IPL 2018 auction was something of the mystery movie. Two old teams came back and they try harder to get the best player on their hand. Old 6 team choose the player wisely but In a two-day auction, they have seen ups and downs. Something them went gaga and bought some expensive player and other played safe and smart and retain their old player with RTM.
We will discuss every single team, with their new player and old player. How are the team looking, are they balanced, do they have what it takes to win the IPL 2018. Let’s find out.
Which is a balanced team after the IPL 2018 Auction?
Chennai super king
The king has returned from the exile and they won’t stop until they win this one. They have been one of the most balanced team and winning combination, but after a two-year gap, they need to start working on it.
They aim for the experience in IPL 2018 auction and they get what they want. With MS Dhoni (retained 15 crores), Suresh Raina (retained, 11 c), Ravindra Jadeja (retained 7 c), the old team is back. They lack the opener as they only have Murali Vijay.
They always dominate the spinner department, as the captain Dhoni used to trust their spinner, they have one of the most experienced spinners like Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma and Mitchell Santner. As we know that ground on the Indian continent is favored to the spinner, we look forward to the captain cool lead team.
Team: MS Dhoni (retained 15 crore), Suresh Raina (retained, 11 c), Ravindra Jadeja (retained 7 c), Faf du Plessis (1.5 c), Harbhajan Singh (2 c), Dwayne Bravo (6.4 c), Shane Watson (4 c), Kedar Jadhav (7.8 c), Ambati Rayudu (2.2 c), Imran Tahir (1 c), Karn Sharma (5 c), Shardul Thakur (2.6 Cr), Jagadeesan Narayan (20L), Mitchell Santner (50L), Deepak Chahar (80L), KM Asif (40L), Lungi Ngidi (50 L), Kanishk Seth (20L), Dhruv Shorey (20L), M Vijay (2 Cr), Sam Billings (1 Cr), Mark Wood (1.5 Cr), Kshitiz Sharma (20 L), Monu Singh (20L), Chaitanya Bishnoi (20L)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB is known for their top order batsman, they could break the spirit of any bowler and win the match in first 5 over. But that was an old time when Chris Gayle would play and he only plays once or twice that way in the whole season. Finally, they get rid of their white elephant.
This year in IPL 2018 auction, they focused more on their bowler and middle order, because we all know that once RCP top order failed to perform, they crumble down like a paper castle. Now they have Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfraz Khan, Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock. Looks like they have to build a perfect opening.
With a player like Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Nathan Coulter-Nile, their bowling department look stunning. Finally, they have someone in their squad to make up for all the batting fiasco they have done.
Team: Virat Kohli (retained 17 c), AB de Villiers (retained 11 c), Sarfraz Khan (retained 3 c), Brendon McCullum (3.6 c), Chris Woakes (7.4 c), Colin de Grandhomme (2.2 c), Moeen Ali (1.7 c), Quinton de Kock (2.8 c), Umesh Yadav (4.2 c), Yuzvendra Chahal (6 c), Manan Vohra (1.1 c), Kulwant Kejroliya (85 Lakh), Aniket Choudhary (30 Lakh), Navdeep Saini (3 c), Murugan Ashwin (2.2 Cr), Mandeep Singh (1.4 Cr), Washington Sundar (3.2 Cr), Pawan Negi (1 Cr RTM), Mohammad Siraj (2.6 Cr), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2.2 Cr), Anirudha Joshi (20L), Parthiv Patel (1.7 Cr), Tim Southee (1 Cr), Pavan Deshpande (20 L)
If any team which needs to be despite to win IPL 2018, then it would DD. They haven’t won any single one of the IPL, they came close to it by appearing in semifinals in first two years but then they just slipping down to the last.
That is why they try harder to make a balanced IPL team in IPL 2018 auction. They get their skipper back and Chris Morris. One of their biggest buys would be Rishabh Pant who they retained and Glenn Maxwell which is a powerhouse in itself.
With their bowling department which is filled with names like Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Shahbaz Nadeem and Trent Boult, its look they are going to roll over the bulldozer of bowling attack on another team. This team looks really promising, well balanced and we hope they win this time.
