IPL 2013 Team Analysis and Previews
For the 2013 season of IPL, there will be nine franchises competing for the new trophy. The teams are:
- Delhi Daredevils
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Chennai Super Kings
- Mumbai Indians
- Bangalore Royal Challengers
- Kings XI Punjab
- Rajasthan Royals
- Pune Warriors
- Hyderabad Sunrisers
This years competition will be tighter than ever. Even though most will be looking for last years winners, Kolkata Knight Riders, to go to the finals, the teams in the league have become closer in player strength. This is thanks to the salary cap of $12.5 million that is in place for each team or franchise. I really prefer this type of rule, over the soccer style, where money is starting to take over the sport.
But the teams competing for this years trophy are many, and no single team is standing out as the clear favorites. Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Bangalore Royal Challengers all seem to have a shot at the title, with no one of them being clearly better than the other teams. Kings XI Punjab is considered an outsider and the last three teams, Rajasthan Royals, Pune Warriors and Hyderabad Sunrisers needs to prove themselves to be able to compete in the series. It is bound to be exciting, that is for sure!
News for the IPL 2013
There have been some moves in the trading window, where Hyderabad have added almost 20 of the Deccan Chargers (former team in the IPL) players to their rosters. Pune Warriors has gotten rid of a lot of players, trying to rebuild a team that didnt far well in the last years competition, finishing last with a 4-12 record. Look for them to make a lot of moves in the players market this year.
The bigger teams have opted to not make that many changes. Kolkata Knight Riders seem content with their players, and have only elected to axe one player, Jaydev Unadkat. Seeing as they won last years tournament, this should come as no surprise to people.