IPL 2019, KKR vs SRH: How the uncapped players fared

IPL 2019, KKR vs SRH: How the uncapped players fared

It was a field day for the uncapped stars in the second game of IPL 2019 when Kolkata Knight Riders took on Sunrisers Hyderabad at home.

As many as 4 young stars were playing in the match, which KKR won by 6 wickets, courtesy a brilliant knock by Andre Russell in the end.

Here is how the uncapped players fared in the game.

Deepak Hooda

Hooda’s services were not needed in the game, as he neither took the field with the bat nor was given the cherry.

Nitish Rana

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KKR walked into their tournament relying heavily on their three uncapped stars – Gill, Rana, and Prasidh Krishna and their batters lived up to their expectations, especially Rana, who opened after Sunil Narine was injured during the SRH innings. The Delhi player started off proceedings as he smashed a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in just the second ball that he faced.

Rana was particularly aggressive against Sandeep Sharma, as he hit him for four fours and two sixes in the game – hitting two fours and a six in the fourth over itself. After KKR lost their first three wickets below 100, it was imperative that Rana stayed till the end. Though he got out in the 16th over, his innings of 68 that came in 47 deliveries set the tone for Russell and Gill to finish things off.

Shubman Gill

The pressure was enormous on Gill when he came out to walk with the scorecard reading 118 for 4 in 15.3 overs. KKR still needed 63 runs in 27 balls, with Russell yet to flourish at the other end. The youngster struggled first up, managing 6 in the first 7 balls before he was thrust to finish the game in the last over. Russell’s strikes had got down the equation to 13 from 6 balls, and Gill was on strike in the second ball of the 20th. To a Shakib Al Hasan ball, Gill danced down the track, swung the ball out of the park much to the joy of a packed Eden crowd. Though the next delivery was a dot ball as he was cramped up for room, the next delivery sealed the game for KKR as he danced down the pitch and smoked Shakib into the sightscreen to hand KKR  a memorable win.

Also Read: CSK vs RCB – Uncapped Players Performance

Prasidh Krishna

Krishna was the second most economical bowler from KKR – giving away 31 runs in his 4 overs. In the absence of Nagarkoti and Mavi, the bowling responsibilities were to be shouldered by Krishna, and little did he disappoint. Though he was wayward in his first over – conceding a wide and then giving a no-ball after bowling a beamer, he got back into rhythm, changing his pace, shortening his lengths and now allowing Warner to let loose.

IPL 2019, CSK vs RCB: The performance of the uncapped players

IPL 2019, CSK vs RCB: The performance of the uncapped players

The first match of the Indian Premier League between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at MA Chidambaram Stadium ended in an anti-climax as the visitors were shot out for just 70 runs within 18 overs. 

On a slow track that hardly had anything for the batsmen, the RCB cricketers struggled against the venomous bowling of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.

Though the Virat Kohli-led side bowled their hearts out and took the game till the 18th over, a target of 71 was hardly going to be a challenge, and CSK raked up their first points this season with a thumping 7-wicket win.

Three uncapped stars took the field in the game, and here is a round-up of their performance.

Shivam Dube (RCB)

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The Mumbaikar was much hyped about before the edition of the league due to his all-round skills. Dube had smashed five sixes in an over on two separate occasions in 2018, which had prompted Sunil Gavaskar to state that Dube was the best all-rounder in the country currently. However, he had a forgettable IPL debut as he could manage just 2 runs with the bat and then bowled only 4 deliveries in the second innings.

Coming in to bat with the RCB scorecard reading a poor 39 for 4 in 8 overs, the need of the hour was for Dube to partner Parthiv Patel and help his team cross the spin web that Bhajji and Tahir had weaved around them. However, he lasted only 5 balls and was out playing a nothing shot to a wide of off leg-spin delivery by Tahir.

There was hardly anything to write home about in the bowling department either.

Deepak Chahar (CSK)

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Chahar started off proceedings for CSK with the new ball and though he was not amongst the wickets, he kept things tight at his end. Chahar gave away a four in his first over, much to the disappointment of MS Dhoni – bowling a fuller length ball to Patel, who threw his bat for a drive towards mid-off – but later got into his momentum as he repeatedly beat Kohli. His yorkers to the maestro troubled the RCB skipper as he finished his 4 overs within the powerplay overs, conceding only 17 overs.

Navdeep Saini (RCB)

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Saini, like Dube, was a flop with the bat as he could manage just 2 runs off 3 deliveries. However, he was in the team for his bowling and the youngster excelled in this department. Though Saini was the most expensive of the RCB bowlers – he gave away 6 runs an over – he kept the batsmen on their toes repeatedly by bowling close to the 140kmph-mark.

He got some extra bounce off the surface too, and though he erred in his line and lengths at the start, he soon settled down to bowl short balls that particularly troubled Ambati Rayudu. With clever variations and changes in speed, Saini impressed even Kohli who singled him out for praise at the end of the game.

Also Read: Players to watch out for in this season

IPL 2019 Fantasy Rules

IPL 2019 Fantasy Rules

The Indian Premier League commences from March 23 and as each year, fans are excited for the IPL Fantasy League.

However, there is a slight change in the rules for the upcoming season, after Dream11 took over as the official Fantasy partner of the IPL. There are a number of changes that Fantasy players will witness this year, and here are the IPL Fantasy Rules 2019.

As every year, there will be two contests this season – the Daily Fantasy, where you can create a Fantasy Team for a particular match, and the IPL Fantasy Tournament, where you have to select players from all teams. You can create one team over the whole season, and unlike the limited substitutions that were given last year, this year, the contest will be held in 7 rounds of 8 games each, with players allowed 5 free trades before the deadline of each round. A round is a group of matches, and each round will have games where all teams in a league play at least once.

Round 1 of the IPL Fantasy will cover the first eight games in the tournament.

How to create a team:

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Each player will have 100 credits to pick 11 players – minimum 1 wicket-keeper (maximum 2), minimum three batters (max 5), minimum 1 all-rounder (max 3) and minimum 3 bowlers (maximum 5). Each side should necessarily have an uncapped star and can contain only four overseas players. A captain and a vice-captain should be selected as well, and they cannot be changed till the end of a round.

A player can make unlimited changes to his Fantasy team till the start of the first round (till when the first ball in the game between CSK and RCB is bowled). After the end of round 1, a player will have 5 trades, ie, he can change 5 players before the start of round 2. Subsequently, he can make 5 changes before every round and if he wants to make more, -10 Fantasy Points will be deducted.

How points will be awarded in IPL Fantasy 2019

Run 0.5
Boundary Bonus 0.5
Six Bonus 1
Half-century Bonus 4
Century Bonus 8
Dismissal for a duck – Batsman, wicket-keeper & all-rounder -2

Also Read: How World Cup will affect these teams

Wicket – Excluding Run Out 10
4 wicket haul Bonus 4
5 wicket haul Bonus 8
Maiden over 4


Catch 4
Stumping/Run-out – Direct 6
Run-out – Thrower 4
Run-out – Catcher 2


Captain 2x
Vice-Captain 1.5x
In starting 11 2
Premium Trades -10


Below 4 runs per over 3
Between 4-4.99 runs per over 2
Between 5-6 runs per over 1
Between 9-10 runs per over -1
Between 10.1-11 runs per over -2
Above 11 runs per over  -3


Between 60-70 runs per 100 balls -1
Between 50-59.9 runs per 100 balls -2
Below 50 runs per 100 balls -3

4 RCB players to watch out for in IPL 2019

The most 4 RCB players to watch out for in IPL 2019memorable knocks by Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore have had more misses than hits in eleven editions of the Indian Premier League, and fans will hope that IPL 2019 can be their year.

They have some of the biggest names in their ranks – players who are all capable of changing the game around with one knock or a spell. If 2019 will finally be their season or not needs to be seen, and here are the 4 players who will be key to their campaign this season.

Virat Kohli

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RCB have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the history of the league, but one star who has stood out for them has been Virat Kohli, who has stayed with the franchise since the very start. When he was bought by RCB in 2008, Kohli was just a youngster who had not yet turned into the monster that he is.

It took some years for him to blossom, and the faith paid rich dividends as he has converted into the biggest superstars in the game of cricket. In 2016, the Delhiite scaled the 1000-run mark in the edition, scoring four hundred, and his form will be crucial to RCB’s run this season. Kohli will be expected to accelerate and consolidate the innings, and if he opens, he will be expected to carry his bat through. With the World Cup taking place just a few days after the IPL, Kohli will want to get into form in the league and carry forward his momentum going forward.

Also Read: Reasons why RCB will this season

Shivam Dube

A day before the auctions in IPL 2018, all-rounder Dube smashed five sixes in an over, which ensured there was heavy bidding for him. He finally landed in RCB for INR 5 crores, and he will be one of the young stars to watch out for. Dube had first come into the limelight after smashing Pravin Tambe for five sixes in an over last year, which prompted Sunil Gavaskar to state that Dube was India’s best all-rounder.

