The IPL 2018 is about to start from 7th April 2018. The teams are in the last phase of preparation. All the teams have made their own plans and strategies to encounter the opponents. Negating the myth that the team with big hitters is the strongest batting side, all the teams attempt to accommodate players to maintain the balance in the batting line-up. Let us discuss in detail about three of the strongest batting sides in the IPL 2018.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Sunrisers Hyderabad is known as the team with strong bowling department. This year, the franchise tried to accommodate good batsman in the team as well. The franchise managed to retain David Warner before the auction and got back Shikhar Dhawan through the right to match clause. Earlier, the franchise was dependent on openers but they had a fragile middle order. This time, they bought Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda to overcome these shortcomings. They were in good form and did well for their domestic teams. Manish Pandey did a consistent performance in the Nidahas tournament.
The franchise brought back Kane Williamson who has a good T20 experience. The team included Shakib Al Hasan and Carlos Braithwaite who are in the best of the form to thrash the bowlers. This year, the team is one of the strongest batting sides in the IPL.
- Delhi DareDevils
Delhi DareDevils is known as one of the inconsistent sides with experienced players. This time, the franchise managed to retain the reliable local lad Gautam Gambhir and named him as the skipper. Colin Munro, who did not do well for the KKR earlier, improved his batting skills and was in a good form at present. The team included terrific batsmen like David Morris and Glenn Maxwell along with youngsters like Manjot Kalra, Prithwi Shah, and Abhishek Sharma. The team was one of the balanced sides with all-rounders Gurkeerat Mann and Vijay Shankar, the experienced players with a good T20I record.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
From the inception of the Indian Premier League, the RCB was a strong batting side with big hitters like Chris Gayle and formidable middle-order batsmen like AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli. This duo holds the record of highest partnership in the IPL with 229 runs off 92 balls. The team managed to retain Quinton de Kock and Brendon Mc Cullum to replace Chris Gayle. Quinton De Kock did a great job for the Delhi DareDevils earlier. The experienced batsmen like Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, and Chris Woakes were known for their elegant performance and the team included solid players of IPL like Parthiv Patel, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra and Pawan Negi. Though the team did not win the IPL title since a decade, it is one of the competent teams that can thrash terrific bowling attack.