The biggest cricket extravaganza, Indian Premier League is back. The proceedings for the tournament started with IPL player retention 2018, where each franchisee secured their top performing cricketers from the existing squad.

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Owners of the 8 IPL teams at the Player retention ceremony.

The IPL player retention 2018 is the first step towards the franchises reforming their squads ahead of the 2018 IPL player auction. After the 2017 tournament finished, which was the 10th IPL, the existing squads were disbanded, apart from the players retained by the teams.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – Who is IN – Who is OUT?

The eight Indian Premier League (IPL) teams announced which players they will be retaining for the 2018 IPL edition. Not surprising, Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Chennai Super Kings retained MS Dhoni. What came as big shock to KKR supporters, Kolkata Knight Riders decided to part ways with skipper Gautam Gambhir. RCB let go Chris Gayle, and MI did not secure Pollard.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – CSK

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Dhoni is back where he belongs, CSK.

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will once again be seen in his favourite yellow jersey in the 2018 season of Indian Premier League’s. The Chennai Super Kings retained their ‘Thalaiva’ along with Suresh Raina and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. MSD is retained for Rs 15 crore while Raina and Jadeja were kept for Rs 11 crore and Rs 7 crore, respectively.  The CSK franchise is back into the IPL fold after serving a two-year ban, and has two Right-to-Match (RTM) options left. They use this clause during the IPL auction on January 27 and 28.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals were also suspended for two years. They retained Australia skipper and world no 1 test batsman Steve Smith for Rs 12 crore. Surprisingly star Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane was not retained and goes back into the auction pool.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – KKR parts ways with Gauti

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KKR have not retained their former captain Gautam Gambhir.

The other surprise as already mentioned was in the form of Gautam Gambhir. He was sent into the auction pool despite guiding the Kolkata Knight Riders win the tournament twice in 2012 and 2014. The Shah Rukh Khan-co-owned franchise decided to retain West Indian duo of Sunil Narine at Rs 8.5 crore and Andre Russell at Rs 7 crore.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – RCB without Gayle

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Will RCB get back Gayle in the auction pool.

In another shocker to RCB fan base, Royal Challengers Bangalore released West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle. They have retained start players like Indian skipper Virat Kohli at a whopping  Rs 17 crore, and South African legend AB de Villiers for Rs 11 crore. Young Indian cricketer Sarfraz Khan got retained for Rs 1.75 crore.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – Can can Delhi Prove to be a Daredevil with Ricky Ponting

The Delhi Daredevils franchisee retained the young Indian duo of Rishabh Pant at Rs 8 crore and Shreyas Iyer for Rs 7 crore. They also secured the service of South African all-rounder Chris Morris at Rs 7.1 crore. The Delhi Daredevils have roped in Aussie legend Ricky Ponting as their head coach. Ricky was instrumental for Mumbai Indian winning the league thrice.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – MI has all they want

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Defending champions Mumbai Indians also went along expected lines. They retained top three Indian and world cricketers of 2016 and 2017. The three-time IPL winning skipper Rohit Sharma retained for Rs 15 crore. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was secured for Rs 11 crore and yorker king Jasprit Bumrah will play for MI at Rs 7 crore. Rohit led the Mumbai franchise to IPL titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – Time for Hyderabad to rise and shine

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Sunrisers Hyderabad surprised their fans by releasing India opener Shikhar Dhawan and Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan. However, they retained the pocket sized dynamo David Warner for Rs 12 crore along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Rs 8 crore.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – Will the Singhs ever become the IPL king

The worst performers in all ten seasons on aggregate, Kings XI Punjab retained only one player. They secured left-arm spinner Axar Patel for Rs 6.75 crore at the ILP player retention 2018.

IPL Player Retention 2018 Policy

According to the rules laid down by the IPL Governing Council:

  • A franchise could retain up to five players by virtue of a combination of player retention (pre-player auction) and right to match (RTM) (during the player auction).
  • A maximum of either 3 retention or 3 RTM at the discretion of the franchises can be made.
  • If there is no retention before player auction then franchises can have up to 3 RTM.

IPL Player Retention 2018  – What is a Right To Match (RTM) card?

A right-to-match card (RTM) gives the franchise an opportunity to buy back its player during the auction by matching the highest bid made for the player by another franchise, once the bidding is over.

For example, if Kolkata Knight Riders decide not to retain Gautam Gambhir as one of its three players, and Delhi Daredevils make the highest bid for the Indian batsman in the auctions, KKR can retain him using a RTM card.

