| On Apr 5, 2018 11:23 PM IST

IPL 2018: SWOT Analysis – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals


IPL Auction 2018 concluded with 169 players getting the nods. The two-day auction event saw bargains, big-buys and surprising snubs.

Here’s an analysis of the teams for this year’s IPL edition:


Royal Challengers Bangalore

Strength: Power-packed batting boasting Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum

Weakness: Too many options for every position

Opportunity: Young Indian bowlers will get plenty of chances to impress

Threat: Getting the right combination from the start



Kolkata Knight Riders

Strength: Proven overseas troupe in Chris Lynn, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine

Weakness: New leadership can rankle the Knights

Opportunity: Big break for young middle-order and quicks

Threat: Absence of reinforcements for many slots



Mumbai Indians

Strength: Great additions in Evin Lewis, Mustafizur Rahman and Pat Cummins, and holding on to the core team

Weakness: Absence of a experienced, quality spinner and not enough Indian quicks

Opportunity: Young spinners and two wicketkeepers have opportunity to shine

Threat: Opening/middle-order dilemma over Rohit’s batting position


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Strength: Balanced squad.

Weakness: Lack of firepower in the middle-order and absence of a finisher

Opportunity: Young Indian batsmen to showcase their mettle

Threat: Dependency on David Warner in recent editions



Kings XI Punjab

Strength: Star-studded batting lineup with the likes of Finch, Gayle, Yuvraj and Miller in the mix

Weakness: New leadership

Opportunity: Emerge as a contender after last few forgetful seasons

Threat: Absence of a quality wicketkeeper



Chennai Super Kings

Strength: Tried and tested combination and most successful captain to lead the pack

Weakness: Inexperience in pace battery

Opportunity: For the old dogs to make the experience count

Threat: Reliance on overseas players



Delhi Daredevils

Strength: Firepower in the batting lineup

Weakness: Just one all-rounder in Chris Morris to balance team combination

Opportunity: Old horse Gambhir to make DD a force again

Threat: Plenty of youngsters



Rajasthan Royals

Strength: Big match players in Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler

Weakness: Lack of wicket-taking bowlers

Opportunity: D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer would want to make a name for themselves in the most lucrative T20 league

Threat: Uncertainty over Ben Stokes’ availability




Himanshu Sharma

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