ANALYSIS OF ALL TEAMS AFTER IPL AUCTION
They tried to fill in the slots that costed them last year.With having lower middle order problems they bought Shimron Hetmyer and Alex Carey who can be a back up wicket keeper in chance situation arrives.By letting go Chris Morris they had to fill that position and buying of Chris woakes and Marcus Stoinis made that up. In Mohit Sharma they found a backup bowler who can be handy, but opting Jason Roy in auction and Ajinkya Rahane in the trading are the decisions to be looked at. But looking at the fact that Shikhar Dhawan in not a very good form and injury issues are making him miss matches , again that may be a good decision.
Yet the team is the one of the only 3 teams that have got the balance without much issues and good backup.
With already having the four overseas options filled with Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler they had to just find out backups and they did it well going for David miller, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye and Tom Curran but they didn’t go for a allrounder to back up Ben Stokes which may cost them.Robin Uthappa was a great buy who can open with jos buttler and with his defensive skills,he can give much freedom to Jos Buttler to go for bigshots. They didn’t have any issue with indian core but they must have to hope on Harshal Patel and Axar Patel to come good.
This team is also one of the only 3 teams that have got the balance without much issues and good backup
Auction for them was to look for budget picks who can come good as backups.They actually had a good 11 even before the auctions as they had traded Trent Boult.They got Chriss Lynn at base price which was surprise.Going for Coulter Nile was not a big issue for them as they had purse but its upto the team management where they will fit him.if Lynn has to play it must be in cost of Lasith Malinga or Pollard due to fitness issues ,or else they look good opening with Rohit sharma and De cock leaving out chriss lynn.
The team looked balanced even before the auction and is the same after auctin as well
KINGS XI PUNJAB
They got Maxwell which was a must pick for them.The decision to go for Chris Jordon and Sheldon Cottrell was good to give the best pace attack with Shami .Jimmy Neesham was also a great buy and can make room in the playing 11 if Chris Gayle is rested or dropped .But they must have got a speacilist batsmen in place of backup for Gayle because the team has KL Rahul and Agarwal at the top, But they must hope or rely on Mandeep Singh and Karun Nair to play their roles well or else they have issues with middle order and it burdens the finisher Maxwell to not play his natural hitting game.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BENGALURU
As world Cup is scheduled next year Virat would definitely play at No 3 and they had to address a opening slot and that is why they bid for Aaron Finch.Bidding Chris morriss they filled a allrounder slot. It was quite interesting they bought Joshua Philippe and Isuru Udana but Dale steyn and Kane Richardson were smart buys.They have a well balanced team with international core of indian players but presently the only issue is if they opt to play the sensational young talent Devdutt Padikkal, they must make him to play in middle order between captain and ABD .But if they give him a top spot it may cost Parthiv Patel,but exclusion of later makes a situation to opt to Josua Philippe or Shabaz Ahmed both unproved who are the other keeper excluding parthiv patel and inclusion of young Australian will cost a overseas slot .But it is a dumb decision if they don’t give a chance for the young and in form Padikkal.it is an interesting thing to watch how team sorts out this thing.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
They bought Pat Cummins,so the death bowling woes are cleared and Eoin Morgan takes out the sole burden on Russel and with Dinesh karthik likely to play in place of void created by leaving out uthappa,the team is well balanced.Tom Banton will be the man to look for as he replaces Chris Lynn.They got varun who can make his contributions with kuldeep yadav leading the spin department.But expecting lot from inexperienced top order of Tom Banton,Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana may cost the team
The team got Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen both may have to wait for their turn but they failed to buy a promising finisher cum lower middle order batsmen,thus it is a must thing for their top four to bat without losing wicket which is not a easy task if are chasing.Their bowling department is solid and opening is the best pair last year among all the teams.The teams balance is a issue with spinners being overseas costing them to lose overseas options for handy death over speacialist pacer slots.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
The team management bought Piyush Chawla and the coach justifying it told the reason was because he has better understanding with MS ,Josh Hazzlewood and Sam Curran were good signings may be only Hazzlwood will make the playing 11 and Sam is for backing up bravo.
But the most successful IPL side is in serious problems and its a mystery that management didn’t feel the same.Watson,Raina,Dhoni,Rayudu,Kedhar Jadhav,Harbhajan all of them are not regularly playing cricket now and excluding them,they have a experienced core but don’t know they all can give their best as they would give before.only Deepak Chahar and Jadeja can be considered in form .
But again they are both the most experirnced and successful side ipl has ever seen.lets watchout whats in the mind of captain and the management.
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