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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – IPL 2019

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – IPL 2019

For the first time in the past few years, I am not happy with the squad SRH have put together. They had several opportunities in the auction to efficiently replace Shikhar Dhawan. Manan Vohra is someone who comes to the mind. Now, the dilemma they face is playing 2 out of Jonny Bairstow, Shakib Al Hasan and David Warner. Trust me, any combination is making the lineup of SRH a bit weaker.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – IPL 2019

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – IPL 2019

It is very difficult to form an opinion about RCB’s auction. They made a couple of smart buys and acquired Marcus Stoinis from KXIP. While most of their departments look complete, the batting looks a little weak, with the onus once again falling on Kohli and A B de Villiers.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) – IPL 2019

Rajasthan Royals (RR) – IPL 2019

If 5 years ago you told me that Rajasthan Royals purchased players worth 12.5 crores, 8.4 crores, 8 crores, 7.2 crores and 6.2 crores, I’d have laughed at you in disagreement. Last 2 auctions though, RR has been splurging, the result of which is that RR posses a solid arsenal, at least on paper.

Mumbai Indians (MI) – IPL 2019

Mumbai Indians (MI) – IPL 2019

Much like CSK, MI have retained majority of their team from last year and they enter this year’s IPL a couple of acquisitions and some new signings. Lasith Malinga is back as a player and Yuvraj Singh will don Mumbai Indians’ jersey for the first time in IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – IPL 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – IPL 2019

I don’t know about others but I feel that Carlos Brathwaite for 5 crores and Lockie Ferguson for 1.6 crores are great buys. KKR went into the auction to buy batting, all-rounders and spinners reserves and to build a fast-bowling lineup. I’d say they were quite successful in doing so. On paper, the KKR team looks as strong as ever and DK showed us last year that he is more than a capable captain.m

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – IPL 2019

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – IPL 2019

Surprisingly, at least for me, R Ashwin turned out to be a great captain for KXIP last season. But, unlike his former franchisee CSK, KXIP will enter this edition with 14 new signings and only 9 players from the previous edition. That being said, KXIP made some good buys, some debatable transfers and some other eye-raising buys.

Delhi Capitals (DC) – IPL 2019

Delhi Capitals (DC) – IPL 2019

For the first time in many years, the Delhi franchisee had a sensible auction, making only necessary bids and buying only necessary players. If I was from the Delhi management, I’d be a happy bloke. That being said, Delhi Capitals enter the tournament boasting of a great roster and it falls on the captain Shreyas Iyer and the coach Ricky Ponting to leverage this beautiful opportunity that presents itself to them.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – IPL 2019

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – IPL 2019

CSK not only enter this edition of the IPL as the defending champions but they also come with 24 players from the last edition. No prizes in guessing that such a roster is led by the one and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With their only addition at this year’s auction being uncapped batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, we shouldn’t expect much changes to the playing XI from last year. The playing XI will only be strengthened with the availability of Mitchell Santner and Kedar Jadhav, both of whom were injured last year.

Indian Premier League 2019

Indian Premier League 2019

Am I the only one or does it feel like this year’s IPL is lacking a certain level of enthusiasm that we have become accustomed to over the years? If you think so too, much of the blame can be accredited to the fact that this is the first time in its 12-year history that the IPL, the ICC Cricket World Cup and India’s General Elections are occurring in the same year.