What is Your Favourite IPL Team’s Best Playing XI for the 2017 Season?

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
Abhimanyu Mithun
Pravin Tambe
Ekalavya Dwivedi
Tanmay Agarwal
Mohammed Siraj
Yuvraj Singh
Ashish Nehra

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
Aniket Choudhary
Mandeep Singh
Praveen Dubey
Sachin Baby
Avesh Khan
Pawan Negi

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
Ishank Jaggi
Sanjay Yadav
Sayan Ghosh
Manish Pandey
Rishi Dhawan

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.

Read: Mumbai Indians’ Detailed IPL 2017 Squad Analysis

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.

MI’s playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Saurabh Tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, and Jasprit Bumrah

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)
Mohammed Shami
Chama V (CV) Milind
Pratyush Singh
Syed Ahmed
Murugan Ashwin
Navdeep Saini
Shashank Singh
Amit Mishra

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
Rahul Chahar
Saurabh Kumar
Baba Aparajith
Jaskaran Singh
Ankit Sharma
Ishwar Pandey
Jaydev Unadkat
R Tripathi
Milind Tandon

Rising Pune Supergiants playing XI: Steve Smith (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa, and Jaydev Unadkat

Finally, KXIP.

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
Shardul Thakur
Rahul Tewatia
Thangarasu Natarajan
Varun Aaron
Rinku Singh
KC Cariappa
Armaan Jaffer
Pardeep Sahu
Nikhil Naik

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?


    1. Good call, Gaurav!

      Kagiso Rabada is a better batsman lower down the order than Pat Cummins as well.

      I am surprised by Delhi Daredevils’s decision to field the Australian pacer ahead of the South African. I wonder if Cummins’s bowling performances in the Ranchi and Dharamsala Tests have persuaded his franchise to give him the nod.

      This is a long season, though, and Rabada will get a match at some stage.

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