As expected, the Chennai Super Kings have retained MS Dhoni. Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja are the other two players retained by the Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royal have retained the Australian captain Steve Smith.
Kolkata Knight Riders, however, chose to retain only two players and the names did not include Gautam Gambhir. The title-winning skipper now moves back into the player pool for the auction, later this month.
Kolkata have chosen to retain Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the league for two years after Gurunath Meiyappan (former Team Principal of CSK) and Raj Kundra (former co-owner of Rajasthan Royals) were found guilty of being involved in betting activities during the 2013 IPL season.
Meiyappan and Kundra have been banned from the IPL for life.
Mumbai Indians have decided to retain their captain Rohit Sharma. Mumbai Indians’ transformation from perpetual underperformers to being the most decorated team in the league started after Rohit Sharma was appointed as captain. Rohit replaced Ricky Ponting in the 2013 season and led them to their first title the same year. Their win in 2017 was their third title, the most won by any team in the league’s 10-year history. (Source: AP)
Mumbai Indians retain Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah and the Hardik Pandya played a significant role in the Mumbai Indians’ win last season. (Source: PTI)
CSK, who are returning after a ban of two years, retain their key player Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Ravindra Jadeja is the second player retained by CSK.
Suresh Raina has been retained by Chennai Super Kings.