassed 396, 449 and 600+ runs respectively. He scored 633 runs in IPL 2021 to guide Chennai Super Kings to the 4th IPL trophy. He also became the second-highest run-getter, only two runs behind Orange Cap winner Ruturaj Gaikwad. He was bought by CSK for just Rs 1.6 crore in IPL 2018.

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks – Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)

Shreyas Iyer, who guided Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 Final, did not make part of the IPL 2022 Retention. With Rishabh Pant as captain choice, Iyer wants to lead an IPL franchise. He feels that captaincy brings him the best out of him. He has been rock solid for DC and India since his return after his finger injury. He will be a big name in IPL 2022 Auctions and could be targeted as a captain. DC paid Shreyas Iyer Rs 7 crore which is likely to skyrocket in mega auctions.

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks – Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Rashid Khan, who received a whopping Rs 9 crore at SRH for the last 3 4 seasons, has parted ways with Orange Army. The Afghanistan superstar doesn’t need an introduction. He is the most economical bowler to have played 50 or more matches in IPL 2021. He has taken a record of 93 wickets in 76 matches at an economy rate of 6.33 rpo. He could easily fetch a price of around Rs 15 crore in IPL 2022 Auctions.

IPL 2022 Retention Heartbreaks – Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been a vital cog of IPL 2022, missed out on IPL 2022 Retention. He had taken joint-most wickets by a spinner in IPL 2018 along with Rashid Khan. Chahal has experience of playing in 114 IPL matches with 139 wickets with an economy rate of 7.59. At a small ground of Chinnaswamy stadium, he has been fascinating. The leg spinner has been made Rs 6 crore by RCB for the last 4 IPL seasons. His price is likely to rise at the mega auctions.

RCB retained players: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj

Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders)

KKR opener Shubman Gill has failed to find a place in IPL 2022 Retentions. His excellent performance for KKR helped the franchise reach IPL 2022. He scored 478 runs in 17 games. He had also amassed 296 and 440 runs in previous two seasons. KKR has enjoyed his services for Rs 1.8 crores which could see a staggering jump at mega auctions.

Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)

Pace spearhead Jofra Archer who failed to play in IPL 2021 has been released from the franchise. He was the lead of the pace attack in the Rajasthan Royals camp. He has played 35 matches and scalped 46 wickets for the franchise at a brilliant economy rate of 7.13. RR had bought him for Rs 7.2 crore in IPL 2018.

IPL 2022: Heartbreaks for all 8 franchises, check 1 player they love the most but could not retain

IPL 2022 Retentions

Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh

IPL 2022 Remaining Purse: Punjab Kings to go into auction with deepest pocket, Delhi Capitals to have least

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What’s been missed in controversial Messi prize

Dizzying statistics must continue to take a back seat to the unquestioned genius of Lionel Messi, Craig Foster argues, as the little Argentine claimed a record-extending seventh men’s Ballon d’Or today.

With 613 points, Messi pipped Poland’s insatiable striker Robert Lewandowski (580) and champion Italy midfielder Jorginho (460) to the coveted individual award.

Lewandowski can certainly count himself unlucky after scoring 41 goals for Bayern Munich in Germany’s top flight and continuing his prolific ways in internationals.

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Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich scores. (Getty)

Former Socceroos captain Foster – a former Ballon d’Or judge – acknowledged those achievements on the latest edition of Stan Sport FC.

“Lewandowski, Jorginho and Messi, in my view, are the three,” Foster said.

“Lewandowski had an unbelievable year, broke the Bundesliga scoring record, we know all that and Bayern now have 102 goals in the calendar year which has broken the German record as well. It’s just crazy.

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Craig Foster on Stan Sport FC. (Stan)

“But Messi also captained Argentina to the Copa America and there’s a certain sentimental essence of that. But also the difficulty of doing that as well.

“The leadership that he demonstrated by scoring key goals and other things, assists.

“I’m perfectly comfortable with that.”

Lionel Messi is awarded with his seventh Ballon d’Or award. (Getty)

Messi now has two more Ballon d’Or awards than fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who was sixth in this year’s voting.

The award criteria includes individual and team performance, talent and sportsmanship of the player and the player’s overall career.

And on balance Foster declared that the claims of Messi, now playing for Paris Saint-Germain, remained irresistible.

Lionel Messi celebrates during the 2018 World Cup in Saint Petersburg. (Getty)

“There’s many criteria and one is also just being the best. People just can’t touch you,” Foster said.

