Mumbai: In the build up to next month’s Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions, the player retentions on Thursday threw a lot of surprises. Chennai Super Kings (CSK), making comeback after a two-year ban retained three key players in the form of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
A few predictable picks were of Team India stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli who were retained by as skippers by franchises Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. While teams made sure they headed into the auctions with their best foot forward, KKR’s decision of choosing to retain West Indies duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell over skipper Gautam Gambhir garnered a lot of debate.
Now with the retentions done and dusted, the IPL auctions will see a lot of big names go under the hammer.
Here is the complete list of retained players ahead of IPL 2018 -
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan (uncapped)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Right to Match (RTM) cards left with each team -
Chennai Super Kings: 2
Delhi Daredevils: 2
Kings XI Punjab: 3
Kolkata Knight Riders: 3
Mumbai Indians: 2
Rajasthan Royals: 3
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 2
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 3