The Weaknesses of Each IPL team after the 2021

The Weaknesses of Each IPL team


Chennai Super Kings

Not sure about the form of senior players:

CSK had their worst ever season last year, where they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. As the old guns failed to fire, CSK was expected to renew their squad. However, unexpectedly, they retained the squad's main core and bought a few youngsters in the auction.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, and Ravindra Jadeja are among the senior players of the squad. Coming to Dhoni, the last time he played cricket was in the IPL 2020. Thus, he hasn’t played competitive cricket for 4 months, making it unsure whether he is in good form or not. Raina, Uthappa, and Rayudu don’t play international cricket. Tahir also hasn’t played international cricket for long. Apart from that, Jadeja will be returning after a prolonged injury. So, barring Faf Du Plessis, nobody is sure about the good form of all the other batsmen, so this can be a worry for CSK.

Delhi Capitals

Doesn’t have a quality pacer apart from Rabada:

Apart from Kagiso Rabada, DC have Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Avesh Khan as quality pacers (excluding medium-pacer all-rounders). Nortje doesn’t have experience of playing in India. He has played only 3 matches in India. Ishant and Umesh have played in India but they are known as red-ball specialists. So, in case Rabada gets injured, DC might have problems regarding their pace-attack.

Edit: This problem can be solved if Chris Woakes plays in this IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Too much dependency on Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan in the middle-order:

KKR’s worry lies in their middle-order. Dinesh Karthik had an average season with the bat last year, so his form is still in doubt. The pressure will again be lying on Morgan and Russell to anchor and finish the innings. But Russell is really prone to injuries, the reason he missed some matches last season. Overall it will be interesting to see how ex-knight rider Shakib Al Hasan performs in the absence of Dre Russ/Morgan (if they miss out on any match). However, he too hasn’t played many matches since he got freed from his ban. Overall this over dependency can worry KKR throughout the season.

Mumbai Indians

No backup for Indian pacer Bumrah:

MI has a great squad and is yet again the top contenders to win IPL 2021. However, the only thing that will worry them is the backup for Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah is the strength of MI’s bowling lineup. However, he is prone to injuries and an important asset whom BCCI will keep fresh for the WTC finals on 18th June. So, MI may want to rest him during the IPL. However, they don’t have an Indian pacer who can replace Bumrah. So, they may have to go with an overseas pacer, which may create an imbalance in the batting order as a team can only use 4 overseas players during a match.

Punjab Kings

No frontline quality spinner:

PBKS doesn’t have any frontline experienced spinner with International cricket experience. This team is filled with medium-pacers with domestic players leading the spinning-department. They will need to depend on part-time spinners which can cost them dearly.

Rajasthan Royals

No frontline spinner:

Just like PBKS, RR too doesn’t have any frontline experienced spinner. RR has given the squad a new shape and has made huge changes including the removal of Steve Smith. They bought Chris Morris for a record 16.25 crores, which was the most expensive buy in the IPL 2021 auctions. However, they lack frontline experienced spinners. The most experienced spinner in the squad is Shreyas Gopal. He has a lot of domestic cricket experience and has performed well in the IPL too, but in India, you should demand spinners who have played International cricket.

Apart from Gopal, RR has KC Cariappa, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, and Liam Livingstone as spinners. None of them have played International T20 cricket and don’t have enough experience.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Openers:

For now, RCB has to select its openers wisely. Parthiv Patel has retired from the IPL. So, apart from Devdutt Padikkal, only Kohli is the experienced player who can open. They can also promote Finn Allen up the order but the Kiwi doesn’t have enough experience. Also, if they wanna play Allen, then they have to drop one overseas pacer to maintain the 4-overseas players rule. So, RCB fans should hope that Kohli can open well in the IPL too like he did in the last T20 vs England.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Lack of batting depth:

Though SRH has some of the greatest middle-order batsmen, their batting strength is mostly limited to the top-order or middle-order. They don’t have enough batting in the lower order with Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar still not reliable. Kedar Jadhav has been included in the team to add strength in the middle-order, but still, he is currently not in his best form, leaving the pressure of middle-order on Manish Pandey alone.

So, these were the areas of weakness of each and every team. DC, RCB, and SRH’s problems can easily be cured during the season, while the rest of the teams may have some difficulties in the next IPL.

So, do you think your favorite team can solve their problems and be able to lift the cup this time? Let me know in the comments!

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