IPL Players Retention 2018: Dhoni, Kohli & Sharma Retained. Gambhir and Gayle Dropped

With less than 100 days remaining before the start of the VIVO IPL 2018 or the 11th edition of the Indian Premiere League 2018, the franchises have come out with a surprise announcement of retained players for the upcoming gala tournament.

Will Doping Eclipse the Excitement of Indian Premiere League 2018

Interestingly, the VIVO IPL 11 will also mark the comeback of two teams; Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Superkings. Both RR and CSK have been the IPL champions in the past but they faced two-year suspension for alleged fixing controversy owing to which the honorable Lodha Committee appointed by the Supreme Court  barred them from participating in IPL 9 & IPL 10.

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The replacement teams of Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants  have instead played in the IPL 2016 & IPL 2017. Both RR & CSK have huge fan following, and fans are eagerly waiting to see them live on the ground and doing what they do best – of course winning matches.

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Obviously, expectations and emotions will be very high this season. Fans definitely want CSK and RR to bring out their best this season. Last year’s runner-up, Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), and Gujarat Lions (GL) will no longer feature in IPL anymore. As per the contract, Both GL and RPS were to play two seasons of the tournament and they already did in 2016 and 2017.

IPL Teams & Retained Players at a Glance

Mumbai Indians – MI

Rohit Sharma: (Captain)

Mentor: Sachin Tendulkar

Remark: IPL Champions in 2017, 2015& 2013

Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya Brothers 

Chennai Superkings – CSK

MS Dhoni: (Skipper)

Remark: IPL Champion in 2010 & 2011

Retained Players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravinder Jadeja

Sunrisers Hyderabad – SRH

David Warner : Skipper

Remark: IPL Champion 2016

Retained Players: David Warner, Bhubaneswar Kumar & Deepak Hooda

 Rajasthan Royals – RR

IPL Champion: 2008

Skipper: Steve Smith

Retained Player: Steve Smith 

Delhi Daredevils – DD

Retained Players: Rishab pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer

Skipper: To be Announced, Zaheer Khan Released !

Coach/ Mentor: Ricky Ponting

IPL Champion: None 

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Kings XI Punjab KXIP

Retained Players: Axar Patel

Skipper: Glenn Maxwell

IPL Champion: None 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Skipper: Virat Kohli

Retained Players: Kohli, Sarfaraz Khan & Ab De Villiers

IPL Champion: None 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Skipper: To Be Annoucned as Gautam Gambhir Released !

Retained Players: Sunil Narine and Andre Russell

IPL Champion: 2012 & 2014

Full List of Players Retained by Each IPL Team Franchise 

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Most Expensive IPL Retained Players 2018 (Top 5)

Virat Kohli (RCB ) – 17 Crore

MS Dhoni (CSK) – 15 Crore

Rohit Sharma (MI) – 15 Crore

Steve Smith (RR) – 12 Crore

David Warner (SRH) – 12 crore

IPL 2018 & Indian Premiere League 11: The Battle is Set to Begin Now!

Considering the fierce competition and battle for the best at IPL, it is no wonder that IPL 2018 will going to be a nail-biting one. The comeback of RR and CSK will add new dimensions to it making it superb thrilling and exhilarating as well.

If Dhoni becomes successful one more time and takea the IPL Trophy 2018 back to Chennai for the third time under his meticulous captaincy, then no doubt, all clamors regarding his retirement from the ODI and T20 format will automatically come to an end.

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It will be equally interesting to see whether the Aussie legend Ricky Ponting, the newly appointed coach of Delhi Daredevils, can change the fortune of Delhi Daredevils this season or not. Despite being a fantastic team, Delhi have failed to reach into the semis for the last years in a row. This year, it has to prove its mettle and live up to the expectations of its fans.

(By Atish Home Chowdhury)

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