“In other words, I know these guys have won these other trophies over here and so on – but you as players are not a patch on this person.

“Therefore I’m voting for the best player in the world, that is also a criteria, and when you pack it all up, this year, including Copa America… I used to be a judge and I would have voted for Messi, given Copa America.”

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Packers place star LB De’Vondre Campbell on COVID-19 list

The Green Bay Packers entered the bye week at 9-3 coming off this past Sunday’s 36-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams and are hoping the extra rest will help quarterback Aaron Rodgers get his toe right as he tries to avoid having surgery to repair the issue. 

Green Bay did, however, confirm some bad news Tuesday by announcing that star linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has been placed on the reserve COVID-19 list. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Campbell was one of five NFL players who tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. 

A reported nine players tested positive Monday. 

As Myles Simmons noted for Pro Football Talk, Campbell could return to team activities if he’s fully vaccinated against COVID-19, produces two negative virus tests at least 24 hours apart, and is free of any symptoms. Per Zach Kruse of Packers Wire, the 28-year-old would be on track to complete a 10-day quarantine on Dec. 10 if he’s not vaccinated. 

The Packers don’t play again until they host the Chicago Bears on Dec. 12. 

Per ESPN stats, Campbell leads Green Bay with 99 total tackles, and he’s also contributed two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a sack, and four pass breakups. 

“I’m just like a hungry lion seeking for food inside of the ring” – Qiu Jianliang is on the prowl for a quick knockout against Hiroki Akimoto

‘The Tank’ Qiu Jianliang is ready to make a splash in his ONE Championship debut. The 31-year-old from Bengbu is looking to make quick work of his first opponent inside the Circle.

Qiu Jianliang will face Japan’s Hiroki Akimoto at ONE: Winter Warriors, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, December 3.

Speaking to ONE Championship in a recent interview, Qiu Jianliang detailed his mindset heading into this next matchup.

“[I want to] knock him out as soon as possible. The fight is going to be great because I’m honestly hungry and I’ve been training and waiting for two years. I’m at my best state now. I’m just like a hungry lion seeking for food inside of the ring, for more victories… This is the first fight that I’ve been resting for two years, and I’m at my best now, so let’s see.”

Qiu Jianliang wants to make a statement in his first appearance in the Circle

Qiu Jianliang is currently ranked as the second-best super featherweight kickboxer in the world by Combat Press and is looking to make a real impact in ONE Super Series.

The highly decorated Chinese striking superstar is gunning to finish Akimoto early and then go after Capitan Petchyindee Academy’s ONE bantamweight kickboxing world title.

Needless to say, Qiu Jianliang is hell-bent on becoming China’s first-ever male ONE world champion. Victories over the best fighters in the world will only further establish his status as one of the finest kickboxers on the planet.

On why he deserves an immediate shot at gold with a win over Akimoto, Qiu Jianliang told ONE Championship:

“I am more focused on myself instead of focusing on my opponents because if you focus on your opponents more, your opponents can always surprise you. If you focus on yourself, you’re going to be unbeatable. That’s my take on it.

“It will be a great fight if I face Capitan, which is the belt holder in the bantamweight division in ONE. I feel that, of course, I deserve it and I will show you guys why I say I deserve it.”

Qiu Jianliang is supremely confident in his own abilities inside the Circle. Because of that, he is not bothered by what weaponry his rivals own within their arsenal.

Jianliang, who is widely regarded as the ‘leader of Chinese kickboxing’, will no doubt be eager to improve his 51-7 slate against his younger Japanese competitor.

Qiu Jianliang seems ready for his debut and a knockout against Akimoto will most certainly get him a ranked spot, if not a shot at the ONE world title.

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Blake Griffin was blindsided by his benching, and the end could be closer than he’d imagined

Blake Griffin (r., with silly facial expression)
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Former No. 1 overall pick and slam dunk champion Blake Griffin received a rude awakening recently when he was not only benched by head coach Steve Nash but removed from the Nets’ rotation altogether. LaMarcus Aldridge certainly appears to have more left in the tank than Griffin, so being replaced by LA doesn’t seem like the issue, but being told he’s not going to play regularly was more of a swift kick to the nether regions.

“LA has been playing unbelievable,” Griffin said of Aldridge. “So, I totally get starting him, especially [with] Joe [Harris] out. “Being completely out of it, though, I didn’t necessarily see that coming.”

Give Griffin all the credit for taking his benching in stride and not making a fuss publicly about what he used to be and feeling entitled to a starting role in Brooklyn. We’ve seen this many times in sports and especially the NBA, so let’s not act like it’s not a thing. Formerly great players who can’t acknowledge when their time as “great” players is up and refuse to accept a lesser role.

I don’t think this is a situation where Blake completely fades into the background, and we don’t see him again this year, but we can all agree that if he desires to make it back into the lineup, he’ll need to pick up his game soon. Maybe trying to deal with Giannis a few months ago took that much of a toll on him. Blake hasn’t been his former super athletic self for a while, but this season has been much more of a struggle for the five-time All-NBA selection.

Griffin turns 33 next spring, so his days in the NBA are likely numbered at this point anyway. I feel at some point coach Nash will call Blake’s number again later this season, and it could be in a significant spot in the postseason. Whether Griffin is prepared to answer the bell will be the question.

And speaking of questions, is it too soon to start the Blake Griffin to the Hall of Fame conversation? Because of the lenient criteria of the Naismith Hall of Fame, I’d say he gets in within his first couple of years of eligibility. But if Griffin continues trying to hold on, he may eventually end up in the same category as Dwight Howard (which is crazy) currently finds himself. We’ll just have to see how the rest of Griffin’s year with the Nets plays out and see where he goes from there. 

George Kambosos – How I beat Teofimo Lopez – Boxing News

In his own words new lightweight champion George Kambosos Jnr looks back on his journey as
he explains how he beat Teófimo López, reveals they both ended up in the same hospital and declares himself not only the king, but the emperor

BEFORE Saturday night I had heard a lot of talk about ‘four kings’. A king would sit in his own country and rule but an emperor takes over bit by bit. That’s what I’ve been doing, I’ve been going into the backyards of these champions. They can have their four kings, three kings, whatever is left over now – I’ll be the emperor. I’ve got all the jewels now.

I said I’d be better than him at everything – my speed, power, explosive movements, footwork, stamina, conditioning, precision punching – everything. The gameplay was to weather the storm, I knew he would come out hard in the first round. But I knew that would be his downfall. It’s like what Cus D’Amato said to Muhammad Ali before he fought Joe Frazier – land the best right hand you can, make them respect you. That was the plan – I set him up.

We put in so much work and had so many gameplans for whatever way the fight went. The way I boxed showed everything. Teófimo López was the 2020 fighter of the year, in the top six or seven pound-for-pound, so where does this win put me?

I had it nine rounds to three, a total boxing lesson, I picked him apart. Only because I lost my composure in round 10, the crowd was going off, I thought I could pick the pace up and finish this kid. But I went away from my jab and got caught. It was a good lesson and it’s testament to the mettle I have to get up. I got up, finished the round strong, sat down and said to my team: ‘My mistake, I’ll punish him now.’ That’s what I did – round 11 was beautiful; busted him up, blood everywhere. That’s the sign of a true champion. Going through adversity and winning by any means.

On my shorts it said ‘molōn labé’, which means ‘if you want it, come and get it’. I know they’re going to come, I’m now the one that is being hunted. But they will have to come and get it, and they should prepare for the same fate as López got.

We both ended up in hospital. We had to wait for hours. It doesn’t matter if you’re undisputed champion or not, you’ve got to wait your turn. I really didn’t want to go, I was fine and there were no problems, but it was precautionary and I needed four stitches.

It’s part of the game, we put our lives on the line and we take shots. But there was no VIP line, we didn’t go straight in. ‘Sorry sir, you’ve got to wait, there are people in front of you with more severe injuries, we don’t care about your belts or what you’ve just done, just wait.’

I didn’t see López in there but my wife did and spoke to him. I was hoping we’d bump into each other for that little Rocky moment, that Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti moment. It’s all part of the game, they said that they’d put me in hospital – they just didn’t think they would go too. I went for some stitches, he got stuck in there. This is the fight game, this is no joke and we put it all on the line.

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What makes this sweeter is that it’s all in my control now – no rematch clause, no nothing. That’s always been the plan. I feel like as much as we were pushing in our own direction we were never fully in control, but we always said that when we get the belts we will be in control. I can do whatever I want to do, take the fights where I want to take them. It’s a good feeling.

