IPL 2018 auction is scheduled to be held from 27th January to 28th January 2018. It is the 11th edition of the league which was started on the similar pattern of English premier league. Many other sports have followed this approach ever since, such as Hockey, kabaddi, badminton and table tennis.
Recently, IPL retention 2018 was announced, which has quite a few surprises. While the teams of Chennai and Rajasthan are returning in the IPL after serving a two-year ban, they have managed to hold on their favourite players by their side. Nothing surprising here because everyone knew that Dhoni and Raina would be retained by the Chennai Super Kings but what they did not anticipate was R Ashwin would not be retained.
R Jadeja was retained by Chennai super kings instead of R Ashwin. The highest retained player is Virat Kohli, who has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore which also includes players like AB developers and Sarfaraz Khan who was also retained.
The Favourite Players
While Mumbai decided to hold on to Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet bumrush, Kolkata decided to leave its captain Gautam Gambhir. The decision to leave Gambhir came as a surprise for many since he has played the very important role as a captain of Kolkata knight riders in the last two seasons.
The performance of the franchise improved drastically, once Gambhir joined the team. Not retaining him sends mixed signals about the intention of the franchise which has retained Andre Russel and Sunil Narine, both the players from west indies, who good with bat and ball. While there is a chance at the auction, where they may win the bid for Gambhir but it seems very unlikely given the competitive bidding for a strong player like Gambhir.
The auction on 27th and 28th will see the real action of the season when the bidding for players takes place this season of IPL. Fans of CSK are as happy as Dhoni and Raina are, they are back to their territory. The original team which has continuously performed in each of the IPL seasons will be back in this season with its core players. This season is going to be the top season of the IPL as the favourite players are back with a bang.
THE IPL 2018
We have already seen announcements from teams like CSK, which announced the appointment of Mike Hussey as their coach. He has been a consistent performer for CSK in the past seasons.
Delhi Daredevils has already announced Ricky Ponting as their Head coach, who recently commented that IPL is the tournament where the best players play. Teams and IPL fans are ready for their favourite time of the years. Though previously IPL found itself embroiled in the match-fixing and betting controversy, these things are a matter of past and fans are ready with a transparent and clean season this year.
The wait for the season will begin as soon the auction starts and final teams and players are announced. Are you ready for the game?