India Announces Squad For T20 World Cup: Can They Rebound From Asia Cup Humiliation?

After a rather embarrassing showcase in the Asia Cup (which has basically turned into an excuse of a tournament created specifically for India-Pakistan matches), Rahul Dravid’s Team India have announced their squad for the all-important T20 World Cup: There are definitely a few surprises sprinkled in here, but overall this squad looks quite bankable. Let’s … Read moreIndia Announces Squad For T20 World Cup: Can They Rebound From Asia Cup Humiliation?

IPL 2022 Team Of The Season

What a season this has been. In many ways, this was a season for the silent ones. The underdogs, the stooges, the suppressed ones. The dark horses, the fringe-inhabitants,  the gritty pawns of the game. Mumbai and Chennai have been reigning supreme over this league for the past 5 years, a brutal tyranny. But the … Read moreIPL 2022 Team Of The Season

Rajasthan Royals – favourites for the trophy?

Probable Playing XI Jos Buttler*/Daryl Mitchell* Yashasvi Jaiswal Devdutt Padikkal Sanju Samson © Shimron Hetmyer* Riyan Parag/Navdeep Saini Nathan Coulter-Nile*/Jimmy Neesham*/Rassie Van Der Dussen* Ravichandran Ashwin Yuzvendra Chahal Prasidh Krishna Trent Boult* Strengths That Top 5. Wow. That Bottom 4. Wow. They have me as their Superfan. What else could they possibly need?  Weaknesses No.6 … Read moreRajasthan Royals – favourites for the trophy?

SRH too reliant on their overseas batsmen?

Probable Playing XI Rahul Tripathi Abhishek Sharma/Priyam Garg Kane Williamson* © Aiden Markram*/Glenn Phillips* Nicholas Pooran* Abdul Samad Romario Shepherd*/Marco Jansen* Washington Sundar Bhuvneshwar Kumar T Natarajan/Shreyas Gopal Umran Malik/Kartik Tyagi Strengths They have an electrifying Indian pace battery of Bhuvi, Natarajan, Umran Malik, and Kartik Tyagi. Experienced, well-rounded middle order. Some promising young Indian … Read moreSRH too reliant on their overseas batsmen?

Can RCB’s stars carry them to the playoffs?

Probable Playing XI Du Plessis* ©  Kohli Anuj Rawat Maxwell* Lomror/Rutherford* DK Hasaranga* Shahbaz Ahmed/Karn Sharma Harshal Patel Siraj/Sid Kaul Hazelwood*/Behrendorff*/Willey* Strengths Experienced and proven opening combination in Faf and Kohli. Sensational captain in Faf, one of the only people in world cricket who can lead a man like Virat Kohli. Brilliant pace trio of … Read moreCan RCB’s stars carry them to the playoffs?

Is this Punjab’s best team ever?

Probable Playing XI Shikhar Dhawan Jonny Bairstow* Mayank Agarwal © Liam Livingstone* Shahrukh Khan/Prabhsimran Singh Odean Smith* Harpreet Brar/Rishi Dhawan/Raj Bawa Kagiso Rabada*/Nathan Ellis* Rahul Chahar Arshdeep Singh Sandeep Sharma/Ishan Porel/Vaibhav Arora Strengths That Top 5. Wow. That Top 5. Wow. That Top 5. Wow. That Top 5. Wow. That Top 5. Wow. Kagiso Rabada. … Read moreIs this Punjab’s best team ever?

Mumbai looking vulnerable this time around?

Probable Playing XI Rohit © Ishan SKY Tilak Varma/Dewald Brevis*/Anmolpreet Singh Tim David* Pollard* Daniel Sams*/Unadkat/Sanjay Yadav Murugan Ashwin Markande/Unadkat/Thampi Bumrah Mills*/Meredith* Strengths The Top 3 is quite strong, and gels really well together. Good finishers, strong against pace. Rohit is one of the best captains in world cricket. The coaching staff has been successful … Read moreMumbai looking vulnerable this time around?

Can Lucknow win the cup in their first season?

Probable Playing XI KL Rahul © De Kock*/Lewis* Manish Pandey/Manan Vohra Hooda Stoinis* Holder* Krunal Gowtham/Nadeem Tye*/Chameera* Bishnoi Avesh/Rajpoot Strengths Very strong opening combination. Middle/Lower order filled with all-round players.  Great Indian spin department. Flexible batting order, lots of potential floaters. Weaknesses Full-time bowlers are slightly underwhelming. Lack of attacking players at the top. Opportunities … Read moreCan Lucknow win the cup in their first season?

Will the lack of backups be KKR’s Achilles Heel?

Probable Playing XI Venkatesh Iyer Rahane/Finch* Shreyas Iyer Rana Billings*/Jackson Dre Russ* Narine*/Nabi* Cummins*/Southee* Umesh Chakaravarathy Mavi Strengths All-Indian Top 4 with both the Iyers in good touch. They have a great young captain for many years to come in Shreyas Iyer. The batting overall is quite good with a good mix of anchors and … Read moreWill the lack of backups be KKR’s Achilles Heel?

Is Gujarat the weakest team in this year’s IPL?

Probable Playing XI Shubman Gill Matthew Wade*/Wriddhiman Saha Abhinav Manohar/Gurkeerat Singh Mann Vijay Shankar Hardik Pandya © David Miller* Rahul Tewatia Rashid Khan* Jayant Yadav/Drakes*/Alzarri*/Dayal/Aaron Mohammad Shami Lockie Ferguson* Strengths The trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, and Lockie Ferguson is extremely destructive. Ferguson-Shami duo will be effective in the powerplay and the death. Strong … Read moreIs Gujarat the weakest team in this year’s IPL?