People say ‘he’s an overnight success’ but you’ve got to go down deep, you’ve got to see the hard road that I’ve gone through to get here. Remember I don’t have a famous name, it’s famous now but it wasn’t before. I wasn’t coming out of the Olympics, I wasn’t an amateur superstar. I had to do it the hard way by myself, but I’m here now.

This is the biggest thing in Australian boxing history – nobody has ever done this. I’ve come up from the amateurs, fought on local club shows as a pro, sold the tickets, sold the tables, taken the hard road and the fans see that. They really back me and support me and that’s a good feeling, because for a long time I was shunned.

They didn’t want to talk about Kambosos, especially the media, because I went to the US, they thought I’d turned my back on Australia but I knew that coming over to the US, getting the best sparring and fighting over here would lead to moments like this. I knew I’d clean up everything. It’s great now, I have the whole country behind me.

I used to box for small money. Maybe $1,200 a time. Selling tickets and tables. I was told I had to sell so many tickets or I couldn’t be on the card, I’d have to pay for my opponents. That builds character and got me where I am today. Now the big money is here but I don’t forget that hard road.
There are so many good fights in the division and because I’ve been going overseas to other people’s back yards, my ultimate goal is to come back to Australia and box in front of 80,000 people. Defend all these beautiful belts in front of my own people, I’ve earned the rights to do that – I’ve paid my dues.

That excites me so much, it makes me want to go and run right now. Even though my face is marked up, I’m prepared to go and put in the work. We could do Sydney or Melbourne. In Sydney we’ve got the big Olympic Stadium there or in Melbourne we’ve got the Marble Stadium which has held massive UFC cards. There will be some very exciting talks with the governments and we’ll see who wants it.

We know the stocks have risen now there is a new emperor.”

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson says Scottish Premiership champions do not need to sell players

Managing director Stewart Robertson insists Rangers do not need to sell any players as he claims the club are moving towards financial sustainability.

The Ibrox club reported a £23.5million operating loss for last season in their annual accounts.

The deficit for the year to June 30, 2021 was more than £7.5m bigger than the 2019-20 campaign.

Speaking at Rangers’ annual general meeting at the Clyde Auditorium on Tuesday morning, Robertson was asked if the Govan club, who won the cinch Premiership title for the first time in a decade last season, were closer to being financially sustainable.

He said: “The short answer to the question is yes, I think we are on the cusp of it.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership clash between Livingston and Rangers

“It has been a long road to get there because we know the investment required at the club.

“Due to the support we have had from the board and the investors who aren’t here today and the investors sitting in the audience today we are now very, very close to being in that position.

“We said in the financial report that we are looking to record a positive profit and that is looking very probable rather than possible and that is without a player sale.

“I know there is a bit of chat in the press that we need to sell a player – we don’t need to sell a player.

“What we need to do is get ourselves to a normalised position with a player trading model which is selling the right player, at the right time, at the right value for Rangers and that is something that again, we are very close to doing.

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Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst says the club must be ready for the January transfer window

“We are getting closer to financial sustainability, we can’t keep expecting investors to shore up the club.

“I am also delighted to say that the statement within the accounts about us needing another £7.5m to get through the season, that is fulfilled already plus a bit so we are well-covered in terms of the finances of the club.

“So everyone can be confident about the financial future of the club.”

Sporting director Ross Wilson insisted Rangers will not break the wage structure to keep anyone at the club.

Speculation surrounds the future of defender Connor Goldson, who is out of contract at the end of the season and who is able to talk to other clubs in January.

However, Wilson claims he is relaxed about the issues of player contracts.

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Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson reveals how the club will deal with contract renewals this season with nine first-team players out of contract in the summer.

He said: “I get that player contracts is a hot topic. I get it is something that people are excited about.

“We are generally really, really relaxed with our player contracts.

“In terms of player contracts who will expire this season, there is probably three groups that I would look at.

“One, the group of our older players and we would always review those towards the end of the existing season and this season will be no different.

“I think that is sensible for both us and the players.

“The easier category is anybody who we would say is just not contributing at all, where the contract is finishing then it is safe to say those players will depart and thirdly, a player or a group of players whose contracts are up who are playing regularly.

“We have a clear contract model here, we have a clear wage structure and anybody that signs a contract at Rangers I can assure you will sign a contract within that structure and we wouldn’t be prepared to break that structure at all because that is important to us that we have a prudent way of working.