Team: Rishabh Pant (retained 15 crore), Chris Morris (retained 11 c), Shreyas Iyer (retained 7 c), Glenn Maxwell (9 c), Gautam Gambhir (2.8 c), Jason Roy (1.5 c), Colin Munro (1.9 c), Mohammed Shami (3 c), Kagiso Rabada (4.2 c), Amit Mishra (4 c), Prithvi Shaw (1.2), Rahul Tewatia (3 c), Vijay Shankar (3.2 c), Harshal Patel (20 Lakh), Avesh Khan (70 Lakh), Shabaz Nadeem (3.2 Cr), Dan Christian (1.5 Cr), Jayant Yadav (50L), Gurkeerat Singh (75 L), Trent Boult (2.2 Cr), Manjot Kalra (20L), Abhishek Sharma (55L), Sandeep Lamichanne (20L), Naman Ojha (1.4 Cr), Sayan Ghosh (20L)
Mumbai Indian team looks like some sort of the red carpet for academy awards. So many stars in one team in their glory day. But if you think, they still have what it takes to win the IPL 2018, then you are right.
They retain their star players, Rohit Sharma (retained 15 crores), Hardik Pandya (retained 11 c), Jasprit Bumrah (retained 7 c), Kieron Pollard (5.4 c). they are the one who gets the best of IPL 2018 auction when they get at Cummins for 5.4 crores, Mustafizur Rahman for 2.2 crores, Ishan Kishan for 6.2 crores and Suryakumar Yadav for 3.2 crores to add just pinch of more talent.
They depend on most of the overseas bowler, which might be a bad choice as they might be wicket taker but Indian pitches are always loyal to Indian blower and Jaspreet bumrah might help they get the edge they are missing. The team looks good, let see how they will perform.
Team: Rohit Sharma (retained 15 crore), Hardik Pandya (retained 11 c), Jasprit Bumrah (retained 7 c), Kieron Pollard (5.4 c), Mustafizur Rahman (2.2 c), Pat Cummins (5.4 c), Suryakumar Yadav (3.2 c), Krunal Pandya (8.8 c), Ishan Kishan (6.2 c), Rahul Chahar (1.9 Cr), Evin Lewis (3.8 Cr), Saurabh Tiwary (80 L), Ben Cutting (2.2 Cr), Pradeep Sangwan (1.5 Cr), JP Duminy (1 Cr), Jason Behrendoff (1.5 Cr), Tajinder Dhillaon (55L), Sharad Lumba (20L), Siddhesh Lad (20L), Aditya Tare (20 L), Mayank Markande (20L), Akila Dananjaya (50L), Anukul Roy (20L), Anukul Roy (20L), MD Nidheesh (20 L)
Kolkata Knight Riders
One of the most loved teams in IPL 2018, they won two times in IPL and now they are looking to set their mark for the third time winner of IPL.
They go big and bag the player they wanted. They have Dinesh Karthik (7.4 crores) and Robin Uthappa (6.4 crores) which are the biggest hitter. They also get back their spinner so the team looks balanced. One of their biggest blunders was pouring out money on the first day of IPL 2018 auction and that left them somewhat lesser money on the next day. Yet with a team like this, they are set to sail the sea on the uncharted territory as the other 7 teams have a much more balanced team than KKR.
Team: Sunil Narine (retained 12.5 crore), Andre Russell (retained 8.5), Mitchell Starc (9.4 c), Chris Lynn (9.6 c), Dinesh Karthik (7.4 c), Robin Uthappa (6.4 c), Piyush Chawla (4.2 c), Kuldeep Yadav (5.8 c), Shubman Gill (1.8 c), Ishank Jaggi (20 Lakh), Kamlesh Nagarkotti (3.2 c), Nitish Rana (3.4 c), Vinay Kumar (1 Cr), Apoorv Wankhade (20L), Rinku Singh (80 L), Shivam Mavi (3 Cr), Mitchell Johnson (2 Cr), Javon Searles (30 L), Cameron Delport (30 L)
Someone forget to tell the RR buyer that it’s not an unlimited credit card and so they spend more and try to get as much as they can. They purchase one of the two biggest buy-ins IPL 2018 auction with Ben Stokes for 12.5 Crore and Jaydev Unadkat for 11.5
They get D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer, who set the big bash on fire with their performance. As they are making come back after two years, they don’t want to left any stone unturned. Instead of going after spinner, which is the biggest deal of IPL 2018 auction, they smartly buy their player and made their team well balanced. We hope to see them in final soon.
