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The SUI Generis of IPL Teams

Written by: Bhawana Jarwal

 

The IPL mega auction has culminated,
providing a gripping and stimulating experience for cricketing fans and experts
across the globe. During the lively two days in Banglore, with team managements
spending over 500 crores in total, locking horns in the bidding war, the
extravaganza engaged every onlooker, glued to monitors and refreshing tabs.

With 10 franchises, paying out for forming
teams for the next 3 seasons, here is a write-up on one recruit from each team,
who could be the X-factor player and boost up the IPL 2022.

1. Dinesh Karthik, RCB:

Bangalore Royal Challengers had a big void
at numbers 6 and 7 during the past few IPL seasons. Their lower order was weak
in terms of hitting ability, lacking firepower from word go against pacers, and
this year they have invested in Dinesh Karthik, who can finish the innings on a
high. This move can help the middle order led by Maxwell to play more freely,
which wasn’t the case last year. Dinesh Karthik is an upgraded improved version
in the last few years. Even though KKR didn’t use him well, we have seen what
he is capable of in 2018. If RCB can bring him after the 16th over, the ploy
can help maximize the resource of DK as a finisher against the pacers.

2. Bairstow, PBKS:

Punjab Kings always had the issue in their
middle order with lack of experience and form, but this mega auction saw them
investing in Bairstow, who is a proven player from England and a monster hitter
of spinners in the middle overs. His inclusion will give that free hand to
Dhawan and Agarwal to express themselves in the powerplay. Bairstow has been
one of the reliable batsmen in the IPL in the last few years, playing different
roles and scoring tough runs on wickets like Chepauk. So Bairstow will give
PBKS that extra boost for this season.

3. Tim David, MI:

The absence of Hardik Pandya from the MI
setup is huge, considering what he has brought to the table with his quick-fire
finishing and bowling caliber over the years. But with the retention policy and
form issues, they have decided to part ways with their highly rated trump card
of bygone days, and have invested in Tim David through the auction. Tim has
been one of the finest T20 players of late, performing in England, Australia,
and Pakistan through various leagues. He and Pollard will be one of the best
finishing combos in this IPL, with the ability to smash big sixes. Every team
should be wary of the threat looming over their heads with these two players in
the end overs.

4. Pooran, SRH:

Nicholas pooran is a special talent from
West Indies, displaying his mettle and abilities to the whole world in the last
few years. After the opening exploits, Sunrisers had middle-order issues for
their past few seasons. Pooran might be an ideal fit at number 4 in the coming
season for SRH, to take down the spinners in the middle overs. Being a
left-hander is an added advantage, and with the ability to play spin combining
mixed caution and aggression, his skills will be of fringe benefit for the
franchise. Him along with Samad, Tripathi will give extra cushion to Williamson
and Markram at the top order. The most significant crux will be the position at
which Pooran bats. If the team needs to maximize the benefit from Pooran, he
needs to come between 6th and 15th over. SRH should make a well pondered calculative
decision to handle their middle-order conundrum, remembering what all misfired
in previous seasons.

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5. Shreyas Iyer, KKR:

KKR has invested huge bucks in Iyer,
similar to what the franchise did in 2011 with Gambhir, reaping huge benefits
and doing wonders with the leadership and batsmanship back then. Shreyas Iyer
is at the peak of his career, and his leadership stint at DC has brought the
best out of him. His experience will be vital for KKR to take great strides
forward in the next cycle. The franchise would also expect him to establish
himself as an inspirational figure, to mold and develop a team, surrounding him
in the next 5 years.

Shreyas can bring a calm and composed
approach to their top-order, allowing the likes of Russell to play their natural
game.

6. Hetmyer, RR:

Rajasthan Royals always had issues with
their middle order over the years. They struggle in that halfway phase, unable
to up the ante, often keeping them behind in the matches and have cost them
dearly. It is one of the reasons why they have invested in Shimron Hetmyer,
adding him to their arsenal this season. The hard-hitting windies southpaw has
been a perfect finisher for DC in the last few seasons, bailing Delhi out of
tricky situations a couple of times. He is a natural number 3 but adapted to
testing conditions, and is now a versatile player, bringing more options to
explore this season.

7. Adam Milne, CSK:

One of the prime areas hindering Chennai
Super Kings was the absence of express pace in their setup, which is the reason
why they have invested in Milne from the auction pool. He can bring that X
factor to the bowling core and spearhead the bowling unit. The consistency of
Milne is an issue, yet if used in the right way, the team can extract better
results. The ability to unsettle the batters with raw pace in different
situations is a mighty impressive skill set. This will be a good opportunity
for Milne to start a new chapter in his career as well.

8. Jason Roy, GT:

Roy will be a vital player for the chances
of Gujarat in this IPL. The newly formed franchise has got a mixture of
veterans and youth and is yet to tone up and develop the squad. So the starts
from Roy will play a massive role in the totals they put on the board. This
will help Shubman Gill as well, to express himself if Roy can get going freely
with his batting exploits in this IPL. He has improved a lot against spin and
has been consistent in the last few years in this format across leagues.

Roy and Gill need to get the rhythm
together, which will help Gujarat. Gill can be a banker of the team, scoring
400+ runs in seasons, and his ability to switch gears and go at a brisk rate is
a huge plus.

9. Deepak Hooda, LSG:

Lucknow’s middle order is a mix of
all-rounders with Hooda, Krunal, Stoinis, and Holder joining hands. One of them
needs to step up and be consistent with the bat throughout the season. The
first name will be Deepak Hooda, who made his debut recently to the national
side, riding on his promising performances at the domestic level. He will be
brimming with confidence, owing to his stellar gritty knocks and a good season
with Rajasthan in domestics. He will be eyeing to make the most of it, score
big with consistency in this IPL, which he has lacked in the last few seasons.

He has been in good space in recent times,
and with the right opportunity and the right vision moving forward, he can be a
match winner for the new franchise.

10. David Warner, DC:

It’s a homecoming for Warner in this IPL,
returning to Delhi after a decade, where it all began for him. After all issues
with Sunrisers Hyderabad, he will be keen to start a new chapter, set to open
with Prithvi Shaw and probably the last dance for the IPL legend from
Australia.

The experience of Warner will be a massive
boost for Delhi and is an ideal replacement for Dhawan at the top. Warner has
been in great touch, winning man of the tournament in the recently concluded
T20 World Cup, and he will be looking to prove a point to his naysayers as well
after a poor outing in the last IPL.

The addition of two new franchises into the
arena and the resulted mega auction has definitely ignited the zest for fans in
IPL 2022. While some teams lost their integral and the established core, there
was a gain for a few others and newbie teams. But with this setup, more players
are going to get exposure and display their skills in the limelight. As every
season helped in scouting new talents and emerging players, this year could
also be no different. The veterans with experience may hold the edge, but IPL
never ceases to amaze us with its boundless talents popping up. Come what may,
at the end of the day, Cricket is the real winner.

Complete List of Odds of all IPL Teams

Chennai Super Kings – 4.00

Mumbai Indians – 4.50

Delhi Capitals – 5.50

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 7.00

Kolkata Knight Riders – 7.50

Kings XI Punjab – 9.00

Rajasthan Royals – 9.00

Sunrisers Hyderabad – 11.00

Lucknow – 11.00

Ahmedabad – 11.00