This fact is solidified when they did not have any wicketkeepers till the final few hours of the auction. As a wicketkeeper is one of the most important positions, they needed to fill that slot. Moving on, the middle order lacks firepower as there might be too much pressure on David Miller and Hardik Pandya.
The bowling revolves around Marco Jansen and Washington Sundar. Apart from that, Kane will have to use Abhishek Sharma and Shreyas Gopal throughout the season consistently. To make it to the top four, SRH will have to convert those tight matches into victories.
They opted to go for Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana, both of them have the same kind of approach towards their game. This might slow down the momentum against their favor. As they had a bad day in the office, they did make a comeback on the second day.
The best pick of their bidding was Quinton de Kock. It will be a treat to watch him bat alongside KL Rahul. Adding on, they have managed to buy Mark Wood as their specialist fast bowler. They can go the distance in the IPL if they manage to implement their plans correctly.
Even though CSK was calm and composed during the auction, one can not state that they were too bad this time. They have backed experience over anything else and this has made them one of the strongest franchises in the history of the league. With Rayudu and Robin back into the side, the middle order looks solid.
Tymal Mills is the backup pacer for them. It was disappointing to see them give up on Avesh Khan and Kartik Tyagi easily as their Indian bowling unit looks thin on paper. The middle order is weak as Kieron Pollard is at the twilight of his career. Talking about good purchases, they have invested in Dewald Brevis, the U19 superstar.
Even though they messed up during the initial phase of the auction, they made a strong comeback during the latter half of the event. They managed to buy Faf du Plessis and Wanindu Hasaranga. This time around, it looks like RCB have a clear plan. Apart from that, the likes of Shrefane Rutherford and Finn Allen are excellent purchases.
With Riyan Parag being drafted into the side, the selectors have shown that they wish to nurture future stars. Apart from that, with Shimron Hetmyer in the team, they have ensured that for one overseas loss, they have a backup. This is important as last time, they missed Ben Stokes badly.
With Dhawan, Bairstow, Mayank, Livingstone, and Shahrukh forming the top order, the opposition has to come up with a proper strategy to contain this lineup. Apart from that, they have picked Raj Bawa to play the role of the star U19 player in a line-up.
With a top-notch squad, DC should lift the trophy. However, things change drastically once the tournament starts. They have the likes of Sarfaraz Khan who recently scored a century in a domestic game and have bought Mustafizur Rahman which can turn out to be bargain buys. Even though the spin department lacks a premier spinner, they can manage by grooming other players.