10. Alzarri Joseph by PBKS

If he were to play in place of Sandeep Sharma for the Punjab Kings, that may have increased their wicket-taking chances in the powerplay overs. Sandeep has not been very effective this season. Punjab Kings have not used the powerplay to great effect while bowling.

9. Rahul Chahar by MI

Chahar was used in crucial moments when he was playing for MI. He was utilized in the powerplay very successfully by Rohit Sharma. He also benefitted from his fellow bowler – Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah’s economical figures helped Chahar, as batters looked to take him on which helped Chahar pick crucial wickets.

8. Shardul Thakur by CSK

Shardul Thakur played his best under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In the 2021 season, Shardul clinched 21 wickets in 16 matches with a decent economy of 8.80. Chennai Super Kings might have used Shardul’s services to great effect in the absence of Deepak Chahar.

7. Arshdeep Singh by MI

Punjab might have benefitted themselves with Arshdeep’s bowling but one team that might have extracted his potential or benefited more would have been the Mumbai Indians. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, no one made a significant impact with bowling for the Mumbai Indians. If Arshdeep Singh had played for MI, he would have added a lot more dismissals in his kitty.

6. Tim David by RR

He has shown in his latest outings for MI with knocks of 44 runs off 21 balls against GT and 20 runs off nine balls against RR. Speculating alternate possibilities, Tim David would have blossomed in the Rajasthan Royals setup. The reason is they are short of a lower-order power-hitting option after Shimron Hetmyer.

5. Marcus Stoinis by GT

He has scored a total of 147 runs in nine innings with an average of 21 and a healthy strike rate of 151.54. In retrospect, the Gujarat Titans might have utilized him better than LSG. Gujarat Titans have been criticized for their lack of batting depth but the inclusion of Marcus Stoinis would have completed the puzzle for GT.

4. Mitchell Marsh by SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad is a team that could have used Marsh efficiently. They lack some firepower in their batting department. Even though Nicholas Pooran has been excellent with the bat but Marsh in their middle order might have added some depth and power to their batting line-up.

3. Jonny Bairstow by KKR

He scored impressively for his former franchise- Sunrisers Hyderabad. In his 36 IPL matches, he has scored 1174 runs with an average of 35.58 and a stunning strike rate of 138.77, and most of those runs are scored as an opener. KKR could have used him better and might have made their road ahead a little easier.

2. Ajinkya Rahane by MI

Ajinkya Rahane is someone who knows his strengths and his limitations. In retrospect, if Ajinkya were to play for MI as an opener alongside Ishan Kishan and Rohit were to bat in the middle order that would have made things go a little better for MI as well as for Ajinkya Rahane.

1. Devon Conway by KKR

In hindsight, if Devon Conway played for the Kolkata Knight Riders and if they were to remain committed with Conway as an opener that would have changed a whole lot in the KKR camp.