Ipl 2016-9th Edition


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So yet an other Ipl season,with no rest for players after the WCT20.As a matter of fact,players don't do well if they train or play continuously.Let's see what will happen..


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Rising Pune SuperGiants
Players acquired in draft: Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith
Acquired in auction: Kevin Pietersen (3.5 Crore), Ishant Sharma (3.8 Crore), Irfan Pathan (1 Crore), Mitchell Marsh (4.8 Crore), RP Singh (30 Lakhs), Ankit Sharma (10 Lakhs), Rajat Bhatia (60 Lakhs), Ishwar Pandey (20 Lakhs), Murugan Ashwin (4.5 Crore), Ankush Bains (10 Lakhs), Peter Handscomb (30 Lakhs), Baba Aparajith (10 Lakhs), Deepak Chahar (10 Lakhs), Thisara Perera (1 Crore), Ashok Dinda (50 Lakhs), Scott Boland (50 Lakhs), Adam Zampa (30 Lakhs), Jaskaran Singh (10 Lakhs)

From their approach, it appeared that Pune were keen to recreate the Chennai Super Kings magic with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming at the helm of the affairs. The managed the big names, roped in Indian seamers and also got hold of a couple of quality overseas all-rounders. Pune also chose not to bid too big, with their biggest buy being just under the 5 crore mark, proving that they are not amateurs despite this being their first auction.

Gujarat Lions
Players acquired in draft: Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner
Acquired in auction: Dwayne Smith (2.3 Crore), Dale Steyn (2.3 Crore), Dinesh Karthik (2.3 Crore), Dhawal Kulkarni (2 Crore), Praveen Kumar (3.5 Crore), Paras Dogra (10 Lakhs), Ishan Kishan (35 Lakhs), Ekalavya Dwivedi (1 Crore), Pradeep Sangwan (20 Lakhs), Pravin Tambe (20 Lakhs), Shivil Kaushik (10 Lakhs), Sarbajeet Ladda (10 Lakhs), Aaron Finch (1 Crore), Umang Sharma (10 Lakhs), Jaydev Shah (20 Lakhs), Andrew Tye (50 Lakhs), Shadab Jakati (20 Lakhs), Amit Mishra (10 Lakhs), Akshdeep Nath (10 Lakhs)

With Suresh Raina leading Gujarat, the squad is filled with players from Uttar Pradesh, the winners of the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. Like Pune, Gujarat too did not spend a lot, considering that their IPL stay is only for two years. They went about smartly, with their biggest buy coming at under 4 crore.

Delhi Daredevils
Retention and transfers: Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Albie Morkel, Imran Tahir, Jean-Paul Duminy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock
Acquired in auction: Sanju Samson (4.2 Crore), Chris Morris (7 Crore), Carlos Brathwaite (4.2 Crore), Karun Nair (4 Crore), Rishabh Pant (1.9 Crore), Pawan Negi (8.5 Crore), Sam Billings (30 Lakhs), Joel Paris (30 Lakhs) Chama Milind (10 Lakhs), Pratyush Singh (10 Lakhs), Syed Khaleel Ahmed (10 Lakhs), Pawan Suyal (10 Lakhs), Akhil Herwadkar (10 Lakhs), Mahipal Lomror (10 Lakhs)

Youngsters were their focus in this auction and they pulled off a few surprises, buying the likes of Negi, Morris, Nair and Brathwaite for big sums. But at the end of it, Delhi Daredevils ensured that they finished with a settled squad. A couple of surprising aspects of Delhi's strategy were that they did not go for the big guns at the start and they also ended up with three wicket-keepers.

Kings XI Punjab
Retention and transfers: Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Shankar Naik, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh
Acquired in auction: Mohit Sharma (6.5 Crore), Marcus Stoinis (55 Lakhs), Kyle Abbott (2.1 Crore), KC Cariappa (80 Lakhs), Pardeep Sahu (10 Lakhs), Armaan Jaffer, (10 Lakhs), Swapnil Singh (10 Lakhs), Farhaan Behardien (30 Lakhs)

Like Delhi, KXIP also did not register any bids for the marque players. They instead chose to go for domestic names, while Mohit and Abbott were their biggest buys. However KXIP failed to address certain issues. They lack of a power-hitter at the top of the order in the absence of Virender Sehwag, they do not have adequate strength in the spin department while they also failed to get hold of a back-up wicketkeeper.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Retention and transfers: Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine
Acquired in auction: Colin Munro (30 Lakhs), John Hastings (1.3 Crore), Jayadev Unadkat (1.6 Crore), Ankit Rajpoot (1.5 Crore), Jason Holder (70 Lakhs), Rajagopal Sathish (20 Lakhs), Manan Sharma (10 Lakhs)

It was a steal for KKR when they got a hard-hitting batsman like Colin Munro for his base price while they didn't have to spend too much to get hold of the West Indian skipper Holder. Having already retained the bulk of their squad, KKR concentrated on adding strength to their bench.

Mumbai Indians:
Retention and transfers: Akshay Wakhare, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, J Suchitch, Jasprit Bumrah, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand, Corey Anderson, Keiron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Lendl Simmons, Marchant de Lange, Mitchell McClenaghan
Acquired in auction: Jos Buttler (3.8 Crore), Tim Southee (2.5 Crore), Nathu Singh (3.2 Crore), Jitesh Sharma (10 Lakhs), Krunal Pandya (2 Crore), Kishore Pramod Kamath (1.4 Crore), Deepak Punia (10 Lakhs)

Like KKR, Mumbai too had a settled squad before the auction and they strengthened it further by buying Buttler and Southee, along with a few domestic names.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Retention and transfers: Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Arvind, Varun Aaron, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villers, Adam Milne, Chris Gayle, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc
Acquired in auction: Shane Watson (9.5 Crore), Stuart Binny (2 Crore), Travis Head (50 Lakhs), Sachin Baby (10 Lakhs), Iqbal Abdulla (10 Lakhs), Akshay Karnewar (10 Lakhs), Samuel Badree (50 Lakhs), Kane Richardson (2 Crore), Vikramjeet Malik (20 Lakhs), Praveen Dubey (35 Lakhs), Vikas Tokas (10 Lakhs)

Watson's inclusion further strengthened RCB's power-packed batting order while they also addressed the all-rounder's slots with his inclusion, along with that of Binny. Richardson's presence boosts the pace department while RCB also bought a couple of spinners. Apart from Watson, they did not splurge big money on the players, which they have been famous for in the previous seasons, choosing instead to invest on a well-rounded squad. However, their approach this time bordered on being over-cautious as they ended up buying most of the bowlers only towards the fag end of the auction.

SunRisers Hyderabad
Retention and transfers: Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Parvez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddharth Kaul, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques, Trent Boult
Acquired in auction: Ashish Nehra (5.5 Crore), Yuvraj Singh (7 Crore), Mustafizur Rahman (1.4 Crore), Barinder Sran (1.2 Crore), Abhimanyu Mithun (30 Lakhs), Aditya Tare (1.2 Crore), Deepak Hooda (4.2 Crore), Tirumalsetti Suman (10 Lakhs), Vijay Shankar (35 Lakhs), Ben Cutting (50 Lakhs)

Wicket-keeping option: Check. Quality seamers: Check. Marquee player: Check. Overseas options: Check. Domestic talents: Check. Sunrisers went about the auction in a smart fashion as they ensured that they got the necessary balance for the side, which was lacking in the past two seasons


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What was that BS?!!! - Just watched a half decent IPL game (No fan really). For once there was none of that crap massacre by bat, with all the crowd wetting their knickers every time someone slogs a 4 or 6 - just bores me to tears. Instead the bowlers dominated and brilliant spell Mishra. The bloke was on 3-0-11-4, with the last over available with 2 tail-enders in place and bloody Zaheer Khan gives it to another fast bowler and he goes for 11 in the one over!!! Talk about fast bowlers club - what a load of old BS, couldn't believe it!!!

That aside is it me or do these stadium look a lot less than packed? That coupled with the commentators being almost 'American' in their gushing commentary of everything that goes on - it all feels to me like the shine is washing off of IPL? I saw there was some corruption dealings some months ago and teams were banned or something?


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Not that I care much but it's weird that this competition isn't on TV in Australia, you would think that they would work out some deal with a network after all these years.


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Anyone see RCB v GL last night? AB and Kohli were freakishly good!!! :eek:

If you missed it, please catch the highlights!
This is exactly why i started hating ipl,A big problem here is our grounds are either totally suit batting or bowling,Be it the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore or the Wankhede in Mumbai.....Glad i got to watch these both bat......Seriously! Watch the highlights?Even the highlights would be as big as the match....


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This is exactly why i started hating ipl,A big problem here is our grounds are either totally suit batting or bowling,Be it the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore or the Wankhede in Mumbai.....Glad i got to watch these both bat......Seriously! Watch the highlights?Even the highlights would be as big as the match....
Come on, of all the formats, T20 is a batsman's game... I love watching great bowling probably more than I do batting but the balance between bat and ball is more important in one day and test cricket. Fans love nothing more than sixes in T20..

Glad you still enjoyed the match though. ;)