This year, the seventh season of the “cash-rich” Indian Premier League (IPL), will be played in two parts, as some matches were clashing with the ongoing Lok Sabha polls in India. While the first instalment will be played in UAE, the second part will be held on home soil from May 2, with a high-profile clash between past winners Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Ranchi.
This year’s IPL is different from the ones held in previous years because of the fact that fresh auctions were held and some teams went for a completely new-look squad. While some franchises retained a few key players ahead of the auction, others like Delhi Daredevils picked all their players from the auction in Bangalore. Moreover, this year, “iconic” players like Mumbai Indians’ Sachin Tendulkar and Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Dravid are not going to be seen in action.
A total of 154 players were sold, out of which 50 were overseas, on the two days of the auction. This comprises 80 capped players and 74 uncapped players. Out of these, 117 have played in the IPL before; 10 have been part of IPL sides, but haven’t played a single game. The remaining 27 will figure in the IPL for the first time.
Here, we take a look at eight players from each of the eight teams who may make a difference this time around.
Team: Rajasthan Royals
Bought for: R4,00,00,000
Australia’s rising batting all-rounder, Smith is the costliest purchase of Rajasthan Royals. Last year, he topped the average for Pune Warriors in their IPL campaign with 161 runs at 39.75 before being ruled out due to injury.
Team: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Bought for: R4,75,00,000
The second highest buy for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mishra has shown his bowling skills in the recent T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. He also bagged two back-to-back man of the match awards.
Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bought for: R5,00,00,000
The second highest buy after Yuvraj Singh for RCB, Starc’s recent performances with the ball helped Australia make five Twenty20 wins on
Team: Kolkata Knight Riders
Bought for: R5,50,00,000
The highest buy of KKR, Kallis took retirement from Test cricket last year. Though he could not do well in the last edition for KKR, with just 311 runs in 16 matches, his credibility with the bat and ball can never be doubted.
Team: Kings XI Punjab
Bought for: R6,50,00,000
The highest buy