Despite a recent significant rise in popularity, the Indian Premier League (IPL) remains one of the most anticipated T20 competitions globally.
Since its birth in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has set industry benchmarks in several domains, such as broadcast rights and auctions. Rumors about the IPL 2024 season are circulating as 2024 ends. The fans and experts are speculating about potential rosters for each of the ten IPL 2024 teams in the wake of a record-breaking December auction.
IPL 2024 Review
The Indian Premier League’s fate is decided at the auction table when teams have the chance to assemble a group that can perform well both on paper and on the field. As usual, there were some intriguing aspects to the mini-auction of players that preceded the 2024 Indian Premier League in Dubai on Tuesday.
These are the key talking points from a thrilling day that made headlines because of Pat Cummins (Rs 20.50 crore) and Mitchell Starc (Rs 24.75 crore).
The others were all-rounder Gerald Coetzee of South Africa, batsman Travis Head of Australia, fast Dilshan Madushankat of Sri Lanka, and all-rounders Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand, who all signed lucrative IPL contracts.
With names like UP top-order batsman Sameer Rizvi, Jharkhand wicketkeeper Kumar Kushagra, and Vidarbha middle-order batsman Shubham Dubey topping the chart. The uncapped Indian players also made huge financial gains at the IPL 2024 auction.
Let’s check the five players who may announce their retirement from the league following the IPL 2024 campaign:
1. Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra made his IPL comeback in IPL 2023 at the age of 40. He signed a deal for INR 50 lakh with the Lucknow Super Giants. The veteran spinner played for the Delhi Capitals in the 2021 Indian Premier League. In 154 IPL games, he has 166 wickets.
Mishra has been an unsung hero of the IPL. The wrist-spinner often outsmarted batters and got them to dance to his music during his prime. Amit Mishra is the only bowler in the league to have scored three hat-tricks in the 2008, 2011 and 2012 IPL seasons. He is known as the “Hat-trick Man” in the league.
2. Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis, who is 39 years old, has already announced his retirement from Test cricket. He may also bid adieu to the IPL and white-ball cricket in the next season. His athleticism and fitness are unmatched. But good things come to an end. With around 9500 runs scored in Twenty20 contests, he is one of the game’s legends.
The captain of Bangalore may participate in his final IPL 2024. With his vast experience and current form, the 39-year-old may attempt to bring home the title for his club and have a memorable career finale.
3. Piyush Chawla
Remarkably, Piyush Chawla, who is only 35 years old, has been active in the Indian cricket scene for almost two decades. He is now the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 179 wickets. So he might easily overtake Dwayne Bravo for second place.
Piyush Chawla’s 2023 campaign with the Mumbai Indians proved to be a wonderful use of the older player. He finished with 22 wickets in his most successful season to date.
This could suggest that Piyush Chawla has a few more years left in him. But he is already making plans to call it quits on his career. The player, who was born in Uttar Pradesh, is already comfortable behind the commentary desk. So he might announce his retirement at the end of the IPL 2024 season.
4. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik is a true IPL icon as he has been a part of the league since its inception. After serving as a player for several teams in the league, Karthik returned to RCB in 2022 as a dependable finisher. Karthik, who will turn 39 in 2024, is expected to play a big role for RCB. However, in 2023, Karthik’s form took a serious hit.
Karthik also stated that he was redefining himself to be selected for the national team in the 2022 T20 World Cup. However, as the Chennai-born has no intention of returning to India, the 2024 edition might be her last.
5. MS Dhoni
Over the past few years, MS Dhoni has been defying age and improving his fitness levels. He took part in the Indian Premier League 2023 despite having a knee injury. A large brace was also seen on his knee. However, there’s a general belief that Dhoni’s final season in the IPL 2024 may indeed be it.
Given that he changed as a player throughout the season. So many said that Dhoni would declare his retirement after winning his fifth IPL in 2023. But he did not make such a declaration. MS Dhoni turns 43 in July 2024. MSD is a wicketkeeper and will soon turn 43. So it is unlikely that Dhoni will play in the IPL 2025 season.