Chennai have got the band back together from last season’s
title-winning campaign and could possibly start the new season with eight
players who featured in the 2021 IPL final. Once again, Chennai have filled
their side with plenty of all-rounders, with Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra
Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and even Deepak Chahar giving MS Dhoni plenty of options
with bat and ball. The Men in Yellow also replaced Josh Hazlewood excellently
with Kiwi speedster Adam Milne while Chris Jordan provides a good backup
Weaknesses: Chennai will sorely miss
Faf du Plessis at the top of the order and have replaced last season’s
second-highest run-scorer with Kiwi opener Devon Conway, who is yet to play a
T20 in India.
Biggest buys: Shardul Thakur (INR
10.75 crore), Mitchell Marsh (INR 6.5 crore), David Warner (INR 6.25 crore)
Delhi have built a formidable top four with the addition of
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh alongside Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, and
also have some varied bowling options such as Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan
Weaknesses: The Capitals’ bowling
attack is significantly weakened compared to last season, with Shardul Thakur
and Khaleel Ahmed now partnering Anrich Nortje instead of Avesh Khan and Kagiso
The Titans left it late to buy a wicket-keeper but
eventually added Matthew Wade and Wriddhiman Saha in the final round of bidding
at the auction. On the plus side, Gujarat have compiled a strong bowling
line-up with retention pick Rashid Khan well-complemented by pacers Lockie
Ferguson and Mohammed Shami.
Weaknesses: The Titans overpaid for
all-rounder Rahul Tewatia at 9 crores and are incredibly thin in the batting
department, with Shubman Gill as the only recognised Indian batter in their
The Kolkata Knight Riders added three players from their
2021 IPL squad on day one of the auction in Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi and Pat
Cummins and also found a new potential captain in the form of Shreyas Iyer. On
day two, KKR were able to find plenty of bargain buys in the accelerated
auction as they picked up Alex Hales, Chameeka Karunaratne, Sam Billings and
Umesh Yadav for their base price.
Weaknesses: KKR don’t have an
established Indian wicket-keeper in their squad and might be forced to play
Sheldon Jackson, who has only played four IPL matches, as the starting keeper.
The reigning finalists are also short in terms of backups and could run into
trouble if Andre Russell’s well-documented injury issues resurface.
The Lucknow Super Giants supplemented their draft picks of
KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi with some excellent bargain buys in
their first IPL auction. Lucknow added keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock at an
excellent price of 6.75 crores and have also signed plenty of all-round options
such as Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder and Krishnappa Gowtham to
solidify their middle-order.
Weaknesses: Although Lucknow don’t
have a glaring weakness, the fitness and availability of Mark Wood is always a
concern, and the only bowler in the side with a good record at the death is
uncapped pacer Avesh Khan.