IPL Preview Part 2: Mumbai, Rajasthan Eye Another Title Run, Bangalore and Hyderabad Look To Punch Above Weight
Without further ado, we continue our previews of the IPL teams, this time featuring - Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore!
#5 Mumbai Indians
Captain: Rohit Sharma, Marquee Players: Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah
The most successful IPL franchise, with five titles, will be keen to make up for their no-show in 2021 with a better performance. Like the Delhi Capitals, the Mumbai Indians have had to give up on a few key players including the Pandya brothers and Trent Boult. But with the additions of Tim David and Tymal Mills, Mumbai has a core to build on in the coming years.
Possible XI: Rohit (c), Ishan, Surya, Tilak, Pollard, David, Sams, Murugan, Sanjay, Mills and Bumrah
#6 Rajasthan Royals
Captain: Sanju Samson, Marquee Players: Jos Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal
Gone are the days of Moneyball with Rajasthan Royals backing experience in this auction. Spin was an issue before for the Royals and they acted with the signings of Ashwin and Chahal. The additions of Padikkal and Hetmyer bodes well for the Royals side that isn't as dependant on Samson and Buttler like in the previous years.
Possible XI: Buttler, Jaiswal, Padikkal, Samson (c), Parag, Hetmyer, Neesham, Ashwin, Boult, Prasidh and Chahal
#7 Sunrisers Hyderabad
Captain: Kane Williamson, Marquee Players: Nicholas Pooran, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have decided to move on from Warner and Rashid by putting their faith in youth. Apart from clever signings of Kartik Tyagi and Washington Sundar, they have invested heavily in the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd. With Kane Williamson at the helm, the Sunrisers cannot be taken lightly.
Possible XI: Tripathi, Abhishek, Williamson (c), Pooran, Markram, Samad, Sundar, Shepherd, Tyagi, Bhuvneshwar and Natarajan
#8 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Captain: Faf du Plessis, Marquee Players: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are back again for a potential title-run, this time in the leadership of Faf du Plessis. With Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell in their ranks, RCB will fancy their chances of a win. They've also got a decent bowling attack and given the depth at hand, it could well be their year!
Possible XI: Faf (c), Anuj, Virat, Maxwell, Lomror, Karthik, Hasaranga, Shahbaz, Siraj, Harshal and Hazlewood