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IPL 2021 Auctions: Potential bids - team by team analysis

Hardik Pandya and 2 Quinton de Kock
Hardik Pandya and 2 Quinton de Kock
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At 3 PM IST on February 18, all eyes will turn to the IPL 2021 auctions. Here's a team by team look at how the first XIs of all the 8 franchises are shaping up, and the holes they want to plug in this mini auction:


Chennai Super Kings

Current first XI: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Imran Tahir.

The good news for CSK is that Chinna Thala Suresh Raina makes a return after missing out last year. While that will be a relief, Chennai desperately need to play their cards right at the IPL 2021 auctions after they appeared spent by the end of the last season.

They will be aiming for players on three counts - top-order overseas batsman, Dhoni's captaincy replacement and a batting all rounder. CSK need some firepower in their batting department and someone who can chip in with a few overs as well.

Glenn Maxwell and Moeen Ali, after being released by KXIP and RCB respectively, fit the bill. Former RR captain Steve Smith can be a future captaincy option for the franchise.

Chennai can also go for Jason Roy or Marnus Labuschagne. After having released Harbhajan Singh, K Gowtham and Jalaj Saxena will be on their radar.


Delhi Capitals

Current first XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Marcus Stoinis, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Last year's IPL finalists, Delhi Capitals, with a purse of only INR 13.4 crore, will be looking for a keeping back-up for Rishabh Pant and a batting all rounder back-up for Marcus Stoinis.

Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian and Shivam Dube will keep them interested. In terms of a back up left-arm pacer and wicketkeeper, Jason Behrendoff, Joel Paris, David Willey, Sheldon Cottrell, Sam Billings and Glenn Philips are worthy options.


Kings XI Punjab

Current first XI: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Mandeep Singh, 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Chris Jordan, 8 M Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Arshdeep Singh.

Having released Glenn Maxwell, K Gowtham and Mujeeb ur Rahman, KXIP need batting and bowling all rounders. Moeen Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen and Dan Christian are their options.

While fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Kyle Jamieson, Umesh Yadav, Naveen ul Haq will be on their radar, Harbhajan Singh, Glenn Maxwell and Khrievetso Kense are good finger-spinning options.


 Kolkata Knight Riders

Current first XI: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Sunil Narine, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Kamlesh Nagarkoti, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Prasidh Krishna.

KKR are overdependent on Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, and if they don't perform, the team looks half as good. Thus they will be looking for back-ups for Russell and Narine. Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Morris, Daniel Christian and Ravi Bopara are their options.

They also need an Indian middle-order batsman to support their flaky middle order. Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Himmat Singh and Shahrukh Khan are their options.


Mumbai Indians

Current first XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Rahul Chahar, 9 Trent Boult, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Riley Meredith or Jhye Richardson (ideally).

With Mumbai Indians having released James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile, they need a couple of quality overseas pace bowlers to complement Trent Boult. MI will eye Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Jason Behrendoff, Kyle Jamieson and Nathan-Coulter Nile.

With wrist spinner Rahul Chahar not at his best in IPL 2020, they can also pick Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh or Khrievitso Kense as his cover.


Rajasthan Royals

Current first XI: 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Ben Stokes, 3 Jos Buttler, 4 David Miller, 5 Riyan Parag, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Mahipal Lomror, 8 Jofra Archer, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Kartik Tyagi.

New team director Kumar Sangakkara's vision will be manifested in how he goes about the mini auctions. Having released Steve Smith and appointed Sanju Samson as captain, RR will aim for one fast bowler, one specialist batsman, and one all rounder. 

They can go for Steven Smith, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan or Alex Hales as an overseas batsman. RR's back-up all rounders can be one among Shivam Dube, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali while Naveen ul Haq, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Kyle Jamieson can serve as back-up overseas fast bowlers.


Royal Challengers Bangalore

Current first XI: 1 Devdutt Padikkal, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Shahbaz Ahmed, 6 Washington Sundar, 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Navdeep Saini, 9 Mohammed Siraj, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Yuzuvender Chahal.

Having parted ways with Chris Morris, Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali, Royal Challengers' old problems continue to persist. The side led by Virat Kohli needs a top order overseas batsman and a batting all rounder.

Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shakib Al Hasan, Fabian Allen and Dawid Malan can strengthen their middle order. Shahrukh Khan, Kedhar Jadhav and K Gowtham are their Indian options for hard-hitting all-rounders.

Gut feel, they can break the bank for Shakib.


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Current first XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Priyam Garg, 5 Vijay Shankar, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Abdul Samad, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Sandeep Sharma, 10 T Natarajan, 11 Shahbaz Nadeem.

Already struggling to pick one between Williamson and Bairstow, all SRH need is a back-up overseas fast bowler. They can go for Jhye Richardson or Kyle Jamieson.


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