IPL 2021: All you need to know about your favourite team

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India is dealing with an enormous well being disaster owing to the second wave of the Covid-19 virus. IPL, nevertheless, appears all set to go forward as scheduled. This is yr there are a couple of adjustments in the best way matches might be performed. The BCCI has shortlisted six venues — Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru —to conduct all of the matches. There might be no dwelling video games for any team and each team be enjoying at 4 venues. So, here’s what you need to know about your favourite team:

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Where they completed in 2020

Seventh, with six wins and eight losses at a web run charge of minus 0.455. It was the primary time that the Chennai Super Kings did not qualify for the playoffs of their 11 seasons within the IPL.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 5
  • Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi: 4
  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: 3
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 2

Squad

Indian: MS Dhoni, KM Asif, Bhagath Varma, Deepak Chahar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Krishnappa Gowtham, C Hari Nishaanth, Ravindra Jadeja, Narayan Jagadeesan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Harishankar Reddy, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Robin Uthappa

Overseas: Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner

Batting Review

Some of the issues that brought about their downfall within the final season nonetheless persist. For instance, their middle-order nonetheless appears weak regardless of the return to the set-up of Suresh Raina, who abruptly pulled out of the final season. However, his return might not be of a lot assist to the struggling CSK as he appears previous his prime. So does MS Dhoni. That each of them — even Ambati Rayudu — haven’t had a lot recreation time since final IPL doesn’t assist their trigger. To additional enhance their issues, Ravindra Jadeja can be with none publicity to aggressive cricket since he sustained a thumb damage in the course of the Test collection on the Australia tour in January 2021.

They have added Moeen Ali and Robin Uthappa to enhance their batting firepower. Both Ali and Uthappa have the flexibility to give CSK a fast begin that they sorely missed final season. But for them to bat collectively, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who completed the final season with three consecutive half-centuries, can have to be dropped down the order or out of the aspect. And if Ali is available in, how will they match Faf du Plessis, their finest batsman final season, within the Playing XI.

Bowling Review

Their bowling division appears well-stocked and balanced. Despite Josh Hazlewood opting out and Lungi Ngidi not accessible for the preliminary matches, CSK don’t have any purpose to fear about their bowling depth. Deepak Chahar is their dependable new-ball choice and the Rajasthan pacer has discovered to deal with the death-overs too. Dwayne Bravo is match once more and lately performed towards Sri Lanka at dwelling. Sam Curran, who impressed Dhoni in his first season with CSK, is getting wiser and wiser as a participant and lately did nicely with each bat and ball towards India within the T20Is and the ODIs. Shardul Thakur is on a wicket-taking spree and provides selection to CSK’s tempo assault.

They have extra spin choices accessible this yr. With extra Indian batting choices at their disposal, CSK can embrace Imran Tahir, who spent most of his time on the bench final yr, within the Playing XI. They even have off-spin choices this time to plan higher towards left-hander-heavy sides.

DELHI CAPITALS

Where they completed in 2020

Runners up, for the primary time of their IPL historical past. They completed within the prime two with 8 wins and 6 losses at a web run charge of minus 0.109, and utilized their second probability to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 to make it to the ultimate, the place they misplaced to Mumbai Indians.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 5
  • Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad: 4
  • Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 3
  • MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: 2

Squad

Indians: Rishabh Pant (C), Ravichandran Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Shikhar Dhawan, Praveen Dubey, Lukman Meriwala, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Manimaran Siddharth, Vishnu Vinod, Lalit Yadav, Umesh Yadav


Overseas:
Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes

Batting Review

Shreyas Iyer’s damage leading to him being dominated out of the IPL has left huge gap in Delhi Capitals’ middle-order. It will put much more duty on newly-appointed captain Rishabh Pant, who has been driving an enormous wave of type for the previous couple of months. How Pant — and in addition Marcus Stoinis — performs can have a big impact on the place they end on the finish of the season. Another good factor for them is the type of Shikhar Dhawan, who would need to use this event to enhance his probabilities of being within the squad for the T20 World Cup, and Prithvi Shaw, who’s coming off a record-shattering Vijay Hazare Trophy — 827 runs from 8 innings — after being dropped from the Test team in Australia.

However, they’ve a few selections to make: who would take up Iyer’s spot and the place will Steven Smith match within the Playing XI? Playing Ajinkya Rahane forward of Smith lends them a greater steadiness as it’ll permit them to add a robust finisher — a toss-up between Shimron Hetmyer and Sam Billings — to the line-up.

Bowling Review

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje collectively took 52 wickets (30 and 22 wickets respectively) final season and they’re possible to pair-up once more to lead the Capitals’ tempo assault. That means Chris Woakes, who was changed by Nortje after he pulled out of the earlier season due to private causes, would have to await his flip. He can nonetheless be included within the Playing XI if Capitals contemplate his batting abilities to be ok to use him as an all-rounder.

Capitals even have two high quality Indian tempo choices in Ishant Sharma and their new recruitment Umesh Yadav, who might present their bowling numerous steadiness and a few essential flexibility in utilizing their quota of 4 abroad gamers.

Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel are coming from a wonderful Test season and would need to set up their white-ball credentials. If Amit Mishra nonetheless has some deception left in him, Capitals would contemplate themselves spoiled for selections of their bowling division.

Note: Rabada and Nortje might be accessible for choice from DC’s second match onwards due to quarantine interval. Patel, who examined optimistic for Covid-19, may miss not less than the primary recreation.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Where they completed in 2020

Fifth. They gained seven matches and misplaced seven to end with 14 factors, similar as groups that completed third and fourth, however inferior web run charge (minus 0.214) pushed them down and out of the Playoffs.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: 5
  • Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad: 4
  • MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: 3
  • Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 2

Squad

Indians: Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Prasidh Krishna, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Vaibhav Arora, Gurkeerat Singh Mann

Overseas: Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Lockie Ferguson, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Tim Seifert, Shakib Al Hasan

Batting Preview

KKR have an explosive decrease middler-order that may make any opposition anxious. With Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik, they don’t need to fear about the dying overs a lot. Their top-order is a bit inexperienced and can need to up their recreation to present a launchpad for his or her big-hitters. Shubman Gill’s current publicity to worldwide cricket ought to give him sufficient confidence to take the obligations of anchoring the innings. Nitish Rana, in his new roles as opener, did nicely in direction of the again finish of the final season. He might be anticipated to milk the powerplay overs. They even have the choice of utilizing Rahul Tripathi as an opener to guarantee a fast begin and Rana can come at No. 3 to preserve the scoring charge up. This mixture lends a greater steadiness to their top-order. Or they may use Karun Nair at No. 3. Shakib Al Hasan’s signing add extra depth to their batting, and he’s possible to be most popular over Sunil Narine, who has been very inconsistent with the bat and has misplaced his efficiency with the ball.

Bowling Preview

They have numerous worthy choices each in tempo and spin, and use totally different mixtures relying on the opposition’s power with out shedding their chunk. Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna and fully-fit Andre Russell present selection to their tempo assault and one in all Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti might be a superb fourth seam choice. In spin-friendly situations, together with the duo of Shakib and Varun Chakravarthy, they’ve the posh of getting Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Pawan Negi and Narine in squad. Powerplays and dying bowling had been their downside areas final yr. With so many choices at their disposal, they want to make amends on this space and enhance their efficiency this season.


PUNJAB KINGS

Where they completed in 2020

Sixth. With six wins and eight losses, Punjab Kings had been tied on 12 factors with two different groups on the backside of the desk. However, they’d one of the best web run charge among the many three worst performers of the season.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: 5
  • Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad: 4
  • Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 3
  • MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: 2

Squad

Indians: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Ishan Porel, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena, Shahrukh Khan, Utkarsh Singh

Overseas: Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith, Nicholas Pooran, Jhye Richardson

Batting Preview

Rechristened as Punjab Kings, they inherited the issues of Kings XI Punjab from final season. Despite spending closely within the public sale, they nonetheless carry a top-heavy batting unit with a blazing top-four in KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran. As we noticed final season, after they click on, there is no such thing as a restrict to what they’ll obtain. What they’d struggled with was ending the video games with Glenn Maxwell going by one in all his worst seasons. This yr they don’t have Maxwell and have additionally launch Jimmy Neesham. Their replacements — Moises Henriques and Dawid Malan — might not make the opposition fearful however there may be an try to herald stability that’s anticipated to give their 4 masqueraders extra room for freedom to take danger. Shahrukh Khan’s signing supplies extra muscle to their lower-middle order. So much will rely on how nicely their new signings carry out.

