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IPL 2024: Unveiling Team Strengths In The Auction Showdown!

IPL 2024 Unveiling Team Strengths

Published on December 21st, 2023

Kolkata Knight Riders

Squad Strength: 23 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings: Mitchell Starc (INR 24.75 crore), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (INR 2 crore), Sherfane Rutherford (INR 1.5 crore), Gus Atkinson (INR 1 crore), KS Bharat (INR 50 lakh), Chetan Sakariya (INR 50 lakh), Angkrish Raghuvanshi (INR 20 lakh), Ramandeep Singh (INR 20 lakh), Manish Pandey (INR 50 lakh), Sakib Hussain (INR 20 lakh)

Wins: Kolkata Knight Riders addressed their need for fast bowlers with the record-breaking signing of Mitchell Starc at INR 24.75 crore. They also added depth with Gus Atkinson and secured backup options in Mujeeb Ur Rahman and KS Bharat.

Misses: The team heavily relies on Gurbaz, and Atkinson may not secure a spot in the first-choice XI. Concerns include the lack of experience among Indian seamers and potential batting depth issues, especially with unproven IPL talent like Ramandeep Singh.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Jason Roy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Angkrish Raghuvanshi

– Middle Order: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, KS Bharat (wk), Manish Pandey, Sherfane Rutherford

– Allrounders: Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Ramandeep Singh

– Fast Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Gus Atkinson, Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora, Chetan Sakariya, Sakib Hussain

– Spinners: Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Suyash Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Read More: Mitchell Starc Secures IPL Record Deal With KKR At INR 24.75 Crores!

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings: Travis Head (INR 6.8 crore), Wanindu Hasaranga (INR 1.5 crore), Pat Cummins (INR 20.5 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (INR 1.6 crore), Akash Singh (INR 20 lakh), Jhathavedh Subramanyan (INR 20 lakh)

Wins: Sunrisers Hyderabad secured a major victory by acquiring Pat Cummins for a significant INR 20.5 crore, outbidding four other teams. Wanindu Hasaranga was a steal at his base price, and Travis Head, another notable buy, provides flexibility in the top order, potentially replacing Mayank Agarwal or Abhishek Sharma based on form.

Misses: While it’s a minor concern, the team might have considered acquiring a backup for Abdul Samad.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Travis Head, Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh

– Middle Order: Aiden Markram, Rahul Tripathi, Glenn Phillips (wk), Abdul Samad, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Upendra Yadav (wk)

– Allrounders: Marco Jansen, Washington Sundar, Sanvir Singh, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Shahbaz Ahmed

– Fast Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Jaydev Unadkat, Akash Singh

– Spinners: Wanindu Hasaranga, Mayank Markande, Jhathavedh Subramanyan

Chennai Super Kings

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Rachin Ravindra (INR 1.8 crore)
  2. Shardul Thakur (INR 4 crore)
  3. Daryl Mitchell (INR 14 crore)
  4. Sameer Rizvi (INR 8.4 crore)
  5. Mustafizur Rahman (INR 2 crore)


– The team boasts comprehensive coverage with notable signings. Sameer Rizvi serves as a replacement for Ambati Rayudu.

– Two impactful all-rounders, Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell, were acquired for a combined price close to the released Ben Stokes.

– Shardul Thakur fills the role of a bowling all-rounder, while Mustafizur Rahman provides valuable backup for the injury-prone Matheesha Pathirana.


– Notable misses include the unsuccessful bids for Gerald Coetzee, who also plays for their SA20 side Johannesburg Super Kings, and Alzarri Joseph.

Full Squad Breakdown:

Openers: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rachin Ravindra

Middle Order: Sameer Rizvi, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Shaik Rasheed, Aravelly Avanish

Allrounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Daryl Mitchell, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Nishant Sindhu, Ajay Mandal

Fast Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Simarjeet Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh Choudhary, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Mustafizur Rahman

Spinners: Maheesh Theekshana, Mitchell Santner, Prashant Solanki

Read More: The Curious Case Of Top Unsold Players In IPL Auction 2024

Mumbai Indians

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Gerald Coetzee (INR 5 crore)
  2. Nuwan Thushara (INR 4.8 crore)
  3. Dilshan Madushanka (INR 4.6 crore)
  4. Mohammad Nabi (INR 1.5 crore)
  5. Shreyas Gopal (INR 20 lakh)
  6. Naman Dhir (INR 20 lakh)
  7. Anshul Kamboj (INR 20 lakh)
  8. Shivalik Sharma (INR 20 lakh)


Mumbai Indians, known for their preference for overseas fast bowlers, strengthened their pace attack with Gerald Coetzee, who also adds depth to the batting order. They secured Sri Lankan talents in Dilshan Madushanka and Nuwan Thushara. Additionally, Shreyas Gopal was brought in as a backup for Piyush Chawla.


