At the time of the auction, I wonder if IPL teams consider what their best playing XI will be. Or, at least, consider purchasing players who will genuinely be part of the plans for the new season. Every team can have a maximum of 27 players in their squad, with only nine overseas players allowed per franchise. The squad size and the number of foreign players every team can accommodate are huge when you know for a fact that you can field only 11 players every match.
Of course, you want to have enough cover for the first-choice personnel and the young Indian players who get picked at the minimum base price of 10 Lakh Rupees gather valuable experience whether they play or not during an IPL season. Yet, I strongly believe that the IPL franchises do not pay enough attention to their best playing XI and which players do they actually need, to give themselves the best chance of winning the title.
The IPL 2017 auction was a dicey one for all the eight teams, considering that all the players will go into a mega auction ahead of IPL 11. Ideally, therefore, splashing the cash wasn’t a viable option. While the successful IPL teams have held onto their squad’s core and didn’t make major purchases, teams like Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) have invested heavily.
IPL 2017 Teams’s Players and Best Playing XIs
First up, last season’s title winners and this season’s defending champions, SRH.
|Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Team|
|16 Indian players (capped and uncapped)||9 overseas players (capped and uncapped)|
|Shikhar Dhawan||David Warner (captain)|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Mustafizur Rahman (whose participation is uncertain)|
|Barinder Sran||Ben Cutting|
|Deepak Hooda||Moises Henriques|
|Vijay Shankar||Rashid Khan|
|Naman Ojha||Ben Laughlin|
|Ricky Bhui||Kane Williamson|
|Bipul Sharma||Chris Jordan|
|Siddharth Kaul||Mohammad Nabi|
Sunrisers Hyderabad playing XI: David Warner (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Ben Cutting, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chris Jordan, Ashish Nehra, and Pravin Tambe
Next, IPL 2016‘s runner-up, RCB.
|Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Team|
|15 Indian players (capped and uncapped)||9 overseas players (capped and uncapped)|
|Virat Kohli (captain)||Chris Gayle|
|Lokesh Rahul (ruled out with shoulder injury)||AB de Villiers|
|Sarfaraz Khan||Shane Watson|
|Sreenath Aravind||Billy Stanlake|
|Iqbal Abdulla||Tymal Mills|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Adam Milne|
|Harshal Patel||Samuel Badree|
|Kedar Jadhav||Travis Head|
|Stuart Binny||Tabraiz Shamsi|
Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Sachin Baby, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, and Tymal Mills
Latest: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will lead RCB in their opening match against Sunrisers. De Villiers, Vettori said, has been given a couple of days off. The South African batting maestro has joined up with his RCB team-mates.
In Kohli’s absence for the first few matches of IPL 2017, due to the right-shoulder injury which he is carrying, we’ve heard from Daniel Vettori that AB de Villiers will lead RCB.
The other big news coming from the RCB camp ahead of their IPL 2017 season opener against SRH is that Indian Test opener Lokesh Rahul, who played through the India v Australia Test Series 2017 with a left shoulder injury, has been ruled out of IPL 2017. The Karnataka opener will reportedly travel to London for a surgery on his injured left shoulder. As a result of these injuries, Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan are likely to be key players for RCB in IPL 10.
West Indian Samuel Badree is currently playing in the four-T20I series against Pakistan, who are leading 2-0. Therefore, he might not be available for selection for RCB’s opening fixture of the season, against SRH.
Thirdly, read what Gujarat Lions’s best playing XI for IPL 2017 will be, here.
Next up, the two-time IPL champions, KKR.
|Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Team|
|14 Indian players (capped and uncapped)||9 overseas players (capped and uncapped)|
|Gautam Gambhir (captain)||Chris Lynn|
|Robin Uthappa||Sunil Narine|
|Suryakumar Yadav||Shakib Al Hasan|
|Ankit Singh Rajput||Andre Russell (replaced with Colin de Grandhomme)|
|Yusuf Pathan||Chris Woakes|
|Piyush Chawla||Trent Boult|
|Kuldeep Yadav||Nathan Coulter-Nile|
|Umesh Yadav||Rovman Powell|
|Sheldon Jackson||Darren Bravo|
Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI: Gautam Gambhir (C), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav, and Sunil Narine
Fifth is another two-time IPL champions, MI.
Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard are currently playing in the four-T20I series against Pakistan, who are leading West Indies 2-0. Therefore, this duo might not be available for selection for MI’s opening fixture of the season, against RPS, at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Sixth on the list are DD.
|Delhi Daredevils (DD) Team 2017|
|17 Indian players (capped and uncapped)||9 overseas players (capped and uncapped)|
|Zaheer Khan (captain)||Angelo Mathews|
|Karun Nair||Corey Anderson|
|Jayant Yadav||Chris Morris|
|Rishabh Pant||Kagiso Rabada|
|Ankit Bawne||Pat Cummins|
|Aditya Tare||Sam Billings|
|Sanju Samson||Quinton de Kock (ruled out of IPL 2017)|
|Shreyas Iyer||Carlos Brathwaite|
|Shahbaz Nadeem||Jean-Paul Duminy (withdrawn due to personal reasons)|
|Chama V (CV) Milind|
Delhi Daredevils’s injury list keeps growing and the latest victim to not actually an injury but chickenpox, is Shreyas Iyer. The Mumbai batsman is likely to be out of action for a week, weakening DD’s batting line-up further, after Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy pulled out of IPL 2017 due to a right index finger injury and personal reasons, respectively. In Iyer’s absence, Ankit Bawne might well get a look-in.
Delhi Daredevils best playing XI: Zaheer Khan (C), Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Corey Anderson, Rishabh Pant, Carlos Brathwaite, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Kagiso Rabada
Next up RPS.
|Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) Team 2017|
|18 Indian players (capped and uncapped)||8 overseas players (capped and uncapped)|
|MS Dhoni||Steve Smith (captain)|
|Ravichandran Ashwin (ruled out due sports hernia and replaced with Washington Sundar)||Imran Tahir (for the injured Mitchell Marsh)|
|Ajinkya Rahane||Daniel Christian|
|Rajat Bhatia||Ben Stokes|
|Ankush Bains||Lockie Ferguson|
|Ashok Dinda||Adam Zampa|
|Mayank Agarwal||Usman Khawaja|
|Manoj Tiwary||Faf du Plessis|
|Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Team 2017|
|18 Indian players (capped and uncapped)||9 overseas players (capped and uncapped)|
|Murali Vijay (ruled out with wrist and shoulder injuries)||Glenn Maxwell (captain)|
|Manan Vohra||Marcus Stoinis|
|Wriddhiman Saha||Hashim Amla|
|Sandeep Sharma||Eoin Morgan|
|Anureet Singh||Martin Guptill|
|Gurkeerat Singh Mann||Darren Sammy|
|Axar Patel||David Miller|
|Mohit Sharma||Shaun Marsh|
|Swapnil Singh||Matt Henry|
Kings XI Punjab playing XI: Glenn Maxwell (C), Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Singh, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, and Thangarasu Natarajan
Which team do you support and what do you think your team will achieve in IPL 2017?