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IPL 2018 Player Retention: MS Dhoni, Jadeja and Raina return to CSK; RCB retain Kohli, de Villiers, Sarfaraz

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have retained captain Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 04, 2018 23:08 IST ]
A file image of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni in CSK colours.Photo:BCCI

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja were on Thursday retained by two-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings, who are making a comeback to the league after a two-year suspension.

The announcements were made at the IPL 2018 Player Retention event held in Mumbai.

Dhoni has led CSK to two IPL and two Champions League titles and is widely regarded as the most successful captain in the league.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have retained captain Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

The 30-year-old Rohit has led Mumbai to three IPL titles and has made MI the most successful team in the league.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore retained captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan.

One of the notable names not to be retained is long-time Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam ​Gambhir, who is now back in the auction pool with West Indians Sunil Narine and Andre Russell being the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise's two picks.  Kings XI Punjab had left-arm spinner Axar Patel in their ranks while South African Chris Morris, young guns Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are back with Delhi Daredevils. 

Rajasthan Royals, who are also making a comeback to IPL with CSK, retained Australia captain Steve Smith. 

IPL 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained Australian opener David Warner and India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

List of Players Retained:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan

Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine

Delhi Daredevils: Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer

Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel

Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya

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