The Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner and all set to start on 23rd March in Chennai where the Chennai Super Kings will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
However, all the teams have analyzed and did their homework prior to the season begins. Every franchise has tried their best to buy the best players who can provide the runs or breakthroughs for the teams. However, due to the limited budget, it wasn’t possible for the teams to buy all the players they wanted for their team
Hence, there are weak links in every team. Let’s have a look at those weaknesses:
4. Delhi Capitals – Missing of an anchor
From the beginning of the tournament, Delhi have never won the tournament. Delhi had quite a few openers from the beginning but they always failed to succeed in their plans.
However, this year they have India’s left-hand opener Shikhar Dhawan in their kitty. Along with him, the U-19 ICC World Cup-winning captain Prithvi Shaw. They both might give a flying start to the team but they need an anchor who can give the stability to the innings and along with this, will carry forward the run chase as well as to put up a decent total.
They have some batsmen like Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Glenn Maxwell etc. They all are in good touch with the bat Gambhir’s retirement has created a void in the team as he used to give some stability in the team. Being a captain, Shreyas Iyer has to be more responsible with the bat and he should play an anchor’s role till the end.
If Iyer-led team will fail to improve their batting performance, they might have to forget their win this year as well.
3. Kolkata Knight Riders – Lack of bench strength
Lack of bench strength is one of the main problems of Kolkata Knight Riders. Apart from Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell, there are other foreigners as well, like Carlos Brathwaite, Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly, Anrich Nortje, and Harry Gurney. They are good T20 players but they are not that much experience of playing in India.
Not only the foreign players but also the Indian players on the bench are not experienced enough to manage the pressure while playing and they might fail to deliver good performance.
2. Kings XI Punjab – Absence of finishers
Though Kings XI Punjab have some renowned players, they don’t have a proper finisher in the squad this season. They had suffered for the same cause earlier also. As Chris Gayle failed to contribute in the second part of the game last year and David Miller too failed to show any impact over the last few seasons, Punjab will surely face trouble.
However, in the shortest format of the game, every team need a finisher who can hit big as well because they are needed to set certain targets as well as to chase big scores. Meanwhile, if Miller will fail to deliver, then Punjab might not be in a good position in the tournament.
1. Rajasthan Royals – Weaknesses in both batting and bowling
Rajasthan Royals probably have more weak links than any other teams. Though they have Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, and Jofra Archer as of now, the team will be one of the weakest teams in the tournament after their departure.
Among the other four foreign players, only Ish Sodhi has the experience of playing IPL, but the others- Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner, and Oshane Thomas have never played the league before. Meanwhile, the team has only Ajinkya Rahane as the renowned batsman. Apart from him, the known faces are Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi.
Apart from Jofra Archer, there is no other bowler who could be a game changer as Jaydev Unadkat had a not-so-good time in the last season, while Varun Aaron didn’t get a chance to play. However, it will interesting to see how Rajasthan can turn their weaknesses into strength.
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