8th team in my IPL Auction Reviews is CSK. They needed another batter who could do well vs pace and thus they bought Stokes, and like always they showed their preference for all rounders by trying to buy Curran, but due to budget constraints they ended up buying Kyle Jamieson.

The number of all rounders that they have in the mix is something that enables them to have great balance all the time. They are one team which doesn't need to use the impact player rule. And then no home ground favours any IPL team as much as Chepauk favours CSK.

The trio of Mukesh Choudhary, Deepak Chahar & Maheesh Theekshana can be relied upon to extract any help available and deliver wkts in the PP.

If they don't get wickets in the PP, their bowling is extremely vulnerable on flat tracks. Plus, their middle order is such that they'd always need one of the Top 3 to be batting through and others to be batting around them.

Now that CSK have bought Stokes, he'll definitely be a part of the XI. Where do CSK fit him & in place of which OS player would be very important. Additionally, CSK are still reliant on their old guard in Rayudu & Dhoni who can't be expected to carry the batting anymore
Players to Look Out For:

CSK have added another player from the U19 IND squad that won the WC in 2022 in Shaikh Rasheed. Don't think he'll get chances this season, but he can be an investment for the future. Ajay Mandal is also one player who I'd like to see.

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Jan 8
Posting this one got a little delayed as I wasn't feeling too well, but here's the 9th team, Mumbai Indians. MI came into the auction needing bowlers (both OS & Indian) and needing a number 7 (a replacement for Pollard). They covered a few of the above bases, but not all.

At this point of time, SKY is literally a one man army who's capable of rendering everything around him pointless. Apart from that, MI aren't short of explosive batters anyway in their squad. Their Top 5 can also be alternative LHB RHB if they get the line up right. ImageImage

Their Indian bowling was probably their weakest link last season. It may continue to remain so this season. And they haven't really upgraded their spin bowling drastically. Shams Mulani's experience of being a local boy may come in handy, but he's not played IPL yet. ImageImage
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Like I had said before when people were being critical of selectors, we can't give blanket statements on their performance as long as we don't know what are their actual powers. Similarly, I don't think we can say that it's only money which is a factor that many didn't apply for
the job.

What we must understand and realise is that being a selector could be akin to being a scapegoat if captains & coaches are having a greater say in the selections. And I don't think that captains & coaches won't have a say because they are also accountable for results.
I personally believe that having 5 selectors along with a captain & coach in selections is an example of too many cooks spoiling the broth. And there's also the possibility of others in the board being involved too (there are past examples of it). I believe that at best, there
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Dec 27, 2022
Team 2 in my list of previews is Sunrisers Hyderabad who I think did a splendid job in the auctions. Unlike the mega auction last time, where they started on an absurd note and then recovered later, this time they started on a good note and did well throughout.


SRH's OS set of batters is an outstanding one. Markram, Phillips, Klassen are pretty much as well rounded as batters can be in terms of skill. They also play spin quite well which isn't expected from batters outside Asia. Glenn Philips avgs a whopping 85.7 (SR 168)
in T20Is from the beginning of 2020. He also has the experience of playing in the CPL and did decently where pitches can be really difficult to bat at times. In WT20, he did well too. Brook is extremely talented with great range against pace, vs spin he could be tested though.
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Dec 26, 2022
Will be sharing my thoughts on the squad of every IPL team after the recently concluded auction and if they have improved or not from the previous seasons on paper. Team 1 is Lucknow Supergiants.

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LSG in KL, QdK, Hooda, Pooran & Stoinis have a very good Top 5 when it comes to skill. Their bowling and various all rounders make sure that balance will never be their issue. They are one team that can make do without the impact player rule.

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For 3 seasons in a row, some would argue it's 4, KL Rahul has not batted the way he can. And that has had it's cascading effects. Apart from that, Stoinis's usage with the bat was poor by LSG last season. And their bowling didn't deliver as well as it should have. ImageImageImage
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Dec 25, 2022
Grateful to all those who offered their support today. The way I look at the sport, is to always make an attempt to look at things differently (specially not the clichéd & conventional manner), and in doing that, there are bound to be disagreements, many of them logical, and some
just out of stubbornness to change the convention. And it's also going to bring its share of trolling, coz why not.

Anyway, the point here is, I am not going to shy away from coming up with wild/unconventional possibilities and having conversations on that, because I feel
those discussions are the only way forward to enhance one's understanding of the sport. Specially when mainstream sports coverage has more or less stopped offering that. My handle will always be a space for those who want to engage on cricket merit respectfully, regardless of
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May 4, 2022
There are few issues here with Kohli from what I have understood watching his game in recent times.

1. It's not an intent issue vs spin, it's a skill issue. He realises it, and that's why he tries to turn strike over. Lack of confidence means he's not using his feet enough.
Specially to come down the track.

2. Because he knows he's struggling vs spin, he's trying to over compensate against pace, to push up his SR, and thus becoming desperate, going for shots and trying to muscle a few, all while losing his shape.

3. This hasn't given the desired
results, and thus made him look a lot more muddled at the centre. The result is visible is in his dot ball, almost 39 this season, his highest ever since IPL 2012. Because he's not sure what he wants to do, he's either early, or late into his shots.

4. Being late or early could
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