Rating the squads for IPL 2016

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#1 Mumbai Indians – 9.5/10

Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Corey Anderson, Ambati Rayudu, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Lendl Simmons, Unmukt Chand, Mitch McCleanaghan, Marchant de Lange, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchith

New Buys: Jos Buttler, Nathu Singh, Tim Southee, Krunal Pandya, Kishore Kamath, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia

STRENGTHS

Strong Indian unit: Mumbai Indians boast of perhaps the strongest unit of Indian players in the IPL with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Vinay Kumar and Parthiv Patel in their ranks.

Plethora of allrounders: There are quite a number of good allrounders in the MI squad such as Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson and Hardik Pandya among others.

Powerful pace attack: The Mumbai Indians pace attack is one of the best in the IPL with Lasith Malinga as the leader and other potent pacers like Mitch McCleanaghan, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Vinay Kumar and newbie Nathu Singh.

WEAKNESSES

Lack of a strong top-order batsman: Although things have worked out for MI despite Rohit Sharma being the only big player in the batting order, they would still have been better off having a proven international batsman to share space with the skipper.

#2 Royal Challengers Bangalore – 9/10

Retained Players: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mitchell Starc, David Wiese, Sreenath Aravind, Varun Aaron, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Harshal Patel, Abu Nechim, Yuzvendra Chahal

New Buys: Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Iqbal Abdulla, Akshay Karnewar, Vikas Tokas, Sachin Baby

STRENGTHS

Big Four: The Big Three – Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers – have now become the Big Four with the inclusion of Watson, who has been one of the top players in IPL history.

Spinners galore: RCB have invested in spinners at the auction so that the likes of Chahal get some much-needed support. From leg spinners to left-arm spinners to even ambidextrous spinners, they have them all.

Stronger Indian group: Royal Challengers Bangalore already had a good core of Indian players and they have done well to rope in some good local players.

WEAKNESSES

Less Backup for Biggies: There is a lack of players who could do the cover up job in case one or more of the top players fail. At least, a couple of more strong foreign players could have been the ideal remedy.

#3 Rising Pune Supergiants – 9/10

Draft Picks: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis

Auction Buys: Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Scott Boland, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, RP Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Ankit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar

STRENGTHS

Best IPL captain to lead them: The Rising Pune Supergiants have managed to rope in the ultimate skipper to lead their team in the IPL, MS Dhoni. The iconic captain of the Chennai Super Kings led them in many great performances.

Plenty of big players: RPSG have a number of big Indian and foreign players in their squad including Dhoni, Rahane, Ashwin, Smith, du Plessis, Pietersen and Ishant.

Good all-rounders: The new franchise has picked up some fabulous allrounders at the auction in the form of Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera and Micthell Marsh.

WEAKNESSES

Too many cooks: It may turn out to be a classic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth for RPSG with a large number of big players in the team.

#4 Gujarat Lions – 9/10

Draft Picks: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo

Auction Buys: Aaron Finch, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, Akshdeep Nath, Paras Dogra, Umang Sharma, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Sarabjit Ladda

STRENGTHS

Exciting allrounders: The Gujarat Lions have included some really good allrounder in their side such as Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith.

Efficient Indian unit: Even apart from the really big players like Raina and Jadeja, Gujarat have other talented Indians like Kulkarni, Tambe, Jakati, Sangwan and Dogra among others.

WEAKNESSES

Batting may be a concern: Although they have some really strong batsmen in Raina, McCullum, Finch and Dinesh Karthik, there is not much to cheer about beyond them.

#5 Kolkata Knight Riders – 8.5/10

Retained Players: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Kuldeep Yadav, Sheldon Jackson

New Buys: Jaydev Unadkat, Colin Munro, John Hastings, Jason Holder, Ankit Rajpoot, R Sathish, Manan Sharma

STRENGTHS

Core Strength: The primary feature of the KKR squad over the past few seasons has been their powerful core which helped them grab 2 titles in the space of 3 years. The team management has retained players and backed them despite poor form at times.

