India captain Virat Kohli was retained by RCB for an agreed upon price of Rs. 17 crore, which is the amount that will be deducted from the franchise's salary purse of Rs. 80 crore for the 11th edition.
"I am really excited about returning to the Chennai Super Kings in a coaching capacity and working with the players to help them get the best out of themselves and also help to bring success to this great franchise", the Australian batting great was quoted as saying by CSK's official website.
The IPL Retention was the initial move towards the establishments modifying their squads for the 2018 IPL in front of the auction to be held on 27 and 28 January in Bengaluru where whatever is left of the players will come back to the pool.
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. KKR retained two West Indies all-rounders: Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for Rs 12.5 crores and Rs 8.5 crores respectively.
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel. If there is no retention before player auction, then the franchises can have up to three RTM.
As CSK and RR will be returning after 2 years, the council has allowed them to retain players from either their original squad of 2015 or from the players who played for Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in the last two seasons.
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.
Delhi Daredevils made a decision to stick with Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer.
Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith.