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IPL 2018: CSK retain MS Dhoni, Rajasthan retain Smith, KKR drop Gambhir, Mumbai retain Rohit, Bumrah and Hardik

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Mumbai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in his ‘spiritual home’ — Chennai Super Kings. Also heading back are Suresh Raina and Ravinder Jadeja. The return of the awesome trio ought to make their diehard fans happy. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bengaluru have retained India captain Virat Kohli during the much-publicised yet predictable Indian Premier League retentions. Mumbai Indians have the league’s most successful captain, Rohit Sharma, back in their stable.

Current Australia skipper Steve Smith was Rajasthan Royals’ only pick while his deputy David Warner remains with Sunrisers Hyderabad along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. One of the notable names not to be retained is long-time Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who is now back in the auction pool with West Indians Sunil Narine and Andre Russell being the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise’s two picks.

Kings XI Punjab have left-arm spinner Axar Patel in their ranks while South African Chris Morris, young guns Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are back with Delhi Daredevils. The franchises that have gone for full three retentions are CSK, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and RCB.


CSK have retained their powerhouse performers Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina as their second and third choice, respectively. AB de Villiers is RCB’s second retention while they have kept uncapped Sarfaraz Khan for Rs 3 crore while putting Chris Gayle back in the auction pool. For Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah are second and third retentions.

The purse that one spends for retention of three capped players is Rs 15 crore for Player 1, Rs 11 crore for Player 2 and Rs 7 crore for Player 3 while for two retentions — it’s Rs 12.5 crore for Player 1 and Rs 8.5 crore for player 2. However for Virat Kohli, the retention was Rs 17 crore, which incidentally is his league fee. A single player retention had a deduction of Rs 12.5 crore.