Who will captain Sunrisers Hyderabad?
Head coach Brian Lara said on Friday that Sunrisers do not yet know. He also said that it was “unfair” to call Mayank Agarwal, who led Punjab Kings last year, their captain because there are already a few senior players in the team.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Aiden Markram are their other captaincy-experienced options, but both have limitations. Bhuvneshwar is prone to injury and only appeared in four of the Sunrisers’ 16 games the previous season. Even though Markram captained South Africa’s A teams and led South Africa to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2014, his leadership on the international stage was unremarkable; In his role as stand-in captain at the beginning of 2018, he lost all five One-Day International matches against India despite having a depleted team.
Despite his poor recent performance, why was Pooran’s price raised from INR 10.75 to 16 crore?
Some people might have thought that Pooran’s poor recent run would have hurt his IPL stock: Pooran has only scored 10.80 runs per 20 T20 innings with a strike rate of 114.28 since August of this year. Among those were his disappointing scores of 13, 7, and 5 at the T20 World Cup, which led to his resignation as captain of the West Indies.
However, the auction on Friday could have gone in Pooran’s favor in a few ways. First, his most recent scores. He turned things around in the Abu Dhabi T10 by scoring 345 runs in just 10 innings with 25 sixes and 31 fours at a staggering strike rate of 234.69. Second, in the Indian Premier League, he has impressive strike rates against both pace (151.42 from 39 innings) and spin (152.20 from 31 innings).
Why did Stokes receive less money than Curran did?
It was obvious that the all-rounders would make the most money, but the three players with the most experience, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, and Ben Stokes, got paid the least.
The fact that Stokes’ name came up last among the three was one reason. Names were chosen at random within a particular set, like allrounders, and teams had to bid on them. After Shakib Al Hasan, Curran came in second, and Kings lost their money. Green was the next well-known all-rounder, and the Mumbai Indians paid a lot for him this time.
After Bravo’s departure, who will be CSK’s death bowler?
It is obvious that Stokes will replace Dwyane Bravo in the XI, but who will bowl in the final over for Super Kings now? For two of the final four overs, Bravo was a sure thing. He was especially useful on the slow pitches in Chepauk and could even turn the game around on his own.
Since the beginning of 2021, Stokes has only bowled 29 balls in the final over, so Super Kings will turn to Maheesh Theekshana, who has done the same thing for Sri Lanka and Jaffna Kings in their successful Lanka Premier League campaigns. He leads Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Sam Curran, and others in the death overs this year with an impressive economy rate of 7.35.
Why did spinners sell out so quickly at this auction?
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohhammad Nabi, Shreyas Gopal, and Tabraiz Shamsi all failed to sell, while Adil Rashid, Adam Zampa, M Ashwin, and Markande were all sold at their base price, resulting in only one bid for each of them.
A portion of the top spinners on the planet had previously been held by the establishments in front of the smaller than usual sale so groups for the most part required back-ups to occupy a few spots this time. Even if a player can be subbed in or out with the new impact rule, it must be done within the four-overseas limit rule, so selecting overseas spinners who are unable to bat would not make much sense for that.