The anticipation for IPL has been intensifying with each passing day. Be it the arrival of teams in UAE, announcement of sponsors or social media posts- everything related to IPL has been generating buzz and rightly so. It is a tournament the entire cricketing fraternity and millions of fans across the globe are eagerly looking forward to.
IPL has been a phenomenon not just because of all the glam and glitz around the cash rich tournament but also owing to the quality of cricket played year after year since its inception in 2008
There is hardly anything to separate the teams which results in cut throat competition and great cricket matches. But each team has certain strengths and weaknesses.
Here is a thorough and comprehensive SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis of each IPL team for the 13th edition of the IPL.
(To maintain consistency, two main strengths and one weakness, opportunity and threat for each team will be looked upon.)
Squad:- Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kieron Pollard, Anmolpreet Singh, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter Nile, Quinton de Kock, Digvijay Deshmukh, Ishan Kishan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Anukul Roy
- Championship Winning Core- In Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga, the defending champions have a core of players who have played a massive role in the 3 IPLs they have won together since 2015. Add to that Krunal Pandya who has been part of the two recent victories, and Mitchell McClenaghan, who has also won 3 IPLs with MI playing a significant role in 2 of them. Mumbai have a core of experienced and talented players, who knows how to win the big games and clinch the crucial moments. Irrespective of talent a team possesses, it is the performance in pressure moments that defines a strong team and Mumbai have the men for those moments. Their core group, their experiences and camaraderie they share, is surely their biggest strength.
- Outstanding Pace Attack- Mumbai Indians arguably have the best pace attack going into IPL 13. They already possessed India’s premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and their consistent performer Mitchell McClenaghan. In addition to that they have brought in the number one ODI Bowler, Trent Boult, a very good T20 bowler, Nathan Coulter Nile and Indian domestic veteran Dhawal Kulkarni. Hardik Pandya has also been a good performer with the ball in the last couple of seasons. This pace attack has the quality to blow away any line up. While Malinga is likely to miss a few initial games, in the latter stages, it will surely be a nightmare for batsmen to face Bumrah and Boult together.
- Inexperienced Spin Attack- While there are no questions regarding the quality of Mumbai’s pace attack, their spin lineup, atleast on paper, doesn’t look much intimidating. While Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, their primary spinners both had good seasons last year, picking up 12 and 13 wickets respectively at a great economy, both of them cannot be regarded as great spinners of the ball and are unlikely to be able to exploit the pitches as much as spinners of other teams. A greater problem is their reserves in the spin department. They only have Anukul Roy who is very inexperienced and Jayant Yadav, who has played just 12 IPL games despite being an Indian international as a backup spinner, and neither of them have done much to give skipper Rohit Sharma confidence. While MI will be hoping for their two main spinners to come good, they could be in serious problems if either of them doesn’t find form.
- After having recovered from injury earlier this year, Jasprit Bumrah looked rusty on his return. The extended break would have surely given him more fuel to add to the tank and a 100% fit Bumrah could be decisive for MI.
- Everyone remembers the fact that Mumbai lost all 5 of the games they played in UAE back in 2014. While things have changed drastically since then, their poor track record and especially of their skipper Rohit who has just 84 runs in 5 innings is surely going to be on top of their mind.
Potential Surprises-Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar
Squad- David Warner(c), Rashid Khan, Abdul Samad, Abhishiek Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Fabian Allen, Jonny Bairstow, Basil Thampi, Priyam Garg, Shreevats Goswami, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Bavanka Sandeep, Sandeep Sharma, Sanjay Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Billy Stanlake, Virat Singh, Kane Williamson
- Fearsome Opening Pair- In David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, Sunrisers Hyderabad have the most destructive opening pair for the upcoming IPL. Last season, while Warner scored 692 runs in 12 matches at a phenomenal average of 69.20 and took home the Orange Cap, Bairstow playing his first season matched him stroke for stroke scoring 445 runs in 10 matches at an average of 55.62 and excellent strike rate of 157.24. Their partnership of 185 against RCB last year, broke the record for the highest opening stand in IPL, in a match where both the batsmen scored tons. The Australian-English duo will be looking to replicate their scintillating form last year.
