The world’s best batsman Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping price of INR 17 crores during the IPL player retention event in Mumbai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday retained India captain Virat Kohli for a whopping sum of INR 17 crore, making him the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League. RCB also decided to retain South African explosive batsman AB de Villiers and young Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan.
For three players retained, in the case with RCB, they’ve been deducted Rs 31 crore from the overall spending tally of Rs 80 crore leaving them Rs 49 crore for the auction on January 27 and 28.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings, who are making a comeback to the IPL after a two-year suspension, retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
Dhoni was retained for a sum of 15 crores, Raina was retained for 11 crores and Jadeja will be paid 7 crores. Delhi Daredevils retained Rishabh Pant (8 crores), Chris Morris (7.1 crores) and Shreyas Iyer (7 crores).
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Besides splurging on Kohli, RCB retained de Villiers and surprisingly Sarfaraz Khan while leaving the likes of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul up for grabs in the auction. Sarfaraz has been retained for a salary of Rs 1.75 crore but it reflecting as Rs 3 crore towards the team’s fees paid.
CSK, besides the obvious choice in mercurial captain MS Dhoni, have retained middle order batsman Suresh Raina and a nifty all rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The two-time IPL winners have returned to action after serving a two year suspension handed to them. They, along with Rajasthan, spent two seasons on the sidelines while their place was taken by RPS and Gujarat Lions.
PL 2018 PLAYER RETENTIONS
TOTAL PURSE: Rs 80 crore
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah. (Purse Remaining: Rs 47 crore)
Delhi Daredevils: Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. (Purse Remaining: Rs 47 crore)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers Sarafaraz Khan. (Purse Remaining: Rs 49 crore)
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja. (Purse Remaining: Rs 47 crore)
Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith. (Purse Remaining: Rs 67.5 core)
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel. (Purse Remaining: Rs 67.5 crore)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. (Purse Remaining: Rs 67.5 crore)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Purse Remaining: Rs 67.5 crore)