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Vivo IPL 2018: Virat retained for Rs 17 crore, Dhoni Rs 15 crore; Gambhir and Gayle to go under the auction hammer
Vibrant Virat Kohli has become the costliest cricketer for IPL (2018) season 11. During the retention event held on Friday in Mumbai, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained him for a whooping price of Rs 17 crore.

IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings which makes a comeback this season after facing a ban of two years, retained MS Dhoni for a huge sum of Rs 15 crore. CSK also preferred to hold on to Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina as their second and third choice.

IPL season 11 will be played from 4th April to 27th May, 2018. As per the retention policy in vogue, any team can retain only three of its players while paying Rs 15 crore, 11 crore or 7 crore, but RCB walked an extra mile by paying Rs 2 crore more for Kohli, thereby making him the costliest player of the season.

Likewise, Mumbai Indians has retained Rohit Sharma along with Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah who are likely to play a decisive role for the team. In another notable decision, Delhi Daredevils retained Chris Morris of South Africa along with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and batsman Shreyas Iyer.

However, Rajasthan Royals only opted for Australian captain Steve Smith whereas his mate David Warner and Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be now seen playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The above retentions have formed an interesting equation as almost all the teams will further try to fortify their strengths thereby making the auction for the remaining cricketers much more competitive. The IPL 2018 auctions will be held on January 27-28, 2018 to decide the final composition of teams. 

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