The player had a successful Ranji Trophy, wherein he picked up 23 wickets and scored 632 runs. He played just two games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament but will be eager to latch onto his chances.

Yuzvendra Chahal

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Wrist-spinners have made a huge mark in international cricket off late, and Chahal’s rise too has been nothing less than astonishing. He has emerged as RCB’s numero uno bowler, and his effectiveness has been seen even on the flattest track in the country – at Chinnaswamy.

He didn’t have the best of series against Australia at home, but he would be eager to get back in form ahead of the World Cup. With Washington Sundar alongside him, Chahal will want to take on the spin responsibilities and pitch in with a good show.

Marcus Stoinis

Stoinis was the third highest run-getter in the recent Big Bash League, scoring 533 runs at an average of 53.30. He also scalped 14 wickets and hence it was no surprise that teams wanted him in their side after Kings XI Punjab had surprisingly let go of him. The Australian has tremendous potential and was singled out by Kohli as the most threatening player in the series against Australia at home recently.

Stoinis has marked himself as a dependable all-rounder and with RCB struggling to find a bankable all-rounder in all these editions batting down the order, one can hope that Stoinis can be an ideal fit. He can open or bat at number 3 too, according to RCB’s policy going forward into the league.

4 key players for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019

4 key players for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019

Kings XI Punjab have not finished in the top four even once in the last four seasons of the Indian Premier League.

They managed to start off well last time but lost the mojo by the end, which saw them miss the top-four berth yet again.

Punjab have now hired the services of Mike Hesson and the Punjabis would hope that the Kiwi can team up with Ravichandran Ashwin to hand Punjab their first IPL title this year.

Here are the 4 players to watch out for:

Chris Gayle

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The biggest hitter of the ball in the last few years, Chris Gayle is Mr. T20 Cricket. While his running between the wickets might be an issue, the West Indian covers up for it with his massive hits out of the park. The player was called up to play for West Indies after a long gap recently and made full use of it to show that he has not yet lost his mojo.

Gayle is among the top ten run-getters in the IPL, and given his history, it is likely that he can set the stage on fire again.

Also Read: KKR – 4 important players this season

KL Rahul

The Indian cricketer made a return to the international team after his string of excellent performances in the league last year. Though the franchise struggled in the latter half of the IPL, Rahul shone bright and was the only shining star for his team. He was the side’s highest run-getter last year and the third highest in the league.

Rahul though, off late, has been in the news due to his off-field controversies and his inability to cement a spot in the Indian cricket team. However, he is still in the fray for a selection in the World Cup team and the player would hope to shine so that he can seal a berth.

Varun Charavarthy

The architect who took to cricket only recently is now a million-dollar baby, after Kings XI Punjab bought him for an astonishing sum of 8.4 crores INR.

The 27-year old first impressed in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, where he bowled as many as seven variations – the leg0break, the top-spinner, the off-break, the slider, carrom ball, flipper and the googly. If the bowler manages to keep his composure and play his natural game against the big-hitters, then it is safe to say that the player will be one of the players to watch out for in the league.

Last year, Harbhajan Singh had taken to Twitter to single out the uncapped player, and it is safe to say that many eyes will be on him.

Mujeeb ur Rahman

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The second highest wicket-taker for Kings XI Punjab last season with 14 scalps, Mujeeb was used as an attacking option by skipper Ashwin in the powerplay overs. He bowled economically – giving away only 6.99 runs per over – and his ability to stall the run flow whenever he bowled was applause-worthy.

While the franchise already has three spinners in the side – Ashwin, Chakravarthy, and Murugan Ashwin, one can expect the Afghani to be a certain starter, considering his experience and his awareness of the conditions.

Also Read: CSK – 4 important players this season

CSK: 4 Key Players to watchout for in IPL 2019

CSK: 4 Key Players to watchout for in IPL 2019

Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL season last year when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the finals in 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

However, CSK might struggle to replicate their form this season, as many of their buys are at the fag end of their careers. Cricketers like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo, and even MS Dhoni are no more at their prime and hence they might struggle to get going in 2019.

Here are the 4 key players to watch out for.

