The IPL auction was successfully concluded and the teams had their buys for the new season ahead. Lots of money was spent as teams made big decisions for selling crucial players. Many went unsold, whereas many had their luck and tried out to get a place in a particular team. Before the commencement of IPL 2021, here is a look at how the teams’ batting lineup can be rated and what potential it contains to join the title race.
A team with much success across many seasons, Sunrisers Hyderabad has a solid bowling unit. Though they have a lot of depth in their batting lineup, it is mostly inconsistent. Their captain David Warner, who also happens to be one the highest run-scorers in the history of IPL is quite consistent. Apart from that, they have strong batsmen like Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow up the order. Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad are all players with good records with a bat in hand but have failed to perform in the last and the past few seasons.
Formerly known as the Kings XI Punjab, they have some of the strongest batsmen in world cricket. The opening pair of skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been a huge hit last time. Dawid Malan from England can support the opening pair. Going down, they have the mighty Chris Gayle at 3. Nicholas Pooran can too be a stable number 4 batsman accompanying the budding Shahrukh Khan at 5. Mandeep Singh can be backup options down the order. Punjab Kings too bought Australian Moises Henriques, who can be a prolific batsman.
Rajasthan Royals have a batting lineup with a lot of options and combinations. They have a deep lineup starting at the opening duo of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler followed by skipper Sanju Samson at number 3. Ben Stokes will have a confirmed place at number 4. Number 5, 6, and 7 will have a lot of combinations of Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, and Chris Morris who is the history’s costliest buy in the Indian Premier League. Manan Vohra and David Miller are two backup players available to play at any position.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore has two of the best batsman world cricket has ever seen, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Devdutt Padikkal has been the revelation in the past season and has a confirmed place in the opening with Josh Phillipe or newbie Mohammad Azharuddin accompanying him. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have the confirmed places in numbers 3 and 4 since 2013. Glenn Maxwell will add some strength to the middle order, followed by Washington Sundar. Dan Christian and Sachin Baby are some of the backup batting options.
Though Delhi Capitals have a strong batting lineup, they are pretty inconsistent. With Prithvi Shaw’s blazing form, his place is almost confirmed in the opening ahead of Ajinkya Rahane along with Shikhar Dhawan. Down the order at number 3, Steve Smith can be a great option. Numbers 4, 5, and 6 are booked by their skipper Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Marcus Stoinis respectively. The number 7 spot has three options to fill in with the likes of Shimron Hetmeyer, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, and Sam Billings can be a great backup player too.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings had turmoil in the last season’s IPL with the batting lineup mostly inconsistent. But this time, they have more balance after the return of Suresh Raina at 3 in the squad. Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad or Moeen Ali can be a regular opening duo for them in the IPL 2021. The fourth spot can be acquired by Ambati Rayudu or Cheteshwar Pujara depending on their performances. The number 5 is confirmed for skipper MS Dhoni for a long time. Sam Curran can have a stable spot at number 6 this time. At number 7, they have good batting options including Dwayne Bravo, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Mitchell Santner.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi can be the constant opening pair for Kolkata Knight Riders in this season’s Indian Premier League. Number 3 is booked by Nitish Rana followed by Captain Eoin Morgan at 4. Dinesh Karthik or Shakib al Hasan could be tried at numbers 4 and 5 with Andre Russell at 6. Sunil Narine can be at 7 though he can also play as an opener. They have some valuable depth with options like Ben Cutting, Rinku Singh, and Sheldon Jackson in line.
Current title-holder Mumbai Indians play with the likes of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock in the opening. Suryakumar Yadav at 3 and Ishan Kishan at 4 is a good combination. Down the order, Keiron Pollard at number 5 and Pandya brothers at 6 and 7 will add a lot of depth to their squad. Bought in the IPL auction, Jimmy Neesham can also play down the order with options like Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, and Aditya Tare.
Teams, as well as fans, are very excited to be a part of this cricketing festival this year, as it returns to India, and fans are also expected to give attendance and support their teams live.