- Mumbai Indians:
Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandy, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Lendl Simmons and Jos Buttler are some of the key players Mumbai have. The captain Rohit Sharma is very important to Mumbai’s success this season along with some good batting support from Jos Buttler, Parthiv Patel and some others. While Mumbai batting line up is pretty strong, its bowling has some tweaks and inexperience that will be crucial in high-pressure games.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Without a doubt, RCB has the strongest batting lineup in the IPL formed by some big heavyweights like Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson and Travis Head. Kohli and De Villiers are very important for RCB’s success. Their bowling department has some experience in Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron but other than that there are a lot of youngsters who will find it tricky dealing with different pressure.
- Delhi Daredevils:
Led by Zaheer Khan, Delhi has a good batting lineup with Carlos Brathwaite, Quinton de Kock, Sanju Samson and Chris Morris in it. They have some dangerous attacking players there. Rahul Dravid is their mentor and he should be of immense help but the problem comes in the bowling department where Amit Mishra, Imran Tahir and Nathan Counter-Nile have to step up almost every match and train the youngsters around them.
- Kolkata Night Riders:
Shah Rukh Khan’s KKR is one hell of a team to beat with Gautam Gambhir leading from the front. Accompanied by Manish Pandey, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan and Robin Uthappa, it has a great batting lineup. Their bowling department too has some good quality in Brad Hogg, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav and Sunil Narine. Kolkata need to be more consistent and step up in big games if they are to win the IPL this season.
- Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab continue to have more number of Australians in their squad with the presence of Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis. Their Big Bash experience comes in handy but the pair to look forward to is that of Miller and Maxwell. Both are attacking and deadly hitters of the ball and can do some serious damage when on song. Punjab’s bowling misses a leader or a spearhead as Johnson struggles with form.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad:
The Sunrisers has some of the best left handed batsmen in the tournament with David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Eoin Morgan. Kane Williamson though, is Sunrisers’ key man with his patient and smart cricketing mind. Ashish Nehra, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques and Mustafizur Rahman form good pace bowling options but Sunrisers do miss an experience and very effective spinner in their lineup.
- Gujarat Lions:
Along with some excellent attacking batsmen like Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith, the Gujarat Lions have some of the best all-rounders in the world in the form of Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and James Faulkner. They have an exciting set of bowlers in Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Dhawala Kulkarni and Praven Kumar. The problem Gujarat may face is a player who can play out the major part of innings in times of troubles.
- Rising Pune Supergiants:
The newly formed Franchise is led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni comprising of some quality players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Kevin Pietersen, Irfan Pathan and Thisara Perrera. The upper order of Pune does look very strong, but it’s the lower order that is a concern as it buckles quickly under pressure. Also, not many runs are scored by the lower order batsmen.