Chennai Super Kings - Experience
The Chennai Super Kings will be looking to pick up from where they left off. The Chennai Super Kings will be looking to pick up from where they left offThe 11th edition of the Indian Premier League is now less than a month away. After witnessing a major shake-up, the teams finally seem sorted with their captains and coaches. A lot of players will be featuring IPL Betting Tips in new colors this year and it will be interesting to see how they fare for their new franchise.
Teams like Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai will be looking to extend their dominance while Bangalore, Delhi and Punjab will be raring to lay hands on their maiden titles. After the retentions and the hard fought auction, it is evident that all franchises have some glaring strengths and weaknesses.You can take a look at each franchise's biggest weakness here.Let us now take a look at the primary strength of each franchise, ahead of the eleventh edition of the IPL:
The Chennai Super Kings are finally back after a two year hiatus. They will be looking to pick up from where they left off. They made an excellent choice by retaining three of their most iconic Indian players - MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and "Sir" Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni and Raina started their careers with the Super Kings franchisee in the inaugural season and Jadeja joined soon later. The three have each individually been pivotal in the immense success that the Chennai Super Kings has witnessed over the years.In the auction, they retained Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis.
Bravo has been a sensation for the Super Kings and has won two purple caps in their yellow colors. Faf is the South African captain and the experience he brings with him is priceless. They also managed to add to their squad the trio of Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. Seven IPL titles have been won between the three of them!A squad filled with such experienced cricketers who have tasted victory already will have an upper hand in high pressure situations, and could taste even more success in the coming years!.
Kings XI Punjab - The Karnataka batsmen
Can the Karnataka trio of Rahul, Mayank and Karun help the Kings XI Punjab win their maiden trophy?. Can the Karnataka trio of Rahul, Mayank and Karun help the Kings XI Punjab win their maiden trophy?The Kings XI Punjab have in their ranks three batsman from a state on the other side of the country. The Karnataka trio of KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal were bought by the Kings XI Punjab for a combined INR 17.6 crores!Karnataka have dominated the domestic circuit in recent times.
They won the recently concluded Vijay Hazare trophy, making it their third title in five years. A lot of young talent has emerged from the state. The demand for Karnataka youngsters was evident in the recent IPL auction, as KL Rahul and Manish Pandey were each sold for a whopping INR 11 crores.KL Rahul is one of India's most promising youngsters. In 2016, Rahul hit close to 400 runs at a healthy strike rate of 146.49. He did not feature in a single game in 2017 owing to an unfortunate injury.
Karun Nair was captain of the Karnataka team that lifted the Vijay Hazare trophy recently, and he led from the front, opening their batting. He scored 279 runs at an average of close to 40. In the IPL, he has notched up over 1000 runs across 55 games, and is a handy batsman to have. Mayank Agarwal smashed Indian domestic records this season.
He scored 723 runs during the tournament and scored 2,141 runs across all formats, the highest total by any batsman in an Indian domestic season. At INR 1 crore, he could turn out to be one of the steals of the season.The Kings XI Punjab will be hoping that their Karnataka trio can come together and win matches for their franchisee this year, much like they have for their state in the domestic circuit.
Kolkata Knight Riders - Overseas talent
The overseas talent can help the Knight Riders win their third IPL trophy. The overseas talent can help the Knight Riders win their third IPL trophyChris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Mitchell Starc. There are very few cricketers who are better than any of these four in the shortest format of the game. If you are not a KKR fan, realizing that these four stars will play for the same team is bound to send a shiver down your spine.Let's start with the Australians.
Chris Lynn, rightly nicknamed "Lynn-sanity", smashed 295 runs in 7 games last season at an unreal strike rate of 180.98. He hasn't featured as much as he could have in the IPL owing to his nagging shoulder injury. He has shown what he is capable of in the Big Bash League on several occasions. If fit, Lynn is a force to reckon with. His countryman Mitchell Starc has nabbed 34 wickets in just 27 IPL games. He has shown how devastating a bowler he is in Australian colors.
His fierce swinging bowling can trouble even the best of batsmen.The West Indians are both prolific all-rounders. Andre Russell was the MVP of the 2015 season, having smashed 326 runs at a strike rate of - wait for it - 192.89. As if that wasn't enough, he managed to bag 14 scalps with the ball as well. Sunil Narine is widely regarded as one of the best bowlers in the IPL.
He has bagged 95 wickets in 82 games at a ridiculously low economy of 6.32. As if his bowling wasn't enough, Narine opened the batting for the Knight Riders last seasons and notched up 224 runs at a whopping strike rate of 172.30!It will be hard to stop the Knight Riders from their third IPL title if these four stellar cricketers hit their stride!