How the IPL 2014 squads stack up February 13, 2014

Rajasthan buy lots for less, KXIP strong

A look at what the eight IPL franchises did during the 2014 player auction and how their teams stack up
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Chennai Super Kings

Squad strength: 20 (Indian 12, overseas 8)

Squad cost: INR 59.80 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis (INR 4.75 crore), Mithun Manhas (INR 30 lakh), Suresh Raina (retained)

Allrounders: Dwayne Smith (INR 4.5 crore), John Hastings (INR 50 lakh), Vijay Shankar (INR 10 lakh), B Aparajith (INR 10 lakh), Dwayne Bravo (retained), Ravindra Jadeja (retained)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Brendon McCullum (INR 3.25 crore), MS Dhoni (retained)

Spinners: Samuel Badree (INR 30 lakh), Pawan Negi (INR 10 lakh), R Ashwin (retained)

Fast bowlers: Mohit Sharma (INR 2 crore), Ashish Nehra (INR 2 crore), Ishwar Pandey (INR 1.5 crore), Ben Hilfenhaus (INR 1 crore), Matt Henry (INR 30 lakh), Ronit More (INR 10 lakh)

Most expensive player at auction: Faf du Plessis (INR 4.75 crore)

Bargain buy: B Aparajith (INR 10 lakh)

Strengths: Their five retained players form the core of the side and compelling additions are du Plessis, McCullum and Smith. They have a number of allrounders and spinners to choose from, and batting or bowling options will never be a problem.

Weaknesses: While the Super Kings have several fast bowlers in their squad, only Ben Hilfenhaus is world class.

Probable first XI: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Baba Aparajith, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishwar Pandey, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

Kings XI Punjab


Squad strength: 23 (Indian 16, overseas 7)

Squad cost: INR 55.90 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: George Bailey (INR 3.25 crore), Virender Sehwag (INR 3.2 crore), Shaun Marsh (INR 2.2 crore), Cheteshwar Pujara (INR 1.9 crore), Gurkeerat Singh (INR 1.3 crore), Mandeep Singh (INR 80 lakh), David Miller (retained), Manan Vohra (retained)

Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell (INR 6 crore), Rishi Dhawan (INR 3 crore), Thisara Perera (INR 1.6 crore), Akshar Patel (INR 75 lakh), Karanveer Singh (INR 10 lakh)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha (INR 2.2 crore)

Spinners: Murali Kartik (INR 1 crore), Shivam Sharma (INR 10 lakh)

Fast bowlers: Mitchell Johnson (INR 6.5 crore), Beuran Hendricks (INR 1.8 crore), L Balaji (INR 1.8 crore), Sandeep Sharma (INR 85 lakh), Parvinder Awana (INR 65 lakh), Anureet Singh (INR 20 lakh), Shardul Thakur (INR 20 lakh)

Most expensive player at auction: Mitchell Johnson (INR 6.5 crore)

Bargain buy: Virender Sehwag (INR 3.2 crore)

Strengths: A performance at the auction that was almost perfect. They have firepower and depth in batting, fast bowler and allrounders.

Weaknesses: Kings XI did not have a specialist spinner until late on the second day of the auction. Murali Kartik and the rookie Shivam Sharma are their only slow bowlers, so that department lacks depth. They also have only one wicketkeeper in Wriddhiman Saha.

Probable first XI: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Manan Vohra, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 George Bailey, 5 David Miller, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Wriddhiman Saha, 8 Rishi Dhawan, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Murali Kartik, L Balaji.

Kolkata Knight Riders


Squad strength: 21 (Indian 13, overseas 8)

Squad cost: INR 59 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa (INR 5 crore), Manish Pandey (INR 1.7 crore), Chris Lynn (INR 1.3 crore), Suryakumar Yadav (INR 70 lakh), Gautam Gambhir (retained)

Allrounders: Jacques Kallis (INR 5.5 crore), Yusuf Pathan (INR 3.25 crore), Shakib Al Hasan (INR 2.8 crore), Ryan ten Doeschate (INR 1 crore), Andre Russell (INR 60 lakh)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Manvinder Bisla (INR 60 lakh), Debabrata Das (INR 20 lakh), SS Mondal (INR 10 lakh)

Spinners: Piyush Chawla (INR 4.25 crore), Kuldeep Yadav (INR 40 lakh), Sunil Narine (retained)

Fast bowlers: Vinay Kumar (INR 2.8 crore), Morne Morkel (INR 2.8 crore), Umesh Yadav (INR 2.6 crore), Pat Cummins (INR 1 crore), Veer Pratap Singh (INR 40 lakh)

Most expensive player at auction: Jacques Kallis (INR 5.5 crore)

Bargain buy: Pat Cummins (INR 1 crore)

Strengths: KKR lacked an X factor, until they bought Chris Lynn and Pat Cummins late on the second day of the auction. They look quite complete.

Weaknesses: No obvious ones.

Probable first XI: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Manvinder Bisla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Chris Lynn, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Robin Uthappa, 7 Yusuf Pathan,, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Sunil Narine.

Royal Challengers Bangalore


Squad strength: 21 (Indians 14, overseas 7)

Squad cost: INR 60 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: Nic Maddinson (INR 50 lakh), Vijay Zol (INR 30 lakh), Tanmay Mishra (INR 10 lakh), Virat Kohli (retained), Chris Gayle (retained)

Allrounders: Yuvraj Singh (INR 14 crore), Albie Morkel (INR 2.4 crore), Yuzvendra Chahal (INR 10 lakh)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Parthiv Patel (INR 1.4 crore), Yogesh Takawale (INR 10 lakh), AB de Villiers (retained)

Spinners: Muttiah Muralitharan (INR 1 crore), Shadab Jakati (INR 20 lakh)

Fast bowlers: Mitchell Starc (INR 5 crore), Varun Aaron (INR 2 crore), Ashok Dinda (INR 1.5 crore), Ravi Rampaul (INR 90 lakh), Harshal Patel (INR 40 lakh), Abu Nechim (INR 30 lakh), Sachin Rana (INR 20 lakh), Sandeep Warrier (INR 10 lakh)

Most expensive player at auction: Yuvraj Singh (INR 14 crore)

Bargain buy: Vijay Zol (INR 30 lakh)

Strengths: A batting line-up that's well worth the ticket price to an RCB match.

Weaknesses: RCB's bowling underwhelming despite having several fast bowlers. They also do not have a single player from Karnataka.

Probable first XI: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Parthiv Patel, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Vijay Zol, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Shadab Jakati, 10 Varun Aaron, 11 Ashok Dinda.

Delhi Daredevils


Squad strength: 23 (Indian 16, overseas 7)

Squad cost: INR 60 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: Kevin Pietersen (INR 9 crore), M Vijay (INR 5 crore), Manoj Tiwary (INR 2.8 crore), JP Duminy (INR 2.2 crore), Ross Taylor (INR 2 crore), Kedar Jadhav (INR 2 crore), Mayank Agarwal (INR 1.6 crore), Saurabh Tiwary (INR 70 lakh), Milind Kumar (INR 10 lakh)

Allrounders: Laxmi Ratan Shukla (INR 1.5 crore), Jimmy Neesham (INR 1 crore), Jayant Yadav (INR 10 lakh)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Dinesh Karthik (INR 12.5 crore), Quinton de Kock (INR 3.5 crore)

Spinners: Rahul Sharma (INR 1.9 crore), Shahbaz Nadeem (INR 85 lakh)

Fast bowlers: Nathan Coulter-Nile (INR 4.25 crore), Mohammad Shami (INR 4.25 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (INR 2.8 crore), Wayne Parnell (INR 1 crore), Siddarth Kaul (INR 45 lakh), Rahul Shukla (INR 40 lakh), HS Sharath (INR 10 lakh)

Most expensive player at auction: Dinesh Karthik (INR 12.5 crore)

Bargain buy: Ross Taylor (INR 2 crore)

Strengths: A strong batting unit, Delhi also have fast bowling depth.

Weaknesses: They are light on all-round talent, and spinners. They could have also done another big-ticket overseas player.

Probable first XI: 1 M Vijay, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Saurabh Tiwary, 7 Laxmi Ratan Shukla, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Shahbaz Nadeem, 10 Mohammad Shami, 11 Rahul Shukla.

Rajasthan Royals


Squad strength: 25 (Indian 17, overseas 8)

Squad cost: INR 54.45 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: Brad Hodge (INR 2.4 crore), Karun Nair (INR 75 lakh), Unmukt Chand (INR 65 lakh), Ajinkya Rahane (retained)

Allrounders: Steven Smith (INR 4 crore), Rajat Bhatia (INR 1.7 crore), Abhishek Nayar (INR 1 crore), Ben Cutting (INR 80 lakh), Kevon Cooper (INR 30 lakh), Rahul Tewatia (INR 10 lakh), Shane Watson (retained), Stuart Binny (retained), James Faulkner (retained)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Dishank Yagnik (INR 30 lakh), Ankush Bains (INR 10 lakh), Sanju Samson (retained)

Spinners: Iqbal Abdullah (INR 65 lakh), Deepak Hooda (INR 40 lakh), Ankit Sharma (INR 10 lakh), Pravin Tambe (INR 10 lakh)

Fast bowlers: Tim Southee (INR 1.2 crore), Dhaval Kulkarni (INR 1.1 crore), Kane Richardson (INR 1 crore), Vikramjeet Malik (INR 20 lakh), Amit Mishra (INR 10 lakh)

Most expensive player at auction: Steven Smith (INR 4 crore)

Bargain buy: Pravin Tambe (INR 10 lakh)

Strengths: They managed to buy the most players and still have the most economical squad. They have depth in every department.

Weaknesses: A lot of their back-up players are relatively inexperienced and untested, but that is in keeping with previous Rajasthan squads.

Probable first XI: 1 Sanju Samson 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Brad Hodge, 6 Unmukt Chand, 7 Stuart Binny, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Rajat Bhatia, 10 Dhaval Kulkarni, 11 Pravin Tambe.

Mumbai Indians


Squad strength: 21 (Indian 13, overseas 8)

Squad cost: INR 59.95 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: Michael Hussey (INR 5 crore), Apoorv Wankhede (INR 10 lakh), Rohit Sharma (retained), Ambati Rayudu (retained)

Allrounders: Corey Anderson (INR 4.5 crore), Jalaj Saxena (INR 90 lakh), Kieron Pollard (retained)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Aditya Tare (INR 1.6 crore), CM Gautham (INR 20 lakh), Ben Dunk (INR 20 lakh), Sushant Marathe (INR 10 lakh)

Spinners: Pragyan Ojha (INR 3.25 crore), Shreyas Gopal (INR 10 lakh), Harbhajan Singh (retained)

Fast bowlers: Zaheer Khan (INR 2.6 crore), Jasprit Bumrah (INR 1.2 crore), Josh Hazlewood (INR 50 lakh), Krishmar Santokie (INR 30 lakh), Marchant de Lange (INR 30 lakh), Pawan Suyal (INR 10 lakh), Lasith Malinga (retained)

Most expensive player at auction: Michael Hussey (INR 5 crore)

Bargain buy: Josh Hazlewood (INR 50 lakh)

Strengths: Strong all-round talent and a strong bowling attack as a result.

