IPL 2018 Final List of All the players retained by teams | Dhoni Back in CSK, KKR Drops Gambhir, RCB
Ahead of the mega Indian Premier League (IPL) auction later this month, India’s premier cash-rich T20 league on Thursday held its player retention ceremony in Mumbai. Most of the big names are retained by their respective franchises, but there are few surprises too. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) retained their skippers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma respectively, while MS Dhoni returned to Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
RCB have decided to retain three players with AB de Villiers and the surprised pick Sarfaraz Khan as the other two. Defending champions Mumbai chose all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pacer Jasprit Bumrah as their other two retained players. CSK and Rajasthan Royals are making a comeback to the league after two years of suspension due to spot-fixing allegations. Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will join Dhoni in the Chennai squad. Whereas, Royals have retained only one player in Steve Smith.
Sunrisers Hyderabad also kept their skipper David Warner in their payroll along with India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders dropped their long-time skipper Gautam Gambhir and retained two West Indians, spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Andre Russell.
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, were among the top players retained by their respective franchises at the IPL Retention held at the Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai on Thursday.
The IPL Retention was the first step towards the franchises rebuilding their squads for the 2018 IPL ahead of the mega-auction to be held on 27 and 28 January in Bengaluru where the rest of the players will return to the pool.
The retention rule allowed franchises to retain a maximum of five players via a combination of player retention ahead of the auctions and right-to-match cards during the auction.
The franchises were allowed to pick a maximum of three players via retention and three through right-to-match (RTM) cards during the the fresh auctions.
While Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained three players, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) retained two each. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Rajasthan Royals chose to retain just one player each.
It was a given that the Chennai Super Kings would retain Dhoni. The king is back in the den and the Chennai fans would be desperately waiting for their ‘Thala’ to take the field. In what was an expected move, CSK retained Suresh Raina as their second choice and Ravindra Jadeja as third. This suggests their plan to get Dwayne Bravo, who was another integral part of the franchise, through the RTM option.
Last season Delhi Daredevils banked on the youngsters to deliver the goods and they look to tread the same path in this edition too as they have retained Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. Their first retention was the tall, lanky and powerful South African all-rounder Chris Morris.
Kings XI Punjab chose to retain just one player in Axar Patel, however, in a surprising decision, the franchise owners decided to not opt for David Miller who had been an integral part of the franchise and had recently hit the fastest T20I century, against Bangladesh. They still have an option to buy him back via the (RTM) card.
KKR spent Rs 22 crore in retaining two players — both West Indians. Off-spinner Sunil Narine was the first choice while burly all-rounder Andre Russell was the second one. Surprisingly, captain Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn missed out.
While there were reports that Mumbai Indians might retain Krunal Pandya as the third choice, the franchise instead went for Jasprit Bumrah. Rohit Sharma was an automatic choice and Hardik Pandya was retained as the second choice. However, MI might try and retain Krunal in the auction given that he’s played a crucial role with his all-round performances since his debut in 2016.
While the retentions of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were no-brainers, Royal Challengers Bangalore surprised everyone with their third choice as youngster Sarfaraz Khan. Sarfaraz being uncapped will cost RCB just Rs 3 crore and the franchise owners would be looking to get Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal or Kedar Jadhav through the RTM card.
Rajasthan Royals didn’t have many options on the retention front and it wasn’t a surprise that they retained just one. And it shouldn’t have been much difficult to look beyond Steve Smith who has been in the form of his life.
Here’s the list of the players retained by various teams:
- Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant, Chris Morris
- Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel
- Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell Royal
- Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan
- Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja
- Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah.