IPL 2018 player retention list is out. Not many surprises as teams stick to their star and valuable players ahead of the IPL 2018 auction. Returning to the IPL after serving two year suspension, Chennai Super Kings have retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. IPL giants Mumbai Indians have retained their Indian core. Skipper Rohit Sharma, seamer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya will continue to turn out in MI colours. The only surprise so far has been KKR releasing their skipper Gautam Gambhir and retaining Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. On the expected lines, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab eye a clean slate as they retain one player each. Steve Smith stays at RR and Axar Patel stays with the Punjab unit.
IPL 2018 Player retention as it happened: 0800 pm: This is a wrap from us here. Focus will now shift to the January 27 and 28 auctions where plenty of star Indian and overseas players will go under the hammer.
0750 pm: With one retention each, both RR and KXIP will head into the auctions with two Right to Match cards. Plenty of star players, from their squads, will be up for grabs and it remains to be seen how the two teams approach this season
0737 pm: CSK and MI retention list wears a very dangerous look. Lot of utility there and the two teams are expected to do well with this set of players. Representatives of both teams revealed how they would like to build the squad around this core at the IPL 2018 auctions later this month
0733 pm: SRH, on the expected lines, retain skipper David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The team has enjoyed a very good run under the Australian in the previous editions and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been very effective with both old and new ball for the team
0729 pm: RCB make a smart move by retaining Sarfraz Khan. He is a very handy batsman in this format and by retaining the youngster, they have kept a decent purse for the IPL 2018 auctions.
0726 pm: Biggest surprise so far has been KKR releasing Gautam Gambhir. This means the veteran left-hander a very successful captain in the league goes in the auction pool. They have also released the likes of Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa and Shakib-al-Hasan
0720 pm: Steve Smith on retention: “I am really excited to be standing by the Rajasthan Royals in this season of the IPL. Its a great franchise with great people around. I loved playing for them in the past and I am looking forward to once again joining the team and making a big difference in the IPL this year.”
0704 pm: First comments! “For the 11th season of IPL, we are pleased to retain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. Virat has been a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore since the inception of the league, and is the team’s captain – on and off the field. The camaraderie and team work between Virat and AB de Villiers has been the backbone of the team for several seasons and we want to build on that. Sarfaraz is one of the players we believe will rise to great heights, not just in the IPL but in world cricket. We believe that together, Virat, AB de Villers and Sarfaraz embody the ‘play bold andfearless’ outlook that is inherent in RCB, and we are excited to retain them for IPL 2018,” said Amrit Thomas, Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore
0700 pm: As far as the league fee is concerned, Virat Kohli is the most expensive player at Rs 17 crore, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma second most expensive with fee of Rs 15 crore each. David Warner and Steve Smith at Rs 12 crore each for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively
0650 pm: Right then, here’s the complete list of the players retained by the teams ahead of IPL 2018 auctions
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan (uncapped)
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel
0636 pm: Delhi Daredevils retain all-rounder Chris Morris, who was effective with both and bat ball last season, destructive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and a very fluent top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer
0634 pm: CONFIRMED! Mumbai Indians have retained the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma. The giants strike the right balance by keeping a quality batsman, specialist bowler and an all-rounder
0632 pm: Delhi Daredevils are likely to surprise by retaining their young guns Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. The team invested a lot in their pace battery in the previous edition and have decided to release the likes of Rabada, Zaheer Khan – who played as player and mentor – Pat Cummins and Mohammed Shami
0630 pm: Less than 20 minutes away from the official announcement. Early impressions – Rohit, Dhoni, Kohli, Warner, AB de Villiers, Hardik, Raina, Jadeja are likely to be retained by their teams
0626 pm: News coming in! Delhi Daredevils have appointed Ricky Ponting as the head coach. There is no confirmation about his tenure yet
0623 pm: DD on the other hand won’t mind starting from scratch. They have had disappointing outings in previous editions and this auction presents them an opportunity to set house in order. There are exciting players like Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer they can look to retain. Both had a decent last season and are very destructive at top of the order
0621 pm: RCB have big guns like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal and MI have plenty of star power with players like Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh in their squad
0620 pm: This retention process looks like a cake walk for some teams who are eyeing a fresh start but for heavyweights like RCB and Mumbai Indians, there is a lot of thinking to be done. Both teams have star players in their squads and need to strike the right balance before the auctions.
0619 pm: All eyes however will be on the CSK table. The team returns to the league after serving two year ban and it remains to be seen whether they retain their popular names or head for a clean slate.
0617 pm: Gossip suggests Gautam Gambhir will not be retained by the KKR and it seems he is on top of Delhi Daredevils’ shopping list this year. DD have had ordinary outings in the previous ten editions and would look to turn things around this season
0615 pm: While there has been a lot of chatter happening about the possible retention ahead of the auctions, there is no official announcement yet from the BCCI. The deadline for submitting the retained players list was 5 pm today
Each team is allowed to retain a maximum of five players. In these five, there can be three capped Indian players, two uncapped Indian players and two overseas players in any combination. CSK and Rajasthan Royals can retain players who played for them in IPL 2015 and those who played for the Rising Pune Super Giants and the Gujarat Lions in the time that the former two served their bans. In the past, player retentions used to take place via Emails with respective teams sending a communication to the BCCI of their decision. That trend, however, will see a change in 2018.