All You Need To Know About IPL Auction 2018: Right to Match, Purse left and Much More

A pool of 578 players is about to go under the hammer on 27-28  Jan in Bengaluru as 8 IPL teams look to strengthen their team for the upcoming seasons. CSK and RR are all set to replace RPS and GL after 2 years. After some crucial player retentions, it would be interesting to see how each franchise makes a crucial call on Right to Match(RTM) card.

Some Q&A related to RTM


Q-What is RTM?

  • Right to Match card provides the franchise with an opportunity to buy back its own player by matching the highest bid made during the auction, once the bidding is over.

Q- Which players can team use RTM upon?

  • Teams can use RTM on those players who had represented their franchise during the last IPL season i.e. 2017.

Q- Which player can RR and CSK buy using RTM?

  • RR and CSK can use RTM only on those players who not only represented their franchise during 2015 season (last time they played) but also represented either RPS or GL.

Q- How many times can RTM be used?

  • For those franchises who have retained their 3 players can use RTM for maximum 2 players. Rest other franchises can use it for max 3 players.


 Below lists the retentions of each franchise, their purse, no. of RTMs they can use.

Chennai Super Kings:-

Dhoni For CSK
Dhoni For CSK
  • Players Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja
  • Purse Left: 47 crs
  • RTM available: 2
  • Top RTM contenders: Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis
  • During the Auction:- Returning after 2 years, one of the successful IPL team is all set to be again led by MSD. Lakshmipathy Balaji has been signed as a bowling coach by the franchises. They would look to build a similar kind of team during the auction they once had.

    Delhi Daredevils:-


  • Players Retained: Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer
  • Purse Left: 47 crs
  • RTM available: 2
  • Top RTM contenders: JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan
  • During the Auction:-With the new hopes of Ricky Ponting been appointed as the head coach, DD would look to get their combinations right they have always stumbled upon.

    Kings XI Punjab:-


  • Players Retained: Axar Patel
  • Purse Left: 67.5 crs
  • RTM available– 3
  • Top RTM contenders– Hashim Amla, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Murali Vijay.
  • During the Auction:-After Brad Hodge been named the head coach, Punjab wishes to rebuild their team to win their maiden title.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders:-
  • Players Retained: Sunil Narine, Andre Russel
  • Purse Left: 59 crs
  • RTM available: 3
  • Top RTM contenders– Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa
  • During the Auction:– After letting go Gautam Gambhir, KKR would look for a perfect team leader for the upcoming season. Else, Gambhir is also likely to be retained by RTM.

    Mumbai Indians:-


  • Players Retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bhumra
  • Purse Left: 47 crs
  • RTM available: 2
  • Top RTM contenders: Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lendl Simmons, Harbhajan Singh
  • During the Auction:– This team has had the perfect balance amongst all the teams. Be it a team squad or a coaching staff, MI have had a cherry on top. The current champion would want to have a similar squad they had during the last couple of years.

    Rajasthan Royals:-


  • Players Retained: Steve Smith
  • Purse Left: 67.5 crs
  • RTM available: 3
  • Top RTM contenders: Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni
  • During the Auction:- With only the skipper been retained, RR looks keen for a perfectly new settled squad for the upcoming season.

    Royal Challengers Banglore:-


  • Players Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan
  • Purse Left: 49 crs
  • RTM available: 2
  • Top RTM contenders: Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson
  • During the Auction:- Being the most probable contender, RCB has never been able to get their hands on IPL trophy since its inspection. With Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra joining the coaching staff, RCB would want to strengthen their bowling which had been their major concern.

    Sunrisers Hyderabad:-


  • Players Retained: David Warner, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  • Purse Left: 59 crs
  • RTM available: 3
  • Top RTM contenders: Rashid Khan, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh
  • During the Auction:- The 2016 Champions has had the best bowling attack since the last couple of years. The Orange Army would look to further solidify it for the next season.

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