Tensions have started running high with the fans as the eight participating franchisees of the Indian Premier League have declared their respective lists of players being retained by them for this version of the IPL and thus, it indicates the addition of a number of quality players to the “for sale” list.
While the retained players will provide the franchisee with identity, talent and skill as well as fan following and high target rating point, it’s collective performance upon which the game of cricket is always dependent and squad building is always going to be much more important than player retention.
This article will go a step forward in picking a team of 11 players belonging to all the diverse departments of the game, thus providing some insight into the team building process.
In the opening department, David Warner and Mike Hussey are the best bets without a single bit of doubt. Mr. Cricket was the highest run-getter in the last instalment played in 2013 pipping Chris Gayle for the crown. The other contenders for this position would be Aron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Dwayne Smith, Murali Vijay and Virendar Sehwag.
The best middle order would boast the likes of Kevin Pieterson, Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith and Kedar Yadav. Pietersen’s attractive batting style, his natural aggression and superstar status maked him an ideal Indian Premier League commodity. While Yuvraj may be a controversial inclusion in the list, he too has the capability to single-handedly destroy any pace attack of the world on his day and Steve Smith has to be there being a good middle order batsman as well as an awesome fielder. The other choices for the middle order are Mahela Jayawardene, Glenn Maxwell, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara
While it comes to wicket keeping, it will be a difficult choice to make between Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, Quinton De Kock and W. Saha with the first one as a slight favorite due to his stupendous form in the last six months.
The bowling department would have Mitchell Johnson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra. Johnson is currently the talk of the cricketing world after he scalped 37 wickets in the recently concluded Ashes whereas the rest three have recently became consistent faces, thus cementing their places in the Indian cricket team. Apart from the four, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Varun Aron and Ashok Dinda are good choices for this department.