Bowling Preview

Punjab spent closely on the public sale to signal pacers Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith in a transparent indication that they acknowledged their dying bowling was a significant purpose for his or her failure final season. Mohammed Shami usually lacked a associate who might shoulder some duty and don’t permit his arduous work go waste within the dying overs. Richardson would more than likely be Shami’s associate and together with Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin make up an honest bowling unit. Henriques may be given numerous duty with the ball. Their bench isn’t sturdy sufficient so far as bowling replacements are involved. They will need to guarantee their bowlers stay match and contemporary, a troublesome job in IPL’s tight schedule and bio-bubble restrictions.

MUMBAI INDIANS

Where they completed in 2020

Winners, for the second consecutive season.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: 5
  • Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi: 4
  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: 3
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 2


Squad


Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Ishan Kishan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Yudhvir Singh, Mohsin Khan, Arjun Tendulkar


Overseas:
Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock, Marco Jansen, Chris Lynn, Adam Milne, Mohsin Khan, James Neesham, Kieron Pollard

Batting Preview

Mumbai Indians simply have probably the most power-packed batting unit within the IPL. Five of their prime seven are India internationals who lately featured within the collection towards England and the remaining two, Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard, are international internationals. And all of them are recognized for his or her aggressive batting. With Rohit Sharma and de Kock on the prime, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav within the center, adopted by Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, there is no such thing as a respite for the opposition bowlers.

Bowling Preview

Like their batting, Mumbai Indians’ bowling is equally sturdy. They let go of James Pattinson and introduced in New Zealand’s Adam Milne and South African rookie Marco Jansen (6ft 8in) to additional strengthen their tempo unit that already boasts of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was launched by re-acquired in the course of the public sale. Although Rahul Chahar and Jayant Yadav have principally carried out the job however on a couple of events, their spin division appeared missing on expertise. Piyush Chawla’s signing appears like an try to appropriate that. It stays to be seen if Hardik would bowl or not. Pollard and Krunal present them flexibility within the bowling division.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Where they completed in 2020

Last. Tied on 14 factors with two different groups however had the worst web run charge (minus 0.569) amongst them.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 5
  • Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi: 4
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 3
  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: 2

Squad

Indians: Sanju Samson (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kartik Tyagi, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande, Riyan Parag, Chetan Sakariya, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, KC Cariappa, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Manan Vohra, Kuldip Yadav


Overseas
: Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye


Batting Preview


They have numerous explosive choices of their batting line-up however inconsistency has been their Achilles heels within the final couple of seasons. Last season they tried 5 totally different opening mixtures and by the point they settled on one, it was already late for them to change their fortunes. Ben Stokes did nicely as an opener final season and it could make sense to use him on the prime this season as nicely. They would hope that Jos Buttler, whose middling returns was one of many causes of their struggles final season, would deliver his current T20I type and be extra constant. Except their new captain Sanju Samson, they don’t have a lot Indian expertise to make huge affect on their season. Samson himself is thought for his inconsistency. David Miller might add muscle to their decrease middle-order however restriction on abroad gamers makes it troublesome to give him a constant run. Rahul Tewatia was a revelation final season and the addition of Chris Morris offers them much-needed firepower for the dying overs.


Bowling Preview


Their bowling in dying overs depended solely on Jofra Archer final season. In this yr’s public sale, they ensured that Archer deosn’t really feel lonely and spent a document sum of Rs 16.25 crore to herald one other dying overs specialist in Chris Morris, who additionally supplies an attacking batting choice within the lower-order. Archer is anticipated to miss not less than the primary 4 matches this season due to an damage that required surgical procedure. Rajasthan, nevertheless, need not fear a lot as they’ve an acceptable substitute in Mustafizur Rahman to associate Morris.

It is their Indian bowlers who need to step up. Last season, barring Tewatia’s modest returns, all others struggled and couldn’t present sufficient assist. While the likes of Varun Aaron and Ankit Rajpoot have been laid off, the team has proven confidence in Jaydev Unadkat and Kartik Tyagi to increase their recreation and assist the team. Tyagi received an honest publicity in the previous couple of months as he travelled with the Indian team as a web bowler and is anticipated to be an everyday characteristic within the Playing XI.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Where they completed in 2020

Fourth and certified for the Playoffs for the primary time since 2016. Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad within the Eliminator.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: 3
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 3
  • Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 2
  • Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad: 4

Squad
Indians:
Virat Kohli (C), Srikar Bharat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Mohammed Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Sachin Baby, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar,


Overseas:
Finn Allen, Dan Christian, AB de Villiers, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa

Batting Preview

RCB signed Glenn Maxwell for Rs 14.25 crore of their bid to cut back the team’s dependence on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Maxwell’s superb talents, with bat and within the subject, make him a magnet for the T20 franchises however he has been a form of enigma within the IPL, barring a few seasons. If his performances may be in step with his talents, Maxwell might make them a harmful batting unit. Devdutt Padikkal scored closely within the Vijay Hazare Trophy simply earlier than the IPL and appears in good contact. Although he would possibly miss RCB’s opening match as he got here out of the isolation solely on Wednesday after contracting Covid-19 lately. But count on him to open the innings as soon as he’s absolutely recovered. Kohli stated he’ll open the innings and it might show to be a superb factor for each RCB in addition to Padikkal. They have one other aggressive younger batsman Finn Allen to bat within the prime order. Still, they lack an influence bat within the decrease order, which may be taken care of by together with Dan Christian, their new signing. But that may upset their mixture.

Bowling Preview

It’s nonetheless a thriller why did they select to launch Chris Morris, their finest bowler within the dying overs. They unsuccessfully tried to purchase him again however couldn’t sustain with the fierce bidding struggle for the South African all-rounder. In Morris’ absence, they might hope that their 6ft 8in New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, for whom they paid Rs 15 crore, would have the option to give them management within the dying overs. Jamieson can have Kane Richardson for firm, not less than till Daniel Sams doesn’t get better from Covid-19. Kohli may even count on Mohammed Siraj, who should be extra assured and wiser after enjoying an important position in India’s current success in Australia and at dwelling, Navdeep Saini to step up. He can absolutely financial institution on Washington Sundar’s management and Yuzvendra Chahal’s guile.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Where they completed in 2020

Third. After first 9 matches, they’d simply 6 factors from three wins. But they miraculously bounced again in direction of the top to win 4 in subsequent 5 and completed third within the desk. They beat Royal Challengers Bangalore within the Eliminator earlier than shedding to Delhi Capitals within the Qualifier 2.

Grounds and variety of matches

  • MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: 5
  • Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi: 4
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 3
  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: 2

Squad
Indians:
Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Priyam Garg, Shreevats Goswami, Kedar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sandeep Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Virat Singh

Overseas: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Jason Roy, Kane Williamson


Batting Preview


Last yr, they’d a troublesome choice to make: who amongst Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson ought to they pass over? In Bhunveshwar Kumar’s absence, they wanted to shore up their bowling. Ultimately, they discovered that leaving out Bairstow supplies them a extra balanced unit. Wriddhiman Saha changed Bairstow on the prime and no one actually observed any affect on the scoring charge. While Williamson at No. 4 helped them deal with center overs, they may herald Jason Holder to bolster each batting and bowling. With Bhuvneshwar’s return, and the signing of skilled middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, they could now not really feel the need to play Holder and will return to David Warner-Bairstow mixture on the prime with out having to sacrifice Williamson. It could appear arduous on Saha however Bairstow, particularly along with his current type, is just too good a batsman to sit on the bench. Hopefully, Sunrisers can discover a appropriate position for Saha. If Warner’s groin doesn’t hassle him (although they’ve Jason Roy as his good substitute) and Manish Pandey manages to step up, Sunrisers might be taking a look at a robust prime and middle-order. Their decrease middle-order will nonetheless be a fear, although.


Bowling Preview


Bowling has all the time been Sunrisers Hyderabad’s power. Team’s bowling mainstay Rashid Khan’s wicket-taking abilities whereas being miserly is well-known. T Natarajan’s rise as a yorker-specialist final yr has added extra tooth to their bowling. He was a shock package deal final yr however this time he might be one of many factors of debate within the opposition planning room and his bowling might be deeply analysed to discover weaknesses. This yr, nevertheless, he can have the assist of skillful Bhuvneshwar from the opposite finish. Bhuvneshwar supplies double utility; he’s as incisive with the brand new ball as he’s restrictive with the previous. Sandeep Sharma is a straightforward selection because the second new-ball bowler. Fifth and sixth bowlers might be an space which might show to an issue for them.

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