What is the Right-to-Match cards in IPL 2019?

IPL 2019 is just right next door, and we know what time it is, its IPL time. There are hundreds of reasons why you should watch IPL 2019, and because there will be two teams returning to play again, it will be wonderful to see. One of the questions everyone has during IPL 2019 Auction was What is the Right-to-Match cards in IPL 2019? So let’s dig into the detail.

What is RTM or Right to match card?

If we just go by the wording, it suggests that it’s about having rights to match something, probably price as it was an auction. It was introduced by IPL Governing Council that if any team wants to retain their player, they can do it by RTM.

If any team wants to retain their player, there are two ways they can do it.

Player retention before Auction

If any team wants their old player back on the team, they can choose three players and send their name before action. For the three players, they have to pay 33 crores. It will be 15 cr, 11cr and 7 cr respectively for the first player, second and third which they want to retain. If the franchise wants to retain only two players than they have to pay 21cr, which will be 12.5cr for the first player and 8.5cr for the second player. If teams want to retain just one player than they have to pay 12.5cr.

Player retention during Auction

Right to match in 2018
Right to match in 2019

Obviously, when you have to pay 33cr out of 80cr of total value you can put in the team, its look a costly buy. So the team can choose to buy player during the auction, that’s when RTM comes in.

For example, if team A wants to retain their player X, they need to match the price for which player has been sold. It means if the player X has already been sold 10cr and the team who previously own that player wants to use their RTM, they need to match their price of 10cr to retain that player.

That is why most franchise chooses to bid RTM during the auction as the player price won’t go up, so then they don’t have to pay total 33cr and rather they can RTM them for a cheap price.

But there are still some of the players who are being retained before the auction, because they were the trump card in their team. They can afford to pay a hefty price as they are the player who is movers and shakers of the team.

IPL auction
IPL auction

Here is the list of player and team which were retained before the auction in IPL 2019

  • Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja
  • Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan
  • Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
  • Delhi Daredevils: Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer
  • Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith

But there is few player who was retained by Right to match card, here is the full list of player which are obtained by RTM in IPL 2019 auction.

  • Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo
  • Mumbai Indians: Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi
  • Delhi Daredevils: Mohammed Shami, Kagiso Rabada
  • Kolkata Knight Riders: Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa
  • Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni
  • Kings XI Punjab: Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, David Miller
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rashid Khan, Deepak Hooda


As you can see, a team can get back only five players with pre-auction or RTM, but not to exceed more than three players. We find this information nowhere and now you know where to look for all the IPL 2019 Update. So, what do you think about the right to match card? Do this help team or just useless option? Do tell us your thoughts in a comment.