IPL 2018: 5 Retained players who would’ve fetched more in the auction

These players are very valuable to their respective teams and could have been richer if they had taken a dip in the mega-auction.

Jasprit Bumrah & Hardik Pandya
Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

18 players were retained by the 8 teams in the IPL 2018 player retentions. Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore retained 3 players each. While Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad retained 2 each. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab decided to only retain one player.

There are some stars who are retained by their franchises but they could have earned more if they had entered the auction. These players are very valuable to their respective teams and could have been richer if they were put in the pool for the mega-auction.

When world-class players are part of the auction, multiple franchises are interested in them and cross-bidding helps in increasing their value. Let us take a look at the retained players who would have been richer if they were part of the auction.

5. Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah MI IPL
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah is one of those Indian stars who has made a breakthrough via IPL. Bumrah was scouted by the Mumbai Indians and has been the part of their set up for a long time now. But he burst into the scene in the 2015 season of the IPL where his ability to bowl yorkers consistently put him in the spotlight.

He has become an integral part of the Indian team in the limited-overs format. Very early in his career, the 24-year-old has become Virat Kohli’s trump card in the pressure situations. In T20s every team needs death over specialists, so the value of bowlers like Bumrah is always high. He was retained for Rs 7 crore by MI as their third pick. Jasprit could have earned something around 15 crores if he was a part of the mega-auction.


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