Before anything, check the date that this blog was published. If it says 19th or 18th of December then I have finally managed to write a blog on my phone. It is so tough because the page keeps refreshing and you can’t save the drafts! Anyway, this is my third attempt at writing this blog and hopefully my final one.
In the last part, (link), I discussed some players that MI, CSK, DC and SRH should taqrget for their teams. In this blog, I will be doing the same for KKR, KXIP, RR and RCB.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR will be fighting an uphill battle at this auction. They have rewritten the definition of stupidity with their releases. They have a lot of holes to mend in their lineup. Firstly, with the release of Chris Lynn, an opener I spot is empty. Evin Lewis or Jason Roy could fill that. They are also in need of an ace pacer. Foreign slots is not a problem for them and neither is the auction purse so they can go for the big guns in Cummins and Hazlewood and Southee. But their first and foremost requirement is finding a new captain. It is obvious that Dinesh Karthik has fallen short of the expectations of the KKR board in terms of captaincy. KKR also need a stable middle order batsman. Morgan gives them both, and in high quality.
Kings XI Punjab
For KKR, it would be better to get a new captain. For KXIP, that is a necessity. They traded away their captain Ashwin which was a smart move considering he was just not working out as a captain and keeping the easy overs for himself. For them too, Morgan seems the perfect fit but since he seems to be in high demand, even after considering that KXIP have the highest auction purse in all of the teams, they just might not want Morgan as much as the others. Another thing they need is a foreign all-rounder much like DC. Here, the Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews is a potential option. He will also be a captaincy candidate if they do buy him. They might also want a spinner as they only have Mukesh right now. Piyush Chawla would be a name to consider.
Yes, I am a Rajasthan Royals fan and yes, I am disappointed in their current squad. I still agree to some extent to a majority of the releases and trades but the release of Rahul Tripathi is just not justified. He can open or play in the middle order and he’s an Indian. RR desperately needed that type of player after they traded Rahane. They now need replacements for both these batsmen. The most Rahane-esque player at this auction is Robin Uthappa. I think RR will want to go for Uthappa considering they need someone to anchor the innings alongside the hard-hitting Jos Buttler. But things will get too slow if Uthappa and Smith are at the crease together. Apart from that, they need a practised Indian pacer. Mohit Sharma seems to be the man for the job.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have their Indian starting players all set. They need some first-team overseas players and some backup Indians. Glenn Maxwell and RCB seems to be a match made in heaven that everyone is talking about, and rightly so. If Glenn Maxwell joins the RCB squad, it would become lethal. Think about it. Kohli, ABD, Moeen Ali, Maxwell. They also have a slot open for another overseas finisher. David Miller, who has been feeling the heat lately in the IPL could well be the heir to that spot. Their pace department headed by Umesh Yadav also features young guns Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj too. This might be the year for the eager RCB fan base.