IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

As the first of the three players Royal Challengers Bangalore retained, Virat Kohli will get INR 15 crore.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

Another day, this would have been headline news: Kohli being paid INR 2 crore less than what he got when Royal Challengers retained him ahead of the 2018 auction.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

But things have changed - Kohli is no more the captain and wants to end his career at the franchise while trying to leave a legacy.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

Glenn Maxwell, for the first time in his IPL career, was retained, getting the second slot at Royal Challengers, while Mohammed Siraj was the third.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

It might come as a surprise to many, because Siraj was pitted against the trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal and Harshal Patel.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

One key stumbling block here was the low price tag for the fourth player - INR 6 crore - which is likely to have dissuaded the likes of Padikkal and Harshal, who would have preferred a higher price after consistent impact in the last season especially.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

The other thinking behind retaining only three players could be that Royal Challengers still don't have a captain and need a strong auction purse to purchase a high-profile player, ideally Indian.

IPL Retentions : Players retained by RCB

Major players released: Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal