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IPL 2022: An Overview on the Squads of KKR, LSG, MI, PBKS and RR After the Mega-Auction

KKR had won Two IPL Trophies with Mumbai Being the Most Successful IPL Franchise; RR won it in the first Edition while Punjab will look for their first trophy with Lucknow making a new journey.

The 2022 IPL mega-auction has come to an end as all the franchisees have made sure that they have fulfilled their wishes of building a side for the future. They say, if one team wants to win the IPL 2022, then they have to first make most of it in the auction table.

Let’s take a look at the strong, weak points and the possible XIs of the five IPL Teams- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Mumbai Indians (MI), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):

The runners-up of the last season had retained their four main players in the form of Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakaravarthy.

Strong Zone:

The KKR management was lacking a captain before the auction and bringing Shreyas Iyer for an expressive 12.25cr has given them a leadership option by stabilizing the middle order. Their all-rounders of high classes too look decent one and the weapon for them of the last season who had been the magical spin of Varun and Narine will continue to do so.

Weak Zone:

It’s getting so hard to find a player who has got the right money for his value in the auction table. They are lacking an explosive opener to start their innings and they may not be able to fit Alex Hales in the set-up given their problem in wicket-keeping option. To add more, Pat Cummins will be a tired person after coming late into the IPL having already being in 3-Tests, 3-ODIs and a T20i. Also, there is no back-up for Russell who looked unfit last time and no specialist death-bowler.

Possible Eleven to Start:

A Rahane, V Iyer, S Iyer, N Rana, S Billings (wk.) (o), A Russell (o), S Narine (o), T Southee (o), U Yadav, V Chakaravarthy, S Mavi

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG):

Even being a new team in this tournament like the Gujrat Titans, The Lucknow based franchise has done a superb job in the auction table using all the purse for the balance side.

Strong Zone:

Perhaps one of those teams, whose playing eleven looks so settle months before the IPL to kick off. They have a heavy side captain opener, KL Rahul who has made it a habit to win orange cap with explosive Quinton de Kock or Evin Lewis. Their middle order looks so solid with the right balance between spin and pace. Coming to the bowling department too, they have the best mixture of spin and its variation along with the pace and swing bowlers.

Weak Zone:

The only things that they can face could be the slowness of batting of KL Rahul and Manish Pandey in the top three while Mark Wood’s unavailability at the business end could raise question even though they have back-up option for it.

Starting Playing XI:

KL Raul (c), Q de Kock (wk.) (o), M Pandey, M Stoinis (o), K Pandya, D Hooda, J Holder (o), K Gowtham, R Bishnoi, A Khan, M Wood (o).

Mumbai Indians (MI):

After failing to book a spot in te playoffs by a whisker, The Five-time Champions, Mumbai Indians, had aimed to put their work to structure the old settled side for the next IPL too.

Strong Zone:

The Strong arm for Mumbai over the years has been their batting and the top order and even in this year too, they will rely on their top order tat will consist of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan whom they secured for a whooping 15.25cr and Suryakumar Yadav. Also, the middle order looks solid along with the fast bowling that will be led by Bumrah. Their plan of going for Jofra Archer who will be available from 2023 talks about their future planning. ‘

Weak Point:

The problem for them could be having no good spinners and if they fail to pick up wickets in the powerplay then the spinners will be under the bus which again would keep them at bay in the death overs. The fact with the Archer may not run well given that 2023 is a home Ashes summer for England with the ODI World Cup. And their back-up at the top is still a question to be raised.

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Playing XI at the Start:

R Sharma (c), I Kishan (wk.), S Yadav, A Juyal. K Pollard (o), T David (o), D Sams (o), M Markande, M Ashwin, T Mills (o), J Bumrah

Punjab Kings (PBKS):

Just 2-top four spots in the last 13-appearences spells out how badly Punjab based franchise was looking for the reset button to use along with a stable captain as KL Rahul has left them for 2022.

Strong Zone:

They have a great expressive opening spot with the top order in the mixture of right and left handers; their playing eleven t the moment too looks so ready-made. Getting Shikhar Dhawan means they have found a bright captain candidate for the future along with Mayank Agarwal. The finishing duties will be on Sharukh Khan and Livingstone who will spin some overs with Rahul Chahar as Kg Rabada will lead the pace attack for sure.

Weak Zone:

The problem could be not having enough experience in the bowling lineup as if Rabada fails to deliver then the pressure will be on the fast bowlers whereas form and the regularity of playing in the Indian circuit may bring new light problems in their planning.

Playing XI at the Start:

S Dhawan, M Agarwal, J Bairstow (wk.) (o), R Bawa, L Livingstone (o), S Khan, R Dhawan, K Rabada (o), A Singh, R Chahar, O Smith (o).

Rajasthan Royals (RR):

Another team Rajasthan Royals who after being the inaugural champions of the Indian Premier League has failed to deliver apart from few success in the middle seasons.

Strong Point:

The top order of their batting in the balance of youth and experience with power and the ability of knocking the ball in the middle overs seems to have gone in the right direction. On the other hand, getting Yuzvendra Chahal for just 6.50cr along with R Ashwin for 5cr has just erased their problem of bowling in the middle overs. Their pace attack too will be led by Trent Boult along with the rapid fire from Prasidh Krishna who has been in top form for India recently.

Weak Zone:

Their sixth bowling option could be James Neesham or Riyan Parag which will not help the assistance from their top bowlers; all the seam attack is looking slightly par given the injury status and the player unavailability. Again, their middle order batting which can be bit weaker against spin may cause some problems in their journey.

Playing XI to Start the Tournament:

J Butler (wk.) (o), Y Jaiswal, S Samson (c), K Nair, S Hetmyer (o), R Parag, N Coulter Nile (o), R Ashwin, Y Chahal, T Boult (o), P Krishna.

The 14th season of the IPL may kick off on March 27 behind closed doors for the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

 

 

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