– In hindsight, there’s a potential miss as they could have pursued Wanindu Hasaranga, considering the likelihood of playing only three overseas players in the XI.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan (wk)

– Middle Order: Hardik Pandya (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Dewald Brevis, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Vishnu Vinod (wk)

– Allrounders: Romario Shepherd, Mohammad Nabi, Shams Mulani, Shivalik Sharma, Anshul Kamboj, Naman Dhir

– Fast Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff, Arjun Tendulkar, Akash Madhwal, Gerald Coetzee, Dilshan Madushanka, Nuwan Thushara

– Spinners: Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Shreyas Gopal

Rajasthan Royals

Squad Strength: 22 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Rovman Powell (INR 7.4 crore)
  2. Shubham Dubey (INR 5.8 crore)
  3. Nandre Burger (INR 50 lakh)
  4. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (INR 40 lakh)
  5. Abid Mushtaq (INR 20 lakh)


– Rovman Powell, leading Barbados Royals in the CPL, strengthens the middle order significantly.

– Nandre Burger and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, acquired at base prices, serve as excellent backups for Trent Boult and Jos Buttler, respectively.


– With over 90% of their purse spent on the first two buys (Powell and Shubham Dubey), they couldn’t secure the desired all-rounder with the remaining budget.

– Despite having Riyan Parag, who performed well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the team may face challenges in the all-rounder department.

– The squad size of 22 is the smallest among the ten teams, potentially limiting their options during the tournament.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk)

– Middle Order: Sanju Samson (capt, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Singh Rathore (wk), Shubham Dubey

– Allrounders: Riyan Parag

– Fast Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Sen, Navdeep Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Nandre Burger

– Spinners: R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Abid Mushtaq

Delhi Capitals

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Kumar Kushagra (INR 7.2 crore)
  2. Jhye Richardson (INR 5 crore)
  3. Harry Brook (INR 4 crore)
  4. Sumit Kumar (INR 1 crore)
  5. Shai Hope (INR 75 lakh)
  6. Tristan Stubbs (INR 50 lakh)
  7. Ricky Bhui (INR 20 lakh)
  8. Rasikh Salam (INR 20 lakh)
  9. Swastik Chikara (INR 20 lakh)


– The team addressed the need for wicketkeeping backups with Tristan Stubbs and Kumar Kushagra, providing support for Rishabh Pant.

– A bargain buy in Harry Brook adds strength to the batting lineup.


– Concerns lie in the brittle lower middle order, highlighting a potential weakness in the team composition.

– The team lacks a backup Indian opener for Prithvi Shaw, who has faced challenges with form and fitness.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Shai Hope

– Middle Order: Rishabh Pant (wk), Harry Brook, Tristan Stubbs, Ricky Bhui (wk), Kumar Kushagra, Yash Dhull, Abishek Porel (wk)

– Allrounders: Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh, Sumit Kumar

– Fast Bowlers: Lungi Ngidi, Khaleel Ahmed, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Anrich Nortje, Rasikh Salam, Jhye Richardson

– Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Vicky Ostwal

Read More: The IPL Auction 2024: ODI World Cup Performers Make Waves

Punjab Kings

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Harshal Patel (INR 11.75 crore)
  2. Rilee Rossouw (INR 8 crore)
  3. Chris Woakes (INR 4.2 crore)
  4. Ashutosh Sharma (INR 20 lakh)
  5. Vishwanath Singh (INR 20 lakh)
  6. Shashank Singh (INR 20 lakh)
  7. Tanay Thyagarajan (INR 20 lakh)
  8. Prince Choudhary (INR 20 lakh)


– Chris Woakes and Harshal Patel, both adept bowlers and capable batsmen, bring valuable all-round contributions to the team.

