Big Surprises of IPL 2018

The IPL 2018 have seen the return of our few favourite teams alongwith some great surprises in the retention which was quite breathtaking.

Big Surprises of IPL 2018
Big Surprises of IPL 2018

At the time when IPL have been synonymous to a festive procession which is comparable to the giants football and baseball clubs of Europe and USA, it is always wonderful to have a look at the IPL happenings. Every year we are surprised by either some new rules or an athletic performance of an underdog. Now when it was customary for the teams to retain their favourite player, it didn’t went as expected.

We will have a look at the retained players’ alongwith the surprises.

  1. Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings have banged the IPL already with their mesmerizing performance and it was not a surprise when they retained their three key players including the charismatic captain M S Dhoni after arriving on the scene once again.

  • M S Dhoni
  • Suresh Raina
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  1. Rajasthan Royals

The royal team couldn’t have ever wondered its’ new inning without an inning of “The Bradman of Modern Times”, Steve Smith who was an important aspect of their team at that time. It was quite surprising to find that they left some of the sparkling stars like James Faulkner and Chris Morris.

  • Steve Smith
  1. Royal Challengers Bangalore

The RCB’s think tank was quite surprising as they opted against the “King of T-20” Chris Gayle in favour of Sarfaraz Khan. Even though they retained Mr. 360’ AB de Villiers and the Indian captain Virat Kohli making him the most expensive player in this edition with a whooping amount of 17 Crs.

  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiers
  • Sarfaraz Khan
  1. Mumbai Indians

The last year champions couldn’t have been without their captain Rohit Sharma. Even though Hardik Pandya being the rising star of Indian team, his retention came as a surprise.

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  1. Delhi Daredevils

Owing to the mediocre performance, DD have instilled their confidence in the young guys who are themselves yet to cement their place in the Indian team alongwith the lanky all-rounder Chris Morris.

  • Chris Morris
  • Risabh Pant
  • Shreyas Iyer
  1. Kings XI Punjab

The most surprising decision was by the KXIP who just decided to retain just leaving aside the likes of Miller-Maxwell and Eoin Morgan.

  • Axar Patel

Next Wasim Akram of India

  1. Kolkata Knight Riders

It seemed that the IPL retention was going to be full of breathtaking surprises as KKR left out its’ captain Gautam Gambhir and just going for the duo of Caribbean players.

  • Andre Russell
  • Sunil Narine
  1. Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Hyderabadis didn’t gave us any hiccup as they went for the duo of Warner and Kumar for strengthening their batting and bowling as well. Even though it was a little bit surprising to leave Rashid Khan who has been quite sensational in the international arena even after having the option of third retention.

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • David Warner