IPL 2017 Preview: Part 2

One day to go for IPL 2017! Here is the second part of our IPL 2017 preview covering KKR, GL, KXIP and DD.

Read Part 1 here.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Skipper:                                  Gautam Gambhir

2016 Finish:                          #4 of 8, losing the eliminator to eventual champions

Best Finish Ever:                  2012 and 2014 Winners

First Match:                           Gujarat Lions vs. KKR at Rajkot, Friday April 7th, 2017 at 8pm IST

Team Balance:                      Probably the best balanced side of all – batting, all-rounders, spinners, pacers, young, old!

Players to Watch:

  1. Robin Uthappa: No longer playing for India, Uthappa continues to shine in the IPL; 3390 runs with 17 half centuries since 2008
  2. Trent Boult: Stuck in a stacked SRH lineup last year, he barely played, but will be an excellent fast bowling replacement for Morne Morkel
  3. Chris Woakes: T20 Strike rate of 139 with the bat, 400+ first class wickets with the ball. KKR may have found the perfect replacement for Andre Russell.

Gujarat Lions

Skipper:                                  Suresh Raina

2016 Finish:                          #3 of 8, after topping the table but losing both qualifiers

Best Finish Ever:                  2016, their first and only season so far

First Match:                           Gujarat Lions vs. KKR at Rajkot, Friday April 7th, 2017 at 8pm IST

Team Balance:                      Batting heavy with 3 true all-rounders, but limited pure bowling quality

Players to Watch:

  1. Jason Roy: His first ever IPL, but Roy has a T20 strike rate of nearly 145.
  2. Dwayne Bravo: #3 on IPLs all-time highest wicket taker list with his focus on death overs
  3. Ravindra Jadeja: Man of the Series in tests against Australia, Sir is more than capable in the T20 format.

Kings XI Punjab

Skipper:                                  Glenn Maxwell

2016 Finish:                          #8 of 8 for the second year in a row

Best Finish Ever:                  Finalists in 2014

First Match:                           KXIP vs. Rising Pune Supergiants at Indore, April 8, 2017 at 4pm IST

Team Balance:                      Very batting heavy; not a single overseas bowler in the entire squad

Players to Watch:

  1. Eoin Morgan: With 24 T20 half centuries, Morgan was this year’s biggest buy for KXIP
  2. Sandeep Sharma: Not a big name but has a knack to pick up both early and late wickets
  3. Wriddhiman Saha: Sometimes seen as a test specialist, Saha has 2484 T20 runs at a strike rate of over 130

 Delhi Daredevils

Skipper:                                 Zaheer Khan

2016 Finish:                          #6

Best Finish Ever:                  2008, 2009 Semi Finalists

First Match:                           RCB vs. Delhi Daredevils at Bengaluru, April 8, 2017 at 8pm IST

Team Balance:                      Light on top order batting, strong lower order and quick bowling

Players to Watch:

  1.  Kagiso Rabada: This young quick was Delhi’s key buy this year; though his T20 stats are limited, his Test and ODI bowling figures are tremendous
  2. Rishabh Pant: Young but with a bright future; he burst on the scene with a test match triple century and 48-ball hundred in the same season
  3. Amit Mishra: Amit Mishra’s leg spinners have picked up 124 victims in his IPL career, second only to Malinga. Can run through any line-up on his day.

2 comments on “IPL 2017 Preview: Part 2

  1. Yogi says:

    Your previews should include an expected finish position this season category. I mean, obviously the Sunrisers are going to win again, but the remaining 7 teams need to be ranked on winning potential.

  2. 1tip1hand says:

    We were hoping not to alienate anyone by rating teams, but since you asked, here’s the projected 2017 finish:
    1) Delhi Daredevils
    2) Kolkata Knight Riders
    3) Mumbai Indians
    4) Gujarat Lions
    5) Royal Challengers Bangalore
    6) Rising Pune Supergiants
    7) Kings XI Punjab
    8) Sunrisers Hyderabad
    * Disclaimer: All views in this comment are the opinion of one blogger, not the official stance of 1T1H, and comments are designed exclusively to harass the original poster above.

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