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Strengths and weaknesses of all franchises for IPL 2020

The teams went through a tough time in the auction while putting forth a strong combination.

Mumbai Indians, IPL
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a mere two months away. The excitement surrounding the cash-rich T20 league is well and truly on an escalation. Five weeks back, the auction for the 2020 season of the IPL took place in Kolkata. All eight teams tried to fill in the loopholes that they had in the previous season.

A total of 62 players were bought in the auction. 189 players across eight teams will be a part of the IPL 2020. There was a lot of assessment done post the auction which was in December 2019. Going into the auctions, the franchises had the massive challenge of  filling their potholes, roping in some utility players in their ranks.

Here we look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of each side for the upcoming 2020 season of the IPL:-

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Photo Source: Twitter)

Year after year, it feels like surely this is the time for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to finally lift the IPL cup. However, every season, expectation turns into disappointment. RCB are perennial underachievers and haven’t won a single IPL title so far.

As always, this time around they have a good squad as well. And it is their batting which stands out once again. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers will be the pillars but they have enough firepower around them as well. Parthiv Patel and Aaron Finch are experienced guys at the top while there is Devdutt Padikkal who hasn’t put a foot wrong in this domestic season. Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali and Chris Morris in the lower middle order to provide some impetus at the death.

They have some good bowling resources as well. However, like almost every season, death bowling remains a concern. There are the likes of Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj as Indian options but barring Saini who also tends to blow hot and cold, none of them are great at the death. Chris Morris tends to leak a few at the death as well while Dale Steyn is a bit up and down as well.

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