Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals among the strongest as we look at the predicted playing 11 of all the teams for IPL 2020 if overseas players are banned.
Please note: IPL 2020 has been postponed to April 15th with immediate effect amid Coronavirus outbreak.
The current pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a panic situation across the globe. The dreadful contagious disease has taken a toll on Human life causing deaths in huge numbers, and is currently spreading like a gush of wind.
While the disease spreads drastically when any person comes in contact with the affected person, the main reason for the spread is crowd gatherings. Huge crowds, gathering in different places such as Stations, Movie Theatres, Stadiums, Temples are all strongly susceptible to the spread of this disease.
So, in lieu of such happenings, Sports tournaments are the ones that are being affected the most. We have seen big football tournaments such as LA Liga, English Premier League, etc. being affected with players playing in empty stadiums, and some tournaments like NBA are even suspended to minimize the spread.
IPL 2020 and Coronavirus:
India is going to witness the 2-months long popular tournament, the Indian Premier League, initially scheduled to start on March 29, but postponed to April 15 due to Coronavirus outbreak. It is expected that the matches would go on, even if we witness empty stadiums.
However, one thing which the IPL governing council would face a lot of challenge is the availability of foreign players. With current Visa restrictions coupled with countries refraining their citizens to travel to other countries, there might be a possibility of IPL 2020 being an all-Indian players affair.
While the possibility of such a scenario happening looks feeble as overseas players come under valid employment pass, If it does exist due to any other reason, how would it affect the team balance? Do they have the right backups to cover up for the foreign players?
Well, IPL governing council might then allow the hiring of new players, but assuming due to time constraint, teams are restricted to the current crop of players, what would the strongest predicted playing 11 without overseas players look like for all the teams for IPL 2020? Let’s have a look.
Please note, the players are relatively rated for their primary category basis their last two IPL’s performance, and/or their current Int/Domestic form. Also, the (-ve) percentage denotes the deviation of this playing 11 from their regular strongest playing 11.
#8: Rajasthan Royals – 7.48 (-8.14%)
Rajasthan Royals are one of the three teams that would be affected the most as their team strength is overseas players. Given that Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer are their key 4 overseas players, the best replacements for these players are Manan Vohra, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shashank Singh, and Ankit Rajpoot.
While Manan Vohra and Ankit Rajpoot have some IPL experience under the belt, Yashasvi and Shashank are newcomers, even though there is an abundance of talent- especially Yashasvi Jaiswal. The lower-order looks slightly underwhelming, and that’s the major hit this side would take.
So, here’s the Rajasthan Royals’ strongest 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Mana Vohra, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (C&WK), Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markhande & Ankit Rajpoot.
#7: Kolkata Knight Riders- 7.55 (-7.98%)
When you let go the likes of Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, and Sunil Narine, you are asking for trouble. Even more, when the guys replacing these stalwarts are mostly inexperienced but talented players.
Replacing these 4 are Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Siddhesh Lad is a good top-order batsman, and Rinku Singh is an attacking finisher. Nagarkoti and Mavi are the talented U-19 speedsters, who are yet to make a name for themselves in IPL.
So, here’s the Kolkata Knight Riders’ strongest 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Prasidh Krishna.
#6: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7.62 (-9.38%)
The worst affected team of all the teams as the absence of David Warner, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, and Rashid Khan leaves a huge gap in the playing 11. The Warner-Bairstow combo is being replaced by Goswami-Saha combo, and Williamson & Rashid are being replaced by Virat Singh & Shahbaz Nadeem.
While the batting department is being affected a lot, the only good thing for Sunrisers Hyderabad here is that their pacers are still the same with Bhuvi, Khaleel, and Sandeep. But, barring Manish Pandey, there isn’t a single name in the batting department, who can tear apart the bowling.
Nevertheless, here’s the SRH’s strongest 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Sreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey (C), Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed & Sandeep Sharma.
#5: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 7.8 (-7.75%)
Royal Challengers Bangalore had retained 13 players before the auction including 11 Indian players. Hence, even if the overseas players aren’t available, the team combination won’t be affected much, although there is still some inexperience in the team.
The team would be happy to have Devdutt Padikkal as the opener- who would have otherwise found it difficult to open. Their bowling looks sorted with Saini, Umesh, Sundar, and Chahal. But, it is their feeble middle-order of Gurkeerat, Dube & Pavan that make us cringe the absence of Abd, Finch, and Moeen.
So, here’s Royal Challengers Bangalore’s strongest 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Parthiv Patel (WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Pavan Deshpande, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav & Yuzvendra Chahal.
#4: Kings XI Punjab – 7.82 (-6.48%)
Over the last two years, the management of Kings XI Punjab has done a brilliant job in building a good Indian core in the squad. Their roster is full of talented Indian players, thus the loss of overseas players won’t affect them much.
The replacements for their preferred overseas players- Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Sheldon Cottrell are Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, and Murugan Ashwin. While Sarafaz and Deepak add firepower to the lower-order, Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin strengthen the spin department.
So, here’s Kings XI Punjab’s strongest predicted 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami & Ishan Porel.
#3: Chennai Super Kings – 8.15 (-6.09%)
Chennai Super Kings have always been a team that has relied more on their Indian powerhouse than their overseas powerhouse. Barring a couple of players, the team has often had some good Indian backups as a cover. That’s exactly the case with them in IPL 2020.
The departure of their preferred 4 overseas players- Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, and Lungi Ngidi is very neatly covered by their Indian backups in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, and Shardul Thakur. They may not match the quality of the overseas players, but they bring a good balance to the side.
So, here’s Chennai Super Kings’ strongest 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, and Piyush Chawla.
#2: Delhi Capitals – 8.25 (-5.5%)
Such is the firepower of the Indian contingent of Delhi Capitals that they are the least dependent side on their overseas players. They have good Indian backups in almost every department, and their key players are all Indians.
The preferred four overseas players for Delhi Capitals – Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, and Keemo Paul find the right balance with Indian replacements, Ajinkya Rahane, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, and Mohit Sharma.
While the selection of these players may have resulted in Delhi Capitals being a batsman less, that is more or less covered with 3 all-rounders- Axar Patel, R Ashwin, and Harshal Patel, who also add more depth in the bowling.
So, here’s Delhi Capitals’ strongest predicted 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma & Mohit Sharma.
#1: Mumbai Indians – 8.34 (-6.81%)
Mumbai Indians had a near-perfect squad with the presence of their 4 strong overseas players- Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, and Lasith Malinga. While they continue having the best playing 11 without overseas players among all the teams, there is some gap to expose.
Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwari, Jayant Yadav, and Dhawal Kulkarni don’t bring the level of confidence the above 4 overseas players do. Ultimately it is bound to few quality Indian players, who bring all the strength to the squad- thus making them the strongest squad without overseas players.
So, here’s Mumbai Indians’ strongest predicted 11 without overseas players for IPL 2020:
Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Saurabh Tiwari, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni & Jasprit Bumrah.
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricket.
Cricket to him is like what ‘Football is to Lionel Messi’, ‘Singing is to Lata Mangeshkar’, ‘Dancing is to Michael Jackson’, and what ‘Acting is to Clint Eastwood’.
Besides his effervescent love for Cricket, Adesh is an MBA by qualification.