IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals have decided to retain the quartet of Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje for IPL 2022.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

However, Capitals' former captain Shreyas Iyer, who made his Test debut on Thursday, has decided to head to the player auction instead.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

While Capitals could see Iyer's exit as a setback, they wouldn't have been entirely surprised by the batter's decision.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

Ever since the Capitals handed the captaincy to Pant ahead of IPL 2021, after Iyer was ruled out of the first leg due to shoulder surgery in April, the franchise faced the question of whether they could retain Iyer.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

Iyer had taken over from Gautam Gambhir as the side's captain midway through IPL 2018. In the next season, Iyer led the Delhi franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

In the next season, Iyer led the Delhi franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. In IPL 2019, they made their first final, but eventually lost to Mumbai Indians.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

Earlier this March, during the ODI leg of the home series against England, Iyer dislocated his shoulder in the field and had to undergo surgery, forcing the Capitals to appoint Pant at the time as an interim captain.

IPL Retention: Delhi Capitals

Although Iyer returned for the second leg of the IPL, played in the UAE in October-November, Pant was retained as the captain.