Weaknesses: There are holes in the batting line-up. Their wicketkeeper-batsmen are not the best, and they are short of high quality Indian batsmen.

Probable first XI: 1 Aditya Tare, 2 Michael Hussey, 3 Rohit Sharma, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Corey Anderson, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 CM Gautham 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Pragyan Ojha

Sunrisers Hyderabad


Squad strength: 24 (Indian 17, overseas 7)

Squad cost: INR 59 crore

Squad composition

Batsmen: David Warner (INR 5.5 crore), Aaron Finch (INR 4 crore), KL Rahul (INR 1 crore), Venugopal Rao (INR 55 lakh), S Anirudha (INR 20 lakh), Manprit Juneja (INR 10 lakh), Ricky Bhui (INR 10 lakh), Shikhar Dhawan (retained)

Allrounders: Darren Sammy (INR 3.5 crore), Irfan Pathan (INR 2.4 crore), Moises Henriques (INR 1 crore), Parveez Rasool (INR 95 lakh)

Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Naman Ojha (INR 50 lakh), Brendan Taylor (INR 30 lakh), Amit Paunikar (INR 20 lakh)

Spinners: Amit Mishra (INR 4.75 crore), Karn Sharma (INR 3.75 crore)

Fast bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (INR 4.25 crore), Ishant Sharma (INR 2.6 crore), Jason Holder (INR 75 lakh), P Parameswaran (INR 30 lakh), Ashish Reddy (INR 20 lakh), Chama Milind (INR 10 lakh), Dale Steyn (retained)

Most expensive player at auction: David Warner (INR 5.5 crore)

Bargain buy: Irfan Pathan (INR 2.4 crore)

Strengths: A terrific top order, and Dale Steyn.

Weaknesses: Sunrisers are light on Indian batsmen and offspinners.

Probable first XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 David Warner, 3 Aaron Finch, 4 Naman Ojha, 5 Darren Sammy, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Karan Sharma, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Ishant Sharma

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Hridayshah19 on February 20, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Csk will take brendon mccullum instead of dwayne smith. Its a mistake in propable first 11.

  • Rudrajit on February 20, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Thank you sysubrecq0 for correcting me. About KKR, you will have to understand that at the Eden the ball does not bounce more than ur shoelaces, hence the team which does not have to have big hitters (look at Gayle's, Yuvi's, Pollard's, Sehwag's and Yusuf;s record at Eden) will do great here. You need to understand, that a score of 130 will do enough here. Plus they possibly have the best spinners (Narine, Chawla, Sakib) and the best bowler with variations (Vinay Kumar, Ten deschate, Kallis) in the team. And there are 8 home matches. The problem with KKr was the away matches, and thats the reason why they invested in Chris Lynn, Morkel and Umesh).

  • sysubrceq0 on February 19, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    KKR is a weak team out of all, cannot rely on Gambhir, Bisla, Kallis, Pathan, Chawla, Vinay kumar, manish pandey and uthappa all had very bad ranji season and kallis is getting old and eat up balls to score 30 - 40 runs.

  • sysubrceq0 on February 19, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    @Posted by Rudrajit on (February 14, 2014, 10:24 GMT) - your squad has 5 foreign players instead of 4, so the combination is not possible

  • Hridayshah19 on February 19, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Rcb should have taken Lokesh Rahul instead of Parthiv Patel. Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda are toothless and useless. Why they did'nt try to get any two from Mohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rajat Bhatia,Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Ben hilfenhaus,Patt Cummins, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan all economically cheap players are ignored by them. They are bidding team by passion not by ration,

  • pawanvarm on February 19, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    SRH & RR are under dogs can do anything, CSK and MM are going to be big fishes... Banglore is weak in bowling but they gotstar batsmans.

  • contactmnr on February 18, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    RCB- wasted money on Yuvraj and was not able to buy good local karnataka players. KXI- Best Team with all combination. RR- Good Team Trump card(Faulkner).Limited use of money :). SRH- Better team with best bowling team. MI- Only anderson for attacking batting.Pollard scores rarely. DD- Good team but murali vijay and karthick in same team. KKR- Good selection but gambir not in form. CSK- Should have retained M.Hussey.

  • hihyd on February 17, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    SRH looks good, very balanced. They can group 2 formidable teams for practice, for example, Team1 : 1. Shikar(C), 2. Anirudha, 3.Ojha(wk), 4.Finch(O), 5.Henriques(O), 6.Bhui, 7.Irfan, 8.Rasool, 9.Mishra, 10. Holder(O), 11. Bhuvi Team2: 1.Warner(O), 2. B.Taylor(wk)(O), 3.L.Rahul, 4.Juneja, 5.Sammy(C)(O), 6.V.Rao, 7.Karan, 8.A.Reddy, 9.Steyn(O), 10.Ishant, 11.C.Milind preferred playing11: 1.Shikar(C), 2.Warner(O), 3.Rahul(wk), 4. Finch(O), 5. V.Rao, 6.Sammy(O), 7.Irfan, 8.Karan, 9.Mishra, 10. Steyn 11.Bhuvi/Ishant

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    wait coulter-nile is all-rounder

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    I think we are actually going to have the closest IPL yet. The teams on paper are looking extremely balanced to me, and I think things will be very unexpected.

    One thing I would say is that I see DD/KKR at the bottom 2 positions this year.

    DD have a very weak bowling attack and KKR just don't have any heavyweights. Bisla, Uthappa, Pathan, Chawla and Kumar are inconsistent, Kallis is getting old, and Lynn, Cummins and Pandey are inexperienced. Things will rely on Gambhir and Narine heavily for them this year.

    However, the other 6 teams look quite even.

  • Hridayshah19 on February 20, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Csk will take brendon mccullum instead of dwayne smith. Its a mistake in propable first 11.

  • Rudrajit on February 20, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Thank you sysubrecq0 for correcting me. About KKR, you will have to understand that at the Eden the ball does not bounce more than ur shoelaces, hence the team which does not have to have big hitters (look at Gayle's, Yuvi's, Pollard's, Sehwag's and Yusuf;s record at Eden) will do great here. You need to understand, that a score of 130 will do enough here. Plus they possibly have the best spinners (Narine, Chawla, Sakib) and the best bowler with variations (Vinay Kumar, Ten deschate, Kallis) in the team. And there are 8 home matches. The problem with KKr was the away matches, and thats the reason why they invested in Chris Lynn, Morkel and Umesh).

  • sysubrceq0 on February 19, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    KKR is a weak team out of all, cannot rely on Gambhir, Bisla, Kallis, Pathan, Chawla, Vinay kumar, manish pandey and uthappa all had very bad ranji season and kallis is getting old and eat up balls to score 30 - 40 runs.

  • sysubrceq0 on February 19, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    @Posted by Rudrajit on (February 14, 2014, 10:24 GMT) - your squad has 5 foreign players instead of 4, so the combination is not possible

  • Hridayshah19 on February 19, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Rcb should have taken Lokesh Rahul instead of Parthiv Patel. Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda are toothless and useless. Why they did'nt try to get any two from Mohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rajat Bhatia,Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Ben hilfenhaus,Patt Cummins, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan all economically cheap players are ignored by them. They are bidding team by passion not by ration,

  • pawanvarm on February 19, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    SRH & RR are under dogs can do anything, CSK and MM are going to be big fishes... Banglore is weak in bowling but they gotstar batsmans.

  • contactmnr on February 18, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    RCB- wasted money on Yuvraj and was not able to buy good local karnataka players. KXI- Best Team with all combination. RR- Good Team Trump card(Faulkner).Limited use of money :). SRH- Better team with best bowling team. MI- Only anderson for attacking batting.Pollard scores rarely. DD- Good team but murali vijay and karthick in same team. KKR- Good selection but gambir not in form. CSK- Should have retained M.Hussey.

  • hihyd on February 17, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    SRH looks good, very balanced. They can group 2 formidable teams for practice, for example, Team1 : 1. Shikar(C), 2. Anirudha, 3.Ojha(wk), 4.Finch(O), 5.Henriques(O), 6.Bhui, 7.Irfan, 8.Rasool, 9.Mishra, 10. Holder(O), 11. Bhuvi Team2: 1.Warner(O), 2. B.Taylor(wk)(O), 3.L.Rahul, 4.Juneja, 5.Sammy(C)(O), 6.V.Rao, 7.Karan, 8.A.Reddy, 9.Steyn(O), 10.Ishant, 11.C.Milind preferred playing11: 1.Shikar(C), 2.Warner(O), 3.Rahul(wk), 4. Finch(O), 5. V.Rao, 6.Sammy(O), 7.Irfan, 8.Karan, 9.Mishra, 10. Steyn 11.Bhuvi/Ishant

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    wait coulter-nile is all-rounder

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    I think we are actually going to have the closest IPL yet. The teams on paper are looking extremely balanced to me, and I think things will be very unexpected.

    One thing I would say is that I see DD/KKR at the bottom 2 positions this year.

    DD have a very weak bowling attack and KKR just don't have any heavyweights. Bisla, Uthappa, Pathan, Chawla and Kumar are inconsistent, Kallis is getting old, and Lynn, Cummins and Pandey are inexperienced. Things will rely on Gambhir and Narine heavily for them this year.

    However, the other 6 teams look quite even.

  • Harman.s on February 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Thanks for Correcting me @StarHawk & @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey..

    If miller is in great nick than its very tough to pick from bailey and miller at number 5 but its very positive sign for Kings PunjabXI

    i might be wrong but i dont know why i have this opinion that mandeep singh can keep wickets or may be i have seen him somewhere keeping wickets coz mandeep singh is sucha a brilliant fielder and positive player u cant ignore him in the field.. plus gurkeerat and manan vohra they both are equally good :) Actually i m really happy and excited about this Team so i dont know how can they can pick out of these three in playing XI..

    I dont know why some people think that PUNJAB has no chance i have a gut feeling that We are the strongest team in any department take in batting or bowling or even in fielding :) plus we have good captain in form of Bailey :)

    Best of Luck Punjabioo :D This Season is Ours :D

  • Siva-The-Human on February 17, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @Ashwin_mysore, yes in 2008 IPL news, I was reading the same rules but now its gone.....Money won the rules......Its ruining the local talents......

  • padhdhu on February 16, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Seriously disappointed with the way BADRINATH has been treated. If cash is the problem then should have not picked unfit bowlers for such high cost, could have bought some better bowlers with lesser price. Badri was an unsung hero, doesn't feel like CHENNAI team anymore.

  • on February 16, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    mi please get dwayne smith and mitchell johnson by trading window

  • parikshit_Ops on February 16, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    @Anshu.s Yes, I was also surprised that Lad and Bawne were not picked. Also about Chopra but you should take into consideration that Franchises have many options now and to give credit to franchises, they have taken some good decisions. In this case Lad, Bawne dont have good domestic t20 record. they haven't played many matches. 4 for lad, 2 for Bawne. While chopra hasn't played any. Its good that franchises considered T20 record - domestic, giving it importance. However Marathe, Wankhede and Gautam have relatively better t20 record and hence were picked

  • on February 16, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    SRH a good team....but i think they cant play both Bhuvi and Ishant IMO....they have to play Manprit Juneja at 4....he is a good player... my SRH XI 1.dhawan 2.finch 3. warner 4. juneja 5. ojha 6.sammy 7. irfan 8.steyn 9. karan 10.mishra 11.bhuvi/ishanth

  • riprock on February 15, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    RCB and Kings XI look balanced.. Csk and Sunrisers have better top order, Mumbai and KKR got the bowlers and all rounders, Delhi and Rajasthan have couple of matchwinners but not the best bowlers. The problem with RCB's top order is they'll make matches one-sided

  • Wallace16 on February 15, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    I feel that King XI and Dare Devils have the most competitive teams in this years IPL. Wonder who they will make captain for each of the teams? Maybe a Sehwag or Bailey for Kings and but not sure for DD. Who has the best captaincy skills.Definitely not KP though. Additional pressure would affect his game.Would like to see some new teams in the semi finals this year. Kings,DD,KKR and SRH. would be interesting. RCB should look at an team that is strong in all departments rather than just batting. Going to be an intersting IPL this time,

  • ManR on February 15, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Why did RR paid only 10 lakhs for Pravin Tambe? Also, they did not even go for him, but used the card to win him back. Why treat a guy who was great for you last season this way...hope RR management will explain

  • fifer on February 15, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Sunrisers have done great at auctions..... used RTM exactly as i wanted on Mishy and Sammy, and Got back Venu to Hyd. and also they got back Ishanth and Karan Sharma who was handy last season.... adding Bhuvi to the team means, can rest Styen for some matches.... So Wise decisions there.... only thing is middle order looks bit weak.... but Irfan and Sammy can make up to it... hoping for the best....

  • hpc1 on February 15, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Uthappa and Manish Pandey will play in same team again. They are playing in same team for Karnataka Ranji team. Their Previous IPL teams were : MI (1st), RCB(2nd-3rd) , PW(4th to 6th), and now KKR.

  • JPS21 on February 15, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    RR have bought many u19 players. Awesome Dravid not only going for superb team but also creating wealth for next few editions.

  • csekartik on February 15, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    RR have the strongest starting 11. 10 of them have proved themselves in previous IPL's and Unmukt has talent. They are going to be a tough team to beat. RCB has a deadly batting lineup as usual and MI have strong top 6. SRH has the best bowling line up and CSK can prove that they are a dangerous team if Raina can fire and Ishwar and Mohit can bowl well. KXIP and DD have a brittle middle order. Overall this year's IPL should be competitive !!!

  • on February 15, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    But most of these squads does not have players from the number one T20 team in the world Sri Lanka. No Kusal Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga (who wasn't available). One reason could be due to the England test tour in May, other could be due to not voting for India at ICC meeting

  • NarenSaini on February 15, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    RR is most balanced squad. 9 allrounders, 4 specialist batsmen, 3 wk, 6 fast bowlers and 3 spinners. Tim Southee nd Deepak Hooda can bat too. They have best pool of indian uncapped players.

  • on February 14, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Good set upof teams . Auction allows a balance of strong players . I say watch out for sunrisers. They can spring a major surprise.

  • on February 14, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Interesting IPL ahead guys....

  • on February 14, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    KKR have a very balanced squad which can play on any surface. Those who won't agree either are new to cricket or don't understand it at all. IPL was never about form, it's more about experience the player has in IPL. Players like Johnson, Watson, etc were out of form but changed the course of their careers through IPL. If Gambhir and Yusuf get back some form then KKR might even go onto win the tournament. The balance is almost perfect, Cummins and Morkel will help tremendously on African pitches.

  • vagee on February 14, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Feel very bad for Badrinath. I thought a team like Sun risers who do not have a good indian middle order batsmen could ve bought badri. They also had money. Badri did not perform well last year for CSK because he was not given consistent opportunity in the middle order. Is there any chance that any of the franchise can buy him outside the auction for a lower price ? Will be very happy if that happens. Badri s fans and badri himself want to play in the IPL more than anything else. Also someone has to buy pankaj singh. Feel really sorry for him

  • anshu.s on February 14, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    @Sateesh Santamurty, no they can'y buy anyone now under the current regulations, but you can never rule out last minute rule changes in IPL , putting uncapped player under the auction has done more harm to teams like MI and RCB as previously they used to have these jumbo sized squads of 30 plus and they used to hoard all the young domestic talent, but here at this auction they overspend on certain marquee players and missed out on uncapped Indian players to provide them with benchstrength.

    I was surprised that someone like Ankit Bawne and Siddesh Lad who both not only have good technique but can play strokes freely were not picked up , former India U-19 and Himachal opener Prashant Chopra was not picked up , but i guess they were 200 odd domestic players even whose names were not read out at the auction, but i guess there is always the next auction and in meantime they should concentrate on Vijay Hazare trophy and rest of domestic engagements.

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    I Concern here is what about the players who went out unsold.....?? Can they be signed by franchises at outside with unknown amount...??? If that was the scenario then what about the purse of 60 crore.?? Since some of the franchises still in need these players for example MI may needs quality batsmen like T.Sumani.., RR may need Pacer like pankaj singh., RCB may need Hanumana vihari., CSK needs Badri., and others may go for abhimanyu mithun ( he is in red hot form recently), Sumit narwal ( A decent all rounder) Ravi Bopara, Dilshan, etc., Can anybody clarify me....!!!

  • linguboy on February 14, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    @ShivCraicket: I didn't want to reply to you after reading your last line but I always have faith in my team and I am 100% sure they will come out clean. Don't know about Meiyappan but I have 200% confidence in Dhoni and Fleming. We lost 2012 finals due to Bisla's brilliance and last final due to media pressure and Johnson. If you were a true fan you would have easily understood this but alas not to be. Regarding Openers selection its going to be D Smith and Faf Duplessis. Bollinger was dropped at first place due to off field behaviour along with the loss of form. Manhas has been picked to perform Badrinath's role and Nehra to some left arm angle. We never had great players except Dhoni but its due to team's performance we won all those matches. we never had Gayle, Malinga, Johnson, narine etc., its all about team work mate. BMAC is in outstanding form and more responsible and sensible. he is a hit pick in my opinion. Nehra is fit and top form in ranji even Akash chopra vouched for him

  • on February 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Nehra at 2crs is such a waste of money. CSK should have got Badri (essence of CSK) at 1cr, Pankaj Singh (fantastic fast bowling talent) at 30L, and David Wiese (handy all-rounder) at 30L Kevin O'Brien (decent all-rounder) at 30L and still could have saved 10 more Lakhs.

    I just wish if Nehra would get a chance he really makes it count and justify his purchase.

  • _justjk on February 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Does anyone else notice the Royal Challengers Banglore batting line up? Just wow, this is dangerous for the bowlers.

  • ShivCraicket on February 14, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Hi.. I am really shocked with CSK's buy.. Since they already retained 5 players who will participate in all the games its their duty to pick only the remaining 6 players which they need 3 more foreigners.. I wondered why they did not pick any opening batsmans at all even they lost Hussey and Vijay.. Ben Dunk, Rutherford and even Riley Rossou is a good choice for base money.. they missed henry davids.. Where they wasted money in poor players which the other teams are not even cared about like Mithun Manhas and Ashish Nehra.. Ben heifenaus never won any match for CSK like Bollinger did.. one good buy I am happy is Pawan Negi and Ishwar pandey.. only thing they did well Dwayne smith. they missed many all rounders.. Fast bowlers like Tsotsobe and Philander more than worth for the money.. I see they chosen some players who is never played in IPL and not going to play in IPL in future too. No more fan of CSK since the lost last 2 finals I still think they lost due to money. Good bye IPL.

  • on February 14, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    kkr rocks

  • on February 14, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    I would say kolkata has the most balanced side.There batting line up is not bad but there batsman are out of form. ..if kkr batsman can perform ..then they can easily with the bowling strength they have with narine nd morkel in same time. ..2 highest wicket taker in ipl 2012

  • Deepak_Mallak on February 14, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    My playing XI of each team:

    Rajastan:

    Rahane, Chand/Nair, Watto(F), Samson, S.Smith(F), Hodge(F), Binny, Faulkner(F), Bhatia, Kulkarni, Tambe

    Chennai:

    McCullum(F), Faf/D.Smith(F), Aparajit, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo(F), Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Hilfenhaus(F), Ishwar

    Delhi:

    Vijay, De kock(F), Karthik, KP(F), Manoj, Duminy/Taylor(F), Unadkat, Rahul, Sharma, CoulterNile(F), Nadeem, Shami

    Punjab:

    Sehwag, Vohra, Saha, Maxwell(F), Bailey(F), Miller(F), Rishi Dhawan, Johnson(F), Balaji, Awana, Karthik

    Kolkata:

    Gambhir, Kallis(F), Uthappa, Pandey, Yusuf, Shakib(F), Bisla, Morkel(F), Narine(F), Vinay, Chawla

    Mumbai:

    Hussey(F), Tare, Rayudu, Rohit, Gautam, Pollard(F), C.Anderson(F), Ojha, Bhajji, Malinga(F), Zaheer

    Bangalore:

    Gayle(F), Parthiv, Kohli, ABD(F), Yuvi, Zol, Morkel(F), Varun, Jakati, Dinda, Starc(F)

    Hyderabad:

    Dhawan, Finch(F), Warner(F), KL Rahul, N.Ojha, Sammy (F), K.Sharma, Mishra, Bhuvi, Steyn(F), Ishant/Irfan

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 14, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @Rudrajit KKR only covered their SA possibilities towards the end by picking up Cummins. They are not the only ones though. Punjab mostly has pace bowlers, and Johnson who is having a blast in SA. They also have Hendricks, Ram Slam's highest wicket taker. SRH is also good with Steyn, Bhuvi and maybe Ishant. DD have Shami, Neesham, Kaul and Coulter-Nile. Rajasthan have Cutting and Faulkner, with some untested but promising local pacers. MI rely too heavily on Malinga and RCB only have Starc and Aaron. CSK too have Hilfenhaus, but they'll have to adjust with the other foreign players and the rest of the pacers are Indian, just a bit weak.

  • Rudrajit on February 14, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    @Daniel: I do think KKR is the only team that has covered the possibility of playing in SA. Look at this Gambhir/Kallis/TenDoeschate/Uthappa/MPandey/Pathan/Bisla/Morkel/Cummins/Narine/Umesh.

  • on February 14, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    mumbai squad is inexperience ns lack of top class indian batsman but still they r quite capable as they posses the best bowling attack with malinga zak bhajji ojha two dealiest strikers of cricket ball corey anderson nd pollard who cn cm nd bowl couple of overs nd extremely well fielders nd never the less with michael hussey/ben dunk in team nd rohit nd rayudu in middle it's enough for opposition nd in ipl hw much desructive rohit sharma can be every 1 knows. if lyks of aditya tare , susanta marathe nd cm gautam clicks nd able to scr quick fire 30s possibly in every match they r sureshot winners :]

    my 1st eleven hussey, tare, rayudu, rohit, marathe, pollard, corey anderson, bhajji, ojha, zak, malinga

  • on February 14, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Teams should be compared not on basis on strength but weaknesses because every team has strong batsmen and quality bowlers... every team knows that..So in actual game its the weak links especially in bowling thats gonna be targetted... KKR should try this combination for a match or two Batsmen : Gambhir,Bisla,Kallis,Utthappa,Pandey,Pathan bowlers: Narine,Chawla,morkel,Cummins,Vinay Kumar that is three specialist bowlers which will make a threaning bowling attack... and decent batting attack as well... Instead of foreigner batsman picking up foreigner bowler will add greater value in overall strength to their team...

  • on February 14, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    All teams look well balanced and strong with the big names and after experience of five years,team owners have done good job designing their sides.. while most of the people compare strongest players on the sides to compare teams but in game actually each team tries to target weakest links of other teams especially in bowling department.. an year ago Strategy against Mumbai Indians was easy and that is to play Malinga's four overs without loosing wicket and then attack the rest of them and that put pressure on Malinga as well to take wickets which made him ineffective after 3 seasons... but when Michell johnson was introduced it was a master stroke and teams just couldn't be defensive against Malinga which made him destructive as before and combination of both became a disaster for other teams and they won IPL for Mumbai Indians... and I think mumbai was only team to play two world class seamers.. So its not just the big names but the understanding of game that decide strength of team

  • TSJ07 on February 14, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    @Posted by She Burgs on (February 14, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

    You are spot on mate. We all know who they are and they were eying IPL more than their own country. Good that they were shown the door by IPL and now fans also know about them.

  • on February 14, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    delhi looks the weeker in them all and punjab the strongest!!

  • DanielRob on February 14, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    @Rudrajit.. Against RCB's strong power packed batting line up at Chinnaswamy my KKR 11 : Gambhir(c), Uthappa (wk), Kallis, Manish Pandey, Yusuf, D. Das, Chawla, Cummins, Morne, Umesh, Narine. I would like GG to unleash both Cummins and Morne against Yuvi(cant handle express pace nowadays) n Virat( prob against express pace). Hope AB would be troubled by Narine and also hope Gayle is dismissed early by any of the bowlers who doesnt hv any weakness whatsoever. RCBs bowling looks weak, this KKR batting line up will work, with Robin and Manish both being Karnataka players who knows the Chinnaswamy pitch very well and also Kallis who has played for RCB (1st 3 seasons)

  • on February 14, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    i think hydrabad is the best side in this ipl

  • on February 14, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Good times ahead for Zinta and her himachali fast bowler dhawan

  • Rudrajit on February 14, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    KKR Eden line up : Gambhir/Bisla/Kallis/MPandey/Uthappa/Pathan/Shakib/VinayKumar/Chawla/Narine/Morkel

    KKR Chinnaswami/Mohali line up : Gambhir/Lynn/Kallis//MPandey/Uthappa/Pathan/Ten Doeschate/Chawla/Umesh/Morkel/Narine

    Covered.

  • Test_Real_Cricket on February 14, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    I don't support RCB any more, they don't consider local talents, why the name Bangalore with it? Praveen...... so many in the list. Karnataka ranaji team is better than many teams!

  • Mayank Holani on February 14, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Rahul dravid and the rr team staff has done a great job , they still have money and they have a well balanced side ,they willl go ahead in the ipl

  • on February 14, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Some players were traitors to their country to play IPL. Their test schedule was was conflicting with IPL. So they gave up and retired test cricket just before IPL auction. Dilshan retired to play good IPL season, but was dumped and went unsold. Im just pointing out some players are shrewd and play crafty games. Just before IPL auction there were a T20 game between Bangladesh and SL. A player with a big name who plays poorly, did not play to avoid his poor performance being shown and become known just before auction. He knew his performance would hurt his purchase and price. He called he is injured and did not play. Ironically he went unsold. buyers had no interest! Next IPL auction may decide cricketing future of many players for their country and career. Which is a good thing. As a good cricketing fan, we need a show!! good cricket!!!Replaceability!! Like in company hiring and firing should happen so quickly!! Game changers are important like CoryAnderson,Tissara,MitchelJohnsn!!!!

  • dvs105 on February 14, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    I think CSK will play Manhas ahead of Aparajith. KKR's starting XI will definitely have Morne, Umesh Yadav and . Given that Yusuf can bowl his off breaks I think they will play Narine as the only spinner. I think they will also play Debabrata Das and Ten Doeschate who have done well for them ahead of Lynn and Pandey. DD will play Manoj Tiwary ahead Saurabh Tiwary. The former's record is much better. In fact I was surprised that KKR let him go.It will be a toss up betwee Unmukt and Nayar at RR. Funnily after that aggressive bidding I have a feeling SRH may be forced to bench Karn Sharma and play Venugopal Rao in their starting XI. They could have punted on Badri and seem to be missing an Indian batsman.

  • DanielRob on February 14, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    All teams look strong on paper.. This yr IPL will be very competitive... RR hv a good team with young players as always..Punjab also has a strong side but i think they will b spoilt for choices..too many good foreign players, but only 4 can play..DD's top order looks good. but the middle order is fragile with no quality player who can hold up an end and play till the end..SRH is also a good side..their bowling looks good but same as DD they too lack a quality middle order batsman..sometimes when wicket fall early in an innings a quality batsman is required who can occupy the crease for sometime and unleash big shorts later..In this regard KKR looks most balanced of all. A very strong bowling line up suitable for all conditions(Pace/Spin) A good middle order with King Kallis at No.3 who can hold one end up and can also play big shots. Big hitters like Yusuf, Robin & Lynn, a spinner who can also bat in Chawla( very effective in Eden pitch) good openers too with GG. all d best!! KKR KKR!

  • salilj90 on February 14, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I'll be surprised if KXIP don't win this season. Also I would definitely play Mandeep Singh instead of Cheteshwar Pujara.

  • on February 14, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    In This IPL auction, most of the owners targeted local players for cheaper price. Also they ignore some players' real talent such as Ravi Bopara. Ravi's last 20/20 with Australia was one of the best international games!!he hit sixes to get the game closer! Also in this IPL auction some owners dumped and ignored hidden useless players. They show big names and have been national captains. But performance and game changing capabilities were zero. ex. players like Mahela. this auction gave a clear notion that they should retire! They looked for fresh blood for cheap and punished some some highest paid players from last IPL offering lower price to them, which was a good thing!! Real value should be upon past performances and i wonder buyers came to the auction with past game statistics or may be they got it from Cricinfo statistics. If a players cannot help to win matches, they are useless!no need of white elephants. Ex. Pathans & Sehwag got low price than last game.

  • salilj90 on February 14, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Would love to see Abhishek Nayar in the playing XI of Rajasthan Royals somewhere.

  • Rudrajit on February 14, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    The smartest team was undoubtedly KKR. By retaining the classical Kallis and Gambhir, they have guaranteed a score of 130 plus in every home game which will be at the slow and low Eden where scoring is very difficult. And by enhancing their bowling, chasing 110 would be difficult at the Eden. Vinay Kumar was a great buy, as the Eden pitch would suit him best, coupled with Morkel, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, they will be a handful. Plus, now they have an attack to compete in away games too. Definite semifinalists.

  • RyanRSA on February 14, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    You cant look past Kings XI, got best Aus T20 bowler and batsman Johnson, Maxwell and Bailey, got best RSA T20 bowler and batsman Hendricks and Miller (watch Ram Slam highlights of Millers inings - cleanest hitting around)

  • balaji28 on February 14, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    some shocking news are punjab or rajasthan could have bought praveen kumar or else csk could have bought praveen kumar in place of nehra.while csk could have gone for mukund in place of manhas.I don't know why mumbai indians ignored superb batsmen called siddesh lad.I can't understand why ashok menaria,pankaj singh and badrinath were ignored by all the teams.ignoring ashok menaria is like ignoring the future indian team as menaria played really well for india A.

  • balaji28 on February 14, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @velangini sorry sir your statistics are wrong rajastan royal has a local player called dishant yagnik, while csk has 3 local flavours-baba aparajith,vijay shankar and ravichandran ashwin,while delhi also has a local called milind kumar.while srh has more local players like ricky bhui,chama milind,ashish reddy and venugopala rao(eventhough he is representing gujarat in ranji trophy).mumbai has alot of local players like aditya tare,sushant marathe, Apoorv Wankhede,rohit sharma and zaheer khan.kings xi punjab local players consists of Gurkeerat Singh,mandeep singh,manan vohra, Karanveer Singh,sandeep sharma,Anureet Singh(even though representing railways in ranji trophy).while kkr has mere 2 local players-debadrata das and ss mondal.while rcb haven't even picked a single player from karnataka as they could have gone for mithun. Csk could have bought any 2 0r 3 players from my below list ramaswamy prasanna,malolan,m.mohammed,aswin crist,abhinav mukund,s.badrinath,arun karthik,rahil shah

  • on February 14, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    I think KXIP r very strong and r definitely bound 2 b Champions along with Bangalore Mumbai and Delhi

  • JAWADRCB on February 14, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    RCB looks very strong although they bought yuvi with huge amount but no problem, this time RCB will win the cup inshaallah,

  • VenkyNarayan on February 14, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    It is a big mistake by the franchisees not to select local players. Without local flavour in their teams, how can they expect crowd loyalty. RCB, CSK,DD,KXIP had fans rooting for their local boys. RCB blundered in going for Parthiv Patel - useless buy.

  • on February 14, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    DD ,KXIP very strong .Looking firward for KP as captain for DD for full ipl fir first time ggdd

  • binu.emiliya on February 14, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    All teams missed some vital SA players since the matches are scheduled in SA,Henry Davids,David Wissae are missed out

  • on February 14, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    I think that MI have a decent Squad !!! There Auction plans went wrong when they needed to use RTM for Ojha, instead of Maxwell...Though Anderson is decent replacement for Maxwell but he is still untested at Indian Condition and importantly against decent spinners in turning conditions, that is were the Maxwell had the edge, but Anderson remains a better Bowling option if the matches are played in SAF..... My XI would be: 1. Tare (WK), 2. Hussey, 3. Rohit, 4. Rayudu, 5. Pollard, 6. Anderson, 7. Saxena, 8. Bhajji, 9. Zak, 10. Malinga & 11. Ojha. I would have picked McClenaghan inplace of Santoki, as he had really bowled well to good Indian Batting Line-up in NZL on good Wickets. He could have done the same what Johnson did for them last year. They can use Saxena up the order in case they loose early Wicket (before 10 Overs) ahead of Pollard and Anderson. Based on Pitch Conditions Ojha and Burman can be rotated. On Batting wickets of Mohali, Banglore, Punjab play Wankhede replace Saxena

  • sreehk on February 14, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    SRH have just missed a trick!! They should have got one strong middle order batsman at any cost. Finch, Warner, and Sammy are never consistent and if one gets injured they simply do not have back up. They need someone providing assurance in middle order. They went for Anderson, Bailey, Yusuf but did not get any. Instead of spending on Henriques and Taylor they could have bought Maxwell/Anderson. Batting pinched them last season. They should have learnt from it. This time middle order will pinch them hard. On the contrary Punjab have bought one batsman excess and one good bowler short. Marsh, Baily, Miller and Maxwell. Definitely all 4 cannot play. So waste of a resource. Wish there is a mechanism of buy over or transfer of 1 player. The best that SRH can do now is shuffle batting order to make middle order bulky:

    Ojha, Dhawan, Warner, Finch, V Rao, Sammy, Pathan, Mishra, Karn, Steyn, Ishant

  • LongLiveTestCricket on February 14, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Really unfortunate that Pankaj Singh,star of the Ranji & Irani trophy was not picked along with A Mithun who also had a good season.When such hue and cry is being raised about many foreign players being unsold, who were anyways limited to max 4 in the 11, our very own domestic guys with really good performances have been missed tragically.Many times these guys performed well but were not selected in national team since Dhoni doesn't want changes.Now they are not picked in IPL even at a very low price.Someone like RCB, who were very short of money could have had this steal but went foolishly about their business. Along with this really happy that Rishi, Karn, Jadhav,Rasool got picked at good money. With Munaf, RP you could argue they had their times in international cricket before.

  • on February 14, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Asusual Chennai Super kings is best. coz DHONI HERE

  • ullasjp on February 14, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    All teams first XI is pretty gud on paper but unfortunately we dont play on paper.. we have to wait for the tournament to finish.. when comes to RCB look at the trend they av created in social networks n media it'll all help them in off the field.. i remember in 2nd or 3rd season kkr finished last but they were 2nd best team in getting profit.. most imp thing if tournament takes place in SA it'll help the team in creating viewership

  • on February 14, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    @ KumarSubramanyan (Why are you guys harping about no single local player for RCB??? RR have no local players as also DD..CSK have only 2 from Chennai and both are rookies...and SRH has only ONE...so we going to miss the flavour of the local players this IPL..)

    SRH has four local players, mate: Ricky Bhui, Venugopal Rao , Ashish Reddy & Chama Milind

  • on February 14, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    "While the Super Kings have several fast bowlers in their squad, only Ben Hilfenhaus is world class." You forgot Matt henry

  • on February 14, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Crowd pulling power of RCB has come down by at least 25% as far as Bangalore venue is concerned. Irani cup and Ranji Trophy winning home team and not a single player from home team and no buyers for strike bowler Mithun? AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think if there is a match between KKR and RCB at Bangalore, KKR likely to get more cheers than RCB. With all due regards to Yuvi, RCB must have preferred to buy Uthappa,Manish, Vinay, Shreyas and Mithun to give the right balance to the team.

  • sreehk on February 14, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    It is really tough to say who is the strongest and as some have best batting others best bowling and others all rounders. This IPL will be best of all seasons as the teams have more or less evened out resources. Below is a take:

    Strongest batting: Kings Punjab followed by RCB. Strongest bowling: SRH followed by MI Strongest all rounders: Rajastan Royals followed by CSK Overall best: Can't say

    Weakest batting: KKR Weakest bowling:Kings Punjab followed by RCB Weakest all overall: KKR

    Top 4 qualifiers this season: CSK, Kings Punjab, Rajastan Royals, MI

    Dark horse: SRH

  • ButchiReddy_TimmaReddy on February 14, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    SRH and KXIP have good teams and going to rock this time.... We ll see fight between Johnson Vs Warner/Finch and Steyn Vs Sehwag/Maxwell in IPL 7 Final... All the best SRH and Viru....

  • AndrewsPraveen on February 14, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    i think with the new salary cap CSK has bought the best team... With 21cr they have done a great job.. right replacements for the players who left the team

    Huss-Mccullum Morkel-Smith/Hastings Holder-Matt Hendry Badri-Manahas

    also badri's base price was high.. not in the target that CSk fixed... overall they have done wt they always do try to retain or replace... Vijay and huss were costly to get within 21Cr if they did they wont have the bowling attack they have now..... overall CSk is always a team to beat and it will stay the same... new openers.. same middle order with one change in it... and a new improved bowling attack... pace of henry and skill of hilffi,ishwar,mohit and variations of hastings

  • Ashwin_Mysore on February 14, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    As far as I remember, when IPL was started in 2008 there was a rule of minimum number of players from the cachement area of the franchises....i.e., RCB needed to have few players from Karnataka......so RCB had few players like Dravid, Kumble, Mithun, Appanna, Akhil, Mayank Agarwal, etc........has that rule been abolished now?

  • vipinchirackal on February 14, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    bangalore is the most formidable side.but RR cant be written off since they can create wonders with ordinary players.besides that they have some excellent players like watson,binny and sanju samson.Still there are some players at alll the teams who are not famous but can shine once a chance is being given.ine example is prasanth parameswaran of sunrisers.he was the man of the match in the fist match he played in IPL for kochin tuskers.utilise those players and who knows whether you get a sanju or karan sharma through them

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 14, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    @Harman.s Actually, Miller just finished as the top scorer for the Ram Slam T20. He also hit a 93 from 37 balls in the semi-finals

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 14, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    People criticizing KXIP for not having enough WK batsmen or spinners need to look at their strategy. First of all, they play have their matches in Mohali/Dharamshala or all in SA, places that favour pace bowling. Their pace bowling is very strong with Johnson, Hendricks, Dhawan, Sandeep and Awana. They will only need spinners in places like Kolkata, and they have Kartik, who is at the least economical. Akshar Patel had a relatively quit but successful Ranji Trophy and can bat too. Finally, Maxwell is a pretty decent spinner, he has mostly played in Australia though, so on spin friendly pitches, we could see his potential. As for the WK batsman, Saha is solid. He might not be as explosive as Dhoni or Karthik, but he has shown to be able to play proper shots and opened a couple of time last year for CSK, getting them brisk starts. Gurkeerat also learnt how to WK last year, was pretty decent and has already shown what he can do lower down the order. THus, they have picked a balanced squad

  • on February 14, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    R.C.B should had bought Neil Mckenzie..who is a class act...

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 14, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    @Baundele KXIP pretty much has their squad set. Bailey, Miller and Johnson are going to play most matches with Marsh and Maxwell rotating and Hendricks as Johnson's cover. Their domestic players are also picked, with quality back up. Mumbai on the other hand do not have good covers if someone gets injured. Malinga will probably leave halfway through the tournament, although they did buy Hazelwood. Their Indian player quality after the first XI is untested or not up to the mark.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 14, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @msdhoni123 KXIP are actually as strong as everyone makes them out to be. They have good balance, and all their foreign players are impact players who can win matches. Just look at Johnson tearing SA apart right now. Yes, SRH does have the best bowling attack, but they lack middle order batsmen, although with Finch, Warner, Dhawan, they shouldn't need it much. And if Sehwag is out of form, Yuvi is too. Plus, KXIP got Sehwag for a steal. They can just drop him if he doesn't perform, RCB on the other hand will want to get their money's worth, and if Yuvi doesn't perform, they have no back-up. KXIP's domestic players, Sandeep, Dhawan, Saha, Patel have all had a good Ranji Trophy. RCB on the other hand have no one after the top 5 (Gayle, AB, Kohli, Yuvi, Albie). Their bowling is stronger than before although, in Bangalore, it will suffer. Also, CSK by no means has a weak squad. They are pretty much last year's squad with a more explosive top order.

  • on February 14, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    KXIP is looking very good as a Team and RR too ..Mumbai though have big players but not looking impressive ..no team nuy craig simmons and luke wright ...bith of them could have been great assets fo them

  • on February 14, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    RR, KXIP and SRH have good teams....

  • millsy24 on February 14, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    The author says Mumbai batsmen/keepers aren't that good. Ben Dunk is a gun player who opens the batting and performed in almost every game, great keeper as well. They would be mad not to play him.

  • sampu_sheikh on February 14, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    SRH, RR, RCB and DD will reach the playoffs IMO. SRH have a superior bowling attack to other teams and there batting looks improved from lat year. The retained players from RR will do the damage again this year, and with new additions like S Smith and Southee, they look even more lethal. RCB's batting is the scariest of the lot. Their top 6 is going to win them a lot of matches. DD have a new team, and I'm sure they will also get a new and improved result from last year. SRH vs RCB in final and SRH to win.

  • on February 14, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    i like the sunrisers bowling attack lethal pace dale steyn, ishant sharma and the young jason holder those 3 can turn up the speed plus amit mishra and p ojha the best bowling line up the problem is who to omit from this side sammy / finch or holder may be we just got wait and see

  • on February 14, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    ss mondal of kkr is not a wicket keeper batsman,he is a bowling all rounder correct it

  • sapnil2000 on February 14, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    KKR line up should be: gambhir-uthappa-kallis-shakib-ryan ten-yousuf pathan-db das/bisla-peyush chawla-narine-vinay kumar-umesh yadav

  • lgw1943 on February 14, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    praveen kumar,munaf patel,rp singh not have been selected

  • Wahid59 on February 14, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Mr. George Binoy:I don't think KKR first XI would be as per your prediction. KKR has the best spin attack and Eden pitch favors spin.Shakib would be playing all matches played at Eden Gardens, for the away matches it would depend on pitch condition and his form.It would be a toss up between Morkel/Cummins and Lynn/RTD. There is not much of an X-factor in KKR (other than Shahrukh!) but they have a very balanced team. My bet: they would at least finish in top 4.

  • on February 14, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    in my point of view if he is good cricket player he should not play in ipl

  • on February 13, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    KKR bought vinay kumar around 3 crores but he is 3 rupee bowler

  • on February 13, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    KXIP is the new favorite in Sri Lanka :p

  • CurrentPresident on February 13, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    I am confused. Did CSK not get Ishant? How did that happen?

  • on February 13, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Only three SL players are playing in the IPL, the best thing happened to Sri Lanka cricket .

  • ArvindPillay on February 13, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    I thk the line up of KXIP shd have Perera instd of Bailey!! Their foreign players would be Johnson,Maxwell,Perera & Miller!!

  • anton_ego on February 13, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    You got the SRH first 11 wrong. I dont think they ll go for 4 regular pacers in Hyderabad pitch. They ll play a batsman (probably V Rao or KL Rahul) instead of either Ishant or Irfan.

  • ArvindPillay on February 13, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    @Thomas Libyh: Pls have a look at Ramslam records to know Kallis's worth in T20s.. Just dont talk coz he has retired!!

  • JRP100 on February 13, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    the way the indian domestic players have been spread out across the teams this year means that the likes of kl rahul, saurabh and manoj tiwary, kedar jadhav, rasool, saxena, karun nair, agarwal etc will struggle to get a spot on their teams which is a shame given how good some of their domestic performances were this year. Ideally want to see jadhav, rahul, both tiwary's and saxena play as they should be india A material.

  • on February 13, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    DD , the best team on paper

  • Sudhir65 on February 13, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Feel very sad that good English and other players have missed out. But it is IPL/BCCI's and Indian fans' loss as well. After 6 years of existence, IPL should have expanded to 12 teams but it has been shrunk into 8 (from original 10). If IPL had 10 or 12 teams, 50 to 100 more players would get a chance to play.

    India, especially the smaller towns, do have the appetite and market for IPL teams. It is IPL board's own disorganization and corruption that has left them with 2 to 4 less teams today. And that too with a big cloud of disintegrity and corruption hanging over them. As a big IPL fan, because I get to see top players in live action, I do hope IPL expands further.

  • on February 13, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Every 1 is supporting KXIP now as they have the best squad. LOL .No doubt they have a good squad but this year most teams look equal .

  • IndTheBest on February 13, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    KXIP is going to be my favorite team this year. Hope they make Sehwag the captain and play Rishi Dhawan on all the matches. Really exiting team. I am also happy for Ishwar Pandey who got selected in super king and has chance to play along side of Dhoni. He (I Pandey) already got talent and now he has opportunity to have Dhoni on his side which is a bigger credential to draft in national team. RCB as usual has explosive batting line up and there are international stars on every other team to win enough fans.

  • on February 13, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    I am going to keep an eye on Chand, Zol, and Aparajith. These guys are going to play a lot more games this year, and they have to prove themselves as Kohli did years ago. Being MI fan, I would like to see Wankhede, Hazlewood, Santokie, and Gopal play. In the usual scheme of MI think tank, it appears quite unlikely though.

  • RoyRulez on February 13, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Happy for Wriddhi... finally he gets to play and not carry drinks!!! However, he might lose his job of being the bench warmer in the Indian team now that he is not in CSK!!!

    About my team... they are one Indian batsman short... Huge hopes on Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf to come good... Cummins and Lynn were terrific picks... they'll be of great help, especially if the tournament is in SA!!!

  • on February 13, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    RCB should have taken at least one karnataka player. But hopefully the selected team plays well..

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 13, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    I feel RR and KXIP could be the teams of this season, followed closely by RCB, DD and SRH. Sorry MI and CSK, your time is up. Both teams have slight imbalances and it will prove the case when some of their main players are injured or out of form. In the case of MI, the loss of DK will come back to bite them. For CSK, Albie's absence will be painful because he was a utility cricketer for them. But as a neutral IPL fan, this season will be the BEST one IMO simply because all teams have impact players one way or another. Can't wait, bring it on !!!

  • on February 13, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Its all about captaincy, coaching and the chemistry between the players and so far CSK have that all by having 5 retained players with best captain and chemistry between then is awesome. In addition they have Faf du Plesis, Dwayne Smith and manhas with young blood V shangar and Aparajith. Their bowling side we all know little weak but they have very expriences swing arms can blast at any given time i put my money on them that they are still a big threat to all!! :)

  • on February 13, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    seriously for a guy who has played:almost all matches in the ipl is UNSOLD.....poor BADRINATH......saved too many matches for CSK and ge does not deserve this at all.....shame on all the teams to not know his immense value,especially CSK......they will definitely miss him a lot........

  • msdhoni123 on February 13, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    I think SRH and RCb are the strongest. the bowling attack is one of the best in IPL history. Even ishant bowls beautiful when he got dale steyn on the other end. there batting going to depend on a lot of dhawan sammy finch and warner. If the batting fire they got the IPL in the bags. RCB is the still the most powerful batting. Bowling if aaron and starc and morkel bowls well it will be do world of wonders for rcb but aaron and morkel leak a lot of runs. I dont think KX11 punjab strong as everyone make it out to be. If they were no limits on foreigners they would be the strongest team but the rely heavily on the overseas players and sehwag is in a shocking form atm. CSK got a weak team but they will go through the semi finals easy. They never had a major team. Only dhoni and bravo were the superstars. Raina ashwin du plesis jadeja all got recognised after the IPL

  • Baundele on February 13, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    IPL is all about managing the team well, optimizing the utilization of resources at hand. So, KKR will sideline Shakib for Pijush Chawla, and KXIP will waste lot of fire power at the bench to end the competition looking for the best XI. On the other hand MI have got a consistent unit with right people at the right place. Hussey is a smart buy; he is equal to 2 Tendulkars at T20.

  • anupam9992 on February 13, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    hey cricinfo, a small change to my 1st comment, i was speaking about Venugoal rao for ishant not karan sharma, Sorry,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • sonviks on February 13, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Look out for Kings Xl Punjab & RCB .... Chennai been down & dusted due to severe allegations on them ... Sunrisers can be the dark horses ... May be we can see new champions this year

  • anupam9992 on February 13, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    if this would be the SRH team, 1 Shikhar Dhawan,2 David Warner, 3 Aaron Finch, 4 Naman Ojha, 5 Darren Sammy, 6 Venugopal rao 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Karan Sharma, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Bhuvaneshwar kumar they not only have a great bowling attack but also all the 11 players can bat

  • german1 on February 13, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Malinga and Santokie together could be deadly !!!

  • on February 13, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Don't expect Delhi Daredevils to be propping up the rear of the competition in 2014! And I strongly disagree they lack 'all-rounder strength' as stated in the article above. Neesham was the Volts' strongest player at the CLT20 competition in India which effectively was an IPL-like competition and he can inflate a total with the bat. Perhaps not enough of him has been seen yet and that is understandable. I'm still surprised no one picked up Cam White, Luke Wright or Alex Hales. One less team = Big fight for spots. Good Daredevil's squad though and the late addition of Ross Taylor (Yay!! Rosco!!) and Wayne Parnell was clever. It'll be tricky working out who to play for them, what with strong overseas players (form-wise), but that is a good thing. Hopefully Neesham and others will all push their cases for IPL starting spots with strong World t20 Cup performances and everything will take shape. I wish them all luck and hope for a cracking IPL!! Go the Daredevils!!

  • on February 13, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    cricinfo is spot on !! kkr dont have the X FACTOR but without any doubt they are the most balanced side.. be it for home ( slow pitch ) or fast tracks.. or even in south africa.. ryan tendo, to me is WORLDS MOST UNDER RATED player of all time.. now is the time for kkr to give him a proper chance.. I BET he is gonna be the player to watch.. other then him kkr have shakib narine kallis lynn morkel gambhir pathan uthapa bisla yadav kumar chawla( specially in kolkata) pandey etc.. absolutely no weakness in the squad!! great combo!!

  • pradi7 on February 13, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Unquestionably SunRisers Hyderabad has a wonderful team amongst all. Although Kings XI Punjab and RCB look great too, I feel the perfect balance is in SRH. The last addition of Naman Ojha as wicket keeper and continous fight to retain Karan Sharma will prove to be great decisions for the team at the end of IPL irrespsective of outcome.

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    I am an RCB fan so my probable x1: 1 Chris Gayle, 2Parthiv Pate , 3 VK, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 AB de Villiers, , 6 Albie Morkel, 7 Mitchell Starc, 8 Shadab Jakati, 9 Varun Aaron, 10 Ashok Dinda 11 Abu Nechim

    dey already have plenty of superstars in batting lineup,but dont have quality bowlers. so they should go for an extra bowler as u cant trust morkel or other bowlers except starc.Instead dey can go fo rampaul in place of morkel nd den can drop nechim or some1 else for vijay zol.

  • TSJ07 on February 13, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    KXIP should have picked better wk, an allrounder like Ryan Mclaren and one more Indian XI batsman.DK might have filled two spots,,a wk and Indian XI player.Rishi is good pick but they also should have gone hard for someone like Rasool.KXIP might miss spinning allrounder on slower wickets where Rishi might not play.Dehwag might have to roll his arm for KXIP quite often. I am very disappointed to see players like White,Theron,Ronchi,Ryan Harris,Azhar Mehmood,many ENG players like Wright and Hales and quite a few Indian players especially bowlers like A Mithun and Harmeet singh/Manpreet Gony who did reasonably well with KXIP last year not making the cut this year.

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @angel sapna-MI may have decent squad but they have the best playing xi. just count match winning players- batsman-pollard,rohit,corey,hussey bowlers-malinga,bhajji,zaheer total 7 match winners out of 11 plus ojha,rayudu,tare as indian players.

  • ullasjp on February 13, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    I'm happy Rana is playing for RCB he is a fearless hitter.. if he opens up with gayle then it would be a one helllll of a batting line up.. No matter wat the total is they'll chase.. the only weakness of RCB is bigg players do not perform crunch matches like finals.. Hope they all stay fit coz i'm anxiously waitin to see this batting line up

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Kolkata should use shakib on regular basis because this man himself can destroy opposition

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    KKR should use Shakib in the full swing because this guy could be the key of them.

  • KumarSubramanyan on February 13, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Btw, MI have picked 4 wicket keepers and only 3 "pure" batsmen in Rohit, Rayudu and Hussey to go with Pollard and Corey Anderson..too lopsided...

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    the best team is KXIP... preity zinta took a lovely squad.... then RCB is also perfect one with fab 4 in their account.... I wish any of these two to win this IPL... sad to c CSK & MI not having highly rated squad but decent one..... SRH & RR made most of it as underdogs while DD has the worst among all.... no match winners excpt 1? KKR also selecting good set of players along wid the best team this year on paper: KXIP...#Love_u_Cricket!

