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Every team has made at least three changes to their team during the trade window. Here’s an analysis into where each team’s strengths lie and who they will depend on.
Chennai Super Kings
Strength: Retained their core team from their successful 2018 campaign.
Weakness: Lowest salary cap left for the auction, if they have to buy a high-profile player.
Will depend on: Spin and experience, like in 2018.
Key retained players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
Strength: Young talent in Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Kagiso Rabada.
Weakness: Can’t find a settled core of players for any campaign.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 14 November 2018
Will depend on: Shikhar Dhawan’s experience.
Key retained players: Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris.
Kings XI Punjab
Strength: INR 36.20 crores available to use during the auction.
Weakness: An under-performing middle order
Will depend on: The spin of R Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Key retained players: Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Strength: Another strong spin core in Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla.
Weakness: Have lost the services of three exceptional overseas T20 bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Tom Curran.
Will depend on: The all-round might of Andre Russell.
Key retained players: Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav and Robin Uthappa.
Strength: Excellent Indian talent in Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
Weakness: Need a death-overs specialist to accompany Bumrah.
Will depend on: The Indian core of international players.
Key retained players: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
🦁The #KXIP Squad🦁
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) 16 November 2018
Strength: David Warner’s plausible return to their squad.
Weakness: An inconsistent middle order.
Will depend on: Overseas talent in Rashid Khan, Kane Williamson and David Warner.
Key retained players: Rashid Khan, Kane Williamson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Strength: A strong English contingent in Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer
Weakness: Availability of their strong English contingent with the World Cup on the horizon.
Will depend on: Ajinkya Rahane’s consistency.
Key retained players: Steven Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Strength: Virat Kohli + AB de Villiers
Weakness: The absence of confidence that success brings.
Will depend on: A refreshed de Villiers.
Key retained players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal.