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IPL 2022: An Overview on the Squads of the CSK, RCB, SRH, GT and DC after the Mega-Auction

An Look at how Chennai, Gujrat, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi have shaped up after the Mega Auction of Indian Premier League 2022.

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- Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Capitals (DC), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Gujrat Titans (GT).

Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

The defending champions have included 21-players in the auction after retaining 4-players in the form of Ravindra Jadeja, captain Ms Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Strong Zone:

Again, just when it looked like they will build a new team, they proved most of us wrong by picking almost a mirror side for this year. They have picked a well-balanced side with the mixture of both youth and experience in both Indian and International arena. The back-ups have been solid for most of the options.

Receiving Deepak Chahar for 14cr. tells how much essential old players and all-rounders are for this side, as they have included as many as 9 multi-dimensional players. A look said that they have made a calm and customized shopping on 12th and 13th February.

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Weak Zone:

Even though, there are not many holes in the ship, if still one can try to squeeze up some weak points in the side, then it has to the lack of death bowling. Deepak Chahar generally bowls out in the first 10-overs, Bravo has lost his edge while Adam Milne is not a death bowler. Chris Jordan can be an option but he is not a guarantee in the side. So, they part may have been overlooked.

Possible Eleven to start:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway (o), Moeen Ali (o), Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ms Dhoni (c) (wk.), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo (o), Deepak Chahar, Adam Milne (o), KM Asif.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):

After an unlike season finishing at the bottom of the tale and losing so many players with trust and faith, along with the fans, it was one of the most vital couple of days for the Hyderabad based side.

Strong Side:

The Kane Williamson led side had added 21-players in the table after retaining their captain and sheer pace of Umran Malik. Few changes also have been created in the support system job. They have somehow included players with proper back-up in almost all the regions. Their batting can be shaped well with power and brain in all the parts of a T20 game.

Weak Zone:

Even though, from the outside it looked like they have the best auctions, but in reality, it might not be the case, as they are lacking quality pacers and quality spinners; after losing Rashid Khan as a surprise, they have included few spinners and those are not the pedigree of the Afghan bowler. Also, having Natarajan and Bhuvi meant that again they will be depended on those medium pacers; even though they have the pace of Sean Abbott and Umran Malik, but the balance of the franchise doesn’t smell al-right at all.

Possible Eleven to Start:

A Markram (o), R Tripathi, K Williamson (o) (c), N Pooran (wk.) (o), G Phillips (o), W Sundar, M Jansen (o), S Gopal, B Kumar, T Natarajan, K Tiyagi.

Delhi Capitals (DC):

Probably a side who will feel most unlucky not to win the trophy for last two seasons. After being runners up in 2020 against Mumbai Indians, Delhi finished on top of the points table but again fell short in the 2nd qualifier in 2021. They were required to build a new side again for next few years.

Strong Side:

After retaining 4-players, Delhi have made some huge smart-buys in this auction for 20-plaers. The way they brought David warner for just 6.25cr was impressive. After losing Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, they have included Mitchell Marsh and Shardul Thakur in the middle order. To erase some pressure from Rishabh Pant, they have added Rovman Powell who has been in great touch in the last WI-ENG series. They also have the backups for most of the spots.

Weak Zone:

They might be missing Kagiso Rabada and his skills of picking up the wickets at the powerplay and death overs. Also, the form of Kuldeep Yadav can be a concern for the Delhi side as they haven’t had so many wrist-spinners; and the injury status of some of the layers while missing few for the international commitments may end up going against them.

Possible Playing XI to begin:

Prithvi Shaw, Mandeep Singh, Mitchell Marsh (o), R Pant (c) (wk.), T Seifert (o), Rovman Powell (o), Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, K Yadav, A Nortje (o), C Shakariya.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):

It’s almost the same story for the Bangalore side; too close yet to far. They have even though made some good buys in this year’s IPL.

Strong Zone:

Unlike the last few years, their bowling group does look solid and well balanced in both of the mixture. Josh Hazlewood, experienced Siraj and Harshal Patel who had won the purple cap last year with the Sri-Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga may be rescue players for the new captain. In the batting, they seem to be strong and balanced side with Indian and international mixture for both youth and experience.

Weak Zone:

No Ab de Villers and Yuzvendra Chahal and these few words should be enough for their fans to be disappointed. The former has taken retirement from all forms of the game while the later has joined another team. This means that that death over batting and the ability of taking crucial wickets along with drying up the runs may be under bit of pressure going deep in the tournament.

Possible XI to start:

F du Plessis (o), V Kohli, A Rawat, G Maxwell (o), D Karthik (wk.), M Lomror, W Hasaranga (o), H Patel, K Sharma, M Siraj, J Behrendroff (o),

Gujrat Titans (GT):

One of the two new teams, Gujrat Titans will surely want to make a bright start in their journey of the IPL. Afterall how we have seen teams tend to lose momentum so fast in this competition.

Strong Zone:

It’s somehow so tough to realize their strong zone and the weak point. One side can easily make other one weak. They have a balanced bowling attack with the base being Ferguson and Shami in the pace bowling while Rashid Khan will be the spin weapon. In batting too, they have some good power batting while Getting Jason Roy for just INR 2cr. has been a great steal. The all-rounders of the side too can make a massive impact.

Weak Point:

The weak point may end up being the form of their captain Hardik Pandya. Because he is not bowling right now in the games, it may affect the balance of the side. Also, their two left-handers in the top six batters and their poor record against spin may attack their plans in the tournament.

Playing XI to start:

J Roy (o), Shubhman Gill, M Wade (wk.) (o), V Shankar, H Pandya (c), G Singh Mann, R Tewatia, J Yadav, R Khan (o), M Shami, L Ferguson (o)

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