Only a few weeks left to go for the 11th edition of IPL. After having a huge shake-up, the teams are finally ready with their coaches and captains. This year, many players will be seen in new colors and we are more than excited to see whether they will work for their new team.
Teams like Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai will be looking forward to rule the matches and Delhi, Bangalore and Punjab will be ready to lay their hands on their maiden ranks. After the tough auction and retentions, it is now clear that all franchises have some weaknesses and strengths. Today’ we are going to talk about strengths of each franchise in IPL 2018.
Chennai Super Kings – Experience
The CSK is finally here after two long years of wait. They have three of the most experienced players – Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Sir Ravindra Jadeja. The trio has been very vital for the success of the franchise over the years. They retained Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo, who won two purple caps in the team. The squad is full of experienced cricketers who tasted victory in the past. Now they are going to have upper hand in peer pressure to taste even more success in future.
Delhi Daredevils – Captaincy of Gautam Gambhir
Delhi Daredevils are looking forward to their maiden title in IPL. They join the IPL every time with fresh team but falter when it needs the most. Since Virendra Sehwag retired in the year 2012, the team lacked a constant captain. Youngsters in the team need a mentor and guide. Luckly, Gautam Gambhir is here as one of the best captains in IPL. The 35-year-old captained KKR to two titles. He is known for excellent captaincy. He has tried and tested cricketing tactics and proven knowledge of the game.
Kings XI Punjab – The Karnataka trio
The KXIP has three batsmen from Karnataka – Karun Nair, KL Rajul and Mayank Agarwal they bought for INR 17.6 cr combined. They won Vijay Hazare trophy. Karnataka built most of the young talents. There was huge demand for youngsters from the state in recent IPL auction.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Foreign Talents
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, and Andre Russel are few of the reputed names to send a shiver down to your spine. It seems that it is going to be more difficult to stop KKR from another IPL title if these star cricketers hit their whopping strike.
Rajasthan Royals – Great Middle Order
Rajasthan Royals is blessed with legends like Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson who will play in middle order, after all rounders Jofra Archer and K Gowtham. With this powerful middle order, Rajasthan Royals have very powerful batting lineup.
Mumbai Indians – Batting lineup
Mumbai Indians won the most anticipated trophy three times over the past five years. Another major factor over the years has been their batting lineup thanks to the iconic all-rounders. In IPL 2018, the Mumbai Indians will have very deep batting lineup. Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis will open with batting. Krunal Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav to make strong middle order.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Squad depth
Over the years, the Royal Challengers are supposed to be very dependent on their batting lineup. This year, they have gone smart at the auction. They chose to make wise decision to have great overall squad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Bowling strength
Sunrisers Hyderabad is known to have great bowling lineup because it has Afghanistan’s No.1 ODI and T20 bowler, Rashid Khan. It also has swinging star Bhuvneshwar Kumar who won purple cup two times. They also have two great spinning all-rounders, Shakib Al Hassan and Mohammad Nabi.