IPL 2022 Team Status
Mumbai Indians had a poor campaign from their standards last year, missing out on the playoffs and failing to defend their title. Despite the disappointment, they made no changes to their coaching staff, retaining Mahela Jayawardene along with the star quartet of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav.
During the auction, they had just one goal, which was to re-sign Ishan Kishan no matter what the cost. It cost them a big bit they’d tell you that they’re still happy. They also picked up Jofra Archer even though he is out injured and can’t play this IPL.
In all, Mumbai did well and still have a roster that can compete for the title. If not this year, then certainly next when Archer is back to terrorise opponents.
Chennai Super Kings
The focus of defending champions Chennai Super Kings during the offseason was to retain their title-winning core from last year and then look for all-rounders that can help them bat deep and also provide bowling options.
They retained Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, and Ruturaj Gaikwad, and to them, they added stars such as Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, and Deepak Chahar.
Once again, by the looks of their overall squad strength and shrewd additions, it seems that Dhoni and company will be a force during their title defence.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata were the surprise package last year, somehow sneaking into the playoffs where they suddenly came alive and knocked out Bangalore and Delhi before finally seeing their incredible run ended in the final by CSK.
They retained Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, and Sunil Narine before adding to that quartet names such as Shreyas Iyer, Pat Cummins, and Nitish Rana.
KKR’s top order left a lot to be desired last year – a weakness that was not addressed this year as well. It seems that more often than not they will again have to look at their bowling unit to bail them out – unless of course one of their newer, lesser-known recruits turns out to be a fast and free-scoring batting gem.
This was by far the worst team in the competition last year that had a variety of problems, including an implosion that saw them sack their captain David Warner mid-tournament. The sacking didn’t change much as Hyderabad were just as horrible under Kane Williamson.
Changes were warranted and changes did happen. Trevor Bayliss, Brad Haddin, and VVS Laxman are all gone, with Tom Moody taking over as the new head coach. Simon Katich will be his assistant whereas legendary South African pacer Dale Steyn will be the bowling coach.
After retaining Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik, Hyderabad signed Nicholas Pooran, Washington Sundar, and Rahul Tripathi, while also re-signing Bhuvneshwar Kumar among others.
Hyderabad appear slightly misbalanced, with more bowling options than batting firepower, although the presence of Williamson, Markram, and Pooran in the middle order should resolve that issue to some degree.
Rajasthan Royals were disappointing last season, avoiding the bottom only due to the generosity of even more abysmal Sunrisers Hyderabad.
They did not make any notable changes in the backroom staff and retained captain Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Their notable additions during the auction were Prasidh Krishna, Shimron Hetmyer, Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Devdutt Padikkal.
It appears a decent bunch for now, but then all rosters look good before the first ball is bowled. They might struggle a bit during death overs due to a specialist pacer for that purpose but other than that it’s a pretty decent unit.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
It’s been 14 years and still, there is no IPL title for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Virat Kohli-led side was knocked out in the Eliminator game last year, which ended another season of agony.
They promoted former batting consultant Sanjay Bangar to the head coaching role during the offseason and retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj before re-signing Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga and adding new names such as Josh Hazlewood and Faf du Plessis.
This is again a very talented unit put together by RCB but then they’ve had decent teams almost every year. It’s just that despite the ingredients in place, their recipe for success always comes up short.
Delhi Capitals were superb during the round-robin stage last year and finished at the top but ran out of gas during the playoffs, losing both their matches and crashing out.
During the off-season, they let go of assistant coaches Mohammad Kaif and Ajay Ratra and replaced them with Ajit Agarkar and Shane Watson.
Their retentions ahead of the auction were of Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, and Anrich Nortje, to which they added names such as Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, and Kuldeep Yadav among others.
A cursory look at their roster is enough to know that the Capitals have scary firepower in their batting unit and it runs deep. They also have a fair share of bowling all-rounders, which is only going to help their cause. In all, Delhi once again packs a lot of talent.
Punjab Kings were one of those also-rans last year, not quite that rubbish but not quite that good either, as they finished sixth and failed to make the playoffs for seven straight years.
Head coach Anil Kumble still finds himself in the job, with the management appointing Wasim Jaffer to help him improve the batters’ production. Former assistant coach Andy Flower has left to coach Lucknow.
Punjab Kings only retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh, which left them with a big purse of cash to splash during the auction and splash they did.
Kagiso Rabada, Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, and Liam Livingstone are now all on their books. This may have been said before but we’re going to utter it again despite the risk of jinxing it: Punjab Kings look loaded this year.
Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow owners are no strangers to IPL auctions as they previously owned Rising Pune Supergiant, which explains their shrewd performance during the mega auction this year.
Powered by the think tank of newly appointed head coach Andy Flower and mentor Gautam Gambhir, Lucknow systematically constructed a pretty decent unit, first picking KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi ahead of the auction and then signing players such as Jason Holder, Quinton de Kock, and Manish Pandey.
Their first-choice eleven looks very well balanced, with enough variety and depth in both bowling and batting units. Even their bench has decent names.
One of the two expansion franchises, the Titans picked the trio of Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill ahead of the auction. Once the bidding began, they added Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, and Jason Roy among others.
They will be coached by Ashish Nehra, who has never been a head coach at this level but has been the bowling coach before. South African legend Gary Kirsten will be by his side overseeing the batters’ performance. Gujarat have recruited well and do have some outstanding talent but would it be enough to make an impact in their very first season? Only time will tell. What we can tell you is that for them to go deep in their inaugural campaign, they would require big contributions from Pandya and Rashid.