– Rilee Rossouw serves as a backup for Liam Livingstone, strengthening the batting lineup.


– The team missed the opportunity to retain Shahrukh Khan, highlighting a gap in the Indian middle-order batting.

– Towards the end of the auction, the team encountered a bit of chaos when they initially bought Shashank Singh, then attempted to reverse the decision unsuccessfully.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Prabhsimran Singh (wk)

– Middle Order: Jonny Bairstow (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Harpreet Bhatia, Ashutosh Sharma, Shashank Singh

– Allrounders: Rishi Dhawan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shivam Singh, Chris Woakes, Harshal Patel, Vishwanath Singh, Tanay Thyagarajan

– Fast Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, Vidwath Kaverappa,

– Spinners: Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Prince Choudhary

Gujarat Titans

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Spencer Johnson (INR 10 crore)
  2. Shahrukh Khan (INR 7.4 crore)
  3. Umesh Yadav (INR 5.8 crore)
  4. Robin Minz (INR 3.6 crore)
  5. Sushant Mishra (INR 2.2 crore)
  6. Kartik Tyagi (INR 60 lakh)
  7. Azmatullah Omarzai (INR 50 lakh)
  8. Manav Suthar (INR 20 lakh)


– Umesh Yadav adds pace reinforcement for Mohammed Shami, fortifying the fast-bowling department.

– Shahrukh Khan’s addition enhances an already strong finishers’ group.


– The absence of a seasoned Indian wicketkeeping backup to Wriddhiman Saha could pose challenges in fitting Kane Williamson into the playing XI.

– Despite attempting to secure Mitchell Starc, the team couldn’t finalize the deal, possibly affecting their fast-bowling depth.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Shubman Gill (capt), Wriddhiman Saha (wk)

– Middle Order: Kane Williamson, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Sai Sudharsan, Matthew Wade (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Robin Minz (wk)

– Allrounders: Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Azmatullah Omarzai

– Fast Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Darshan Nalkande, Umesh Yadav, Sushant Mishra, Kartik Tyagi, Josh Little, Spencer Johnson

– Spinners: Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore, Manav Suthar

Lucknow Super Giants

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Shivam Mavi (INR 6.4 crore)
  2. M Siddharth (INR 2.4 crore)
  3. David Willey (INR 2 crore)
  4. Ashton Turner (INR 1 crore)
  5. Arshin Kulkarni (INR 20 lakh)
  6. Arshad Khan (INR 20 lakh)


– Successful pre-auction trade for Devdutt Padikkal adds depth to the batting lineup.

– M Siddharth provides valuable spin backup to the team’s bowling department.


– The team lacks experienced Indian middle-order batters, potentially requiring KL Rahul to bat at No. 4 instead of opening the innings.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: KL Rahul (capt, wk), Quinton de Kock (wk), Kyle Mayers, Devdutt Padikkal

– Middle Order: Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Ashton Turner

– Allrounders: K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Prerak Mankad, Arshin Kulkarni, David Willey

– Fast Bowlers: Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Yash Thakur, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mayank Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Shivam Mavi, Arshad Khan

– Spinners: Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, M Siddharth

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Squad Strength: 25 Players (8 Overseas)

Key Signings:

  1. Alzarri Joseph (INR 11.5 crore)
  2. Yash Dayal (INR 5 crore)
  3. Lockie Ferguson (INR 2 crore)
  4. Tom Curran (INR 1.5 crore)
  5. Swapnil Singh (INR 20 lakh)
  6. Saurav Chauhan (INR 20 lakh)


– Successful acquisition of Lockie Ferguson in the accelerated round adds depth to the fast-bowling department.


– The team faces challenges with the absence of an experienced wristspinner to replace Wanindu Hasaranga.

– Lack of a specialist death bowler in the squad may be a concern.

Full Squad Breakdown:

– Openers: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Will Jacks

– Middle Order: Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Anuj Rawat (wk)

– Allrounders: Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Manoj Bhandage, Tom Curran, Swapnil Singh

– Fast Bowlers: Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Reece Topley, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Rajan Kumar, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal

– Spinners: Karn Sharma, Mayank Dagar, Himanshu Sharma, Saurav Chauhan