IPL Player Retention 2018 – The Most expensive players in all 10 IPL till date

  1.       Virat Kohli

Retaining Virat was a no-brainer for the RCB think tank, but it turned out to be a costly move at Rs 17 crore. However, retaining Virat means more or less assured performances.

The Indian captain was in tremendous form in 2017, scoring 2818 runs across all the formats for India, before flying off to Italy with Anushka Sharma to tie the knot.

Virat has played for the Bengaluru franchisee since the inception of the league. He has hammered 4418 runs from 149 matches, at an average of 37.44. Virat also became the fastest player to reach 4000 runs in IPL history. And who can forget the 2016 season, when he smashed 973 runs including four hundreds at an average of 81.08.

  1.       Yuvraj Singh

The Delhi franchisee paid an astonishing Rs 16 crore for the rumbustious all-rounder back in 2015. This made him the record buy in the history of the IPL at that time. If you remember, he was also got the most expensive player tag when RCB paid a 14 crore to get his services. But they released him the following year because of his bad form and fitness.

Yuvraj in the IPL player retention 2018 process is released by the Sunrisers from Hyderabad. He is also out of the Indian set-up and is struggling to pass the Yo-Yo Test. We will have to see how much amount he fetches in the auction on January 27.

  1.       MS Dhoni

Thala Dhoni is back where he belongs. The former Indian skipper in the IPL player retention 2018 was secured by the Chennai franchisee for Rs 15 crore. This makes him the third most expensive player in IPL history.

‘Thala’ Mahi’s return has got the CSK fans excited. Dhoni has led CSK to two trophies and four finals during the eight years of the tournament they participated.

MS played for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the last two seasons. He has scored 3561 runs from 159 matches in all IPL games and hit 17 fifties.

His form in the shorter formats was questioned toward the end of 2017. But in true MSD style he played crucial innings against Sri Lanka in ODI and T20s and put the naysayers at bay.

  1.       Rohit Sharma

The Mumbai franchisee owned by the Ambanis retained their captain for the same amount as CSK did with MS Dhoni, Rs 15 crore. This makes him the joint third most expensive IPL player ever.

Retaining the ‘HIT-MAN’ was a no-brainer for Mumbai just like Kohli was for RCB. Rohit has led the team to three IPL titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017, which is till now the most by any team.

The Mumbaikar has been playing for MI since 2011 and took over the captaincy in 2013 and has never looked back since.

Sharma, in all IPL matches has scored 4207 runs from 159 matches with one hundred. Rohit along with Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah will form the core of the squad.

  1.       Ben Stokes
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Will the franchisee break the bank for England all rounder Ben Stokes?

The only non-Indian on the list, Ben Stokes was the star-attraction in 2017’s IPL auction. His base price of Rs 2 crore and was expected to go big and he did. All eight franchises were after him and there was an aggressive auction between Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD).

Even, Sunrisers Hyderabad joined in the battle, but he was bagged by the Rising Pune Supergiant for an enormous fee of Rs 14.50 crore. Ben became the second costliest player in the history of the IPL auctions behind Yuvraj Singh.

The mercurial all-rounder didn’t disappoint his buyers. He scored 316 runs and 12 wickets from 12 games for the RPS. He guided Pune to the qualifiers and before joining national duty.

The English cricketer is expected to go big as all-rounders of such caliber are going to come far and wide. The franchisees will jump on the opportunity of having him on their side. And you never know he may even pass Virat Kohli in terms of the most expensive player.  

FranchiseeLeague FeeDeductionSalary Cap RemainingRTM available at Auction
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni15 Crs15 Crs47 Crs2
Suresh Raina11 Crs11 Crs
Ravindra Jadeja7 Crs7 Crs
Delhi Daredevils
Rishabh Pant8 Crs15 Crs47 Crs2
Chris Morris7.1 Crs11 Crs
Shreyas Iyer7 Crs7 Crs
Kings XI Punjab
Axar Patel6.75 Crs12.5 Crs67.5 Crs3
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine8.5 Crs12.5 Crs59 Crs3
Andre Russell7 Crs8.5 Crs
Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma15 Crs15 Crs47 Crs2
Hardik Pandya11 Crs11 Crs
Jasprit Bumrah7 Crs7 Crs
Rajasthan Royals
Steve Smith12 Crs12.5 Crs67.5 Crs3
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli17 Crs17 Crs49 Crs2
AB de Villiers11 Crs11 Crs
Sarfaraz Khan1.75 Crs3 Crs
Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner12 Crs12.5 Crs59 Crs3
Bhuvneshwar Kumar8.5 Crs8.5 Crs
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