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After the annual rearranging of players, here’s a look at how every IPL team might finish this season
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Rajasthan Royals
 
Best Result
 
Champions 2008
 
Strengths
 
They’ve got some of the best next-gen T20 all-rounders in Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. There’s also stellar batsman Sanju Samson, who shone in Steve Smith’s absence last season, and could very well do it again.
 
Weaknesses
 
RB’s best talent is foreign – meaning they have no back-ups if those players are recalled midway through the season for the ICC World Cup in May. They also have no match-winner, if Smith (reinstated after last year’s international ban) doesn’t recover from that elbow surgery.
 
Players to watch
 
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
 
Predicted Finish
 
They’ll struggle to get out of the bottom 3
 
Mumbai Indians
 
Best Result
 
Champions 2013, 2015, 2017
 
Strengths
 
Besides knowing how to stay in it to the end, MI possess some of the league’s biggest hitters
(Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard). And, well, Jasprit Bumrah.
 
Weaknesses
 
If Bumrah doesn’t get the green light to play (the jury’s still out on whether he’ll be rested for the World Cup), MI’s bowling attack takes a big hit (don’t count on Malinga). Lacklustre auction buys don’t add any promise, either.
 
Players to watch
 
Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan
 
Predicted finish
 
A play-off spot is a long shot
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore
 
Best Result
 
Finalists 2009, 2011, 2016
 
Strengths
 
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. And, this year, yet another good roster to back the two superstars up.
 
Weaknesses
 
Consistency: RCB have the sort of luck that makes them invincible in one game, and fall apart the very next – which is the sole reason why they haven’t yet won a season. They’ve also placed all their bowling bets on spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
 
Players to watch
 
Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli. Plus, new hitters Shivam Dube and Shimron Hetmyer
 
Predicted finish
 
It’ll be another almost-there season

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad
 
Best Result
 
Champions 2016
 
Strengths
 
Arguably the most well-rounded team this season, thanks to retaining the best T20 bowler in the world (Rashid Khan), and picking up the likes of Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow in
the auction. Above all else, David Warner is back.
 
Weaknesses
 
On paper? None. If we had to nitpick, their middle order, which has underperformed recently, especially since their 2016
win, could do with an improvement.
 
Players to watch
 
Rashid Khan, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson
 
Predicted finish
 
Likely finalists
 
Delhi Capitals
 
Best Result
 
Play-offs 2008, 2009, 2012
 
Strengths
 
The revamped team has added experience to its young batting attack (Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer) via veteran Shikhar Dhawan and, importantly, shored up the middle order with Hanuma Vihari and Colin Ingram. And don’t forget its pacers: Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult and Chris Morris.
 
Weaknesses
 
DC’s bowling is too dependent on overseas players. And although they have a new name and identity, they still carry the pressures of having never made it to a final.
 
Players to watch
 
Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari
 
Predicted Finish
 
They’ll have to work for a play-off spot
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
 
Best Result
 
Champions 2012, 2014
 
Strengths
 
KKR have a good blend of global T20 and homebred talent, having had the foresight to invest in young players like Shubman Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti last season. They’ve also got among the most ferocious spin line-ups (Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla).
 
Weaknesses
 
KKR tend to rely on their original XI, which is risky in the face of injuries. Their pacers also don’t seem to match up to their spinners.
 
Players to watch
 
Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (set to finally debut after sitting out last season due to injury)
 
Predicted Finish
 
Play-offs
 
Chennai Super Kings
 
Best Result
 
Champions 2010, 2011, 2018
 
Strengths
 
The soul of CSK remains the same: Almost all of the players who were part of CSK’s previous three championships are still here, including veteran T20 specialists Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina and the man himself, MS Dhoni
 
Weaknesses
 
Chennai may have proved that age is just a number, but their superstars are, to put it nicely, old. Add a middling bowling unit, and things don’t look so perfect.
 
Players to Watch
 
MS Dhoni
(obviously), Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav and Shane Watson
 
Predicted Finish
 
Our favourites for a record 4th title
 
Kings XI Punjab
 
Best Result
 
Finalists 2014
 
Strengths
 
For the first time, Chris Gayle may not be at the centre of his team’s strategy – thanks to the batting prowess of Prabhsimran Singh, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Karun Nair. Spinners M Ashwin, R Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and all-rounders Moises Henriques and Andrew Tye balance things out.
 
Weaknesses
 
That balance comes at a price: The top-heavy team looks almost entirely new (even the staff is new), which raises questions
of cohesiveness.
 
Players to watch
 
Varun Chakravarthy, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran, M Ashwin
 
Predicted Finish
 
Play-offs, but only if everything syncs up

 
 


 
 


 
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