IPL 2018: 5 Foreign players who could be the costliest players in auction
Expect bidding war for some of the T20 heavyweights who would be available in this year's auction pool
The IPL retention was announced on Thursday and the team franchises retained their key players, who would continue to play in the 11th edition of IPL. The most awaited announcement that everyone was expecting came from the CSK camp, who retained their key players Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja.
While most of the team franchises went with the expected players, there were few surprises where key players like Gambhir and Rahane were not retained. RCB also surprised everyone with their 3rd retention Sarfaraz Khan, who was not part of the team in IPL 2017.
There are few foreign players who were not retained, and also some foreign players who are not part of the IPL team, but expect them to go full stretch in the IPL auction which will be held on 27th and 28th January.
Let us check the key foreign players who will make big impact in the auction.
#5 Chris Gayle
One of the big surprises which came after the announcement of retention list, was Chris Gayle's exclusion. The big man from Jamaica has struggled with his form, but make no mistake he is arguably the best T20 player to have played this game, and still has the ability to change the course of the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore retained three players which includes skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. With RCB expected to use 'right-to-match' cards for Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul, Gayle would likely miss out on the chance to get retained.
RCB will have to fight with the other franchises to get Gayle in the team. With Gayle's reputation as hard hitting opener, he would attract lots of bidders in the auction.