After the chaotic disruption of IPL 2021 earlier this year, the lengthy interval is almost over as only a few days remain for the start of the concluding half of the tournament from 19th September.
The change in the schedule has left quite a few teams without some of their overseas players although they are permitted to bring in the necessary replacements.
We take a look at how all the 8 teams have lined up their squads, who are the players that will miss the 2nd leg of the competition and who are coming in their stead.
Chennai Super Kings Keeps The Same Squad
Current Position: 2nd
Betting Odds: 3.60 with 10Cric to Win IPL ’21
Unavailable: Chennai Super Kings is one of two sides who have not lost any player for the 2nd half of IPL 2021.
Squad: MS Dhoni (c) Suresh Raina, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, R Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood.
Ben Dwarshuis Joins Delhi Capitals
Current Position: 1st
Betting Odds: 3.75 with 10Cric to Win IPL ’21
Unavailable: Chris Woakes has excused himself out of the squad to focus on the T20 World Cup with England and the all-rounder will be a big miss in view of his recent form.
Replacements:Ben Dwarshuis was recently added to the Capitals squad and he will bring a different dimension to an already stellar fast-bowling unit. Skipper Shreyas Iyer is also back in training after missing out on the opening half of the campaign due to a dislocated shoulder.
Squad: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod.
Mumbai Indians Without Changes In The Cricket Team
Current Position: 4th
Betting Odds: 4.05 to Win IPL ‘21
Unavailable: Mumbai Indians is the other team that has not been forced to make any changes to the pool of players.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Marco Jansen, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak.
Dushmantha Chameera Is The New Royal Challengers Bangalore Player
Current Position: 3rd
Betting Odds: 4.35 with 10Cric to Win IPL ’21
Unavailable: Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen along with his compatriot and fast-bowling all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn are both away on tour with New Zealand team. The Australian trio of Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams will also play no part for RCB.
Replacements: Ace Sri Lankan seamer Dushmantha Chameera has been brought in to the side along with the wily spin-bowling all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, who could prove to be an inspired choice in the UAE. George Garton, a young left-arm fast-bowler with pace and potential was also drafted in after an impressive show in The Hundred. Singapore-born Surrey batsman, Tim David will also arrive into the team following some big performances in the Caribbean Premier League.
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton.
Rajasthan Royals Transfers
Betting Odds: 5.40 with 10Cric to Finish Bottom
Unavailable: Jofra Archer has been a long-term absentee nursing an elbow-injury while Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite hiatus from cricket citing mental health issues. Now Jos Buttler has also withdrawn from the team in anticipation of the lengthy quarantine periods ahead of him with England this year.
Replacements:West Indian pacer Oshane Thomas was added to the squad along with opener Evin Lewis who has rediscovered his form in the CPL. New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips also had a good tournament in the Caribbean and he has been signed in as the substitute for Buttler. Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm spinner from South Africa comes into the side as well after an excellent spell on the tour of Sri Lanka.
Squad: Sanju Samson (c), Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Punjab Kings 2021 Cricket Team
Betting Odds: 3.60 with 10Cric to finish bottom
Unavailable: Jhye Richardson had withdrawn himself from Australia’s tour to West Indies and Bangladesh and has done likewise for the IPL. Fellow Aussie pacer Riley Meredith will also not turn up for Punjab Kings this season. As part of England’s T20 squad, Dawid Malan is another player who will skip the IPL.
Replacements: South African opener Aiden Markram was the latest to come into the side after some impressive performances in Sri Lanka. Australian fast-bowler Nathan Ellis had already been named to the squad while signing leg-spinner Adil Rashid for the pitches in the UAE could prove to be a really astute decision.
Squad: KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram.
Tim Southee Joins Kolkata Knight Riders
Current Position: 7th
Betting Odds: 3.65 with 10Cric to Finish Bottom
Unavailable: Pat Cummins will not feature in the UAE leg of the tournament to be with his family for the birth of his first child.
Replacements:The veteran Kiwi seamer Tim Southee was called in to fill the void making KKR his 5th franchise in the IPL.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Tim Southee.
Welcome To Sunrisers Hyderabad Sherfane Rutherford
Current Position: 8th
Betting Odds: 2.30 with 10Cric to Finish Bottom
Unavailable: With the T20 World Cup and the Ashes looming ahead Jonny Bairstowhas withdrawn himself from Sunrisers Hyderabad for the season.
Replacement:West Indian left-hander Sherfane Rutherford will come into the squad after enjoying a good spell in the CPL.
Squad: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, Jason Holder, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Yadav, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jason Roy, Sherfane Rutherford.
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