IPL Auction day one

Looking at what each team did, or didn't do

Just some quick reaction thoughts to day one of the IPL auction. I love that for a T20 comp we have a two day auction.

Chennai Super Kings

Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande

Allround: Chennai won the last IPL with allround talent. They kept two of those all-rounders, Jadeja and Moeen, and so far haven't really been able to buy another one. Chahar was paid like an all-rounder, but CSK didn't seem that keen to use him with the bat last year. He made a single run. And he's made 79 runs in his IPL career, and half of them were in one innings in 2018. Dwayne Bravo is also not an allrounder anymore.

Oldies: Rayudu, Dhoni, Uthappa, Bravo, Chahar and Jadeja, there is some experience here. And we know CSK like that. They paid almost 1 million for Rayadu, and he's 36.

Unfinished: At the moment this looks like a very incomplete team. They're missing seam bowling, an opener, and they have 20 crore left to spend. And they really only have one frontline overseas right now. So expect some role-playing overseas to fill in their holes as well. I would assume old allrounders. Because this is CSK.

Delhi Capitals

Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, KS Bharat, Sarfaraz Khan

Line up: Shaw, Warner, Marsh, Pant, Bharat, Axar, Thakur, Nortje, and Mustafizur is their team at the moment. That is a good start to your nine players. Top five is solid. The powerplay and death are covered, and you have a star spinner who can provide batting. They need an allrounder of some sort, or hope they can squeeze overs out of Marsh as the sixth option if they bat Axar at seven.

Spin: Outside of Axar, I really don't know about their spin. Kuldeep can't be your number two. It's all well and good bowling against the West Indians who don't like wrist spin, and especially the left-arm version. But I would like at least one more backup. Amit Mishra on the reject market?

Cash: They still have 16 crore available to them. That's not much less than CSK and they nearly have a team already. hell of a days work if you ask me.

Gujarat Titans

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan, Jason Roy, Mohammad Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Abhinav Sadarangani, Rahul Tewatia, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore

Tewatia: 1.2 million for a leg spinner who I had as eighth-best on my board. He's not economical and he doesn't get wickets. Last three years in batting he's struck at 119, which is very slow for someone batting 5-7. I know he played that innings, but let's just focus on last year. 15/104 with bat, and 42/9 with ball. He's had two full years, and one was horrible and one was brilliant.

Pitches: It's also weird that they spent so much money on Tewatia as Gujarat already has Rashid and bought Noor Ahmad. Ten players, three of them wrist spinners, and two of them cost 3.2 mil combined. Oh, and then spent another 400k on a 25-year-old SLA with good SMAT numbers. I guess we know if they ever play at home their pitches will rag.

Bowling: Rashid, Ferguson, and Shami should - if used correctly - get you wickets at the top, attack in the middle and shut up the end. It's a good three-man group if Shami and Ferguson can stay on the field. It's also huge money. They have no real middle order, no all rounder I trust, or frontline keeper.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson

Cummins: They looked like a better team last year when Pat Cummins didn't come back. I think he's a fantastic player, but with him and Russell both needing the middle overs, and neither being great in the death, it feels like they have created the same problem that held them back last time. Strong lets get the band back together vibes.

Captain: If Shreyas Iyer has been bought as captain, at the very least it means their team is not going to go through the overseas leader problem again. They had to spend on him, but the three-man punch of Rana and Iyers actually looks pretty good. Although, I wonder if Shreyas and Rana might both be best suited at four, and be a little slow. But if Venkatesh's form is real, then this is a decent three local batting combo.

Money: They have 12 crores left, and are a long way from a team. They have no keeper and no death bowlers. They have spent a lot of money on some key pieces but left themselves very little for rounding out their roster. So let's hope their lower-level scouting is good.

Lucknow Super Giants

KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi, Quinton de Kock, Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ankit Rajpoot

Hooda and Pandya: 1.76 million on two players who on paper don't make much sense. I could see a punt on one, but both, I had Hooda 9th on my off-spin board. And he hasn't made runs in the IPL across his seven-year career. Krunal is one of my favourites but has been poor for three seasons. They also took a huge punt on Mark Wood, and I don't know what role he can have here, as Holder and Stoinis can be their middle overs seamers, and Wood can only real bowl powerplay and middle. Because of these three big bets, they have no money left. Officially the least.

Hold on: Jason Holder is one of the best high price steals. He can bat anywhere from 4-7, be a very handy fifth bowler who can take wickets in the death. Or if things aren't going great, can probably be in your top four bowlers. That kind of flexibility is huge. Avesh Khan has been pretty frugal at the death; pairing him with a death striker  like Holder is really interesting.

