RCB choose to retain Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Shane Warne and Shane Watson join the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, M Vijay and Albie Morkel in the list of players who have been retained by their respective IPL franchisees.Royal Challengers Bangalore have opted to keep Kohli, who has been in dazzling form in the ODI series against New Zealand. Kohli is the only player RCB have decided to retain, though New Zealand dasher, Ross Taylor is in the reckoning.The Kolkata Knight Riders have retained big-hitting Gayle, who sparkled recently with a triple century against Sri Lanka, while Mumbai have moved to keep off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, along with Malinga and last edition's hero, Pollard.

The Rajastan Royals too decided to utilize the player retention scheme by opting to hold on to Watson and Warne.The Delhi Daredevils have so far confirmed that they would only be retaining Virender Sehwag although many would've likely them to push for Gautam Gambhir's extended stay as well.The Royals were delighted that they were able to retain the services of the Aussie duo, Warne and Watson. "We're glad to have them back. Warne's captaincy in IPL has been the flavour of the tournament. Watson has been priceless in his contribution as an allrounder. As of now, we can confirm that the two are on board," Royals' chief marketing officer Raghu Iyer told TOI.

The first player retained will cost a team $1.8 million, regardless of the amount the player is actually paid. The second player will cost $1.3 million, the third $900,000 and the fourth $500,000.Stalwarts Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, as well as in-form opener Gautam Gambhir, were not retained by their franchises for 2011 and 2012 IPL seasons and will go into the players' auction pool to be bought by interested teams.Kumble, who led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last two seasons of the T20 League, and Dravid have been set free for the January 8-9 auction by RCB who have kept only Virat Kohli, on the strength of his amazing form for India in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand.


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