The IPL Auction 2020 is right around the corner. As things stand, all the teams have some frailties in their lineups. Well, that’s what the auction is there to solve, right? In this blog, I will be pointing out some players that should be on the wishlist of a particular team. I will also try to analyze how the players will fit in their playing XI, and whether or not the team will actually be able to buy them, considering their purse for the auction.
As I discussed in my previous blog, the defending champions have a pretty good starting lineup ready. Its the backups they need to be worrying about. Apart from that, the number 3 and 4 spots are occupied by relatively inexperienced batsmen in Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. If they could get a more seasoned batsman, it would be great. The only Indian option in this department is Robin Uthappa. Although taking him might be a risk keeping in mind his strike rate and recent inconsistency. Eoin Morgan is another option, but also a much more in-demand one. I think lots of teams would be vying for Morgan, specially teams like KXIP or KKR who might want a new captain. And looking at Mumbai’s purse of 13.05 crore, the lowest amongst all teams, the Englishman of Irish origins might be a luxury they can’t afford.
Chennai Super Kings
The ‘dad’s army’ made next to no changes to their squad in form of releases or trades. Their squad is pretty much the same as 2019’s runners up and 2018’s winner. Which means that the problem areas are also the same. They need an experienced pacer. Young Deepak Chahar has excelled under Captain Cool Dhoni and all of us have seen that in the T20i too. But they don’t have any other pacer who can take charge of the seam department. They have surprisingly released Mohit Sharma. He still seems like the perfect fit for them. Apart from him, they might try to get Cummins or Hazlewood but will not be able to throw big money at them owing to their purse of only around 14 crores.
When the 2018 IPL ended and Delhi Capitals finished at the bottom of the points table, nobody gave them a chance. I don’t mean to brag (Well, maybe a little) but back then, I had made maiden a bet with myself that DC would qualify for the playoffs in both the next 2 seasons and at least play a final. They qualified for the playoffs last year and will probably go on to fulfil the second condition next year. Because the way I see it, Delhi Capitals are the strongest team in the IPL and will only get stronger after the auction.
The reason for this is their solid Indian core. The problem that most teams are facing is lack of top Indian players. With Ashwin, Rahane, Pant, Dhawan, Iyer, Ishant and Mishra DC hardly have any problem of that sort. They have to do the majority of their shopping from the imported section. Why that is an advantage is because trustworthy Indian options are next to none in this auction and lots of teams will be battling for those few names. On the contrary, the market for foreign players is filled with myriad high quality players who could be bought for cheaper than the best Indians. They just need some foreign all-rounders. Apart from Morris, who they released, Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes are the best options.
Much like MI, SRH’s playing XI is also more or less ready. They do have some problems with their lower middle order though. They have released regulars Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan who usually manned the No.6, No.5 or No.7 spots. The No.5 spot will probably be taken over by Vijay Shankar rightfully and the No.7 spot would go to any of Rashid Khan or Bhuvi both excellent bowlers who can also bat a bit. But the No.6 spot will be hard to fill with their existing squad. There are some good oversea seems options for that’s place but SRH can’t for them because they have an overseas captain, an overseas wicket keeper, David Warner and Rashid Khan. You can’t drop any of these guys. That’s why they’ll have to settle for an Indian player. Deepak Hooda seems best suited for that spot, but if they’d don’t want to go for him again, then Hanuma Vihari and Manoj Tiwary are also considerable buys.
With that, we come to the end of Part 1 of this blog. In part 2, I will be covering KKR, KXIP, RR and RCB. It should be out soon. You can’t read other blog by me here – thecricketbunny.com Thanks!