With all eight IPL teams having announced their list of retained players, the amount remaining in their purses for the upcoming IPL auction on February 12 has become clear.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have both retained five players each. CSK's quintet comprises MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo. MI have kept Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga. This means both teams can spend only Rs 21 crore at the auction.
Rajasthan Royals have also retained five players - Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson. As two of them are uncapped players - Binny and Samson - they have a slightly larger purse of Rs 22.5 crore.
All three of these teams can use one right-to-match card at the auction and buy back one of their unretained players by matching the price fetched by them at the auction.
The right-to-match card, however, cannot be used to buy a capped India player.
CSK and MI are likely to use their right-to-match cards on Albie Morkel and Mitchell Johnson respectively, if the price is right.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained three players (Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers), which leaves them with a purse of Rs 30.5 crore and one right-to-match card.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained two players each. KKR have kept Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine while SRH have continued with Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn. That means they can spend Rs 38 crore at the auction and use two right-to-match cards.
Kings XI Punjab have also retained two players - David Miller and the uncapped Manan Vohra. So they have a purse of Rs 43.5 crore and two right-to-match cards.
Delhi Daredevils have not retained a single player and thus have the largest purse - a whopping Rs 60 crore. They also have the most right-to-match cards - three.
They can use those cards to retain star batsmen Kevin Pietersen and David Warner.
The Daredevils cannot use the card for another star Virender Sehwag but can still buy him at the auction.