The long awaited IPL auctions finally took place last week. The players were thrown up for sale and every team got what they want or is that what they thought. Let us have a look at what each team got and how they measure up while in comparison to other teams in winning the million dollar prize(which ofcourse goes to the players).
Let me start with the Current Champions Chennai Superkings and try to cover one team every article.
Chennai superkings had only one thing in mind going into the auction.To retain the same team that they had already had.They never wanted to add new members into the team as they did not want to break the team rapport and they went for some players like balaji and gony really had only to loss it because of the lack of funds.
Now to the team: They maintained the same batting line up they had for the last 3 years and they had to pay around 850000 for getting Badrinath, which shows how darly they wanted the whole team. No hayden in the squad which is a relief as he was clearly struggling last year and the mongoose bat didn't do any tricks.
They get 2 more all-rounders in thefaces of dwayne bravo(his availability is an issue) and Scott Styris in addition to Albei Morkel.the selection of styris was a neat move as they had known bravo won't be available for long and styris really adds to the team a lot with his slow off cutters which plays a pibotal role in indian surfaes and useful batting. The only thing they would be missing is the energy in fielding in which clearly has an upper hand.The bowling department was the sole concern of CSK till the middle of IPL3 which got really boosted up by the inclusion of doug bollinger.And this year they get another australian in ben hilfenhaus who is really a good swinger in the ball.Nuwan Kulasekara may remain as a substitute in case both bollinger and hilfenhaus fail to do their job.They also got ashwin(the best indian spinner presently). They also got srilankan spinner Randiv, who has always been handy in Indian conditions and also sudeep tyagi who has remained as one of the local bowlers so that they could replace him. Joginder sharma was bought in the agony as they could not get Manpreet Gony and Balaji.
Wridhiman saha was bought just as a substitute for dhoni .George bailey is also retained and they got some player by the name of faf du pliess who is a southafrican allrounder .I don't see any reason how he would fit in the team unless something terribly goes wrong for csk in ipl.
On the whole CSK have once agai got a very powerful team with a perfect balance and rapport.It is still the bowling that needs to do the job.If tyagi and sharma can perform it,there is no doubt they would find a place easily in the semi-final.
The Final X1
Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Bravo/Styris, Morkel, Ashwin, Tyagi, Bollinger and Joginder Sharma.