Team: Steve Smith (retained 12.5 crore), Ben Stokes (12.5 c), Ajinkya Rahane (4 c), Stuart Binny (50 Lakh), Sanju Samson (8 c), Jos Buttler (4.4 c), Rahul Tripathi (3.4 c), D’Arcy Short (4 c), Jofra Archer (7.2 c), K Gowtham (6.2 Cr), Dhawal Kulkarni (75L RTM), Jaydev Unadkat (11.5 cr), Ankit Sharma (20L), Anureet Singh (30L), Zahir Khan Pakteen (60L), Shreyas Gopal (20L), MS Midhun (20L), Prashant Chopra (20L), Ben Laughlin (50L), Mahipal Lomror (20 L), Aryaman Birla (30 L), Jatin Saxena (20L), Dushmantha Chameera (50 L)
Kings XI Punjab
No one understands the reason behind Kings XI Punjab going gaga over every single player and spending royally, which make them one of the biggest spending buyers in IPL 2018 auction.
But they get the winning point when they get one of the biggest names in Indian cricket, they get R Ashwin (7.6 crores), Yuvraj Singh (2 crores), Karun Nair (5.6 crores) and KL Rahul (11 crores). To add more supremacy they bought Marcus Stoinis, David Miller, and Aaron Finch. They look more than desperate to win this time and that is why they get all the stars, but would they win IPL 2018 or it’s just all glitter and no gold.
Team: Axar Patel (retained 12.5 crore), R Ashwin (7.6 c), Yuvraj Singh (2 c), Karun Nair (5.6 c), KL Rahul (11 c), David Miller (3 c), Aaron Finch (6.2 c), Marcus Stoinis (6.2 c), Mayank Agarwal (1 c), Ankit Rajpoot (3 c), Manoj Tiwary (1 Cr), Mohit Sharma (2.4 Cr RTM), Mujeeb Zadran (4 Cr), Barinder Sran (2.2 Cr), Andrew Tye (7.2 Cr), Akshdeep Nath (1 Cr), Ben Dwarshius (1.4 Cr), Pardeep Sahu (20L), Mayank Dagar (20L), Chris Gayle (2 Cr), Manzoor Dar (20 L)
One of my personal favorite after CSK, they did win in IPL 2016 against RCB. They have tried harder every single time and now maybe their time. Their bowling line up was so good they even with the small target, their power would achieve the win.
They get back their star player like David Warner (12.5 c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8.5 c), Shikhar Dhawan (5.2 c). they got a ton of option in bowling with Sandeep Sharma, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan. Once again the bowling department looks dominating factor in the team. We look forward to their matches.
Team: David Warner (retained 12.5 c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (retained 8.5 c), Shikhar Dhawan (5.2 c), Shakib Al Hasan (2 c), Kane Williamson (3 c), Manish Pandey (11 c), Carlos Brathwaite (2 c), Yusuf Pathan (1.9 c), Wriddhiman Saha (5 c), Rashid Khan (9 c), Ricky Bhui (20 Lakh), Deepak Hooda (3.6 c), Siddarth Kaul (3.8 c), T Natarajan (40 Lakh), Basil Thampi (95 Lakh), Khaleel Ahmed (3 c), Mohammad Nabi (1 Cr), Sandeep Sharma (3 Cr), Sachin Baby (20L), Chris Jordan (1Cr), Billy Stanlake (50L), Tanmay Agarwal (20L), Shreevats Goswami (1 Cr), Bipul Sharma (20L), Mehdi Hasan (20 L)
With all those player and team, IPL 2018 auction is one of the biggest luck changers for every team. We might try to find which team is more well balanced, but after all, cricket is a game of chance. Who do you think might win IPL 2018? Who are you rooting for? Do tell us in the comment.