5. Ahmedabad

As Ahmedabad is a new franchise, it will look to strengthen its team and get into a similar position with the established ones. There is no doubt that it is necessary to pick international superstars to strengthen their lineup, and Stokes is a perfect choice.

4. Lucknow

With the bat, he has scored two centuries and was a part of a new franchise in 2016 as well. In the 2017 season, he was the reason Rising Pune Supergiants went on to reach the final as well. He could be the “X-factor” for the Lucknow-based franchise.

3. Punjab Kings

The Punjab Kings have decided to retain only two players this time. Mayank Agarwal has been retained for INR 14 crores and Arshdeep Singh has been retained for INR 4 crores. This means that they are looking to rebuild their squad for the next three seasons.

2. Sunrisers Hyderabad

Stokes will fill up the all-rounder’s place and will be a solid assistant to Williamson. As they have struggled with their batting, his inclusion will boost the strength of their lineup. However, they have to make sure that they make sensible purchases in the mega auctions.

1. Rajasthan Royals

Since 2008, the team has not been consistent. Even if they managed to buy star players like Liam Livingstone, they failed to use him properly. Hence, they have to buy someone like Stokes to make him the leader of the squad so that his services will inspire his teammates.