IPL Auction 2014: Predicting the Final Table Based on Player Signings
The player auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place on Wednesday and Thursday, with all eight teams selecting players who will represent them in the Twenty20 competition.
Now they have all been selected and millions of Indian rupees have been paid for them, let’s take a look ahead to the tournament itself.
Based on each team’s entire squad, who could be victorious in the seventh edition of IPL and which team may end up finishing bottom of the pile?
Given the frenetic nature of T20 cricket, predictions such as these are difficult to make, especially with the league not due to start until April.
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8. Kings XI Punjab
Key Players: Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virender Sehwag
At the bottom of the pile comes Kings XI Punjab, who have a very big squad but not as much star power as other franchises.
If Mitchell Johnson can continue his good form, they may surprise some teams, while Shaun Marsh first made his name in the inaugural IPL and will want more of the same.
However, they may find themselves left behind by other teams who have used more star players.
7. Kolkata Knight Riders
Key Players: Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Shakib Al Hasan.
Just above the Kings XI comes the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have an interesting blend of youth and experience but may find themselves dominated by their opposition.
Jacques Kallis will be keen to contribute with both bat and ball, while exciting youngsters like Pat Cummins and Chris Lynn could be explosive in this tournament.
Only time will tell but on paper they look a little weak compared to others.
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Key Players: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan
Royal Challengers Bangalore welcome back the aggressive Chris Gayle at the top of the order and spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to lead their bowling attack.
However, while Muralitharan continues to perform admirably in T20 leagues all over the world, the team may lack a sufficient supporting cast for the former Sri Lankan star.
Gayle will undoubtedly make a difference if he is in form, and they may spring some surprises but it is difficult to see the Royal Challengers getting near the playoffs.
5. Delhi Daredevils
Key Players: Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay
Delhi Daredevils have an interesting squad, led by former England batsman Kevin Pietersen and the Indian duo of Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay.
It remains to be seen if they can perform well on a regular basis, as some players have been a little inconsistent in the past.
They definitely have talent however and if they find form should do well against their opponents, but they may just miss out on the playoffs.
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Key Players: David Warner, Ishant Sharma, Darren Sammy, Irfan Pathan, Dale Steyn
One of the teams to represent the IPL in the Champions League T20 last year, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have again assembled a strong squad for this year’s tournament.
Their bowling will be led by Dale Steyn, one of just two players they chose to retain, while David Warner will look to have an impact with the bat after a successful period with Australia.
They may find themselves outgunned by other teams but based on the squad at their disposal should make a run to the playoffs.
3. Rajasthan Royals
Key Players: Steven Smith, Tim Southee, Pravin Tambe, Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane
With a vast number of domestic players at their disposal, the Rajasthan Royals have also added some star quality from overseas as they look to regain the title they won in 2008.
Pravin Tambe returns after a stellar 2013 campaign, while Steven Smith, Shane Watson and Tim Southee will be crucial imports.
The Royals look strong with plenty of depth and young players on the fringes, so expect them to be a force this year.
2. Mumbai Indians
Key Players: Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Ben Dunk, Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma
The IPL’s defending champions from 2013, the Mumbai Indians should expect to have another good year based on the players in their squad.
Retaining superstars like Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga while adding some exciting players such as Corey Anderson and Ben Dunk, the Indians have a strong look for 2014.
They will be one of the teams to beat this year based on the players available to them, so look for them to be involved in the latter stages of the tournament.
1. Chennai Super Kings
Key Players: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith
At the top of our table—based on the strength of their squad—is the Chennai Super Kings, champions in 2010 and 2011 and runners up in 2012 and 2013.
In addition to retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravi Ashwin, they have added Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis to complete a stellar cast of individuals.
It remains to be seen if they can gel and win games on a regular basis but based on the players at their disposal they can expect to be the team to beat again this year.