As the auction for the India Premier League 2018 edition is nearing, the franchises have confirmed their retained players with most of it being straightforward choices.
The defending champions went all out for the three Indian stalwarts. Rohit Sharma, who is in scintillating form has been retained for INR 15 crore while his Indian team-mates all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah were retained for INR 11 crore and INR 7 crore respectively.
They will now have 47 crore remaining out of the 80 allocated for the auction and will have two right to match cards which they can use fell to retain two more of their players.
Chennai Super Kings:
The men in yellow are making a comeback after a two-year suspension and without much surprise they went for the men, who made them a successful brand. MS Dhoni with 15 crore, Suresh Raina with 11 crore and Ravindra Jadeja with 7 crore were the players retained by the franchise.
Like Mumbai, they have 47 crore in their purse leading to the auction and are likely to use it on two of Brendon McCullum, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
A straightforward choice of retaining two of the top performers in world cricket. Virat Kohli was retained at a cost higher than what was set by IPL (17 crore) while AB de Villiers was the second player on retention with 11 crore. Though the third player to be retained certainly raised eyebrows as they opted for the uncapped Sarfraz Khan for less than 2 crore over the likes of Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul. Though they still can get them back with two Right to Match card options.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The franchise have left out their successful ever captain Gautam Gambhir and opted to retain West Indian internationals Sunil Narine (8.5 crore) and Andre Russell (7 crore) and will head to auction with three Right to Match cards and 59 crore.
Emerging young Indian talents Rishabh Pant (8 crore), Shreyas Iyer (7 crore) and South African all-rounder Chris Morris (7.1 crore) were the players retained by the franchise. They are left with 47 crore and two Right to Match Card options.
Kings XI Punjab
Axar Patel for 6.5 crore is the only player retained by the franchise as they head to auction with a high balance of 67.5 crore and three Right to Match cards.
Just like Punjab, they have retained a solitary player in Australian skipper Steven Smith for 12 crore. They move to auction with 67.5 crore in the purse and three Right to Match cards.
Title-winning skipper David Warner without any surprise was retained for 12 crore while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has managed a 8.5 crore retention price. They now have 59 crore and three right to match cards options.
The IPL auction will take place in Mumbai on 27th and 28th January.
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