Just After five months the Biggest Cricket league in the world yes I am talking about IPL is back to entertain us with some prolific cricket.This Season would be more special as it is going to happen in India unlike last year in UAE due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
This year No team would play on their home ground that makes this IPL a little bit equal for all the teams and would be more competitive.
All teams are in good balance after the mini auction.lets see which team is good on the paper.
Mumbai Indians : –
Team that is on the cusp of history.Team that win 2019 and 2020 IPL and is going to bang the third won.Can Mumbai Indians made the third in a row what Australia did in World Cups.
Mumbai releases Mechlengaen, Pattinson and Nathan Coulter nile before the Auction and bought Adam Milne for the fast and bouncy Wankhede pitch but Mumbai is going to play their 9 matches on slow pitches of Chennai and Delhi.
5 time winner team perform in duo of Surya-Ishan in middle over,Hardik-Pollard in death and Bumrah-Boult to hold bowling attack.
Only problem for the Mumbai Indians is that lack of quality spin bowling attack.Mumbai brings Piyush Chawla in the squad who might not played first few games and with Krunal and Rahul Chahar you cannot make big impact on Chennai and Delhi Pitches.
My First Playing 11 :
Rohit,De Cock,Surya kumar Yadav,Ishan Kishan,Hardik Pandya,Kieron Pollard,Krunal Pandya,Rahul Chahar,Trent Boult,Jasprit Bumrah,Adam Milne
If De Cock is not available for first few games then Chris Lynn would be the best option on top order.
Punjab Kings :
Team that starts every season with a bang but couldn’t cross the line for playoffs.This time with new name Punjab Kings wanted to be in first four.
Punjab kings qualify only twice for the playoffs first in 2008 and then in 2014.Team releases Maxwell,Cottrell,K Gowtham,Neesham and Fabien allen.
Team bought some class player in auction like Dawid Malan,Moises Henriques,Shahrukh Khan,Jhy Richardson and Riley Merrdith that makes team much balance then last year.
Last year KL Rahul was splendid with the bat but his conservative approach in first few over let him team down and when he score more his team was on losing side.Hopefully KL Rahul brings his Class back in this IPL Season.
Main Problem for the Punjab Kings is that None of 6 top Batsmen can bowl or None of 5 bowlers can bat a bit.They lack a death over batsmen who can bowl few overs.
My First Playing 11 :
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal,Dawid Malan,Nicholas Pooran,Shahrukh Khan,Mandeep Singh,Chris Jordan,Jhy Richardson,Murugan Ashwin,Ravi Bishnoi,Mohammad Shami
Moises Henriques can fill that all rounder spot on number six but it will cost Punjab team to lose Chris Jordan or Richardson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad : –
5 Playoffs in last five years of IPL,This team is constant like the city Hyderabad is.In Last few years we have seen that SRH didn’t make too many changes to their core strength and that is the biggest plus for the team.
Team Bought only three player Kedar Jadhav,Mujeeb and Suchith in the IPL auction while get Jason Roy in place of injured Mitchell Marsh.I think Kedar Jadhav was the smart buy for the SRH team as Kedar can chip in last few overs with his smart cricket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back after his injury and he was damn good against England in start as well as in death overs.If Bhuvi does well then SRH does well.Their Bowling unit is still the best with Rashid,Sandeep and Natarajan along side with Bhuvi.
Finishing the match or lack of lofted shots in death overs is a headache for Dawid Warner side.
My First playing 11 :
Dawid Warner,Saha,Manish Pandey,Kane Williamson,Kedar Jadhav,Abdul Samad,Jason Holder/M. Nabi,Rashid Khan,Sandeep Sharma,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,T.Natarajan
Delhi Capitals : –
Finish the number 3 in IPL 2019 and number 2 in 2020,Delhi is making strong case for 2021 as well.With New Captain Rishabh Pant in place of Shreays Iyer could Delhi lift their first title.
Delhi might not miss the captain Shreyas Iyer but would definitely miss the Indian batsmen Shreyas Iyer who made 519 runs in last season.
Delhi have two ways to approach their 2021 IPL campaign.Either go with Steve Smith at number to sacrifice Shimron Hetmyer and find a Indian batsmen on number 6 or go with the same as Rahane Plays on three.
Last Year Delhi Capitals struggle with the 3rd seamer as Ishant Sharma was not available but Delhi bought Umesh Yadav,Tom Curran and Lukman Meriwala for this purpose.
Prithvi Shaw is in the red hot form while Dhawan delivers it in IPL before with 618 runs at an Strike rate of 140+ will definitely open the inning for Capitals.
South African Players might not have been in the first few games that can weakens the Delhi side as Rabada and Nortje will not be there to deliver it.
My First Playing 11 :
Shikhar Dhawan,Prithvi Shaw,Ajinkya Rahane,Rishabh Pant,Shimron Hetmyer,Marcus Stoinis,Ravi Ashwin,Amit Mishra,Kagiso Rabada,Anrich Nortje,Ishant Sharma
If Proteas player were not there then Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav would be the fast bowlers under Ishant Sharma.
What’s your thought on these four teams and which team cam qualify for the playoffs?
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Till then keep playing ,watching and enjoying Cricket.