Top 3: KL, de Kock and Pandey are a pretty interesting top three. They all average over 34, I worry about them chewing up some balls on slow starts, and it may lack some real fast scoring, but maybe KL can go back to what he used to be he wasn't forced to keep his wicket or lose the game.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Basil Thampi, Murugan Ashwin

Defensive legspin: It would seem that MI has a type for legspin, the line and length defensive variety. He was number nine on my board, but I still like him, and that board was fairly strong. He's not that much worse than Chahar, and he's less than a third the price.

Five: That is the number of players who can see in Mumbai's best XI next season. Six if Murugan is in. They have not yet purchased a team. They also have a lot of money back, the second most. Punjab have slightly more left, but have hired 8 of their best XI. MI will have to stretch the cash on day two.

Baby AB: Dewald Brevis went for 400k, which is a lot for a player who has played three professional games. He might well be the next de Villiers, but he took around six years of being a pro to be the player he is. Brevis might develop quicker, but it might take this entire cycle.

Punjab Kings

Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel

Bad Sign: This is a message from Jonty Rhodes.

This is obviously just a thing for socials. But do they really think Rabada is a powerplay bowler? Averages 48 there at .4 an over more than the going rate. Like, I get it, it's Rabada, and he should come good there. But he's never been a plus PP bowler. It just feels like they are making simple errors again.

SRK: Shahrukh Khan went for 1.2million based on one season of 22/134. That is more than Rahul Tripathi went for, and he's experienced, tested and last year 28/140. SRK is 26, and his numbers with Tamil Nadu are 20/137. I know his list A numbers are outstanding, and last year for Tamil Nadu, he lit it up. But 1.2 million for a middle-aged project player feels high. He is listed as an allrounder, he averages two balls per match so far in his professional career.

Bowling: Arshdeep. Rabada, Chahar and Harpreet are all pretty high on my board. These are good bowlers. None of them can bat though. I don't quite know how it works unless they expect Harpreet to make runs, and he averages 20 in T20 cricket, but at a strike rate of 112. They still have plenty of money left, though, so they could be looking for all rounders, since they currently have none.

Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa

Spin: Is Ashwin and Chahal the best one-two punch of spin we have right now? Also Ashwin can bowl in the powerplay, so they can really stretch this out if they want. They spin in both directions, Ashwin comes with some limited batting for T20. It's a nice combo. It feels like Rajasthan have more identity than previous years.

Death: Boult and Ashwin at the top, yes please. Chahal and Prasidh Krishna in the middle, why not. And then at the death, well um, good luck. No all rounders, and no death bowlers. How do you fix this with only 12 crore left? As art currently stands they will be going into the season without an all rounder or death bowlers. They can't fix both.

Top 3: Sanju, Jos and Devdutt seem fun. Use Devdutt as the anchor, let the other two party, and you still have Hetmyer later on. This is a nice little top order, not sure how they bat well enough to overcome some of the obvious problems on their current roster. But maybe they can fix that tomorrow.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Faf du Plessis, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Shahbaz Ahmad, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood

Hasaranga: I had the leggie at fifth on my board, but I expected this to happen because he is a leg spinner that can hit. There are not many of them out there. If this works, it will be worth every dollar. But he delivered six overs for sixty runs last year. I think they'll be ok, but I am also not sure I would have made this bet. But the important thing is I told his agent years ago he would make millions, so I am glad he has already got there so soon.

Safe hands: Would anyone feel worried about having Hazlewood and Siraj in their attack together. That's a comfy combo there. Both should end up - in this cycle - as top-class powerplay and death bowlers. Hasaranga might take his time, and Harshal might regress, but you're giving them some tasty insurance.

Pace hitters: Virat, Maxwell, Dinesh and Faf, there is some money that has been spent on that. And three out of the four love facing pace and struggle with spin. They have to be very careful from here on in to ensure that they have some trusted players of spin, because Maxwell is great, but he'll need backup. Which might be tough, as they've only got 9 crores left.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar, Nicholas Pooran, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith

14 and 20: 14 players and 20 crore left. That is the kind of flexibility you want going into the final day. They might also have ten starting players as well. It's not star heavy, but it is far deeper than some other teams, and they still have the fourth most cash left.

Bargains: Oh, there is some value in all this. Bhuvi, Washington, Natarajan and Gopal are not exactly T20 box office. But that is a pretty solid group of guys that combined cost not that much more than Williamson (who is an overpay). It is why they have a lot of decent players on their list, and still money to spend. They could build a lowkey good squad from this.

Pooran: This is a lot to pay for Pooran based on last year and the fact teams seemed to have worked out how to dismiss him. Spin the ball way from him and bowl short. But, Pooran is still a next-level talent, he's young, smart and fearless. It could pay off, and they can take this gamble because of how clever they have been around him. In fact, Umran, Samad, Sharma and Pooran all have fairly high upsides, but there is so many solid cricketers around them, their bottoming out may not matter as much.