The IPL 2018 auctions are slated to take place on 27th and 28th of January, and the teams are looking to pick the players who suit them best. India has become a powerhouse in cricket and has started producing quality cricketers at a very young age. IPL has provided them with an ideal platform to display their talent.
Along with Indian youngsters, young cricketers from across the world consider IPL as the stepping stone to International Cricket. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Shaun Marsh and many others have gone on to play international cricket on the back of impressive performances in IPL and therefore the young Turks would look to put their best foot forward in the league.
Retaining Kohli was a no-brainer for the Royal Challengers and it turned out to be a costly move. But what comes with it is more or less assured peformances.
Kohli was in tremendous form in 2017, hitting 2818 runs across all the formats for India before flying off to Italy with Anushka Sharma to tie the knot.
MS Dhoni’s return to CSK was written in the stars and that did happen on Thursday when the IPL 2018 player retention took place.
CSK kept him for a whopping Rs 15 crore — the base salary for the first retained player. Along with him CSK retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
But Mahi’s return has got the fans excited the most and him as well. Dhoni has led CSK to two trophies and four finals in eight years of the tournament.
Dhoni, who played for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the last two seasons has scored 3561 runs from 159 matches in the IPL. He has hit 17 fifties.
For CSK, Dhoni has smashed 2987 runs from 129 matches in the first eight seasons.
Yuvraj became the most expensive player in the 2014 IPL auction when Royal Challengers Bangalore acquired his services for a whopping INR 14 Cr. He immediately broke his own record the very next season when Delhi Daredevils bought him for INR 16 Cr. He has not had a good couple of seasons for Sunrisers Hyderabad though.
The only player in IPL history to scalp 150+ wickets, Malinga is an obvious choice for retention. Lasith Malinga is one of the best pacers Sri Lanka have ever produced. Having played 110 matches for Mumbai Indians, Malinga has been an integral part of the all three IPL winning seasons for Mumbai Indians.
Rashid Khan’s is a story which any cricket fan would adore.The young spinner from war-torn Afghanistan has become a huge sensation in International cricket with T20 leagues around the world welcoming him with open arms, and IPL is no exception.
Khan played his first season in IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad and was a runaway hit. He continued his success for Afghanistan and has been bamboozling Australian batsmen in the ongoing Big Bash League with his googlies. The 19-year-old picked up 17 wickets in 14 IPL matches at an average of 21 and a stupendous economy of 6.6 in last year’s IPL.
Nitish Rana began his IPL career with Mumbai Indians in 2016. He got an opportunity to play in just 4 matches in the first season, but that was enough for this young man from Delhi to exhibit his talent.
Moises Henriques has been with Sunrisers Hyderabad since the 2014 season. He is only 31 runs away from the 1000 run mark in the IPL despite having featured in just 57 matches. He would definitely want to prove himself and make the all-rounder’s position his own in this team.