IPL 2018 Player Retention: MS Dhoni & Kohli becomes most expensive players

IPL 2018 player retention list is out. A total of 18 players retained by eight franchises. Chennai Super Kings have retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina while Royal Challengers Bangalore retained India captain Virat Kohli during the much-publicised yet predictable Indian Premier League retentions here this evening.

Mumbai Indians had the league's most successful captain Rohit Sharma back in their stable as most of the retentions happened on expected lines. Current Australia skipper Steve Smith was Rajasthan Royals' only pick while his deputy David Warner remains with Sunrisers Hyderabad along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

"It was a great opportunity to retain some players. We want to pick impact players who can take team forward. Warner and Bhuvaneshwar are impact players and impact is the right word for SRH," team mentor VVS Laxman said after the retention process got over.

One of the notable names not to be retained is long-time Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who is now back in the auction pool with West Indians Sunil Narine and Andre Russell being the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise's two picks.

Kings XI Punjab had left-arm spinner Axar Patel in their ranks while South African Chris Morris, young guns Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are back with Delhi Daredevils.

DD CEO Hemant Dua said: "Ricky Ponting has been appointed as head coach and we are going with the idea of having continuity. We have retained two youngsters and the whole team will be built around them. Chris Morris is a top all-rounder."

The franchises that has gone for full three retentions are CSK, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and RCB. For Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah are second and third retentions.

"Rohit and MI are synonymous while Hardik and Bumrah are special for us. We are happy that we were able to retain some players. Hardik and Bumrah are pillars of our franchise," MI supremo Akash Ambani said.

AB de Villiers is RCB's second retention while they have kept uncapped Sarfaraz Khan for Rs 3 crore while putting Chris Gayle back in the auction pool.

RCB team director Amrit Thomas said: "Virat and AB retain themselves. In Sarfaraz, we wanted to invest in youth as he is a phenomenal player."

The purse that one spends for retention of three capped players is Rs 15 crore for Player 1, Rs 11 crore for Player 2 and Rs 7 crore for Player 3 while for two retentions it's Rs 12.5 crore for Player 1 and Rs 8.5 crore for player 2.

However for Virat Kohli, the retention was Rs 17 crore, which incidentally is his league fee. A single player retention had a deduction of Rs 12.5 crore.

The franchises were eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre-Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (During the Player Auction).

All eyes now on the VIVO IPL 2018 Auction to be held on 27th and 28th January in Bengaluru

Below is the table of the players retained by each franchise using the Player Retention option:

Franchisee

League Fee

Deduction

Salary Cap Remaining

RTM available at Auction

Chennai Super Kings

 

 

 

 

MS Dhoni

15 Crs

15 Crs

47 Crs

2

Suresh Raina

11 Crs

11 Crs

Ravindra Jadeja

7 Crs

7 Crs

Delhi Daredevils

 

 

 

 

Rishabh Pant

8 Crs

15 Crs

47 Crs

2

Chris Morris

7.1 Crs

11 Crs

Shreyas Iyer

7 Crs

7 Crs

Kings XI Punjab

 

 

 

 

Axar Patel

6.75 Crs

12.5 Crs

67.5 Crs

3

Kolkata Knight Riders

 

 

 

 

Sunil Narine

8.5 Crs

12.5 Crs

59 Crs

3

Andre Russell

7 Crs

8.5 Crs

Mumbai Indians

 

 

 

 

Rohit Sharma

15 Crs

15 Crs

47 Crs

2

Hardik Pandya

11 Crs

11 Crs

Jasprit Bumrah

7 Crs

7 Crs

Rajasthan Royals

 

 

 

 

Steve Smith

12 Crs

12.5 Crs

67.5 Crs

3

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

 

 

 

Virat Kohli

17 Crs

17 Crs

49 Crs

2

AB de Villiers

11 Crs

11 Crs

Sarfaraz Khan

1.75 Crs

3 Crs

Sunrisers Hyderabad

 

 

 

 

David Warner

12 Crs

12.5 Crs

59 Crs

3

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

8.5 Crs

8.5 Cr

 

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