Indian Premier League – IPL 2020 News : How the eight teams stack up ahead
Posted On February 18, 2021
It wasn’t a mega affair, but the IPL 2021 auction was always going to be exciting, what with all the eight teams having a number of holes to plug. As it turned out, big money was splurged on some players – breaking payment records along the way – and this is what the teams looked like at the end of it.
Chennai Super Kings
Auction buys: K Gowtham (INR 9.25 crore), Moeen Ali (INR 7 crore), Cheteshwar Pujara (INR 50 lakh), K Bhagath Varma (INR 20 lakh), C Hari Nishaanth (INR 20 lakh), M Harisankar Reddy (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Ambati Rayudu, C Hari Nishanth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harisankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, K Bhagath Varma, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Narayan Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina
Gaps filled: Ali and Gowtham could be the batting allrounders they needed. If the pitches in Chennai are slow, as they mostly are, Pujara could well come in handy.
Gaps left: None that are terribly alarming, but the side might not be too different from the one that did so poorly last season.
Purse left: INR 2.55 crore
Auction buys: Tom Curran (INR 5.25 crore), Steven Smith (INR 2.2 crore), Sam Billings (INR 2 crore), Umesh Yadav (INR 1 crore), Ripal Patel (INR 20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (INR 20 lakh), Lukman Meriwala (INR 20 lakh), M Siddharth (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lalit Yadav, Lukman Meriwala, Manimaran Siddharth, Marcus Stoinis, Praveen Dubey, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Ripal Patel, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Steven Smith, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Vishnu Vinod
Gaps filled: An Indian back-up wicketkeeper for Rishabh Pant in the form of Vishnu Vinod, plus Sam Billings as an overseas wicketkeeper-batsman.
Gaps left: An overseas batting-allrounder as back-up for Marcus Stoinis.
Full squad: Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Adam Zampa, Daniel Christian, Daniel Sams, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson, KS Bharat, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Gaps filled: Picking Glenn Maxwell means their middle order no longer depends only on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, while Kyle Jamieson plugs a big gap when it comes to a fast-bowling allrounder.
Full squad: David Warner (capt), Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav, Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha
Gaps filled: Kedar Jadhav can provide stability to the middle order. The prospect of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan bowling together is a mouth-watering one.