“However, it is also fair to say players can take their own view, take their own time and if they want to take a contract which is in excess of that model then that is also OK for them to take that view as well. But we are relaxed about it.”

How much does adding a Cy Young winner help a team? Mets, Mariners hoping for improvements

The Mets made one of the biggest signings of the offseason to date on Monday, when they signed three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to a three-year deal. Not long after New York’s big signing, the Mariners made a major splash of their own, signing reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray to a five-year contract.

One thing in common between the two teams: Both missed the playoffs in 2021. The Mets led the division for much of the season, but dropped to third place and finished 11.5 games behind the eventual World Series-winning Braves in the NL East and 13 games out of the second wild-card spot. The Mariners were in contention until the final day of the regular season, but ultimately came up two games short of the Yankees for the second wild-card and five shy of the American League-pennant winning Astros in the AL West.

There is no question that going out and signing two of the best arms on the market will increase their chances of reaching the playoffs and turning into a better team. But just how much better will these pitchers make their new teams? Sporting News dives into the numbers to find out.

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Having a Cy Young winner vs. not having one

Last season, the Mariners were a middle-of-the-road team when it came to pitching success. Their staff had the 15th-highest ERA at 4.30, and the 17th-best Fangraphs WAR at 14.3. Just by very basic addition, Ray adds 3.9 fWAR to the team and brings in a 2.84 ERA. Add that much fWAR and the Mariners are at 18.2, which would have been the eighth-best in baseball.

Of course, it won’t work out that cleanly. The Mariners will have a different pitching staff, Ray will have different results and the overall standard for fWAR will be adjusted based on the new results in the league. Without running player projections for the league, it would be difficult to look at exactly how much value Ray will bring to the Mariners.

However, we can look at how teams have historically fared with having a Cy Young winner on their team versus not having one. Based on data from the Lahman Database, which includes yearly results prior to 2021, teams with at least one Cy Young winner have a .526 winning percentage and reach the playoffs 32 percent of the time. That doesn’t sound overwhelmingly great, but compare it with teams without a Cy Young winner on staff and teams have reached the playoffs just 13.3 percent of the time and have posted a winning percentage of .485.

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Even just having one Cy Young winner on the staff makes a resounding difference. Historically, teams that have just one Cy Young winner have reached the playoffs 28.3 percent of the time and have a winning percentage of .522.

And winning a World Series is extra difficult without a Cy Young winner on the staff. Teams that lack a previous Cy Young winner have won a World Series just 1.8 percent of the time. Having even just one pitcher on the team with that previous level of success increases the percentage up to 5.5 percent.

Now, it is important to keep in mind with all those numbers that this is talking about all 30 teams in the league each year. There are only two Cy Youngs handed out each year — one prior to 1967 — so there aren’t many teams that will have Cy Young winners on their roster. There’s also only one World Series winner each year, so each team starts out with a 3.3 percent chance every year.

How about multiple pitchers with Cy Young awards?

Much ado has been made about the super rotations that have been built with multiple Cy Young winners. Last year, Scherzer was acquired by the Dodgers and joined Clayton Kershaw and David Price to form a rotation that featured seven Cy Young Awards. Now, Scherzer and Jacob deGrom mean five total Cy Youngs in the Mets’ rotation.

That sounds like a lot, but how much does it really help? 

Teams that have multiple Cy Young winners on their staff have historically averaged a winning percentage of .538, and have reached the playoffs 43.5 percent of the time. Those teams have also won the World Series 13.6 percent of the time.

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There are Mets fans excited about the prospect of having five Cy Youngs in the pitching staff. Only 47 teams have boasted a pitching staff that included at least five total Cy Young awards. How have the previous 47 done?

Only three have ever won a World Series: the 1995 Braves, the 1999 Yankees and 2000 Yankees. The 1995 Braves had Greg Maddux’s four Cy Youngs (including the one from 1995), Tom Glavine’s 1991 win and Steve Bedrosian’s from 1987. For both Yankees teams, Roger Clemens accounted for five Cy Youngs. The 2000 Yankees also had Dwight Gooden’s 1985 award. No other team has won the World Series with that many individual pitching trophies.

Don’t be too concerned, Mets’ fans. Again, it is a small sample size and any team that featured Roger Clemens or Randy Johnson in their later years is included in that sample because they had seven and five awards, respectively.

Which teams had the most combined Cy Young awards?

There have been nine teams to feature a pitching staff that contained seven total Cy Young awards at the same time.

As would be expected, two of them are just the Astros with Clemens in his later years.

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Here’s a look at how each of those teams performed with all their pitching awards.

Team Year Cy Young winners Record Outcome
White Sox 1986 Steve Carlton (4), Tom Seaver (3) 72-90 Missed playoffs
Braves 1999 Tom Glavine (2), Greg Maddux (4), John Smoltz (1) 103-59 Lost World Series
Yankees 2000 Roger Clemens (5), David Cone (1), Dwight Gooden (1) 87-74 Won World Series
Braves 2001 Tom Glavine (2), Greg Maddux (4), John Smoltz (1) 88-74 Lost NLCS
Braves 2002 Tom Glavine (2), Greg Maddux (4), John Smoltz (1) 101-59 Lost NLDS
Astros 2005 Roger Clemens (7) 89-73 Lost World Series
Astros 2006 Roger Clemens (7) 82-80 Missed playoffs
Yankees 2007 Roger Clemens (7) 94-68 Lost Division Series
Giants 2009 Randy Johnson (5), Tim Lincecum (1), Barry Zito (1) 88-74 Missed playoffs

Only three of those teams missed the playoffs, and in each example it is because the Cy Young tallies are largely carried by veteran pitchers. Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton were both 41 on that White Sox team. Clemens was 43 on the 2006 Astros. Johnson was 45 with the 2009 Giants.

It is unsurprising to see that stacked rotation of Braves’ pitchers with Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz showing up on this list, considering they to this day might still have a case for the greatest rotation of all time.

The 2009 Giants were also an especially fun team because Tim Lincecum went on to win his second straight NL Cy Young that season, meaning that, in a way, that team had the most combined Cy Young awards ever with eight. 

Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah, Russell retained; Rahul, Rashid opt to go into auction pool

As the deadline for player retention ahead of IPL 2022 wound down on Tuesday, a total of 27 players were retained by the eight existing franchises. Overall, the franchises spent INR 269 crore to hold on to these 27 players, which includes 19 Indians – four of them uncapped – and eight foreigners.

Many of the big-ticket players, including MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Glenn Maxwell were retained. But there were some major names missing in the 27, too. Seeing that there was a cap of four players that each team could retain, the list of players released – quite a few of them opted to be released, and go back into the auction pool – was a long one. Like Rashid Khan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar… Here’s a team-wise look at how the teams look, and an attempt at explaining the teams’ thinking.

NOTE: Teams that have retained four players have spent INR 42 crore (INR 16 crore + INR 12 crore + INR 8 crore + INR 4 crore) from their purse; the number for three retentions is INR 33m crore (15 + 11 + 7), for two it is INR 24 crore (14 and 10), and for one, it is INR 14 crore.

Chennai Super Kings

Retained: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad

MS Dhoni was the first name the defending champions wanted on their list, alongside that of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been with the franchise since 2011.

The point of discussion concerning Dhoni was which place he should take on the retention list. Dhoni wanted the lowest of the four rungs. The Super Kings, meanwhile, felt placing him as the top player made more sense, as it would swell their purse ahead of the next auction in case he decided to retire after the 2022 season.

Eventually, Dhoni took the second spot, with Jadeja, at INR 16 crore, the first retention.

It was the third slot that was the most debated, with Moeen Ali pitted against Faf du Plessis. It could not be confirmed whether it was Moeen’s all-round skills that swung the scales his way, or whether du Plessis wanted a higher price than the INR 6 crore slotted for the third spot.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who in 2021 became the second player after Robin Uthappa (for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014) to win the Orange Cap for most runs in an IPL season while also being part of the title-winning team, was a unanimous choice as the fourth. It has been learnt that the Super Kings have earmarked the Maharashtra and India batter as a future captain too.

Major players released: Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar

Delhi Capitals

Retained: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje

Delhi Capitals have made the playoffs the last three seasons under Ricky Ponting, who has always been keen to promote young talent. All the four players retained – Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and Anrich Nortje – have been matchwinners for the Capitals more than once over the last two years, and staved off rhe competition easily. It has been learnt that the franchise saw the quartet as the core group around which the rest of the unit could be assembled during the auction.

