IPL 2021

IPL 2021 auctions: What could be the strategies of the teams?

Feb. 17, 2021

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Ajai Kannan

A total of 1,114 Indian and overseas players had registered for the 2021 IPL auctions. Out of the 1,114 players, the teams showed interest in 292 players. These players will go under the hammer in Chennai on the 18th of February. Interestingly, the list consists of a few surprising names such as the Indian test veteran Cheteshwar Pujara, Australian talent Marnus Labuschagne and the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar. The list also includes three players from the Associate nations. Let us have a look at the possible strategies the teams might adopt in the auctions.

Chennai Super Kings

CSK had a forgettable 2020 season where they could win only 6 out of their 14 matches. For the first time, they failed to make it to the Playoffs. With ageing players dominating the squad, the team will be betting on the auction to buy a few youngsters and groom them for the upcoming seasons. With Rs.19.9 crores in the purse and six vacancies available, the team might be looking for some specialist spin bowlers and explosive batsmen. The currently №1 ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan might be under the CSK’s radar.

Mumbai Indians

The Mumbai Indians squad is at the peak of its confidence after winning two successful seasons. The team currently has a seasoned squad who are in a perfect rhythm and hence it is unlikely for the team to go after big names. The team has a total of 4 overseas slots left, and might be hoping to fill those with pacers such as Chris Morris and Jhye Richardson.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Despite having so many big players in their squad, the RCB has always somehow fallen short. The team still has IPL no titles under its belt. It always focuses on building its batting prowess despite having the two best batsmen of the T20 format in its squad while paying no attention to its bowling department. As a result, even scoring a truckload of runs hasn’t been enough to win matches for the team. The team management must seriously consider rebuilding and strengthening their vulnerable bowling unit.

Rajasthan Royals

The Rajasthan Royals management astonished everyone by releasing their captain Steve Smith and appointing Sanju Samson as their captain. Although this is a surprising move, the logic behind the management’s decision is quite clear; Smith has not been able to maintain his fabulous form in international cricket in the IPL for quite some time. The current squad is a fine mix of international talents such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and young Indian finds like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Kartik Tyagi. However, a lot of burden rests on the shoulders of Jofra Archer in the bowling department. The team will be looking to pick some good death bowlers in the auction.

Kings XI Punjab

Just like RCB, bowling has been the Kings XI Punjab’s weakest link. The management has tried every trick up their sleeve to get their combination right, and are even considering renaming their franchise to “Punjab Kings”. However, they somehow seem to have totally forgotten their weak bowling unit. Besides, the team’s middle-order failing to step up in times of dire need have cost them too. The team’s top order is sharp with big names such as KL Rahul, Mayank Aggarwal and Chris Gayle who can single-handedly win them matches on their respective days. The bowling, though, except for Shami, is quite fragile and needs immediate attention.

Kolkata Knight Riders

The KKR looks like a great team on paper but somehow failed to deliver in the last season. It might have been leadership issues that troubled them, yet a captaincy change midway through last season did not help them. The team’s bowling has been top-notch with players like Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson and Sunil Narine. On the other hand, the team’s woes lie in its batting with experiments such as opening the batting with Narine failing big time. With Russel staying out of touch throughout the season, the team’s weaknesses were exploited by others. The team management would want to strengthen its batting unit by buying a few explosive batsmen in the auction.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

The SRH management has reassured the faith in its current squad by retaining its core team going ahead of the auction. With David Warner and Johnny Bairstow opening the batting, and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan and Rashid Khan leading the bowling attack, the SRH is a force to be reckoned with. The team’s middle-order boasts of fresh talents such as Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad who stepped up on more than one occasion to win matches for the team in the last season. The SRH has an already perfect squad and can go into the auctions with confidence.

Delhi Capitals

The Capitals have never won an IPL, and they were so close to winning it in the last season. For the last two seasons, the team has found its lost confidence in its captain Shreyas Iyer who has been calm and composed in dealing with pressure situations. The poor T20 form of Ajinkya Rahane affected their chances considerably in the last season and the team might go for an established anchor batsman in the auction. Having a batsman who can anchor the innings can help players like Rishabh Pant play their natural game and add quick runs to the board. With just a day to go for the auctions, cricket fans across the world are already excited to see who bags the highest deal and which big player goes unsold in the IPL 2021 auction. To create stories like this for the IPL, backed by sports data from relevant sources, check out Roanuz Cricket API. Apart from creating content, you can also build Live Score & Fantasy apps with the IPL APIs from Roanuz Cricket API. Get started with Roanuz Cricket API
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