IPL Team Ranking based on their Overseas Strength & Possible Playing-XI Overseas players : Part -1

Finally, IPL fever started for every Cricket Fan in India, with so much of struggles and pandamic around the counrty BCCI planned to conducting the matches in closed doors to entertain the cricket fans in IPL 2021 without any disappointment Indian Premier League finally back to India after one year on April 9 2021.

Here in this article , we will list out the strength of each IPL Team’s overseas slot and list the Top heavy  Teams based on their combination of players. It’s completely our opinion and opinions might vary for different people. 

Rank : 8

Rajasthan Royals:

Overseas Players: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Butler, David Miller, Mustafizur Rahman, Andrew Tye,Liam Livingstone,Chris Morris

Rajasthan Royals is the Team which has more foreign power compared with other teams, but the problem is they dont have the right combination with these strong players.Even in this IPL auction they bought the most expensive player Chris Morris with 16 Crores .In previous season , Archer did not have any support from the fast bowlers on the other end , but for this unavailability of Match Winning players like Archer made this Team  vulnerable on fast bowling attack Also , their batting line up completely depends on Butler and Stokes.David Miller is the other option for batting but to get the strong combination they will choose overseas bowler instead of batsman , since the recent form of Miller is not in prime with the bat. He will be the backup option for Butler/Stokes.

Playing XI Overseas Players :

  • Jos Butler
  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Morris
  • Mustafizur Rahman

Rank 7:

Chennai Super Kings

Overseas Players: Faf Du Plessis, Sam Curran,Mitchel Santner, Moeen Ali, Josh Hazelwood, Lungi Ngidi,Dwayne Bravo, Tahir

Chennai Super Kings is the champion Team , there is no doubt on their strength but here  the problem is Team combination and the back ups for the players , Except Faf Du Plessis they don’t have  Top order player and their bench strength is completely depends on All -rounder and the recent form of Dwayne Bravo, Sam curran in recent matches in terms of bowling not up to their strength . Lungi Ngidi has some good rhythm in bowling but in IPL 2020 , he shined only in the later part of the tournament .Though they have Santner they will choose Jaddu & Gowtham in the playing XI combination . Imran Tahir and Hazelwood did not have match practice in terms of T20 format even though faf is out for recent times in terms of playing for Country , So lack of Match practice and in terms of team combination , CSK were placed in seventh spot .

Playing XI Overseas Players: 

  • Sam Curran
  • Faf Du Plessis
  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Moeen Ali

Rank 6:

Punjab Kings

Overseas Players:  Dawid Malan, Nicholas Pooran,Chris Gayle,Moises Henriques,Chris Jordan, Riley Meridith,Jhye Richardson,Fabian Allen

Punjab Kings  is the Top heavy team with the players like Gayle , Pooran and the addition of Dawid Malan will be the back up option for both pooran and Gayle,but when it comes to bowling they were lack of inexperienced bowling attack in both spinners and fast bowling department, in previous season Cotrell went for more runs so they released and picked up the fresh players especially fast bowlers from the BBL  like Riley Meridith and Richardson .Both were extraordinary players at Australian Condition but in it is difficult to read the pitches in Indian soil as a debutant , since the fast bowling overseas depends on new players and Jordan who does not fall under the category of economical bowlers Punjab  kings ranked in sixth position .

Playing XI Overseas Players: 

  •  Nicholas Pooran
  • Chris Gayle
  • Jhye Richardson
  • Chris Jordan

Rank 5:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 

Overseas Players:  David Warner, Johny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Jason holder, Rashid Khan , Mujeeb Ur Rahman , Mohammed Nabi,Mitchel Marsh

Sunrisers Hyderabad also one of the Top heavy teams with the strong top -order  with the players like David Warner, Johny Bairstow, Kane williamson these three players are match winning players but sometimes they have one healthy headache on choosing four overseas slot, if they were ready to go with Top order heavy their lower middle order might look vulnerable with lack of all rounder option . Addition of Jason Holder made the team so aggressive in terms of bowling and batting in the previous season.So, if Jason Holder fits in the playing XI they have to drop aggressive Bairstow at the Top. Obviously the spin king , Rashid khan will be the default pick for the Team and their backup players look similar to the spin players like Mujeeb, Nabi. So SRH ranked fifth  only for their heavy competition with the overseas slot in the    playingXI.

Playing XI Overseas Players: 

  • David Warner
  • Kane Williamson
  • Jason Holder
  • Rashid Khan

This article will be continued in a sequel of part -2 . Keeping guessing the other ranking and comment your opinion about the strength of each IPL Team . 

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