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.
4. Royal Challengers Bangalore
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.
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3. Sunrisers Hyderabad
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.
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2. Mumbai Indians
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.
1. Rajasthan Royals
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.