  • TSJ07 on February 13, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Teams to watch out this year are RCB,KXIP and SRH. RCB has best batting,SRH has best bowling and KXIP has decent combination of both. RCB just need to play five specialist bowlers and those fab four at the top and add any other two batters,ideally both should be good close in fielders to effect a run out or take sharp catch and they might win this year. SRH has same bowling as last year which was so good last year but now they have improved their batting too. Coming to my fav team KXIP,wow finally they have picked good team after 1st team they picked in IPL1 which had Sanga,Yuvi,Lee,Katich,S Marsh,Mahela,I Pathan,Chawla,Hopes and Sreesanth and they reached semi in IPL1. Now my first Xi should be... 1.S Marsh 2.V Sehwag 3.Mandeep/Pujara 4.Maxwell 5.Miller 6.Gurkeerat(WK)7.Rishi Dhawan 8.MG Johnson 9.M Karthik 10. Sandeep Sharma/Balaji 11.P Awana. Pujara and Balaji should play on slower surfaces.Last year KXIP did not have any Indian xi batsman in their team but now they have Sehwag.....

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    all the teams r good enough. this time strong fav is RCB b'coz of its batting. whoever win its a gr8 tournament 2 watch.

  • soumyas on February 13, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    KKR - looks like a boring team as someone commented here, no X-factor in the team, pathan,uthappa who were X-factors once have become ZZZ-factors...... KXIP - Looking very balanced and has dangerous batting line up...... RCB - Exciting batting but lacks in bowling depth...... MI - have saved themselves by Hussey buy, team is not looking good...... CSK - have relied on their 5 retainees but raina,ashwin have nearly become waste they will definitely miss their savior badrinath...... RR - have very balanced team, personally I love this team mainly due to people like dravid........ DD - Have built a nice team, Taylor's buy at the last moment brings the X-factor to the team....... SRH - I'm putting money on them because, last time with avg batting(except dhawan) performed really well mainly due to awesome bowling, this time with Warner, Finch they must be smiling........ my predictions RCB will go out in semis.... Finale will be KXIP vs SRH and SRH will win.

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Same cast of characters are gonna be vying for the trophy at the end just as last season--RR, CSK, Mumbai, & SRH. RR always builds the best team and makes the smartest buy. Their teams always fit together wonderfully. If I'm building an IPL team Faulkner and Watson are my first two buys. SRH with their strong bowling has the next best outfit--the batting is just a bit too dependent on Dhawan and their fortunes lies on how well he performs in the tournament. Mumbai has a very good team and could make this two in a row. I like the purchase of Krishmar Santokie, best buy of the auction for me--how he gets a game without omitting Malinga or weaking the batting remains to be seen. CSK always find a way to get it done and will be there in the end good squad as well. As always RCB would be left jilted at the alter. Their bowling is weak, they might score 300 but the other team would be able to chase down whatever they make. Their best option will be to win toss bat second.

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Knight Riders looked absolutely clueless out there. Paying 5.5 Cr for Kallis who is really really not T20 material. I think they have decided to go back to the KKR of old who finish in the bottom 3.

  • IndianSRTfan on February 13, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Sunrisers look to have very balanced side

  • Kapeel on February 13, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    My XI for all teams: CSK: 1) Du Plesis 2) Smith 3) Raina 4) McCullum 5) Dhoni(c) 6) Bravo 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Nehra 10) Pandey 11) Mohit KXIP: 1) Mandeep 2) Sehwag 3) Pujara 4) Bailey(c) 5) Miller/Marsh 6) Maxwell 7) Saha 8) Dhawan 9) Johnson 10) Karthik 11) Balaji KKR: 1) Gambhir(c) 2) Bisla 3) Kallis 4) Uthapa 5) Shakib 6) Tendo/Russel 7) Pathan 8) Chawla 9) Narine 10) Yadav/Vinay RCB: 1) Gayle 2) Zol 3) Kohli(c) 4) Yuvi 5) De-Villers 6) Patel 7) Morkel 8) Starc 9) Jakati 10) Aaron 11) Dinda DD: 1) Vijay 2) Kock 3) Karthik 4) Pietersen(c) 5) M.Tiwary 6) S.Tiwary 7) Duminy/Neesham 8) C.Nile 9) Sharma 10) Unadkat 11) Shami RR: 1) Rahane 2) Chand 3) Samson 4) Watson(c) 5) Binny 6) Smith 7) Hodge 8) Faulkner 9) Kulkarni 10) Tambe 11) Malik MI: 1) Hussey 2) Tare 3) Sharma(c) 4) Rayudu 5) Anderson 6) Pollard 7) Harbhajan 8) Zaheer 9) Malinga 10) Ojha 11) Bumrah SRH: 1) Warner 2) Dhawan(c) 3) Finch 4) Ojha 5) Rao 6) Sammy/Henriques 7) Pathan 8) Rasool 9) Mishra 10) Ishant 11) Steyn

  • Batmanindallas on February 13, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    So Badrinath is out of IPL??

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    My Choice KKR: Gautam, Bisla, Kallis, Ryan, Robin, Yusuf, Shakib, Piyush, Narine, Vinay, Umesh (Shakib can be handy at eden garden slow pitches) DD: De cock, Vijay, Kevin, Ross, Duminy, karthick, Laxmi, Rahul sharma, Nadeem, Shami, Unadkat (Rahul sharma is economical blower, Unadkat have a experience and also left hand right hand combo, Duminy is solid middle order batsmen ) SRH: Dhawan, Finch, warner, Anirudha, Ojha, Sammy, Irfan, Amit, Parveez, Bhubhaneswar, Dale (Having parveez as off break blower will be variety rather than having another leggie in form of karan, Having Anirudha instead of ishant since it will strengthen the batting line up rather having ishant in a already packed pace attack comprising of Dale, Bhubhneswar, sammy, Irfan

  • Fan1969 on February 13, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    KXIP will not even make it to the semis. The top players are all foreigners - Miller, Johnson, Maxwell, Bailey. They have an out of form Sehwag who will win them one game. The Indian squad of 7 is ordinary with top player by money being Manan Vora.

    I am sorry to say this but the author of this article has got it all wrong about KXIP. Yes Ms Zinta was looking pretty but the auction was not well done.

  • Rajeev129 on February 13, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    SRH, if possible please swap as detailed here: 1. One of Warner and Finch with one of Ten Doeschate and Shakib: Because we have 3 of the world's best in top order but lacking a 'X' factor at 6/7. Sammy is a fire but very difficult to trust. 2. One of Irfan/Bhuvi with Nayar. Because bowling all rounders are never useful in T20's. As we already have sufficient depth in batting it is wise to target a batting all-rounder like Nayar.

    That would be the perfect squad. Moreover the above suggested players are not in proposed starting XI of ESPN Cricinfo.

  • pritpalpabla on February 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    I must congratulate Baba Aparajith for his selection in CSK. So he is on road to getting into Indian team some time with in one year. Very promising young talent.

  • KumarSubramanyan on February 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Why are you guys harping about no single local player for RCB??? RR have no local players as also DD..CSK have only 2 from Chennai and both are rookies...and SRH has only ONE...so we going to miss the flavour of the local players this IPL..

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    oh GOD WHAT THE HELL WERE KXIP thinking when Luke Ronchi and Tim PAine went away they need a goot keeper should hv choosen them and shouldn't hv let Chawla gone....... thts where they disappointed other wise as ususal im Punjab fan from PAKISTAN PUNJAB....... lets go KXIP.........

  • TheMysteryMan on February 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    MI banked heavily on loyal players. Good to see them go after Tare as aggressively as they did. He helped them in some crucial matches last year and they rewarded him. Too bad they were restricted by the purse. They went for all their ex players but most we're snapped up by high bids from others. Some little knows faces in MI team. Someone will have to step up in batting department. They are 1 star batsman short. But that us where there is chance for unknown player to shine like Tare and Dhawan did last year.

  • StarHawk on February 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @Harman.s, Mandeep Singh is not a wicket keeper. Myabe you mistook him for Gurkeerat Singh.

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @Suresh Ramaiyan Sanju Samson is a wicket keeper

  • Arun_Mathew on February 13, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @ Suresh: Sanju samson is a wicket keeper, so the probable X1 is good, my team for the first match will be, rahane, chand, watson, sanju, hodge, binny, nayar/bhatia, faunker, cooper/cutting, tambe, dhawal,

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Good to see Sakib in the KKR fold. Hope he delivers again.

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @ Suresh Ramaiyan : sanju samson is a keeper dude...

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    @Suresh Sanju Samson is also a Wicket Keeper

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    KKR is the worst team here... SRH and KXI Punjab are the teams to beat but go RCB (so sad RCB didn't go for local boys )!!

  • vijaysrivatsan on February 13, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    No weakness for Kolkata? Kallis is their biggest weakness. You will not have the guts to drop him and neither he will perform. Will consume initial deliveries and get out when needed

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    RR Probable mentioned here doesn't have a keeper. They need to play yagnik. So they can play only one of Praveen tambe or rajat Bhatia.

  • keerthitommy on February 13, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    csk line up : smith brendon or plessis raina mithun or baba dhoni bravo jaddu ash pandey or nehra mohit ben

  • 504429641 on February 13, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    How about an Indian bowling attack of I Pathan, B Kumar, I Sharma and A Mishra? Add D Steyn to it. That's the bowling attack of SRH. Plus part-timers in K Sharma and D Sammy. Like last year, this year too SRH is bowling heavy. But unlike last year, they have mostly taken care of batting too. A top 3 of S Dhawan, D Warner and A Finch is destructive; plus a promising wicket keeper in N Ojha. As mentioned in the probable XI, that would most probably be the XI for SRH for most matches i believe. Other alternative could be to drop one of the seven bowlers and add a batsman in the form of V Rao / S Anirudda.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 13, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    RCB has a strongest allround team... If you just look at the probable XI listed here, there are; 7 Batsmen 3 Spinners 4 Pace Bowlers 2 Wicket Keepers

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    My 11 for KKR would be 1. Gauti 2. Uthapa 3. Bisla 4. Shakib 5. Pathan 6. Lynn 7. Pandey 8. Chawla 9. Morkel 10. Narine 11. Yadav

  • Harman.s on February 13, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    First of all lemme congratulate all the supports of Kings Punjab XI on Picking some awesome Picks for this season.. love to see Viru wearing Kings XI jersey :D. This Season is OURS no doubt :D My dream XIs on Mohali Pitch against any team:1. Sehwag,2. Pujara,3. Marsh,4. Bailey,5. Maxwel,6. Mandeep(W/K),7. Rishi Dhawan,8. Mitchell,9. Kartik,10.Balaji,11.Awana

    Mohali has a pacey track history, Miller had a great last season but unfortunately he is not in good form esp from a while and marsh is hitting good form so marsh is ahead in my team on Mohali Pitch :) rest i pick the specialist 5 bowlers coz we dont need that much strength esp when u have viru maxwell bailey and marsh in the batting order if they miss there is no one like patel who can fill in the scores.

    Rest its up to the weather and tactics of the management whom to pick and not:) all i want Kings Punjab to Win the Season :D

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    KKR's squad sounds like OLD AGE HOME! One of the worst and imbalanced squads for sure.

