Dhoni back to CSK, Kolkata release Gambhir

1/5/2018

IPL Retention Agencies, New Delhi Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who are making a come back to the cash-rich Indian Premier League after a two-year gap, have retained their favourite son MS Dhoni for the upcoming edition of the league through the retention process. Other than Dhoni, the Chennai based club have retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja while Royal Challengers Bangalore have kept Virat Kohli, Sarfaraz Ahmed and AB de Villiers. Thursday was the final deadline for the franchises to opt for their key players through the retention process with the auctions for this year’s league slated on January 27. A team can keep a maximum of five players through the retention process and through the Right to Match (RtM) card process which will happen during the auctions. However, Kolkata Knight Riders did not retained Gautam Gambhir, who led the side to lift the titles couple of times. Gambhir will now be in the player pool for the auction. 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. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils have retained Risabh Pant, Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer while Kings XI Punajb have kept all-rounder Axar Patel. Sunrisers Hyderabad have also left their skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who will now be back in the player pool for auction. The Hyderabad franchise have however retained David Warner and pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.Of all the players retained on Thursday, Kohli was the highest earner with Rs 17 crore while Dhoni and Rohit were paid 15 crores each. 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. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils have retained Risabh Pant, Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer while Kings XI Punajb have kept all-rounder Axar Patel. Sunrisers Hyderabad have also left their skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who will now be back in the player pool for auction. The Hyderabad franchise have however retained David Warner and pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.Of all the players retained on Thursday, Kohli was the highest earner with Rs 17 crore while Dhoni and Rohit were paid 15 crores each.