The year of Virat Kohli
World’s best batsman retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 17 crore

Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday retained India captain Virat Kohli for a whopping sum of Rs17 crore, making him the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League. RCB also decided to retain South African explosive batsman AB de Villiers and young Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan. The announcements were made at the IPL 2018 Player Retention event in Mumbai.Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings, who are making a comeback to the IPL after a two-year suspension, retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni was retained for a sum of Rs 15 crore, Raina was retained for Rs 11 crore and Jadeja will be paid Rs 7 crore. Kings XI Punjab retained just one player —Axar Patel for Rs 6.75 crore. Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders have retained West Indians Sunil Narine (Rs 8.5 crore) and Andre Russell (Rs 7 crore). KKR have, however, decided against retaining captain Gautam Gambhir. Meanwhile, defending champions and three-time winners Mumbai Indians have retained three players in Rohit Sharma (Rs 15 crore), Hardik Pandya (Rs 11 crore) and Jasprit Bumrah (Rs 7 crore). 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 Rs 12 crore.