Royal Challengers Bangalore made a surprising decision on the IPL retention day when they did not retain Yuzvendra Chahal and went for Sarfaraz Khan instead.
Chahal, the highest T20I wicket-taker last year, was surprisingly released and as a result of it, he will be going to the IPL auction.
Chahal, though, is not disheartened with RCB not retaining him, as he feels the franchise will surely use the RTM card on him,
“I am not thinking too much as to what happened in the retention. I trust RCB. They still have the Right-To-Match card so I am 100 percent sure I am coming back to RCB. However, it also depends on how will it go at the auction,” he told The Indian Express.
RCB will have a total of two RTM cards going into the auction, and they will have an option of retaining players like Chahal, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Tymal Mills and other players who were part of their roster last year.
Chahal seems to be an automatic choice, as his previous year’s performance in the shortest format of the game will induce not just RCB, but every franchise to add him to the team.
RCB will be going into the auction with a purse of Rs 49 Crore. They spent a total of 31 Crores in the auction. RCB also made Virat Kohli highest paid player in the history of IPL when they retained him for a price of Rs 17 Crore. Safaraz cost RCB them just Rs 3 Crore, as he is an uncapped player. RCB had to pay Rs 11 Crore to AB de Villiers.
The auction for the eleventh edition of IPL will take place on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore, where the teams would like to add best players to their roster. A total of 1122 players had registered for the league, and the BCCI has already prepared a shortened list, which will be released in a couple of days.
For the first time in the history of IPL, Joe Root has put his name ahead for the auction, and he is expected to draw big amount in the auction.
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