In-form Players: Barring a few, most KKR players have been in rip-roaring form in the past couple of months or so. While Chris Lynn and Andre Russell have made merry at the BBL, players like Piyush Chawla and Sheldon Jackson have outperformed in domestic cricket. Even new buys like Colin Munro and John Hastings have been very consistent.

WEAKNESSES

Less-inspiring pace attack: Morne Morkel being an exception, the rest of the pace attack looks quite frail with the likes of Russell and Yadav prone to leaking runs thick and fast. KKR will be hoping new recruits like Holder, Hastings and Unadkat come good.

Captain’s struggles: Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has been in patchy form throughout the Indian domestic season and his batting could be a big cause for concern.

#6 Sunrisers Hyderabad – 8.5/10

Retained Players: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Trent Boult, Eoin Morgan, Karn Sharma, Moises Henriques, KL Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Kane Williamson, Naman Ojha, Ashish Reddy, Bipul Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Siddharth Kaul

New Buys: Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Ben Cutting, Vijay Shankar, Tirumalasetti Suman

STRENGTHS

Powerful batting line-up: If there is one thing that makes Sunrisers Hyderabad a dangerous side, it is their batting. They already had Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan and have added more firepower by hiring the services of Yuvraj Singh.

Potent pace attack: SRH have managed to assemble quite a pace attack for the 2016 IPL with bowlers like Boult, Bhuvneshwar, Nehra, Mustafizur, Sran and Cutting in the squad.

WEAKNESSES

Lacking in the spin department: The Sunrisers squad does not have too many good spinners with Karn Sharma and Parvez Rasool being the only known names. As such, it may be difficult going for them in the new season.

#7 Kings XI Punjab – 8/10

Retained Players: Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Axar Patel, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shaun Marsh, Gurkeerat Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Nikhil Naik, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur

New Buys: Mohit Sharma, Kyle Abbott, KC Cariappa, Marcus Stoinis, Farhaan Behardien, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer

STRENGTHS

Good all-rounders: The Kings XI Punjab line-up boasts of some exciting all-rounders such as Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel and Gurkeerat Singh. The inclusion of Marcus Stoinis and Farhaan Behardien only adds to this strength.

More spinners: A big issue that had been hurting the Kings last time was the lack of spinners apart from Axar Patel. However, they have managed to rope in a few more spinners this time with leggie KC Cariappa and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh coming in.

WEAKNESSES

Few big players: Aside from Glenn Maxwell and David Miller to some extent, there is a visible lack of big players, particularly in the batting line-up. Things are likely to get even more dicy as Virender Sehwag will also not be involved as a player going forward.

#8 Delhi Daredevils – 8/10

Retained Players: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Shahbaz Nadeem, Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel, Jayant Yadav

New Buys: Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Joel Paris, Sam Billings, Pawan Suyal, Chama Milind, Pratyush Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Akhil Herwadkar, Khaleel Ahmed

STRENGTHS

Strong retained players: Despite releasing a lot of players prior to the auction, Delhi Daredevils did retain some of their better performers last time. Players like Zaheer, Mishra, Iyer, Duminy and Tahir among others will want to repay the trust shown in them.

Lots of young local talent: Delhi Daredevils have used the 2016 auction to infuse some young local players into the team. They have opted for Under-19 stars like Rishabh Pant, Mahipal Lomror and Khaleel Ahmed and also a few experienced ones like Samson, Negi and Nair.

WEAKNESSES

Less depth in batting: Batting could turn out to be a real cause of concern for the Daredevils, especially when it comes to foreign players. JP Duminy is perhaps the only strong name and also Quinton de Kock, to certain extent.

Lack of a strong core: Too much chopping and changing has ensured that Delhi Daredevils struggled to build a core team. This hurts them every time as most of the season is spent in just settling down.

 

– From sportskeeda.com

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