- All Round Abilities of Rashid Khan- The leg-spinner has perhaps the been the biggest finds of IPL in recent times. The young leggie from Afghanistan who made his debut for SRH in 2017, has picked up 55 wickets in the last 3 seasons and is one of the best, if not the best T20 bowler currently. He is going to be one of the X-factors for Hyderabad this time around as well, and playing on the slower pitches of UAE is going to make him a greater threat. Apart from his bowling, Rashid Khan has grown in stature as a batsman too. Coming in down the order he has showcased over the last 18 months, that he has an array of shots and is more than capable with the bat. Add to that the fact that Rashid is one of the most brilliant fielders going around, he is a complete package and definitely one of Sunrisers’ biggest strengths.
- Lack of accomplished players in the middle order- Inexperience and a lack of firepower right through the middle order has been a problem for SRH for quite some time. They have tried to fill in that gap by getting in someone like Mitchell Marsh this time around, but it is unlikely Marsh will play in UAE as Kane Williamson at 3 or Mohammad Nabi at number 7 will be preferred over him. Irrespective of who plays between Nabi and Kane, a few spots in the middle order will be left vulnerable. While the likes of Vijay Shankar and Wriddhiman Saha are good batsmen, T20 is not quite their forte. Similarly, Priyam Garg and Abhishiek Sharma, two youngsters in the squad just don’t have enough experience yet. Letting go of both Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda, the players who made up their middle order last two seasons, although with limited returns, might prove to be detrimental as they haven’t been able to find a backup-a hard hitting Indian batsman for the middle order.
- Sunrisers will benefit from the fact that two important members of their squad Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi are taking part in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League and doing well.
- Over reliance on Rashid Khan and David Warner could be a threat for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as both these players have the carried the team single handedly in a number of games. But whenever they have failed, Hyderabad have looked lacklustre.
Potential Surprises– Priyam Garg, Fabian Allen
Kings XI Punjab
Squad- KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, Darshan Nalkande, Jimmy Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh, Jagdeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen
- New Leadership Group- While this may not be looked upon as a strength for other teams, it surely is for Punjab. KXIP is a team which has struggled to have a solid leadership group for quite some time now. When Ravichandran Ashwin took over in 2018, it seemed Punjab had finally settled on a man who would be their leader for a long time, but he was shockingly traded to the Delhi Capitals for the upcoming season. KL Rahul is the man who is going to lead them now and while he may not be too experienced in this role, he is coming off a successful limited overs season for India and is sure to be brimming with confidence. Rahul, with age on his side and having been a brilliant player for Punjab over the last couple of seasons, seems to be the right man for the job. Add to that the fact that he has someone like Maxwell, who has led his BBL side to two consecutive finals, and a certain Anil Kumble, a very strong and highly respected individual as his head coach, the new leadership group, free of the burden of past failures, could do wonders for Punjab.
- Availability of options in the Squad- Punjab, after good auction strategy have managed to put together a balanced squad. They are one team which has the luxury of having a number of players available for most of the spots. They have a bunch of good Indian batsmen like Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair who can be slotted into the middle-order. They possess good finishers in Glenn Maxwell and Krishnappa Gowtham who was particularly destructive in the 2018 season. They have Jimmy Neesham and Deepak Hooda to act as backups. Even in the bowling line up they have the quality and tenacity of Chris Jordan and Hardus Viljoen to act as backup for Sheldon Cottrell. Having a number of options will provide flexibility to Punjab in playing their best possible eleven.
- Underwhelming Bowling Line up- While Punjab’s bowling line up is not mediocre, they lack an X-factor and a bowling spearhead, which Rahul can fall back upon in tough times. Their pace attack in the playing 11 will primarily consist of Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell and a young Indian pacer, most likely Ishan Porel. While Shami is a great bowler, last season was the only time he played a full -fledged IPL season and while he picked 19 wickets, he has a tendency to go for runs. It will be Cottrell’s first IPL and although he does offer variety of a left armer, his gentle pace might become fodder for hard hitting batsmen. They have backups in Jordan and Viljoen too but it will be interesting to see if they would drop Cottrell after picking him at a hefty price of 8.5 cr. In the spin department while they have Mujeeb Ur Rahman, due to the team dynamics he may not be able to play all games as was the case last season. Apart from him, Krishnappa Gowtham and Murugan Ashwin don’t inspire much confidence and Ravi Bishnoi, another U19 sensation is too inexperienced to expect a lot from. It’s a decent unit, but could prove to be a major weakness against strong batting lineups.
- While Mumbai had lost all their 5 games, Punjab is a team which had done exceedingly well in UAE in 2014 having won all their 5. With Maxwell back, who was the chief destructor back in 2014, UAE could act as a lucky charm for them.
- Punjab, in the last couple of seasons have started off extremely strongly but wavered off in the last stages of the tournament to not make it to the playoffs both times. They will be aware of this tendency, and would be hoping the trend doesn’t repeat this time around as well.
Potential Surprises– Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bishnoi
Kolkata Knight Riders
Squad-Dinesh Kartik(c), Tom Banton, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Green, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Eoin Morgan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nikhil Naik, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Nitish Rana, Andre Russel, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Manimaran Siddharth, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy
- The West Indian duo- The big West Indian Andre Russel and the magician Sunil Narine have to be the biggest strength for KKR. Arguably the best T20 player currently, Russel has been an absolute force for KKR especially in the last 2 seasons scoring in excess of 800 runs and hitting an unbelievable 83 sixes! He has turned matches around for them from hopeless situations and this time around too Kolkata will be hoping he does the same. If his fitness permits, Russel can be very handy with the ball as well. Narine. on the other hand, has been their strike spinner for almost a decade now. While his bowling skills have wavered over the last few years, his new found ability to be a frighteningly good pinch hitter at the top has paid rich dividends for KKR. Both the West Indians, one controlling the top and the other the lower end of the batting will be Knight Rider’s biggest assets this time around too.
- Destructive and Reliable Middle Order-While most of the teams are top heavy and have a weak middle order, KKR have an experienced and very one. If Rahul Tripathi opens the batting with Sunil Narine, KKR are most likely going to have Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russel from 4-7. It doesn’t get better than that. The addition of Morgan significantly bolsters their middle order ,which already had the other 3 last year, as he has the game to grind it out as well as go berserk from ball one. He will give DK the captain the flexibility to move around Andre Russell in the middle order as Morgan can play the finisher’s role well too. It is a dream middle-order and will surely go a long way in helping KKR post mammoth totals as well as pull off huge chases.
- Lack of Quality Pacers- This might not be justified for a few considering KKR has Pat Cummins, one of the best bowlers currently and who went at a hefty price of over 15 cr. But there are two main problems. There isn’t any reliable pacer apart from Cummins, who also while being extraordinary in Tests, hasn’t played much of T20s recently. KKR have a number of young pacers like Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Sandeep Warrier but among them Krishna is the most experienced IPL player with just 13 games while Nagarkotti is yet to play a single game in the IPL. In the overseas department they have Lockie Ferguson and Harry Gurney, who could perhaps be effective with his variations, but it is unlikely that he will find a place in the team at the expense of Cummins. While KKR will be hoping bulk of the work is done by the spinners, lack of experienced pacers might hurt them at some stage of the tournament.
- Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi turned a number of heads when in the U19 World Cup in 2018, both of them bowled in excess of 145km/h. Since then their careers have been marred with injuries, but this could be the season for them to make a mark.
- Kuldeep Yadav’s form in T20 hasn’t been great. He had a horrid last season, and is going to be their main spinner along with Narine. His indifferrent form could be a problem for KKR.
Potential Surprises-Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rahul Tripathi
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Squad-Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pavan Deshpande, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Gurkeerat Mann, Mohammed Siraj, Chris Morris, Pawan Negi, Devdutt Padikal, Parthiv Patel, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmad, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Adam Zampa
- Variety of Death Bowlers in the Squad- A pressing problem for RCB across seasons has been their pace bowling, precisely their death bowling. The Virat Kohli-led team has time and time again floundered in the last few overs of their bowling innings which has cost them a number of matches, especially the 2016 IPL final. RCB did what was asked of them during the auction and got in two excellent but underrated death bowler in the form of Chris Morris.
The presence of Isuru Udana, another bowler with a number of variations up his sleeve, will also be useful on the pitches of UAE. All in all, with the budget they had, RCB have covered their weakest base and have now have on their hands a number of good death bowlers.
- The Combination of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers-The two players, who have been the pillars of RCB for almost a decade, continue to be their biggest strength going into the 13th season. Riding on their outstanding performance, RCB had reached the finals in 2016, where Kohli had scored an unbelievable 973 runs and de Villiers wasn’t too far behind with 687. Even apart from that season, either one of de Villiers or Kohli has usually been the highest run-getter for them year after year. Kohli’s class and grace has been the perfect complement to de Villiers’ outrageous big-hitting. The fans of the franchise would be hoping this time around this deadly pair, which has consistently been successful, is finally able to get their hands on the trophy which has eluded them for far too long.
