IPL 2019 auction concluded with all eight franchisees emptying their pockets to pick the players they deemed the best suit the needs of their teams. All the franchisees were trying hard to build their strongest teams we have seen some unexpected buys this IPL auctions.
Speaking of uncapped players Jaydev Unadkat along with the Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy fetched the high amount of INR 8.4 crores in the event. Among overseas players, Sam Curran was the highest fetcher for INR 7.2 crores.
At the end, all the teams look solid on paper but we believe these three teams have the strongest squads in the Indian Premier League 2019.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore even after being one of the IPL favourites is yet to win the title. Even after having one of the best squads is still away from an expected win. The batting order of RCB is formidable but they lack in bowling segment. However, this IPL their bowling order seems to be stronger than ever.
Before the auction RCB released Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Chris Woakes and Sarfraz Khan, and traded Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis. In IPL Auction 2019, RCB had great luck and the franchise was able to bag Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube and Heinrich Klaasen.
With some of the best bowlers in its kitty, RCB is looking well balanced for IPL 2019. Here’s the complete RCB squad:
Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube
Just like Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians is one of the most successful IPL teams. Still, the last season of IPL saw Mumbai Indians at their worst and team finished at number 5 in the league.
In this IPL auction, Mumbai has tried best to keep a well-balanced team trading Jayant Yadav from Delhi Capitals and Quinton de Kock from RCB. The richest of the franchisees, Mumbai released Saurabh Tiwary, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya, JP Duminy and Pat Cummins from their squad.
In the auction, Mumbai bought six players, Yuvraj Singh is the most surprising one for the base price of 1 crore. The biggest buy for the team is left arm pacer Barinder Sran who was bagged for Rs 3.4 crore. Lasith Malinga, Pankaj Jaiswal, Anmolpreet Singh and Rasikh Salam are the other four players MI bought.
On paper, Mumbai Indians look good with a solid batting department, an array of hard-hitting all-rounders and a promising bowling department.
Mumbai Indians Squad
Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Anmolpreet Singh, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal and Jayant Yadav
Last year’s runners-up, Hyderabad is a team full of potential. In absence of their usual captain David Warner under the leadership of Kane Williamson, Sunrisers performed exceedingly well. Now with Warner back in the team, SRH should be even stronger in IPL 2019.
It is still not decided who will lead the side this IPL, but the team has picked some of the best players for the squad. The team traded Shikhar Dhawan for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem. Also, during the auction team picked Martin Guptill, Johnny Bairstow and Wriddhiman Saha.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had batting woes last season, but the return of David Warner will strengthen their batting. On the bowling side, SRH arguably has the best bowling attack.
Full Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad
Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill