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Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT | By Starsports.com

The post-auction wish-list

The hammer has gone down for the final time in the 2014 Pepsi Indian Premier League Player auction and the teams have been selected


The post-auction wish-list

While each franchise believes it has filled the necessary slots, we try and review what they have missed out on and what they really need.

Some franchises look top heavy, others lack a menacing 140kmph bowler and a few have ignored spinners. Here’s an analysis of each franchise and the aspects they failed to strengthen:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Vijay Mallya’s side lacks a quality spinner. Muttiah Muralitharan can fill in, but with AB deVilliers, Chris Gayle, Albie Morkel and Mitchell Starc in the side, he may miss out because of the limited quota of foreigners in the eleven. Shadab Jakati will play more often as the lone spinner and he wouldn’t count as someone who could rip through an opposition or stifle them on a consistent basis.

Number of players selected: 21

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: 0

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knight Riders have a strong top order; however, the likes of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate make for a modest middle order. Pathan hasn’t succeeded for KKR in the past and the side needs someone who can take the opposition attack apart. Perhaps KKR should have brought in a big hitter, like Ross Taylor.

Number of players selected: 21

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: Rs 1 crore

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Apart from Darren Sammy, the middle order looks quite weak.

Number of players selected: 24

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: Rs 1 crore

Kings XI Punjab

Murali Kartik is the only decent spinner Punjab have, and even he was bought as an afterthought. If he goes for lots of runs, or is injured, then the side lacks an adequate back-up option.

Number of players selected: 23

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: Rs 4.1 crore

Chennai Super Kings

Despite having Brian McCullum, Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis to choose from, the middle order doesn’t look too convincing. What CSK lacks is an Indian middle order batting option. Their team would have looked better balanced if they had someone like Manish Pandey or Subramanium Badrinath in the squad.

Number of players selected: 20

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: Rs 20 lakh

Delhi Daredevils

James Neesham is the only all-rounder in the side and the Indian option of Laxmi Ratan Shukla doesn’t add much fire-power to the side. Either Glenn Maxwell or Corey Anderson would have done the job.

Number of players selected: 23

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: 0

Mumbai Indians

Despite having five wicket keeper-batsmen, MI doesn’t have one solid person behind the stumps. While Aditya Tare will probably make the cut, he might not be as effective as Dinesh Karthik was for them in the past.

Number of players selected: 21

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: Rs 5 lakh.

Rajasthan Royals

The team needs one more pace bowler. Without Tim Southee, the bowling looks weak as they depend heavily on Dhawal Kulkarni and James Faulkner.

Number of players selected: 25

Total money left from Rs 60 crore purse: Rs 5.55 crore.

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