In IPL player retention 2018, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back to his home team ‘Chennai Super Kings’ while Royal Challengers Bangalore retained Indian skipper Virat Kohli for its team for this year. The Ambani’s Mumbai Indians had retained the league’s most successful captain Rohit Sharma into their side as most of the retentions were expected.
Rajasthan Royals picked Australian Captain Steve Smith as its only player whereas Sunrisers Hyderabad retained David Warner along with Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The SRH team mentor VVS Laxman said following the completion of retention process that “It was a great opportunity to retain some players. We want to pick impact players who can take team forward. Warner and Bhuvaneshwar are impact players and impact is the right word for SRH”. In a shocking not to be retained names, Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper Gautam Gambhir joined the list, who was captaining for the team since long and also KKR won the IPL title in his lead.
The Kings XI Punjab had retained only left-arm spinner Axar Patel in their squad whereas, South African Chris Morris, youngsters Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are back with Delhi Daredevils. “Ricky Ponting has been appointed as head coach and we are going with the idea of having continuity. We have retained two youngsters and the whole team will be built around them. Chris Morris is a top all-rounder,” DD CEO Hemant Dua said. The franchises like CSK, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and RCB had retained three players each in their squad. The Mumbai Indians retained Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya as second and third retention.
The MI supremo Akash Ambani said that “Rohit and MI are synonymous while Hardik and Bumrah are special for us. We are happy that we were able to retain some players. Hardik and Bumrah are pillars of our franchise”. The Kohli-led RCB retained AB de Villiers as its second retention and invested in the young Sarfaraz Khan for Rs 3 crore. On the other hand, RCB sent its ace player Chris Gayle back to the auction pool. “Virat and AB retain themselves. In Sarfaraz, we wanted to invest in youth as he is a phenomenal player,” RCB team director Amrit Thomas said.