Kohli is now worth INR 17 cr © IANS
Kohli is now worth INR 17 cr © IANS

Even before the start of IPL, Virat Kohli has managed to surpass a record. As predicted, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained Kolhi for the upcoming seasons. Kohli, who was billed at INR 15 cr, was retained by RCB for a whopping amount of INR 17 cr; 2 cr more than his base price. With this Kohli has now become the most priced player in IPL history.

Kohli surpassed Yuvraj Singh who was purchased for INR 16 cr by Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 edition of IPL. Apart from Kohli,  RCB last evening stunned everyone by opting to retain Sarfaraz Khan. The 20-year-old last represented the franchise in 2016.

RCB quite surprisingly did not retain any of their marquee players in KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree and Yuzvendra Chahal.

During IPL retention 2018, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma were retained for INR 15 by Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively. Steven Smith came in a close third with Rajasthan Royals splurging INR 12 cr for the Australian run-machine.