MS Dhoni

CSK: 4 Key Players to watchout for in IPL 2019
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Dhoni had a brilliant IPL last season where he finished with a stunning average of 75.83. He is coming into the tournament after playing some crucial knocks in Australia and New Zealand and that will give him and his team some boost heading into the IPL. Though the former skipper is a shade of his former self in the format, even getting dropped from the T20I side that faced Australia, Dhoni’s presence in the IPL has often had a calming influence on his teammates and his fans would hope that he can do an encore and get some form behind him heading into the World Cup.

Also Read: KKR – 4 players to watch out for

Ambati Rayudu

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Rayudu’s form will be very crucial for CSK in 2019. Last season, the team was buoyed by the brilliant run of their openers – Rayudu and Watson – and he will be expected to provide his team with some handy starts again this season.

The former Mumbai Indians player scored 602 runs in 16 matches last season at an average of 43 for CSK. He ended with a strike-rate of 149.75 and even smashed a ton in the edition.

Rayudu will be eager to seize the opportunity and grab his spot in the World Cup team with a solid showing in the Indian T20 event.

Kedar Jadhav

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Jadhav was retained by CSK despite playing just one match for the franchise last season. The player who formerly played for Royal Challengers Bangalore was bought by CSK for 7.8 crores INR in 2018, but an injury cut short his tournament last year. However, he has done well for Team India whenever an opportunity has presented itself. His part-time spin can be quite handy on the slow tracks at Chepauk, and his batting is sure to hold him in good stead too. With the gradual decline of the previous CSK match-winners, Jadhav’s all-round skills will be crucial in the success of the team.

Also, the player will want to carry forward his international form and hope he can get some momentum ahead of the World Cup.

Dwayne Bravo

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Bravo has been CSK’s biggest match-winner for CSK, making key contributions match-after-match. However, the 35-year old has not been playing consistently and had a below-par season for the team last year, where he could just score 142 runs. Though he did pick up 14 wickets, he was on the expensive side. Even for his Big Bash League side Melbourne Stars, he was well below his best, but the fans would hope that the explosive West Indian can get back to his groove.

Also Read: Reasons why CSK may not retain their title

KKR: 4 key players to watch out for in IPL 2019

KKR: 4 key players to watch out for in IPL 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders have arranged a team that is full of youth and experience for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

The side will be gunning for their third trophy this season and though they have suffered injury setbacks with Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Andrich Nortje being ruled out, they have enough firepower to overcome the challenges.

The franchise have qualified for the playoffs six times in the last 11 seasons and have always managed to maintain their core group of players. Last season they added players like Dinesh Karthik to the ranks, and he will be one of the key players for the team in the upcoming season. Here are the 4 key players from KKR to watch out for.

Dinesh Karthik

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A lot will be riding on Karthik’s shoulders this year. The wicket-keeper batsman, was one of the guiding lights for KKR last season, amassing 498 runs to finish as his side’s highest run-scorer. This time, he will have the added incentive of sealing the coveted World Cup spot, and with Rishabh Pant failing in the recent ODI series against Australia, Karthik’s spot has opened up.

The Tamil Nadu player, who took over the reins from Gautam Gambhir last season had big shoes to fill and has done a fine job till now, marshaling his inexperienced players. He even allowed the younger batting stars to play their natural game, whilst holding one end up in the batting order and the skipper will be hoping that his team can go the distance this time too.

Also Read: Reasons why KKR will win this season

Shubman Gill

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The talented top-order batter scored 203 runs in 13 matches at an impressive average of 33.83 in IPL 2018. The Punjabi, who came into the limelight after a string of impressive knocks in the Under-19 World Cup that was held last year, has been in fine form in domestic cricket as well.

Gill is equipped with a solid technique and an attacking mindset, which was even applauded by Virat Kohli earlier this year. He made his international debut in 2019, but failed to make a mark and was subsequently overlooked for the home series against Australia. However, the batsman has enough capabilities to make a strong comeback, and he will be vying for just that.

Also Read: KKR full squad, strengths, and Playing 11

Lockie Ferguson

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KKR have made a bargain buy as they procured the services of Lockie Ferguson, who will come into the tournament with some impressive showings in domestic cricket. The New Zealand player earlier played for the Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 where he could play only four games. Ferguson, who looked a doubtful starter till a week ago, is expected to handle the pace bowling department for KKR this season, with three of their seam bowlers being ruled out.

With the track at Eden Gardens assisting the pacers off late, Ferguson will have a huge role to play in the powerplay and the death overs. His ability to bowl yorkers and bouncers at will makes him a dangerous bet and he could be KKR’s X-factor.

Andre Russell

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Russell has always been the key player in the KKR line-up and this season will be no different. Last season, the West Indian scored 316 runs at a stunning strike-rate of 184.79 and picked up 13 wickets as well, to end the season as one of the best all-rounders. His ability to change the game in just a few overs – with either bat, ball or his fielding, ensures that Russell is never out of the game and KKR will be relying on his expertise in crunch moments.

How The World Cup Will Affect RCB, SRH, MI and RR

In the second part of the series, let’s take a look at the remaining four teams,  Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals and how they will be affected with players leaving for the World Cup.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

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The main concern for RCB is their most important player and the Indian team’s captain, Virat Kohli. He leads the team in all three formats of the game, which means that he plays a lot of cricket each year. And surely but steadily, concerns about his hectic schedule have started to arise. However, there will be no chance of that unless Kohli sustains a serious injury. The BCCI and RCB will both be praying for nothing of this sort to happen.

Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis will be leaving RCB post-May 1. However, with Colin De Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar ready to fill their shoes, there should be no problem in this regard and it seems that RCB will not majorly be affected with any player leaving the league.

Also Read: Reasons why RCB will win this season

Sunrisers Hyderabad

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David Warner will be returning to the cricketing scene this year, much to the delight of SRH. However, he may be called to the Australian side along with Steve Smith, causing a lot of concern for SRH. In addition, the probable callback of John Bairstow along with the close monitoring of Bhuvneshwar Kumar by BCCI will also be a huge concern for the team. However, on the whole, SRH seems to be well rounded, ready to curve around any obstacle.

Also Read: Reasons why SRH will this season

Mumbai Indians

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Looking at the eight teams, it seems that MI will be most hit with regards to the commotion surrounding the World Cup and IPL. Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah are all contenders for the WC squad. The latter is as important to the Indian side as Kohli is to the batting side. In addition, a hectic year including tours of South Africa, England and Australia have made it essential to ensure that the bowlers are not overworked and exhausted before the big matches.

Hardik Pandya has just recovered from a back injury, and the IPL might be a good way for him to get his form back together.

On the international side, however, MI do not have much to worry about as their main player, Jason Behrendorff may not make it to the WC. The overseas recruits will be likely absorbing the damages made by the non-inclusion to their international side.

Rajasthan Royals

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In complete contrast to MI, RR will be primarily missing their overseas players this season. Post-May 1, Rajasthan Royals will become a mere shadow of the team they will begin with, once the ECB and CA will call back their cricketers.

These players include skipper Steve Smith, Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer. To add salt on their wounds, they do not even have suitable replacements for these cricketers. However, since RR is known for creating magic under any circumstance, no doubt their fans must be expecting the same from them this year.

IPL 2019: Predicting the Opening Partnership for Each Team

IPL 2019 UAEIPL 2019: Predicting the Opening Partnership for Each Team

The IPL 2019 will begin on 23rd March, with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

This year, multiple eyes will hope for RCB to take the trophy for the first time, under the very capable Virat Kohli. Furthermore, each team will play a minimum of four matches in the first two weeks, two at home and two away. The fortnight will be very important in determining the capabilities of each team and will play a huge role in ensuring who wins and who leaves. An opening partnership is crucial in determining this aspect. Here’s taking a look at the opening partnership in each team for IPL 2019.

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane

IPL 2019: Predicting the Opening Partnership for Each Team
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During the second half of 2018, Buttler was promoted to open, and this was the best decision made by the Royals. There is no doubt they will continue with him this year, however, they struggled to find a suitable partner alongside him. For this reason, they may seek the support of Rahane, who has played 98 games as an opener and has scored the majority of his runs in that position.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow

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SRH suffered in the last season without Warner, and they are more than happy that he has returned. The super reliable and formidable opener has won quite a few matches for the team, having scored over 3400 runs, and will likely be continuing his position this year. The perfect partner for him will be English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who has been in great form in T20 recently.

Also Read: Reasons why SRH will this season

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul and Chris Gayle

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Rahul scored over 650 runs last year as an opener for KXIP. Furthermore, he was phenomenal in the recently concluded T20I series against Australia. Chris Gayle perfectly complements his aggression and hitting style. He was not great in the last season of the IPL but has made quite a comeback in the series against England.

Also Read: Kings XI Punjab” Strengths, Weakness and Squad Analysis

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw

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Shikhar Dhawan can be a beacon of light for the mostly young team of DC, showing them exactly how to hit the high shots. He has a lot of experience opening in both the IPL as well as in international cricket. Shaw could be the other opener for the team, and the youngster can be given all the liberty to express himself before players like Iyer and Pant anchor the innings.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine

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A few seasons ago, KKR experimented with Narine as an opener, and it proved to be one of the best decisions of the tournament. He is the reason KKR is always off to a brilliant start. Another master hitter in KKR, Chris Lynn, will most likely be his opening partner. The pairing has a novel of fantastic successes, and KKR will hope to relive their magic in IPL 2019.

