IPL Player Retention: CSK retains Dhoni, Kohli stays at RCB

Erstwhile India captain M.S. Dhoni returns to Chennai Super Kings while India captain Virat Kohli remained with RCB.

Given his leadership on and off the field, his influential game and popularity, Dhoni’s retention by CSK was always on the cards.   -  The Hindu

Three-time IPL winner, Mumbai Indians, the two-time winner, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained three players at the Vivo-IPL player retention event here on Thursday.

The eight franchises together retained 18 players, including the lone uncapped player in batsman Sarfaraz Khan, who agreed to play for a sum of Rs. 1.75 crore, although the guideline price for the uncapped player was Rs. 3 crore.

India captain Virat Kohli was retained by RCB for an agreed upon price of Rs. 17 crore, which is the amount that will be deducted from the franchise’s salary purse of Rs. 80 crore for the 11th edition.

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RCB also secured the services of South African batsman A.B. De Villiers at a cost of Rs. 11 crore.

As expected CSK retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, Mumbai Indians nominated Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah while Delhi Daredevils chose Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer.

There was no significant surprise with inaugural year winner Rajasthan Royals retaining a lone player in Australian captain Steve Smith and Kings XI Punjab making its presence felt by going for all-rounder Axar Patel at an agreed sum of Rs. 6.75 crore.

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Reflecting on CSK’s return to the league, Team Director George John said: “ We are excited. We are looking forward to building a team. We just want to retain the core, which is what we have always done. We are also taking CSR initiatives and putting an app. We are very excited.”

The BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary congratulated the new five-season media rights holder of the IPL, Star India and the title sponsor, Vivo and said in his welcome speech: “It’s been an unbelievable decade, IPL has grown by leaps and bounds. It’s been an exhibition of talent in every single game of the IPL.”

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Mumbai Indians, Akash Ambani was happy to say that Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have been the find of MI. “ Rohit is synonymous with MI and Hardik and Jasprit have become the pillars of the Indian team; now they are also MI’s."

Here's the list of players retained by using the Player Retention option.

Franchisee

League Fee

Deduction

Salary Cap Remaining

RTM available at Auction

 

 

 

 

 

Chennai Super Kings

 

 

 

 

M.S. Dhoni

15 Crs

15 Crs

47 Crs

2

Suresh Raina

11 Crs

11 Crs

Ravindra Jadeja

7 Crs

7 Crs

Delhi Daredevils

 

 

 

 

Rishabh Pant

8 Crs

15 Crs

47 Crs

2

Chris Morris

7.1 Crs

11 Crs

Shreyas Iyer

7 Crs

7 Crs

Kings XI Punjab

 

 

 

 

Axar Patel

6.75 Crs

12.5 Crs

67.5 Crs

3

Kolkata Knight Riders

 

 

 

 

Sunil Narine

8.5 Crs

12.5 Crs

59 Crs

3

Andre Russell

7 Crs

8.5 Crs

Mumbai Indians

 

 

 

 

Rohit Sharma

15 Crs

15 Crs

47 Crs

2

Hardik Pandya

11 Crs

11 Crs

Jasprit Bumrah

7 Crs

7 Crs

Rajasthan Royals

 

 

 

 

Steve Smith

12 Crs

12.5 Crs

67.5 Crs

3

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

 

 

 

Virat Kohli

17 Crs

17 Crs

49 Crs

2

AB de Villiers

11 Crs

11 Crs

Sarfaraz Khan

1.75 Crs

3 Crs

Sunrisers Hyderabad

 

 

 

 

David Warner

12 Crs

12.5 Crs

59 Crs

3

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

8.5 Crs

8.5 Crs