The excitement of IPL auctions every year is comparable to the actual tournament as players are put up for sale to bought up for unbelievable amounts by the franchises. For the 2021 edition of IPL, sponsored by Vivo, auctions were held 2 days ago.
Here are what each team looks like after the auctions:-
1. Kolkata Knight Riders-
Squad- Eoin Morgan (cap), Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Tim Seifert, Shubman Gill, Pawan Negi, Ben Cutting, Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Vaibhav Arora, Shakib Al Hasan, Karun Nair, Sheldon Jackson
Review- KKR made it clear that they’re gonna focus more upon their spin bowling department this time. Buying Harbhajan and Negi despite already having Kuldeep and Chakravarthy, was a clear indication of that. Cutting would also be a great backup to Narine and Russell in the all-rounders’ department. Shakib Al Hasan is someone you can rely upon both for his batting and bowling, while Jackson would be a great addition to the pace department. Karun Nair, though out of form recently, can be a big hitter if he gets the chance. Youngsters Venkatesh and Vaibhav might get a chance to break out this season.
2. Chennai Super Kings-
Squad- MS Dhoni (cap), Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N. Jagadeeshan, Robin Uthappa, Ravinder Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, R. Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, KM Asif, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhaagath Verma, Hari Nishaanth
Review- Chennai had resources this time, unlike the past few seasons. But I must say I was disappointed with their work in the auction. Even though they brought in Robin Uthappa from the trade window and Suresh Raina is back too, batting needed some reinforcements. Buying test-specialist Cheteshwar Pujara and a few uncapped Indian players wasn’t clearly the answer. They needed a big name. Maybe that’s why they went all in for Glenn Maxwell. In the end, they strengthened the all-rounder department a bit though after buying Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham. Spending 9+ crores on Gowtham would again seem objectionable considering his bad form for Punjab last year.
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad-
Squad- David Warner (cap), Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T. Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Sharma, Jagdeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhman Saha, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Review- SRH followed the footsteps of KKR as they signed some nice backup options for their spin department. Mujeeb and Suchith would easily get some matches if Rashid or Nadeem get injured. Kedar Jadhav can be a solution for SRH’s lower batting order but considering his recent form, is he really the answer? That’d be a bit questionable. Anyhow, the batting didn’t need much strengthening considering the star power they have there.
4. Mumbai Indians-
Squad-Rohit Sharma (cap), Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Dhaval Kulkarni, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Quinton de Kock, Saurabh Tiwary, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
Review- Just like every year, Mumbai Indians once again look like the strongest team in IPL. They already had a super-powerful opening XI. Now they have made their backup options look too. Milne, Coulter-Nile, and Neesham would easily have got into the playing XI for any other team. But for MI, they’re just backups in case someone like Boult or Pollard gets injured. Also, Arjun Tendulkar finally got his breakout season, while Piyush Chawla was bagged too for some reason.
5. Punjab Kings-
Squad- KL Rahul (cap), Ishan Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Shami, Deepak Hooda, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Aggarwal, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Fabian Allen, Jajaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Moises Henriques, Riley Meredith, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Dawid Malan
Review- Overall, Punjab had a great day of auction as they got nearly all players whom they targetted. All-rounders Moises Henriques and Riley Meredith would give great depth to the lower mid-order. Highly-rated young Indian player Shahrukh Khan would also get a chance to show his talents this season. The world’s No 1 ranked T20 batsman Dawid Malan was also bagged by Punjab for just the base price. Jhye Richardson provides a nice foreign pace option too as Sheldon Cottrell was released.
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore-
Squad- Virat Kohli (cap), AB de Villiers, Adam Zampa, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Phillipe, Kane Richardson, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammad Azharudden, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS. Bharat.
Review- While RCB once again revamped with a lot of players released, their replacements were a bit underwhelming this season. Kyle Jamieson may be the only logical highly-rated player in the squad. The talented NZ pacer can easily be in the run for Purple cap this season. Glenn Maxwell is another player upon whom they spent a lot of money. Considering his form last season, it’d be a 50-50 if this move would benefit RCB or not. Dan Christian is a bit aged for someone to replace a top all-rounder like Chris Morris.
7. Delhi Capitals-
Squad- Shreyas Iyer (cap), Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Pravin Dubey, Lalith Yadav, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Lukman Meriwala, M. Siddharth, Vishnu Vinod, Umesh Yadav, Steve Smith
Review- Delhi’s pace bowling depth is significantly after the auctions as Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, and a returning Chris Woakes, would now complement Rabada and Nortje. The batting department saw the significant addition of Steve Smith and Sam Billings. The shrewd nature of the signings has made Delhi one of the favorites this season. Even the uncapped players are some of the highest-rated ones.
8. Rajasthan Royals-
Squad- Sanju Samson (cap), Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, Ben Stokes, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Kartik Tyagi, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh
Review- Morris became the costliest player in the history of IPL surpassing Yuvraj Singh’s record in the process. He’d be the perfect fit for an all-rounder that Rajasthan craved for. Just imagine Morris, Archer, and another new addition Mustafizur Rahman bowling in spells together. Now that looks like a deadly combo. Shivam Dube and KC Cariappa would add a bit of depth to the squad too.