Royal Challenger Bangalore: Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli

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Patel will very likely be the replacement for the previous opener Chris Gayle, owing to his experience in the IPL. He has been quite successful in his ventures with Chennai and Mumbai. However, the other opener is a bone for contention in the team. But Virat Kohli will be the most likely candidate, being the topmost player in the team, and the only one likely to score a substantial amount of runs.

Also Read: Reasons why RCB will win this season

Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma

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The team’s decision of starting off with Suryakumar Yadav last year was surprisingly a good decision, with the batsman scoring over 500 runs for them. They are likely to continue with him in IPL 2019 as well. Rohit Sharma has said that he will open the innings this time, and with him achieving lots of success for Team India, one can expect the same from him in the IPL too.

Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson

IPL 2019: Predicting the Opening Partnership for Each Team
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CSK has been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL, mainly due to their unbreakable opening players, including Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, and Brendon McCullum. Last year, Rayudu scored over 600 runs for them. Their other opener, Shane Watson, scored over 550 runs, and helped CSK chase down 178 in the finals, within 19 overs. Moreover, CSK also has Faf Du Plessis, who can easily step in as opener if needed.  

How the World Cup 2019 Will Affect KKR, CSK, DC and KXIP

How the World Cup 2019 Will Affect KKR, CSK, DC and KXIP

It comes as no surprise that the cricketing fraternity is highly concerned about the Indian Premier League being held so close to the World Cup. Cricket teams are already worked up about how their players will fare and are hoping that the IPL gives them no irreversible injuries.

On the other hand, the IPL will be wrought with players leaving in between the tournament to go back home. Fraternities have picked out suitable replacements, and are hoping to see the magic get replaced by the stand-ins. Here’s taking a look at how the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Kings XI Punjab are coping with the loss of their players’ post-May 1.

Chennai Super Kings

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The Chennai Super Kings are one of the only teams who will not be affected by the non-availability of players. With the retirement of Shane Watson from international cricket, David Willey and Sam Billings are the only potential international players in the squad up for selection. However, with the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson, it is likely that their absence shall not be missed.

In Indian cricketers, Dhoni will likely play the whole tournament, as the BCCI would like to see him get warmed up for the big games. The IPL will serve as ample opportunity to regain his lost form. The other Indian players, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have long stopped playing for India anyway, and they are not in the contention to break into the World Cup squad.

Also Read: Reasons why CSK may not win this season

Delhi Capitals

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Just like CSK, DC too do not have players who may be called away for the World Cup. After immense criticism for missing the previous Ranji season, both Shikhar Dhawan and the BCCI will hope that the opener will use the tournament to regain his lost form.

In a very clever move, DC has omitted the inclusion of any Australian or Englishman in their team. Their other main players include Shreyas Iyer who has not yet gained a spot in the Indian side, and Rishabh Pant, who might have a tough battle for a spot with Dinesh Karthik. The main concern that Delhi has is their ability to gel as a team, and not what players they will miss.

Also Read: Reasons why DC will win this season

Kolkata Knight Riders

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The main concern that the KKR think-tank will have is finding a suitable replacement for Chris Lynn, one of the most explosive and dependable players that the team has. Truly, Robin Uthappa is a capable backup for Lynn, but the team surely will miss the psychological edge that the Australian exhibits.

The BCCI will not want Kuldeep Yadav to overwork himself to the point of exhaustion in the weeks running up to the World Cup. However, it is unlikely that he will be rested for the IPL. Most importantly, their captain Dinesh Karthik, will not be missing out on any action as the Indian fans will want him in peak condition to help the middle order tide over in the World Cup if he is selected.

Also Read: Reasons why KKR will win this season

Kings XI Punjab

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KXIP will not be majorly affected by the exit of any player. Their main loss comes in the form of Sam Curran, one of the costliest buys this IPL. Moises Henriques will be most likely replacing the young all-rounder, and KXIP will hope that he has a good season, especially as he does not seem to be in the running for being selected for the Australian side.

In the Indian side, Jadeja, Kuldeep, and Chahal will most likely be picked up for the World Cup. Thus, Ashwin is a certainty to play the entire tournament.

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