The top four teams of 2019 IPL – Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capital – had already set their combinations before Thursday’s auction, and they are looking only strong after the new purchase.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings still topped with a very strong core in terms of overall quality. The Sunrisers have enough match-winners in their matches to continuously challenge Mumbai and Chennai.
However, the franchise that has been equally strengthened after trading and auction is Delhi Capital, which is working on rebuilding their organization after the IPL disaster of 2018, when they were at the bottom.
The Capitals had little experience in the last season, which they have teamed up with Rahane and R Ashwin in the trading window. After beating Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey and Shimron Hetmeyer at the auction, he has now covered most of the bases.
T20 cricket is going to be a batting line-up that can hit Top Gear directly. With Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Roy in their squad, Delhi has a powerful line-up.
The IPL still has some time to go but at the moment the main players of the Capitol are firing on all cylinders – Shaw has made a strong home comeback, Pant’s confidence is getting better with each game and Iyer is at his highest level The latter is 4 through 4.
The ongoing series against the West Indies. Rahane’s recent Test form has been exemplary, with Hetmeyer giving early warning with a century in the first ODI, Alex Kerry was impressive in the World Cup and R Ashwin is also bowling his best.
If Shikhar Dhawan regains the form of his previous season, it may be difficult to defeat the Delhi Capitals.
The Pace department with Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Chris Woakes, Marcus Stoinis and Mohit Sharma seems a bit weak, but since the Ferozeshah Kotla track is dry towards the end of the season, the spinners may have to do the legwork.
With options selected, the challenge of managing capitals would be to identify their best XI.
Kolkata Knight Riders made the biggest move in the auction by bidding ~ 15.5 crores for Pat Cummins but former captain Gautam Gambhir was concerned by the lack of depth in his squad.
Analyzing the auction on Star Sports, Gambhir said that management could go for all-rounders. “If you look at the team as a whole, there is no backup for Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narayan, who are a bowler of sorts. If Morgan gets hurt, the team has no middle order for the foreign batsman.”
“Management could have gone for a Mitchell Marsh or Marcus Stoinis who would have given the team more depth; So you expect all these players to be there for the entire series. “
Former Delhi Daredevils assistant coach Praveen Amre, however, is not surprised by KKR’s bid for Cummins.
“It was expected. Everyone was looking for a fast-bowling all-rounder. I have worked with him in Delhi and off the field, he is a great man, he is a great team man.” Overall, Amre said that 90 % of Teams will be happy with the auction.
“Most teams got what they wanted. They already had 15 to 16 players, they wanted some ads. the teams with money are KKR and Kings XI Punjab. Were supposed to players that they can put directly into the playing XI. “