- Unreliable Middle Order- While RCB made a great attempt to rectify their death bowling problem in the auction, they haven’t found an antidote to their brittle middle order. While Aaron Finch is an excellent buy for them, it again just strengthens their top order.They are most likely to have a 5 , 6, 7 of Moeen Ali, Gurkeerat Singh/Shivam Dube, and Chris Morris. While they are all decent batsmen especially Moeen Ali, none of them have had a great run of form. While Ali predominantly bats in the top 3 for his domestic T20 team in England, Morris has had a dreadful 15 months with the bat. Add to that a very crucial number 6 spot being occupied by a player who hasn’t played much of IPL, the middle order could once again become RCB’s greatest liability.
- The likes of Kohli and Finch would have come into the IPL in March exhausted from a long international season. The extension might turn out to be a boon for RCB as their prime players have got a long period of rest and would be raring to go.
- The core of the current RCB team has had a horrid last couple of seasons. Like good teams carry on positive momentum from successful moments spent together, negative energy of losses also continues. And if RCB get off to a losing start once again, the memories of the last season where they lost their first 6 games are sure to resurface to haunt them and it could go all downhill from there.
Potential Surprises – Devdutt Padikal, Washington Sundar
Chennai Super Kings
Squad-M.S Dhoni(c), KM Asif, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Sam Curran, Faf du Plesis, Rituraj Gaikwad, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Narayan Jagadeesan, Monu Kumar, Lungi Ngidi, Ambati Rayudu, R sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Shane Watson
- Threatening Spin department- While Chennai Super Kings pick a spin heavy squad every season as they play their homes games in Chepauk, a very low and slow pitch, playing the entire season in UAE might benefit them even more as all games will be played on relatively slower tracks. They easily have the most experienced and highest quality spin core. In Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir, who was the purple cap winner last season, CSK has the perfect troika of spinners, who offer a lot of variety and are highly experienced. On top of that they have the likes of Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma and U19 sensation R Sai Kishore, and all these spinners form a threatening group which is capable of performing against each and every batting lineup.
- Wealth of Experience- When CSK picked a squad in 2018 whose average age was well above 30, a number of jokes about CSK being a “Daddy’s Army’ were floated around. CSK fittingly gave a reply to critics by comprehensively winning the cup, thereby showcasing the importance of experience in a tournament like IPL. This time around too, CSK have a similar squad with the core from 2018 retained. CSK has continued to back their team, and it is likely to hold them in good stead again, as experience usually trumps potential in high pressure games.
- Lack of Match Practice- You might say this applies to every team since not much professional cricket has been played in the last 6 months, but it is important to note half of CSK hasn’t played cricket for far longer. Dhoni didn’t play a single game after the 2019 World Cup in July last year. Faf du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav fell out of favor with their national teams. Shane Watson, who had retired, along with Suresh Raina, and Dwayne Bravo also didn’t play much cricket after last year’s IPL. That in effect is 6/11 players. This could be a huge concern for CSK as their players are bound to be way more rusty than the others and likely to struggle due to the long break.
- The pitches in UAE are sure to suit the style of play of CSK and they would be looking to capitalise on that with their army of spinners.
- At the other end of the spectrum of experience lies injuries. With most of the crucial members 35+, the players may struggle with fitness and injuries especially after such a long gap.
Potential Surprises– R Sai Kishore, Lungi Ngidi
Squad-Steve Smith(c), Varun Aaron, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, Jofra Archer, Jos Butler, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aniruddha Joshi, Kartik Tyagi, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Ankit Rajpoot, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Robin Uthappa, Manan Vohra
- Outstanding foreigners in playing 11- In Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Steve Smith, Rajasthan easily have the most destructive and reliable overseas core, with all of them actively playing international cricket. Each of them occupies a specific spot in the 11, and has the ability to control the game from there. Butler is someone who can provide rapid starts to Rajasthan like he has over the last couple of seasons. Smith at 3, and also the captain, can rotate the strike better than most cricketers and Stokes at 5 can be the one to provide the finishing touch. Archer is the apt man to be the bowling spearhead. If even 2 of them hit top form, Rajasthan could be a very difficult team to beat.
