At the starting of the year, there is an importance question people are looking to know before IPL 2018 Retained Players List is released after the auctions.
Star Sports has won the media rights for IPL 2018 matches and the matches will be played during the month of April-May of 2018.
Questions are arising about the Retaining players and the return of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings after their two years suspension.
There are still questions for retaining the players like in IPL 2018 how many players can each team franchise retain ?
There is a matter of time when such questions are answered.
There are few ways we can make a guess work as we all know that IPL 2018 Auctions have been scheduled to be on 27 and 28 of january and the team franchise can make a call for their player retention till 4 of january.
The Statement is clear
The teams will be allowed to retain up to 3 players from the 2017 season and have the right to match option on 2 players.
As it is clear for the return of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in the battle of Indian Premier League 2018 season. So they are in need of players to build their squad.
The Chennai Super Kings is looking forward to retain the players that they had in previous season along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina who are certain players in particular the team franchise want to take possession of. The two players seems to be playing great part in making connection with the area which would definitely be the part for the fans to see the two players playing for Chennai Super Kings.
The Rajasthan Royals have already declared that they are not looking to retain any of the players. The team will directly head into the IPL 2018 season with an empty list and will go for new players for the team.
Going for an option to make a complete new team is a big decision especially for the team franchise which is more likely to invest the minimum budget among all other team franchise.
So, it will be interesting to watch that what do they do in IPL 2018 Auctions.
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Other team franchise will be asked to retain the exact equal number of fixed number of players as Chennai super kings and Rajasthan Royals, Meanwhile the other team franchise will be released into the pot for the main auction.
In this part the team franchise will build the image by adding new names.
Meanwhile the franchise are going to consider the fact that the teams had built their fan base and franchise around certain players with which it surely is unlikely that the franchise will let those players go.
Mumbai Indians have won the title for the third time for this IPL Season and so they have become one of the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League. The team franchise if so certain to retain their captain Rohit Sharma. Hardik Pandya, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard could also be seen as per our prediction of being retained players by the Mumbai Indians.
There is no doubt that Sunrisers Hydrabad is going to retain David Warner and Shikhar Dhavan. The combination of the two players have been very consistent and well performing over the last two seasons of IPL. The Sunrisers Hydrabad is not likely to lose the duo and and it is possible that Yuvraj Singh will be retained as he have been valuable player for the team so far and it is very likely that he will be seen in an orange jersey once again. David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also been seen in tremendous form over the past two season for the team, so there is a very good probability for them to be retained by Sunrisers Hydrabad.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir has been a key player who has been seen to take his potential through the trickiest of the situations. Along with Gautam Gambhir one of the great all-rounder Yusuf Pathan who has proved to be a great asset and been taken his potential to many victories which has appeared to be a defeat. Sunil Narine has done a well in bowling and it is really hard to think the Kolkata Knight Riders to let him go.
Kings XI Punjab are the one team in need of a massive overhaul. After performing disastrously, consistently, over the last three seasons, they need a side which can perform well. A couple of players which they are likely to retain are Hashim Amla and Glenn Maxwell, their two best performers from the 2017 season. They need a good batting order, and these two players have a lot to contribute for it.
Delhi Daredevils have built a good squad over the years, with mid-twenties being the average age of players. They have invested in young talent and while they are yet to see any concrete results, there are many names which have performed superbly. Sanju Samson is one such player, who had a great season last year with Delhi, and is likely to play for the same team in 2018 too. Rishabh Pant too, played well for his side in 2017 and Delhi may very well retain him for the next season as well. In the overseas department, we may see either Kagiso Rabada or JP Duminy being retained. Zaheer Khan may be retained by the side as well.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are the last but not the least, we have the Bengaluru side. Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the player who will be retained under all circumstances. We know what a huge star he is and his team will not let him go, with Kholi in their team, they can beat anyone on their day and they will want to bounce back after finishing bottom last season. However, it is possible that we may see either AB de Villiers or Chris Gayle leave (The chances for the latter one are higher). Gayle hasn’t been able to perform consistently over the last two seasons and bringing in a replacement can do the trick in the opening order.
The full IPL 2018 Retained Players List will be soon available and we will have them displayed in front of you.
IPL 2018 Auctions is on horizon and it is expected to see the full details with in few weeks including the Retained players list after the Auctions.
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