The Indian Premier League ever since its birth on September 13, 2007 has completely remolded and transformed the game of cricket. Be it the quality of the game or the global attraction, IPL has been a tremendous success over the years and it still continuous to do so.
The IPL is now entering its second decade and there are only a few weeks until the cricketing carnival kicks off. Let’s look at how each team stacks up.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB)
Captained by talisman -Virat Kohli, RCB have had a rejig in their ranks with ‘Universal Boss’, Chris Gayle, no longer in the ranks. With AB De Villiers and Yuvzendra Chahal looking to carry their pedigree into this season, the three-time finalists will look to stamp their authority on a trophy that is yet to be etched with their name. International additions of Chris Woakes and Brendon McCullum are sure to add some fire-power, which is massively required considering the team finished bottom of the table last time around. 🏏
Full Squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile(Injured as of now, replaced with Corey Anderson), Colin De Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande and Anirudha Ashok Joshi.
2. Chennai Super Kings(CSK)
Back after a 2-year absence, CSK will look to make up lost ground by stamping their authority. With household names such as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina & DJ Bravo still in the ranks, the men in yellow may just be a major contender in the new decade of the cricketing extravaganza. With a die-hard fan base to boast of, the Pride will surely roar again!
Full Squad: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Asif K M, N Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma and Chaitanya Bishnoi.
3. Mumbai Indians(MI)
MI always seem to find the winning formula with their team. From their explosive captain, Rohit Sharma to their dynamic brotherly duo, the Pandya brothers; the defending champions have a side that always finds a way to win. With the massive blue army by their side, they would certainly look to retain the crown this season. 👑
Full Squad: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Pat Cummins, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Behrendorff, Jean-Paul Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Dhillon, Akila Dhananjaya, Nidheesh M D Dinesan, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Dinesh Lad, Mayank Markande, Sharad Lumba, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan.
4. Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)
Keeping their spine of Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine & Chris Lynn, 2-time winners have a change in guard with Dinesh Karthik taking over the reigns of the squad. Can King Khan’s brigade be the supreme team in the new decade?
Full Squad: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi.
5. Kings XI Punjab(KXIP)
Kings XI and team didn’t hold back in the auction, as they aggressively looked to bolster their squad for the upcoming IPL. Undoubtedly one of the most exciting sides on paper, Kings XI have a mix of youth and experience with Ravi Ashwin leading the pack. Although the only concern in this side is the wicket keeping department, which has no natural keeper. But, with the likes of Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh holding the fort along with the dynamism of KL Rahul & Karun Nair, the Punjabis sure do look like a team to watch out for!
Full Squad: Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Zadran, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Singh Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Dwarshuis, Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Manzoor Dar, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar.
6. Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH)
The fairly new entrants on the block, SRH have cemented their place as mainstays with consistent performances that have even seen them be crowned champions of IPL in 2016. Sticking to its winning formula, SRH will have David Warner captaining the side with Shikhar Dhawan and youngster Rashid Khan still in the mix. Going out of their way to garner the services of T-20 specialist. Can they back it up this time just like they did in 2016? Only time will tell.
Full Squad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Kane Williamson, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Tanmay Agarwal.
7. Delhi Daredevils(DD)
DD have never been able to significantly dent the leader-boards in the IPL. Somehow always falling short, the Daredevils have now shuffled their ranks and recalled one of their own. – Gautam Gambhir to lead their charge for the 11th edition. With additions of Glen Maxwell & Kagiso Rabada, can Delhi finally mount a serious challenge for the prestigious crown? 👑
Full Squad: Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Gautam Gambhir, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh.
8. Rajasthan Royals(RR)
They showed the way from the very beginning. The first champions of the IPL are back after a hiatus and look a stellar outfit. Steve Smith will lead the #HallaBol for RR alongside Ajinkya Rahane & the T-20 dynamite – Ben Stokes. Will the new decade of the tournament bring similar fortunes? 🔮
Full Squad: Steve Smith, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
Now that we’ve covered all the teams, which team do you think will hold the bragging rights in the end of the season? Let us know in the comments.
INJURY REPLACEMENT :-
Steve Smith- Heinrich Klaasen. RR David Warner- Alex Hales. SRH Mitchell Starc- Tom Curran. KKR Nathan Coulter-Nile- Corey Anderson. RCB Jason Behrendorff- Mitchell McClenaghan. MI