New IPL season is just around the corner and teams are raring to go after Mega Auctions 2022 which was held in Bengaluru on the 12th and 13th. Mega Auctions are crucial for any team in setting up their core for next coming years. Half of IPL is decided on that auction table and teams like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are masters of winning this battle.
In this recently concluded auction, some franchises looked very aggressive and some looked very confused. Especially with the inclusion of two new franchises, work was even tougher for teams as the pool was limited and the budget was as well. In this article, we will tell you the Top 4 dangerous IPL teams who are looking like contenders after IPL Auctions.
Here is the Most Dangerous Team in IPL
4. Chennai Super Kings
The real OG of IPL are defending champions and their last season’s heroics are still fresh in the memories of true cricket fans. The MS Dhoni-led Chennai retained Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali ahead of auctions in order to continue their core from last season.
In the Auctions, Chennai’s strategy was clear as they looked to snap their last year’s key performers. Surprisingly, they didn’t go for Chennai’s and IPL legend Suresh Raina who was unsold for a base price of 2 crores. Chennai bought back Dwayne Bravo, Robin, Ambati Rayudu, and Deepak Chahar after spending heavily on them. Unfortunately, they couldn’t buy last season’s star performers Faf du Plessis and Shardul Thakur who went for big bucks in the auction.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (C), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, N Jagadeesan, Hari Nishaanth, Subhranshu Senapati, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Bhagath Varma, Prashant Solanki, Chris Jordan, Dwaine Pretorius, Devon Conway, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner.
- Settled Core in the batting department
- Versatile Batting order
- Filled with proven match-winners in the batting and bowling department
- Inexperienced Indian pace bowling unit
- Lack of pace in bowling department
- Lack of Wrist spin options
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||Opening Batsman|
3. Rajasthan Royals
The inaugural champions of IPL season have not been the best team in IPL auctions in the past but this time around, they have picked a solid lineup. Rajasthan first time looked really clear with their approach and went for big stars like Ravi Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal. Royals had already retained big match-winners like Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler but the arrival of new stars like Devdutt Padikkal makes them even stronger.
Sanju Samson will lead this side and he has quality options in his ranks. With the likes of IPL winners like Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter Nile would bring much-needed aggression and winning spirit. Rajasthan looks really strong on the paper the first time after the 2008 season and would look to replicate their dream season this time around.
Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C), Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Tejas Baroka, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Karun Nair, Obed McCoy
- Out and out Match winners in Batting lineup
- Strong pace and spin bowling department
- Strong Indian core
- Vulnerable Death bowling options
- No proven middle-order option
- Too many options for opening
|Jos Buttler||Opening Batsman|
2. Delhi Capitals
One Team that completely changed their fortunes after the 2018 Auctions was Delhi Capitals and again in this auction, they have done terrific work. They started the auction with the lowest budget and had to rebuild their team after missing out on last year’s players like Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, and Shreyas Iyer.
Delhi snapped last year’s T20 World Cup Man of tournament David Warner who started his IPL career at Delhi and has beautiful memories of playing at Kotla. They have covered their all bases but there are some small weaknesses which we would want to work on. Overall their squad looks really strong with a great combination of youth, experience, and brute force.
David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (C), Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Ashwin Hebbar, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert, Praveen Dubey, Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav.
- Explosive opening combination
- Exciting middle-order
- Indian pace bowling department
- Lack of wrist spinning options
- One-dimensional batting department
- No proven finisher
|Rishabh Pant||Middle-order batsman|
|David Warner||Opening Batsman|
1. Lucknow Supergiants
Usually new entrants struggle at their inaugural auctions due to Inexperience and no core players but Lucknow Supergiants are clear-cut winners of 2022 auctions. They picked KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi as their draft picks and tried to provide a base to the team. In auctions, they went hard for Quinton de Kock and snapped for a very reasonable rate looking at his stature and last few seasons in IPL.
Lucknow’s side is filled with match-winning All-rounders and gives the full vibe of dominating the 2020 Mumbai Indians team who had the same template and completely bamboozled opponents with quality All-rounders. Their whole squad looks really threatening and with KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock opening the batting, their squad would be a force to reckon with.
KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, K Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, Dushmantha Chameera, Ankit Rajpoot, Shahbaz Nadeem, Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav, Kyle Mayers, K Gowtham, Evin Lewis.
- Twp Elite Run-Scorers of IPL at the top
- Fast and Furious pace bowling department
- Quality All-rounders
- Expensive Death Over bowlers
- Fragile middle-order
- Only one quality Wrist spin option
|KL Rahul||Opening Batsman|
|Quinton de Kock||Opening Batsman|
|Quinton de Kock||2256|