IPL 2018: Biggest strength of each franchise
The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League is now less than a month away. After witnessing a major shake-up, the teams finally seem sorted with their captains and coaches. A lot of players will be featuring in new colors this year and it will be interesting to see how they fare for their new franchise. Teams like Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai will be looking to extend their dominance while Bangalore, Delhi and Punjab will be raring to lay hands on their maiden titles. After the retentions and the hard fought auction, it is evident that all franchises have some glaring strengths and weaknesses.
You can take a look at each franchise's biggest weakness here.
Let us now take a look at the primary strength of each franchise, ahead of the eleventh edition of the IPL:
#1 Chennai Super Kings - Experience
The Chennai Super Kings are finally back after a two year hiatus. They will be looking to pick up from where they left off. They made an excellent choice by retaining three of their most iconic Indian players - MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and "Sir" Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni and Raina started their careers with the Super Kings franchisee in the inaugural season and Jadeja joined soon later. The three have each individually been pivotal in the immense success that the Chennai Super Kings has witnessed over the years.
In the auction, they retained Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis. Bravo has been a sensation for the Super Kings and has won two purple caps in their yellow colors. Faf is the South African captain and the experience he brings with him is priceless. They also managed to add to their squad the trio of Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. Seven IPL titles have been won between the three of them!
A squad filled with such experienced cricketers who have tasted victory already will have an upper hand in high pressure situations, and could taste even more success in the coming years!