IPL player retention: Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit, ABD, stay with their franchises

IPL Player Retention 2018 Virat Kohli becomes the most expensive player in IPL history

Another bolt from the blue was Kolkata Knight Riders leaving out skipper Gautam Gambhir while retaining West Indies' Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, a move which is been viewed as done to save the budget and use the Right to Match option at the players' auctions. KKR too surprised many by going for Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.

Royal Challengers Bangalore named him as their third retained player after Indian skipper Virat Kohli and South Africa's Ab de Villiers.

Former Indian cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni returns to Chennai Super Kings, which makes a comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension.

Mumbai Indians had the league's most successful captain Rohit Sharma back in their stable as most of the retentions happened on expected lines.

RCB retained the 20-year old Sarfaraz for Rs 3 crore. Of the six players from which they could choose, they chose just one. The big-hitting batsman, at 38, is not a long-term investment and that possibly is the reason why Royal Challengers made a decision to retain 20-year-old Sarfaraz Khan.

The left-hander has been a part of their squad since the inception of the team.

CSK retained its favorite captain MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja whereas Royals retained Australian skipper Steve Smith.

Sunrisers Hyderabad also sprang a surprise by releasing India opener Shikhar Dhawan and Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan but retained Australian David Warner (Rs 12 crore) along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Rs 8 crore).

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Under Dhoni's captaincy, Chennai Super Kings lifted the IPL trophy in two consecutive editions in 2010 and 2011.

This time around he has been retained by paying a king-sized amount of Rs. 12 Crore.

Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua announced that Ricky Ponting will take over as their head coach.

Kings XI Punjab have had the Maxwells and the Millers in their team, but the Punjab outfit chose to retain left-arm spinner Axar Patel.

Rajasthan Royals, who also comes back into the pool this season, have retained Australia captain Steven Smith. "It's been an exhibition of talent in every single game of the IPL".

The franchises that has gone for full three retentions are Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and RCB.

IPL franchisees can now spend up to Rs80 crore on player acquisition.

RR and KXIP are the ones with most in their balance (Rs 67.5 cr each).

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