Here is a ranking of the IPL teams based on their auction performance
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:
OPENERS: ROBIN UTHAPPA, CHRIS LYNN AND CAMERON DELPORT.
MIDDLE ORDER: SHUBMAN GILL, NITISH RANA, RINKU SINGH, APOORV WANKHADE AND ISHANK JAGGI
WICKETKEEPERS: DINESH KARTHIK
ALL ROUNDERS: SUNIL NARINE, ANDRE RUSSEL AND JAVON SEARLES.
SPINNERS: PIYUSH CHAWLA AND KULDEEP YADAV.
PACERS: MITCHELL STARC, MITCHELL JOHNSON, VINAY KUMAR, SHIVAM MAVI AND KAMLESH NAGARKOTI.
The two time champions from Kolkata went into the auction with two of the hottest players in the format retained, in Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. With a purse of Rs.59 crores, many expected the Knights from Kolkata to round up another explosive team. The management however had other ideas, with investing in the youth and building up the team for the future to be their prime target.
Three of the starters in the winning under 19 world cup team of India were picked up by the Knights to boost their team. The most surprising act however was the management’s reluctance to re-sign their most successful player and captain in Gautam Gambhir, with the player moving back to his home team in Delhi Daredevils. The Knights splashed over 30% of their purse, in retaining Chris Lynn and snapping up Mitchell Starc, spending Rs.9.60 crores and Rs.9.40 crores respectively.
This left the team with a very small budget towards the end of the auction and they just managed to complete what some would call, a mildly competitive team. Having spent every last penny in their purse, the Knight Riders, have not managed to build up a strong side. With lack of experience in the team and heavy dependence on the youth, only time will tell if this Kolkata Knight Riders side have the grit and determination to win their 3rd title and tie the Mumbai Indians to become the most successful franchise in the Indian Premier League.
OPENERS: EVIN LEWIS, ISHAN KISHAN.
MIDDLE ORDER: ROHIT SHARMA, SAURABH TIWARY, SURYAKUMAR YADAV, JP DUMINY, SHARAD LUMBA AND SIDDESH LAD.
WICKETKEEPER: ADITYA TARE
ALL ROUNDERS: HARDIK PANDYA, KRUNAL PANDYA, KIERON POLLARD, BEN CUTTING AND TAJINDER SINGH.
SPINNERS: MAYANK MARKANDE, RAHUL CHAHAR, AKILA DANANJAYA AND ANKUL ROY.
PACERS: JASPRIT BUMRAH, MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN, PAT CUMMINS, PRADEEP SANGWAN, MD NIDHEESH, MOHSIN KHAN AND JASON BEHRENDORFF.
The most successful side in the IPL, have managed to build up a very formidable side in this year’s auction. The Mumbai Indians have managed to keep the core of their title winning side of last year, and also managed to rejuvenate their bowling attack with some brilliant signings in Mustafizur Rahman and Pat Cummins. The Mumbai Indians used their option to retain 3 players pre-auction, in Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
Their most expensive signing in this year’s auction was Krunal Pandya, who they managed to sign using the Right to Match for Rs.8.80 crores. The Mumbai Indians also used their second Right to Match to keep hold of Kieron Pollard. The signing of Evin Lewis has further strengthened their batting. With Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan opening up the batting, and Rohit Sharma, JP Duminy, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers to follow, the Mumbai Indians have managed to revamp their batting line up. The only negative in this Mumbai Indians team is the lack of an experienced spinner. However, it is safe to say that the Mumbai Indians can give any other side a run for their money in this year’s competition.
OPENERS: COLIN MUNRO, JASON ROY, PRITHVI SHAW, GAUTAM GAMBHIR AND MANJOT KALRA.
MIDDLE ORDER: SHREYASH IYER, GLENN MAXWELL
WICKETKEEPER: NAMAN OJHA AND RISHABH PANT.
ALLROUNDERS: CHRIS MORRIS, VIJAY SHANKAR, ABHISHEK SHARMA, DAN CHRISTIAN AND GURKEERAT SINGH.
SPINNERS: AMIT MISHRA, JAYANT YADAV, SHAHBAZ NADEEM, RAHUL TEWATIA AND SANDEEP LAMICHHANE.
PACERS: HARSHAL PATEL, MOHAMMED SHAMI, AVESH KHAN, KAGISO RABADA, SAYAN GHOSH AND TRENT BOULT.
After not having broken into the top 4 for five consecutive years, the Daredevils from Delhi had to build a team that was competitive enough to challenge for the trophy in this year’s edition of the IPL. The Delhi Daredevils managed to keep most of their bowling attack by retaining Chris Morris, and using the Right to Match on Mohammed Shami and Kagiso Rabada.
Their most expensive signing was Glenn Maxwell, for whom they paid a whopping Rs.9 crores. They also managed to bring in Colin Munro for Rs.1.90 crores, believed by many to be a bargain. However, the most important signing for the Delhi Daredevils comes in the form of Gautam Gambhir. The prodigal son returned to his hometown of Delhi and will look to replicate his success with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the Delhi Daredevils.
With an abundance of attacking talent, and a well balanced bowling attack, the Delhi Daredevils have one of the best squads in this year’s IPL and can easily challenge for the title in April.
OPENERS: DAVID WARNER, SHIKHAR DHAWAN.
