As the IPL auctions for 2011 come to an end, we cast a glance on the new line-ups, possible captaincy options, team spend and players retained.
Some quick thoughts:
Defending champs Chennai have retained an astonishing number of players, 10 11. The next best are Mumbai and Rajasthan with four.
There’s lots of noise about fans boycotting KKR at the Eden. They’ve got to realise Ganguly wasn’t a KKR problem; the other nine teams didn’t consider him either. It’s clear there’s a non-cricketing reason behind Ganguly’s removal. He was the fourth highest run-maker in IPL 2010.
On a whole, it is sad Ganguly waited to be shown the door. It’s a lesson for Dravid and Laxman. Kumble played it smarter, withdrawing at the last minute from the auctions.
Lara’s exclusion wasn’t surprising either. He’s in no fitness for this level of cricket and seemed like he was only in it for the money. The ten teams showed him place, and rightly so.
Delhi, one of the most consistent teams in the IPL, will have a captaincy crisis. Virender Sehwag is a reluctant leader; if he doesn’t lead them, it’s unclear at the moment who will.
Questions for readers: who do you think should captain the new teams? And which four teams will reach the play-offs? Comment away.
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