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The Kohli-led RCB retained AB de Villiers as its second retention and invested in the young Sarfaraz Khan for Rs 3 crore. MS Dhoni with 15 crore, Suresh Raina with 11 crore and Ravindra Jadeja with 7 crore were the players retained by the franchise.

An IPL franchise is eligible to secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of player retention (pre player auction) and Right to Match (during the auction), BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a statement.

Axar Patel for 6.5 crore is the only player retained by the franchise as they head to auction with a high balance of 67.5 crore and three Right to Match cards. With all their retention being batsmen, it is likely they might bring back a bowler, with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal being one of the selections who might come back to the side, as they still have the choice of retaining two capped Indian players.

The franchises announced the list of retained players in Mumbai today.

KKR have opted to retain West Indian Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.Also, Rajasthan Royals, who are back to the league after a two-year gap have retained only their former captain Steve Smith while two-time champions Mumbai Indians have kept the services of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah. The third player Daredevils retained was Shreyas Iyer.

IPL 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained their captain and Australian batsman David Warner (12 crores) and India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8.5 crores).

Satish Menon, CEO, Kings Xi Punjab, said, "We were among the few teams who wanted all the players in the pool". RCB and DD, who have retained two Indians and one foreign player respectively have two RTMs which can be used to rope in one Indian and one overseas player. Mumbai Indians slotted back skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah by spending Rs 15, 11 and 7 crores respectively for the three players.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Khan for IPL 2018. Daredevils also reposed their faith in youngster Rishabh Pant.

Ahead of the much-anticipated mega-auction, scheduled for January 27 and 28, CSK retained three of their biggest names - MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday, January 4, thereby adding excitement over their return.

Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith.



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