Which is the best team on paper after the IPL auction in 2018?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 22, 2020 05:20 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 22, 2020 05:20 AM

Originally Answered: After the IPL Auction 2018, which IPL team appears most likely to win this year, at least on paper?
I think Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Having built a reputation as one of the best bowling sides, SRH signalled their intentions right away adding six pacers. Afghan sensation Rashid Khan was retained by the Sun Group-owned side while Shakib Al Hasan was an impressive pick at Rs. 2 crores.

They shelled a lot of amount strengthening the middle-order with Manish Pandey (their most expensive buy) and Wriddhiman Saha coming at a Rs. 5 crore.
With a final day to go, a batting all-rounder could come in handy for the two-time winners.

Sunrisers easily have the most loaded pace arsenal of all teams so far, with as many as six in the squad led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Rashid Khan is the lone specialist spinner and while he has support in all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan, they might want to add at least one more proper spinner.

Sunrisers Hyderabad squad has plenty of captains in the set-up. While David Warner has led them to title in 2016, Kane Williamson leads New Zealand in all formats, their new recruit Shakib Al Hasan has led Bangladesh in the past and has been re-appointed as Test skipper, Deepak Hooda led Baroda in the domestic T20 competition and Shikhar Dhawan too has led Delhi in the domestic circuit. The team has managed to retain their core set of players and used the RTM card well to retain the trio of Dhawan, Hooda and Rashid Khan.

Strength: Sunrisers Hyderabad would bank upon their batting more than anything else. With batsmen like Shikhar Dhawa, David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Carlos Brathwaite, Kane Williamson, Yusuf Pathan, the SRH unit can produce fireworks on their day.

While their batting won’t be a matter of concern, the bowling department too comprises of some good household names. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have the onus of leading the bowling attack while a lot would depend on how Afghanistan youngster Rashid Khan fairs in this edition. Apart from Bhuvi and Rashid, Siddharth Kaul’s ability and young talents like Khaleel Ahmed and Basil Thampi can’t be ignored.

Players like Pandey, Yusuf and Deepak would provide them with various options in the middle. The trio has the ability to accelerate whenever required. Pandey is one of the fittest players in the country and is swift between the wickets while Pathan and Hooda have the ability to strike the ball hard. Moreover, Pathan adds an advantage with the ball too.

Smart buy: Picking up Shakib Al Hasan was a good move by the owners and it lends a lot of balance to their squad. The Bangladesh all-rounder offers a lot to the side and this had been evident in the previous editions when he was a part of KKR side. The left-hander is effective with the cricket ball and can contain the opposition if he bowls the full quota of his four overs while. With the kind of experience he has with both and ball, SRH can dominate any opposition.

Limitations: Playing only four overseas players in an XI brings a lot of opportunities for the local cricketers but also creates a dilemma for the skipper while selecting the overseas ones. And if we talk about Sunrisers, they have as many eight overseas players in the squad. With Warner likely to lead the squad and Rashid being the face of spin bowling attack, the Hyderabad team is left with the provision of playing just two more away players. Nevertheless, SRH still have players who can turn around the game alone on their day.

SRH’s batting line-up, like RCB, is very strong, led by captain David Warner, and should be one to reckon with in the upcoming season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Warner, Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan, Shakib, Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Nabi, Basil Thampi, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Sreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehedi Hasan.

So I think that SRH his higher chances of winning IPL 2018.

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