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    where is Praveen kumar !!!! i think he is the lot batter then others

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    KKR 11 would be 1) gambhir 2) bisla 3) kallis 4) manish pandey 5) utthapa 6) sahkib 7) Yusuf 8) chawla 9) morkel 10) narine 11) umesh

  • ClubDeHemanth on February 13, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Super Kings were never strong in their pace bowling set up. They have always had one good fast bowler in their team. It was Bollinger in the past & now Hilfenhaus takes over (although he played for them before) and I can't see that as a weakness. Chennai rely on mix of pace, medium and spin. Hilfenhaus/ Henry & Nehra (Pace), Mohit / Ishwar and Bravo / Dwayne (medium) and Ashwin, Jadeja & Raina (occasional 1 or 2 overs). So in every match they have six or seven bowlers to rotate upon. This has been the case in their past as well. Preferred Lineup: 1 McCullum, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Baba Aparajith / Manhas, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishwar Pandey / Nehra, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

    Every team this season looks strong and looks like equal to each other in every aspect. It's all about who hangs on during the business end of the tournament.

  • StarHawk on February 13, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @George Binoy, for Kings XI Punjab, Gurkeerat Singh Mann can also keep wickets. He kept wickets for Punjab in a few games last season of the IPL as well. So, I think he might get preference ahead of Saha because of his hitting potential. Also, in Mohali & Dharamsala, where there's assistance for seamers, I think Thisara Perera will play, instead of Maxwell. Also, I think it'll be a toss up between Manan Vohra and Mandeep Singh. Mandeep has experience under his belt, which might work for him.

    Also, the spin cupboard is not so bare. Murali Kartik will be the first preferred spinner. But, they also have left-arm spinner Akshar Patel and Shivam Sharma, as you've mentioned. Maxwell, if he plays can also roll his arm over.

    MY XI: Virender Sehwag, Cheteswar Pujara, Mandeep Singh, George Bailey, David Miller, Thisara Perera/Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, Murali Kartik, Lakshmipati Balaji.

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    RR XI: Rahane, Chand, Samson, Watson (c), Hodge, Steve Smith, Binny/Nayar, Faulkner, Abdullah, Malik, Kulkarni

    RCB XI: Gayle, Zol, Kohli (c), AB, Yuvraj, Parthiv Patel, A. Morkel, Starc, Dinda, Aaron, Chahal

    KKR XI: Gambhir (c), Bisla, Utthappa, Kallis, Pathan, Shakib Hassan, M. Pandey, Narine, M. Morkel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav

    Kings XI: Sehwag, Vohra, Pujara, S. Marsh (c), Miller/Bailey, Maxwell/Perera, Saha, Johnson, R. Dhawan, M. Kartik, L. Balaji

    CSK XI: Plessis, Aparajith, Raina, McCullum, Dhoni (c), Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus, I. Pandey, M. Sharma

    MI XI: Hussey, Gautam/Tare, Sharma (c), Rayudu, Anderson, Pollard, Saxena, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha, Z Khan

    SRH XI: Warner, S. Dhawan (c), Finch, Henriques, Juneja/Rao, I. Pathan, Naman Ojha, Rasool, B. Kumar/Ishant, A. Mishra, Steyn

    DD XI: Vijay, D. Karthik, Pietersen (c), M. Tiwary, Duminy/Taylor, S. Tiwary/Jadhav, Neesham, Coulter-Nile, R. Sharma, S Nadeem, Shami

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    KKR 11 would probably be like this 1) gambhir. 2) bisla. 3)kallis. 4)M.Pandey 5) utthappa 6) Yusuf 7) sahkib. 8)chawla 9) morkel 10) umesh 11) vinay.

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Teams to watch

    KXI Punjab KKR Sunrisers

    most probably one of them will take the trophy...

  • shibuvin on February 13, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings: Probable first XI: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Brendon McCullum, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishwar Pandey, 11 Ashish Nehra .

  • on February 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    the Srh team u have given is not that strong and competitive include venu or lokesh rahul in place of ishanth Sharma then it will be well balanced and Karan shrama/ rasool can be shifted accordingly

  • MaddyRuleeeeez on February 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    I dont think KKR will pick Pat Cummins and Piyush Chawla ahead of Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel. Also feel Rajasthan will open with Unmukt Chand and pick Ben Cutting ahead of Steven Smith since Watson might not bowl. Also Shaun Marsh ahead of Bailey is unlikely to happen.Besides Gurukeerat keeps so they have 2 keepers not 1. Also Balaji will most likely make way for a young and pacey Awana.

  • on February 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Sunrisers Hyderabad should have opted for One Indian player who can captain his team very well. With present players, I don't see anyone is Well Trained Captain.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 13, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Probable first XI should be: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Manan Vohra, 3 Glenn Maxwell, 4 George Bailey, 5 David Miller, 6 Wriddhiman Saha, 7 Mitchell Johnson, 8 Rishi Dhawan, 9 Akshar Patel, 10 Parvinder Awana, 11 Sandeep Sharma Balaji is getting old, plus he is mostly good on slower surfaces. Sandeep Sharma is a wicket taking bowler (avg og 17 in T20s) and is familiar with Mohali pitch conditions. Awana can bowl fast, and is also a strike bowler, plus he can learn from Mitch. I believe Patel should be tried first as he can bat a bit too, and had a decent Ranji Season. We should blood younger players instead of old ones, if they don't work, we can ge the experience back, but if they do, out bowling attack will be nice and varied (Maxwell can also bowl). Lastly, Pujara is an amazing batsman, but still hasn't quite found his T20 gear. He could be useful on slower pitches like Kolkata, where the run rates are lower as he can hold up one end.

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  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 13, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Probable first XI should be: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Manan Vohra, 3 Glenn Maxwell, 4 George Bailey, 5 David Miller, 6 Wriddhiman Saha, 7 Mitchell Johnson, 8 Rishi Dhawan, 9 Akshar Patel, 10 Parvinder Awana, 11 Sandeep Sharma Balaji is getting old, plus he is mostly good on slower surfaces. Sandeep Sharma is a wicket taking bowler (avg og 17 in T20s) and is familiar with Mohali pitch conditions. Awana can bowl fast, and is also a strike bowler, plus he can learn from Mitch. I believe Patel should be tried first as he can bat a bit too, and had a decent Ranji Season. We should blood younger players instead of old ones, if they don't work, we can ge the experience back, but if they do, out bowling attack will be nice and varied (Maxwell can also bowl). Lastly, Pujara is an amazing batsman, but still hasn't quite found his T20 gear. He could be useful on slower pitches like Kolkata, where the run rates are lower as he can hold up one end.

  • on February 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Sunrisers Hyderabad should have opted for One Indian player who can captain his team very well. With present players, I don't see anyone is Well Trained Captain.

  • MaddyRuleeeeez on February 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    I dont think KKR will pick Pat Cummins and Piyush Chawla ahead of Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel. Also feel Rajasthan will open with Unmukt Chand and pick Ben Cutting ahead of Steven Smith since Watson might not bowl. Also Shaun Marsh ahead of Bailey is unlikely to happen.Besides Gurukeerat keeps so they have 2 keepers not 1. Also Balaji will most likely make way for a young and pacey Awana.

  • on February 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    the Srh team u have given is not that strong and competitive include venu or lokesh rahul in place of ishanth Sharma then it will be well balanced and Karan shrama/ rasool can be shifted accordingly

  • shibuvin on February 13, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings: Probable first XI: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Brendon McCullum, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishwar Pandey, 11 Ashish Nehra .

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Teams to watch

    KXI Punjab KKR Sunrisers

    most probably one of them will take the trophy...

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    KKR 11 would probably be like this 1) gambhir. 2) bisla. 3)kallis. 4)M.Pandey 5) utthappa 6) Yusuf 7) sahkib. 8)chawla 9) morkel 10) umesh 11) vinay.

  • on February 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    RR XI: Rahane, Chand, Samson, Watson (c), Hodge, Steve Smith, Binny/Nayar, Faulkner, Abdullah, Malik, Kulkarni

    RCB XI: Gayle, Zol, Kohli (c), AB, Yuvraj, Parthiv Patel, A. Morkel, Starc, Dinda, Aaron, Chahal

    KKR XI: Gambhir (c), Bisla, Utthappa, Kallis, Pathan, Shakib Hassan, M. Pandey, Narine, M. Morkel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav

    Kings XI: Sehwag, Vohra, Pujara, S. Marsh (c), Miller/Bailey, Maxwell/Perera, Saha, Johnson, R. Dhawan, M. Kartik, L. Balaji

    CSK XI: Plessis, Aparajith, Raina, McCullum, Dhoni (c), Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus, I. Pandey, M. Sharma

    MI XI: Hussey, Gautam/Tare, Sharma (c), Rayudu, Anderson, Pollard, Saxena, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha, Z Khan

    SRH XI: Warner, S. Dhawan (c), Finch, Henriques, Juneja/Rao, I. Pathan, Naman Ojha, Rasool, B. Kumar/Ishant, A. Mishra, Steyn

    DD XI: Vijay, D. Karthik, Pietersen (c), M. Tiwary, Duminy/Taylor, S. Tiwary/Jadhav, Neesham, Coulter-Nile, R. Sharma, S Nadeem, Shami

  • StarHawk on February 13, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @George Binoy, for Kings XI Punjab, Gurkeerat Singh Mann can also keep wickets. He kept wickets for Punjab in a few games last season of the IPL as well. So, I think he might get preference ahead of Saha because of his hitting potential. Also, in Mohali & Dharamsala, where there's assistance for seamers, I think Thisara Perera will play, instead of Maxwell. Also, I think it'll be a toss up between Manan Vohra and Mandeep Singh. Mandeep has experience under his belt, which might work for him.

    Also, the spin cupboard is not so bare. Murali Kartik will be the first preferred spinner. But, they also have left-arm spinner Akshar Patel and Shivam Sharma, as you've mentioned. Maxwell, if he plays can also roll his arm over.

    MY XI: Virender Sehwag, Cheteswar Pujara, Mandeep Singh, George Bailey, David Miller, Thisara Perera/Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, Murali Kartik, Lakshmipati Balaji.

  • ClubDeHemanth on February 13, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Super Kings were never strong in their pace bowling set up. They have always had one good fast bowler in their team. It was Bollinger in the past & now Hilfenhaus takes over (although he played for them before) and I can't see that as a weakness. Chennai rely on mix of pace, medium and spin. Hilfenhaus/ Henry & Nehra (Pace), Mohit / Ishwar and Bravo / Dwayne (medium) and Ashwin, Jadeja & Raina (occasional 1 or 2 overs). So in every match they have six or seven bowlers to rotate upon. This has been the case in their past as well. Preferred Lineup: 1 McCullum, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Baba Aparajith / Manhas, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishwar Pandey / Nehra, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

    Every team this season looks strong and looks like equal to each other in every aspect. It's all about who hangs on during the business end of the tournament.