Unique insights into the 9 IPL teams

By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar


 
To analyse the strengths of each IPL team this year, we take their 15 highest impact players (10 Indian players and 5 overseas) – well-represented in each function. In this case, we have taken the impact each of these players have had on all T20 matches in their career (with a slightly higher weightage to T20Is of which there are a relatively smaller sample size of matches). This is important to note – this does not factor in factors like conditions or varied opposition within the domestic circuit. It is too complicated (and perhaps misleading) to try and factor those elements in within the structure of domestic T20 cricket today.

The bird’s-eye-view of the 9 teams looks like this at the start of the tournament. 



TWENTY TEAM OBSERVATIONS FOR IPL 2012

1. Favourite teams for Semi-finals:
Chennai Super Kings (Team IMPACT 2.77)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Team IMPACT 2.42)
Delhi Daredevils (Team IMPACT 2.40)
Rajasthan Royals (Team IMPACT 2.37)

2. Dark Horse: Kings XI Punjab ((Team IMPACT 2.35)

3. Team/s with strongest batting unit: Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils

4. Team/s with weakest batting unit: Royal Challengers Bangalore 

5. Team with strongest bowling unit: Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals

6. Team with weakest bowling unit: Delhi Daredevils

7. Most attacking batting unit: Delhi Daredevils

8. Most sluggish batting unit: Deccan Chargers

9. Team with ability to absorb maximum pressure while batting: Pune Warriors

10. Strongest chasing team/s: Kolkata Knight Riders

11. Team most susceptible in a chase: Royal Challengers Bangalore

12. Most economical bowling unit: Rajasthan Royals

13. Most uneconomical bowling unit: Delhi Daredevils

14. Most mercurial side/s: Chennai Super Kings and Pune Warriors (high failure rates)

15. Most imbalanced side: Delhi Daredevils (batting far stronger than bowling)

16. Likely Cannon-fodder for most teams: Pune Warriors

17. Best Bench Strength: Delhi Daredevils

18. Worst Bench Strength: Kings XI Punjab

19. Team with best Indian players: Chennai Super Kings

20. Team with best overseas players: Rajasthan Royals

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