India’s favourite festival – The Indian Premier League is still two months away, but the preparations have already begun. The tone for the 13th edition of IPL was set in December 2019 as all eight teams polished their squads during the auction. Some teams had to make major changes while big guns like Mumbai and Chennai decided to stick to their ‘core team’. Nonetheless, several teams hit a jackpot during the auction and are now looking like a formidable side for the upcoming tournament. So, let us take a look at four teams which made the best use of the auction to add some serious firepower to their respective squads:
The change in the name and the team logo also brought the change of fortunes for Delhi Capitals in 2019. The Young guns of DC made it to the qualifier 2 but just failed to reach their first-ever final.
But the Capitals have made some quality additions to their already talented squad for 2020. DC started with a bang even before the auction as they signed Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Ashwin in a trade deal with RR and KXIP, respectively.
In the auction, Delhi won the battle for Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Roy (For Just ₹1.5 Crore!!) – two of the world’s most explosive batsmen now. DC also signed Chris Woakes and Marcus Stoinis (Current top scorer of BBL 2019-20) as all-rounders, a department they lacked last season. Another weakness of Delhi in 2019 was the Indian pacer. But with the addition of IPL specialist Mohit Sharma, they seemed to have solved that problem as well. Alex Carey is another new face but the Australian is likely to be a backup for Rishabh Pant – a quality backup nonetheless!
Imagine these new names playing with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Pant, Shaw and Rabada – Explosion! Delhi Capitals have well and truly hit the jackpot, much like the blackjack maestro exercising dominance over https://www.10cric.com/casino/jackpot/ after an adrenaline-rich game of jackpot, similar to the surge the Delhi Capitals are bound to have this season!
Royal Challengers Bangalore
It is still a mystery how RCB has never won the IPL in the last 12 years despite having world-class players in their team. But in all honesty, every season, RCB just seemed to have been short in at least one department – especially bowling!
But come IPL 2020, RCB are likely to tick all the boxes on the pitch. Firstly, the openers! Virat Kohli has opened the innings for Bangalore on numerous occasions due to lack of opening options. But the Challengers have more than solved that problem with the addition of Aaron Finch. The Australian is one of the best openers in T20s at the moment and with him in the top order, Kohli and ABD can take care of the middle order.
Navdeep Saini was RCB’s go-to bowler last year as the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj failed to perform consistently. But Bangalore have added not one but two quality fast bowlers for 2020 – Dale Steyn and Kane Richardson. The South African is in the twilight of his career but can still break through the opponent’s batting line-up.
Moeen Ali failed to impress as an overseas all-rounder last season and RCB have added veteran Chris Morris to the squad, paying a hefty amount of ₹10 crores for the South African. Along with these names, Isuru Udana of Sri Lanka, another pace-bowling all-rounder and Josh Philippe, Australian WK-batsmen and a big-hitter in BBL are few new names to look forward to from Kohli’s camp.
The current IPL champions run like a well-oiled engine every year without fail. And they don’t need to make any major changes to their current squad for the upcoming season as well. But Mumbai Indians have signed just two big names which are likely to make them even stronger – Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter Nile.
IPL fans are aware of what Chris Lynn can do as an opener. The Australian bought the Lynnsanity to the KKR squad for years. But this time around, he will be doing it at MI with Quinton de Kock – Beware opening bowlers!
With the addition of Nathan Coulter Nile, Mumbai’s pace bowling attack has become more dangerous than ever. Malinga, Bumrah and now NCN! And yes, they have also signed Trent Boult from Delhi Capitals in a trade deal. All the best IPL batsmen!
Kolkata Knight Riders-
Shah Rukh Khan-owned team was pretty much on life support from Andre Russell for the entire 2019 season. But KKR have signed two big names for the upcoming season – Eoin Morgan and arguably the best pace bowler now, Pat Cummins.
The World Cup-winning captain is likely to strengthen the middle order which heavily relied on captain Dinesh Karthik. Morgan will get support from yet another new KKR signing and his national teammate, Tom Banton.
The WK-batsman has made a name for himself with explosive batting and has a strike rate of 160 in the domestic circuit T20s. KKR have also signed opener Rahul Tripathi.
But the most expensive buy of the auction – Pat Cummins for ₹15.5 crores. The Australian is in the form of his life and was unsurprisingly the player everyone wanted at the auction. But KKR needed him the most as they had absolutely no big guns in the pace bowling department. Cummins will lead KKR’s bowling attack for IPL 2020. But the big question is, will his superpowers work on the ‘typical IPL pitches’?