The absence of Shreyas Iyer is likely to be a talking point, but once the Capitals had retained Pant as the captain for the 2021 season, Iyer’s position for the next season was not certain. Iyer himself would obviously have captaincy ambitions, and with more than one team still looking for a leader, he felt he was better off going into the auction.

Major players released: Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada

Kolkata Knight Riders

Retained: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine

All the four players Kolkata Knight Riders have retained would have likely found a lot of takers in an auction. Their retentions highlight the importance of supporting players (Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy) who have been with them, and also promoting a young talent (Venkatesh Iyer).

While Russell and Narine have been loyal Knight Riders players for a while, and relatively quick to sign fresh contracts, it is learnt that Chakravarthy and Iyer were keen to bargain for better financial packages. In the end, the franchise managed to convince the two that the Knight Riders could offer them a platform where they could play a more dominant role to help with their ambition.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Knight Riders’ chief executive officer Venky Mysore said that leaving out Shubman Gill was a tough choice, but the franchise felt Iyer and Chakravarthy possessed skills that are not easily found in the auction.

Major players released: Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Lockie Ferguson

Mumbai Indians

Retained: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard

Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were once again the top two retentions, just like four seasons ago. The two other slots were where Mumbai Indians are understood to have waited until the last minute, before making a decision.

The third slot went to Suryakumar Yadav, who topped Ishan Kishan in the mind of the decision makers. It has been learnt that the team management felt Kishan had more impact mainly batting in the top order, as opposed to Suryakumar, who is not just a 360-degree batter but also can float around the batting order.

Long-time Mumbai Indians player Kieron Pollard bagged the fourth slot with a price tag of INR 6 crore, which was slightly more than the INR 5.4 crore the franchise bought him for at the 2018 auction using the right-to-match card.

Major players released: Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar

Punjab Kings

Retained: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh

Having retained just two players, including the uncapped left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh, Punjab Kings will enter the 2022 auction with the strongest purse of INR 72 crore.

While Punjab were understood to have been disappointed after KL Rahul decided to move on, the franchise moved in quickly to start negotiations with Mayank Agarwal, a potential captaincy candidate.

While Agarwal has signed the new contract worth INR 12 crore, Punjab’s auction purse will be deducted by INR 14 crore, the retention amount set by IPL in case only one capped player is retained.

Major players released: KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran

Rajasthan Royals

Retained: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal

Should Rajasthan Royals have retained Jofra Archer, the player of the 2020 IPL? It was a question that kept the management thinking till almost the last minute. However, Archer was forced to sit out of the 2021 season recuperating from surgery, and it is not known when he would be back playing cricket.

Eventually, the Royals decided to stick with Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler, along with uncapped Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal leaving them a healthy purse of INR 62 crore.

Major players released: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Retained: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj

As the first of the three players Royal Challengers Bangalore retained, Virat Kohli will get INR 15 crore. Another day, this would have been headline news: Kohli being paid INR 2 crore less than what he got when Royal Challengers retained him ahead of the 2018 auction. But things have changed – Kohli is no more the captain and wants to end his career at the franchise while trying to leave a legacy.

Glenn Maxwell, for the first time in his IPL career, was retained, getting the second slot at Royal Challengers, while Mohammed Siraj was the third.

It might come as a surprise to many, because Siraj was pitted against the trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal and Harshal Patel.

One key stumbling block here was the low price tag for the fourth player – INR 6 crore – which is likely to have dissuaded the likes of Padikkal and Harshal, who would have preferred a higher price after consistent impact in the last season especially.

The other thinking behind retaining only three players could be that Royal Challengers still don’t have a captain and need a strong auction purse to purchase a high-profile player, ideally Indian.

Major players released: Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Retained: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik

How did Sunrisers Hyderabad let go of Rashid Khan?

Rashid, it is understood, was the second player the Sunrisers had slotted in behind Kane Williamson, who had also been identified as the captain. Until recently, it was understood that Rashid was keen to renew his contract with the Sunrisers, who had bought him in 2017 and then retained him a year later for INR 9 crore. However, the Afghanistan legspinner was keen to get a better deal.

The Sunrisers have also held on to two uncapped Indian players, both from Jammu & Kashmir, in aggressive batter Abdul Samad and fast bowler Umran Malik, who made his IPL debut this season and turned heads with extreme pace, touching 150kph. Despite Rashid’s absence, one strong element favouring the Sunrisers at the auction is a big purse of INR 68 crore.

Major players released: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo