Mumbai: Ahead of Indian Premier League 2018 auction which will be held on January 27-28, all the eight franchises on Thursday revealed the list of players who they retained for the upcoming season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore made Virat Kohli the highest paid cricketer in IPL history by buying him for 17 crores, meanwhile, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings paid 15 crores to retain Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni respectively.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bengaluru raised eyebrows with their retention policy. While KKR sent their skipper Gautam Gambhir to the auction pool, RCB decided to let go of Chris Gayle.
David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad while Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris were retained by Delhi Daredevils.
Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab decided to retain only one player each. Royals retained Steve Smith., while the Punjab side decided to retain Axar Patel leaving pout likes of Glen Maxwell, Hashim Amla, David Miller and Sandeep Sharma.
After splurging money on retaining players here is the amount of money left with each franchise when they go shopping in the auction:
Chennai Super Kings: Rs. 47 crore
Players retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja
Big names left out: Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis
Delhi Daredevils: Rs. 47 crore
Players retained: Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant.
Big names left out: Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
Kings XI Punjab: Rs. 67.5 crore
Player retained: Axar Patel
Big names left out: Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Hashim Amla.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rs. 59 crore
Players retained: Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
Big names left out: Gautam Gambhir, Shakib-al –Hassan, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey.
Mumbai Indians: Rs. 47 crore
Players retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah
Big names left out: Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Lasith Malinga.
Rajasthan Royals: Rs. 67.5 crore
Player retained: Steve Smith...