MIDDLE OREDER: MANISH PANDEY, KANE WILLIAMSON, SACHIN BABY, TANMAY AGARWAL AND RICKY BHUI.
WICKETKEEPERS: WRIDDHIMAN SAHA AND SHREEVATS GOSWAMI.
ALLROUNDERS: CARLOS BRATHWAITE, YUSUF PATHAN, DEEPAK HOODA, SHAKIB AL HASAN AND MOHAMMAD NABI.
SPINNERS: RASHID KHAN, BIPUL SHARMA AND MEHDI HASAN.
PACERS: BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR, BILLY STANLAKE, SANDEEP SHARMA, CHRIS JORDAN, T NATARAJAN, BASIL THAMPI, SIDDHART KAUL AND KHALEEL AHMED.
The Sunrisers from Hyderabad had a plan in place for the auction to which they stuck. They went about the auction exactly how they had planned to and bought all the players they needed. They retained David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pre-auction and used their Right to Match on their most exceptional players in Rashid Khan, Deepak Hooda and Shikhar Dhawan.
Their most expensive pick however, came as a surprise to many when they splashed out Rs.11 crores on Manish Pandey. The Sunrisers are however short on someone finishing up the games, with the closest candidate Yusuf Pathan being a shadow of his past self. Their bowling line up is probably the strongest in the league, with a mix of Indian pacers and foreign spinners.
The Sunrisers too, have a side that many would peg to win the IPL this year. It will all come down to Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading one of the most lethal bowling attacks and David Warner rounding up his batsmen to the task at hand.
OPENERS: AJINKYA RAHANE, D’ARCY SHORT, RAHUL TRIPATHI
MIDDLE-ORDER BATSMEN: STEVEN SMITH, ARYAMAN BIRLA
WICKETKEEPERS: JOS BUTTLER, SANJU SAMSON, PRASHANT CHOPRA
ALLROUNDERS: BEN STOKES, STUART BINNY, JOFRA ARCHER, K GOWTHAM, JATIN SAXENA, MAHIPAL LOMROR
SPINNERS: ZAHIR KHAN, SHREYAS GOPAL, MIDHUN S, ANKIT SHARMA
PACERS: ANUREET SINGH, JAYDEV UNADKAT, DHAWAL KULKARNI, DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA, BEN LAUGHLIN
Rajasthan Royals too, like their compatriots Chennai Super Kings, will be making a comeback to the IPL after serving a two year suspension. They retained Steven Smith and used their Right to Match on Dhawal Kulkarni and Ajinkya Rahane. Rajasthan Royals spent big in the auctions as they bought the two most expensive players in the auction, namely Ben Stokes for Rs12.50 crores and Jaydev Unadkat for Rs11.50 crores. They also managed to bag two of the hottest uncapped overseas prospects at the time, in Darcy Short and Jofra Archer.
The Royals however lack in experience in the Indian setup, with Ajinkya Rahane and Jaydev Unadkat being the exclusions. They do not have an Indian player that can win them matches single-handedly and with limited foreign spots, this might prove to be a downfall for the Royals. The Rajasthan Royals have their batting settled with an imposing middle order, but lack in the bowling department, with no good spinners and only a serial wicket taker in Jaydev Unadkat. The Royals have a task up their hands if they want to win the IPL this season.
KINGS XI PUNJAB:
OPENERS: AARON FINCH, KL RAHUL, MAYANK AGARWAL, CHRIS GAYLE
MIDDLE-ORDER BATSMEN: KARUN NAIR, YUVRAJ SINGH, DAVID MILLER, MANOJ TIWARY
WICKETKEEPERS: AKSHDEEP NATH
ALLROUNDERS: AXAR PATEL, MARCUS STOINIS, MANZOOR DAR
SPINNERS: R ASHWIN, MAYANK DAGAR, MUJEEB ZADRAN, PARDEEP SAHU
PACERS: ANKIT RAJPOOT, MOHIT SHARMA, BARINDER SRAN, ANDREW TYE, BEN DWARSHUIS
The Kings XI Punjab had a rather amusing auction, with the management looking to go for every world class player, only to lose out to the other teams due to the Right to Match rule. Besides this, their squad is very strong on paper, with world-class players at every position.
The Kings from Punjab retained only one player, in Axar Patel, which left them with a huge purse of Rs.67.50 crores at the start of the auction. They used their Right to Match on David Miller, Mohit Sharma and Marcus Stoinis. Their most expensive buy was that of KL Rahul for a massive Rs.11 crores. The Kings also managed to pick up Chris Gayle for a paltry Rs.2 crores, that will boost their batting line-up further. On the bowling end of the team, they have experience in Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma and Ravichandra Ashwin and exuberant youths, in Mujeeb Zadran and Barinder Sran.
The team however, lacks in a good keeper that can play the entire tournament and thus will have to rely on KL Rahul. Moreover, there are doubts regarding Yuvraj Singh’s capability to lead the side and the slumped forms of Chris Gayle and David Miller. Overall, the team is fairly balanced but an inexperienced and weak bench might put them off in their pursuit of the IPL crown.
RANKINGS BASED ON PERFORMANCE IN THE AUCTION:
- DELHI DAREDEVILS: 9/10
- ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: 9/10
- SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: 8.5/10
- MUMBAI INDIANS: 8/10
- RAJASTHAN ROYALS: 8/10
- KINGS XI PUNJAB: 7.5/10
- CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: 7.5/10
- KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: 6.5/10