IPL 2021: Ranking teams based on their final squads
The teams were on their toes in the auction to buy their players.
Updated - Feb 20, 2021 1:33 pm
With the IPL auction coming to an end, almost all the teams got their respective targets. As expected, we saw bidding wars on a few players and we saw some new faces in the auction as well. The heart of the auctions was none other than the South African all-rounder, Chris Morris.
Chris Morris will now join Rajasthan Royals and they did not pay a small amount for him. He was bought for INR 16.25 crore by the Royals, which not only made him the most expensive buy of IPL 2020 but also made him the most expensive buy of all time. He will be the player to watch out for, considering his price tag.
Along with Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kyle Jamieson, and Krishnappa Gowtham were the most expensive players. The addition of these guys in their respective squads will certainly make them stronger.
Here, we will rank the eight IPL teams based on their final squads:
8. Punjab Kings
Kings XI Punjab have changed their name to Punjab Kings hoping that they also have a change of fortune. However, with an unstable middle order, it might not be as easy. KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Mayank Agarwal will be the key for the Kings. Nicholas Pooran in the middle order needs to be at his best to give Punjab a chance to win the IPL for the first time ever.
The introduction of Jhye Richardson is definitely going to give them the much-needed boost in their bowling lineup. Along with him, they also bought Riley Meredith for 8 crores, making him the most expensive uncapped overseas buy of IPL history. The English number 3, Dawid Malan will also play for the Kings in the IPL 2021. They also bought an Indian finisher, Shahrukh Khan, who was sensational in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
Punjab Kings have a decent bowling lineup, especially with the inclusion of Jhye Richardson. Along with him, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami are likely to be the two other pacers. For the spin department, the Punjab Kings have the youngster, Ravi Bishnoi, and a mystery spinner, Murugan Ashwin.