AB de Villiers (left) and Virat Kohli have been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) © AFP
AB de Villiers (left) and Virat Kohli have been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) © AFP

IPL 2018 windows for player retention closed on Thursday, January 4. The franchises were eligible to retain five players each with combinations of player retention and right-to-match during the auction. This season will mark the return of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). As expected, CSK retained MS Dhoni, who is likely to captain the side for the ninth time. Suresh Raina, who had led Gujarat Lions (GL) twice, will return to CSK as well, as will Ravindra Jadeja. The side have surprisingly let go of Ravichandran Ashwin. RR are have retained Steven Smith, who is expected to lead the side as well. They had the option to retain Ajinkya Rahane but did not opt for that.

As expected, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained their captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. In other news, Kohli and de Villiers will face each other for their respective nations in the India-South Africa Test series beginning Friday. Other retained heavyweights include Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) and Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders). Here is the full IPL retention list:

Franchisee League Fee (INR) Deduction (INR) Salary Cap Remaining (INR) RTM available at Auction
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni 15 Crore 15 Crore 47 Crore 2
Suresh Raina 11 Crore 11 Crore
Ravindra Jadeja 7 Crore 7 Crore
Delhi Daredevils
Rishabh Pant 8 Crore 15 Crore 47 Crore 2
Chris Morris 7.1 Crore 11 Crore
Shreyas Iyer 7 Crore 7 Crore
Kings XI Punjab
Akshar Patel 6.75 Crore 12.5 Crore 67.5 Crore 3
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine 8.5 Crore 12.5 Crore 59 Crore 3
Andre Russell 7 Crore 8.5 Crore
Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma 15 Crore 15 Crore 47 Crore 2
Hardik Pandya 11 Crore 11 Crore
Jasprit Bumrah 7 Crore 7 Crore
Rajasthan Royals
Steven Smith 12 Crore 12.5 Crore 67.5 Crore 3
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli 17 Crore 17 Crore 49 Crore 2
AB de Villiers 11 Crore 11 Crore
Sarfaraz Khan 1.75 Crore 3 Crore
Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner 12 Crore 12.5 Crore 59 Crore 3
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8.5 Crore 8.5 Crore

The IPL 2018 auction will be held on January 27 and 28.