- Emergence of Shreyas Gopal as a match winner- Shreyas Gopal has been a shining star for Rajasthan in the last couple of seasons with 31 wickets, and picking up as many as 20 in the last season. He has dismissed the best of batsmen including Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers a number of times. His guile and temperament as a bowler have impressed one and all. His last season’s performance even prompted discussions of his inclusion in the Indian Team. In addition to being a skillful bowler, Gopal is also a handy batsman. He has played a number of impactful innings for his state team Karnataka and his confidence from the last season is sure to hold him in good stead. He could be Rajasthan’s ace in the pack and play an important role with both and ball this season.
- Lack of Finishers- Rajasthan like a number of teams are top heavy and lack a proper finisher at 6/7. In an ideal scenario where their top overseas players play at their preferred slot, Rajasthan might have to regularly play the likes of Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal at 6 and 7. While both of them are talented cricketers, they aren’t yet cut out to be out-and-out finishers. And we have seen with a number of teams, even if the top order is extremely strong, on a bad day, the team invariably falls into trouble in the absence of a strong lower middle-order. Rajasthan might have to play around with a few positions to accommodate a finisher in the lower middle-order, but this is a problem which will be difficult to deal with.
- Rajasthan have always known to back young talents. Sticking true to that, Rajasthan has 3 U19 stars in their team- Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh. Add to that Riyan Parag who is also 18, and Mahipal Lomror, 20, Rajasthan have in their armory young fearless cricketers who could spring a surprise or two.
- The obvious threat for Rajasthan would be over reliance on the overseas players. It is very important for the Indian core to step up as well, because as we have seen over the years, the teams where the Indian core performs consistently, usually wins the IPL.
Potential Surprises– Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal
Squad-Shreyas Iyer(c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Alex Carey, Tushar Deshpande, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Sandeep Lamichanne, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Jason Roy, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav
- Strong Indian Core- The team has a very strong Indian core with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra and a young bunch of batsmen in Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer last year. On top of that they have managed to secure the services of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane, two very experienced India internationals who have also played a lot of IPL. The youngsters are bound to benefit immensely as they will have two intelligent cricketing brains to pick from and learn from their experiences. Ashwin and Rahane are both astute thinkers of the game and now with their addition, Delhi seem to possess perhaps the finest Indian core in the IPL, which could be the link that now connects them to the trophy.
- Outstanding Coaching Staff- A very underrated aspect of winning games of cricket especially in the high-pressure IPL, is the coaching staff. They stay in the background, but their cricketing tips as well as advice to players regarding how to handle the perks of fame go a long way in keeping the players grounded and focused. Delhi had pulled off a coup a last year by getting Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly in the same coaching staff, backed with the likes of Mohammad Kaif and Samuel Badree. While Ganguly wont be continuing this year, Delhi have brought in Ryan Harris as their fast bowling coach and Vijay Dahiya, an ex cricketer with a lot of respect in the domestic circuit, as the talent scout head. The coaching staff was monumental in moulding a lot of youngsters in Delhi last year, and would again be a huge strength for the Delhi side.
- Lack of firepower in the lower order- Like Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals are extremely top heavy with a lot of muscle in the top 5. And the addition of Shimron Hetmyer has made them even more powerful. But while they had someone like Morris last time, this time around they don’t have an established finisher. Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis and Keemo Paul are most likely going to occupy the 6-8 spots and while all of them can be dangerous on their day, they don’t infuse as much as fear. The team will be heavily reliant on Rishabh Pant and Hemtyer to bat through and provide the fireworks in the latter overs. But it is unrealistic to expect the youngsters to fire ever game, and Delhi might miss a reliable finisher especially in the crucial stages of the game.
- The Delhi squad has retained their core from last year and will be brimming with confidence having qualified for playoffs for the first time in 7 years. The confidence from the last season is sure to keep their spirits high and they will believe they can replicate a similar performance. Having a number of spinners for the slow pitches of UAE will also a play big role for Delhi.
- Even before the tournament has begun, Ricky Ponting and Ravichandran Ashwin seem to have clashing thoughts about a certain act of running out batsmen at the non-strikers end if he leaves the crease before the ball is delivered. While the cricketing fraternity has been divided about it, Ashwin has had a strong opinion on it from a long time. Delhi will hope Ponting, another strong minded individual, who has to now manage almost 4 well established Indian international players, is able to sort out differences of opinion with the seniors successfully, else the the disagreements could lead to a lot of mayhem in the squad.
Potential Surprises– Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel
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