Weakness of IPL 2022 teams | From CSK, RCB to two new teams: Assessing the weaknesses of the 10 IPL 2022 franchises

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A look at the weaknesses of the 10 IPL 2022 teams | Photo credit: PTI

Highlights

  • Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants have most of their base covered ahead of IPL 2022
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Titans look weakest on paper
  • Mumbai Indians’ bet on Jofra Archer could also have a big impact on their fate for the season

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction saw a total of 10 teams strengthen their squad in a mega auction for the first time in the history of the competition. More teams meant there was more competition for each player, and as a result the bidding dynamics changed a lot from previous seasons.

From popular teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings to the two newcomers in the form of Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, each team has built a deep squad, of over 20 players.

While on paper every team has signed players with plenty of options in every department, there are certain areas in every team that look a bit weak compared to the others. Here we take a look at the weakness of the 10 franchises:

Bombay Indians: The absence of the Pandya brothers is a great loss for the Mumbai Indians considering the role they have played in MI’s success over the years. The middle order is where Mumbai seems most lacking in quality despite the acquisition of Fabian Allen and Tim David. Without a star Indian spinner, the franchise would have to rely on quite a few young stars and lesser-known players to succeed.

Chennai Super Kings: The loss of Faf du Plessis, Josh Hazlewood and Shardul Thakur has left a huge void in the CSK squad. Although the franchise has acquired the likes of Devon Conway, Adam Milne, and Shivam Dube. While Milne and Dube are decent substitutes, CSK could have done better by replacing Du Plessis with a foreign opener of a similar profile.

Lucknow Super Giants: A team with a plethora of all-rounders and some big names in the pace department, LSG don’t have many weaknesses. However, with Ravi Bishnoi and Krishnappa Gowtham as the two oldest spinners, this is the one area where the team are looking a bit behind some of the others.

Capitals of Delhi: Compared to the previous season, where DC had Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, and Anrich Nortje forming the rhythm troika, the team has certainly seen a downfall. Although Delhi has Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed and Chetan Sakariya as new tailors, a foreign seaman as Nortje’s replacement could have helped them more.

Kings of Punjab: The franchise doesn’t have many mid-grade Indian hitters, a problem that had also troubled them for the past 2-3 seasons. Although Punjab have one of the most formidable overseas units, they could have done better by surrounding themselves with another quality Indian striker who can act as a finisher.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Ajinkya Rahane seems to be the weak link in the squad and KKR doesn’t have many options to replace him in the playing XI as only 4 foreign players can be chosen. Shreyas Iyer is another hitter who hasn’t quite played the ideal T20 game consistently. Accelerating the pace of execution could therefore be a problem for the Knight Riders.

Rajasthani Royals: Experience at the top of the batting order is the biggest concern for the Rajasthan Royals. Be it Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal or Sanju Samson, none of the three is a prominent member of India’s senior squad. The lower middle order also looks a little weak, with James Neesham, Riyan Parag and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rashid Khan’s departure deprived SRH of a top quality spinner and they couldn’t fill it with Washington Sundar. Even the first order seem inexperienced, which could put skipper Kane Williamson under pressure.

Bangalore Royal Challengers: The middle order certainly looks undercooked, with Dinesh Karthik, Mahipal Lomror and Anuj Rawat being the Indian options. Much would hinge on Glenn Maxwell’s ability to maintain his form from the previous season for RCB success.

Gujarat Titans: Arguably the weakest team of the 10 franchises, Gujarat has very few superstar names on the list. Considering the patchy form that Hardik Pandya has been in himself, the Titans don’t have many reliable options in the squad except for Rashid Khan.

The new season is set to start on March 27.

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