Rising Pune Super Giants
It seems like Rising Pune Super Giants are trying to set a different trend. They have seen a lot of change in the squad vs 2016 . This, coupled with the low probability of Ashwin playing, may pose some risks for RPS. RPS would definitely want full season appearances from Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja to support the batting order. While Adam Zampa and Imran Tahir can ensure some turn, RPS needs to explore their pace attack. Jayadev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur should work as a good combination of left and right arm fast bowling, but they lack experience. IPL being a very different beast, Captain Smith definitely has a task at hand, with many novice IPL players.
My 11 for RPS would be – Steve Smith, Baba Aparajith, MS Dhoni, Ashok Dinda, Imran Tahir, Usman Khawaja, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jayadev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur
The 2016 Runners Up was at one point looking unstoppable in the last season. With three big hitters – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle and key wicket takers – Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson, RCB still ended up losing few crucial matches. The ‘star player’ dependence finally did not work for RCB. IPL 2017 is going to be tougher, with the possibility of Kohli, ABD and KL Rahul missing out a few, if not all, matches. To make a mark, Gayle definitely needs to stay more in the crease. RCB may look at changing their order completely with Jadhav and Sachin baby opening the batting, Gayle coming one down and Travis Head next. We would expect Chahal and Watson to chase the Purple Cap. Sreenath Aravind and Aniket Choudhary should be able to provide decent support to the bowling attack.
My 11 (excluding Virat, ABD, and Rahul due to injuries) for RCB are: Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary, Travis Head, Chris Gayle, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Sarfaraz Khan
The defending champions would want to retain their title this year. The team saw phenomenal performances from David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 2016. They found a rising star in Mustafizur Rahman. On the other hand, Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha were a bit of disappointment for them. For IPL 2017, they should be looking at steadying the middle order. They might consider replacing Ojha with Eklavya Dwivedi and playing Ben Cutting for more games this year. Mohammed Siraj and Mohammad Nabi added to the squad in 2017 have potential ROI in my opinion. Depending upon the pitch conditions, Sunrisers should not shy away from exploring the skills of leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Not sure why they retained Abhimanyu Mithun, but as far as possible Sunrisers should avoid trying him out.
My 11 for Sunrisers would be: David Warner, Ricky Bhui, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh