IPL 2019: Team-wise weakest capped player
Some of the capped players, either retained or bought, could possibly be the weakest but important members in the squad.
Published - Mar 5, 2019 12:23 pm | Updated - Mar 5, 2019 12:23 pm
The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just about a fortnight and a half away. Just like the previous editions of the tournament, this season too brings in great excitement amongst the fans. There are new faces in each of the eight teams taking part in the league. A few teams decided to go aggressive at the auction after releasing many of their players from the last edition. They have managed to get hold of some better replacements whom they back to perform well.
Some other teams didn’t have a massive task at the auction table. They pretty much seemed to have a settled squad and covered up for their smallest of shortcomings. Yet, there are still a few weak links that exist. Some of the capped players, either retained or bought, could possibly be the weakest but important members in the squad.
However, they are all talented and only time will tell if they will finish the season with flying colours or get kicked out of the eleven midway through the tournament.
Here is the weakest capped player of each of the eight IPL teams:
1. Shardul Thakur | Chennai Super Kings
If there has to be one IPL team that backs its players to the core, it has to be the Chennai Super Kings. Led by the ideology of their skipper MS Dhoni, CSK just bought two players at the auction. They have retained most of their players and Shardul Thakur is one of them. Shardul was the leading wicket-taker for the franchise last season.
He picked up 16 wickets in 13 games at an average of 27. However, he still remains to be a weakness as he leaks the runs at a great clip. His economy rate last season was 9.23 per over which is quite high as per the normal standards. The team’s batting prowess made up for the leakage of runs last season. However, that isn’t possible every time and Thakur will have to work on restricting the batsmen especially in the death overs.