IPL 2019 Squads Review – Part 1

IPL 2019 Squads Review – Part 1

With another season of the IPL comes a whole lot of excitement, nerves and a bunch of surprises. However, this IPL promises to be one of the most glamourless editions of the tournament as the Cricket World Cup and the Lok Sabha elections coincide. So this year, the IPL most probably will not be played in India, and the English and Australian star players, will all leave after playing 7-10 matches. Nonetheless, it will be an opportunity for new talents to arrive onto the scene, for teams with empty trophy cabinets to bring home some silverware, and most importantly, for some good cricket to be played. In this blog, I will be taking a look at the squads that the teams have picked, and their best Starting XI.

Rajasthan Royals – The Perpetual Underdogs

Somehow Rajasthan Royals are always looked down upon by the media and the so called ‘sports gurus’, but each year, they turn out to be the toughest nut to crack. This year, we can expect something quite similar. Their strength lies in their excellent pace attack and one of the best top-5 in the entire tournament. Regaining their captain and leader Steve Smith will definitely help them this time around. If they can make a strong start, then I am sure nothing, (not even the loss of their 3 best players who have international duties) can stop them from progressing into the playoff stage.

  1. Rahul Tripathi
  2. Jos Buttler*
  3. Ajinkiya Rahane (c)
  4. Sanju Samson
  5. Ben Stokes*
  6. Krishnappa Gowtham
  7. Jofra Archer*
  8. Ish Sodhi*
  9. Jaydev Unadkat
  10. Varun Aaron
  11. Dhawal Kulkarni

If they could have this lineup for the entire tournament, I would say that they’d definitely reach the final. But the sad truth is that Buttler, Stokes, Smith and possibly even Archer wont be able to play all the matches. They leave gaps in the squad that no replacement can fill. SO because of this little problem they get – 4/5

Kings XI Punjab – Problem Of Plenty

How can anyone pick between Chris Gayle or David Miller? Moises Henriques and Sam Curran? Mujeeb Zadran and Varun Chakravarthy? Okay, some of those are not that hard to decide but come on! A side cannot have three full-time spinners out of whom one is the captain himself. And while the spin department is overflowing, the middle order is going through a drought. It is being held together by strands. And 8.4 Crores for someone who hasn’t bowled one ball in the IPL! The pressure of money is daunting, especially for someone like Chakravarthy who has little to no experience.

  1. KL Rahul
  2. Chris Gayle*
  3. Mayank Agarwal
  4. Karun Nair
  5. Mandeep Singh
  6. Moises Henriques*
  7. Sam Curran*
  8. Varun Chakravarthy
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin (c)
  10. Mohammed Shami
  11. Andrew Tye*

One good thing that I can see in their squad is that most of the players they picked are going to be available throughout the tournament so they won’t have to face the problems RR is facing. The spin department is great with good replacement options even though the fast bowlers look dodgy. This team is really dependent on those two names, Sam Curran and Moises Henriques. They are the glue that holds the team together. From me, they get – 3.5/5