Virat most expensive player in IPL history, KKR ignore Gambhir

Royal Challengers Banglore retained captain Kohli for a sum of 17 crores. Photograph:( Others )

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Jan 04, 2018, 04.03 PM (IST)

Virat Kohli has become the most expensive player in the history of Indian Premier League(IPL). Royal Challengers Bangalore held on to India captain Virat Kohli coughing up a mammoth Rs 17 crore. South African De Villiers also retained for 11 crore while RCB paid 1.75 crores for 20-year-old batsman Sarfaraz.

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The announcements was made at the IPL 2018 player retention event in Mumbai.

Chennai Super Kings made their comeback in the IPL by retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. CSK paid maximum to Mahendra Singh Dhoni -  a sum of 15 crores. Also, Mumbai Indians retained Rohit Sharma for a sum of 15 crores.

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Delhi Daredevils trusted Chris Morris over Jean-Paul Duminy by looking at his current form. He was retained along with Delhi batsman Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer. 

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was appointed as Delhi Daredevils' head coach.

Also read:  IPL retention: CSK returns with Dhoni, RCB retains Virat

Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders snubbed Gautam Gambhir and retained West Indians Sunil Narine (8.5 crores) and Andre Russell (7 crores).

The champions of the inaugural season - Rajasthan Royals, who are also making a comeback to the league with CSK, have retained Australia's Steve Smith for a sum of 12 crores.

Complete list of retained players

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(15 cr), Suresh Raina(11 cr) and Ravindra Jadeja(7 cr)

Delhi Daredevils: Rishabh Pant(8 cr), Shreyas Iyer(7 cr) and Chris Morris(7.1 cr)

Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel(6.75 cr)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine(8.5 cr) and Andre Russell(7 cr)

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(15 cr), Hardik Pandya(11 cr) and Jasprit Bumrah(7 cr)

Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith(12 cr)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(17 cr), AB de Villiers(11 cr) and Sarfaraz Khan(1.75 cr)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(12 cr) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar(8.5 cr).