IPL 2021 Preview

I explored each team's XI with possible venue based swaps, how each bowler could split his quota of overs, the team's health on key parameters and more. All in graphics.

Before I dive right into the preview of each team, here are a few pointers that would be helpful.

Batting matrix :

  • Individual player’s proficiency against each style of bowling is based on the how an average batsman (who roughly bats at the same stage of the innings) performs against a particular style of bowling in the stage where he bats. For example, Virat Kohli bats in the top order and is an RHB, so while evaluating his proficiency against leg spin, he would be compared to other RHBs in the top order.

  • If a batsman is better on strike rate and average, then he gets a green tick. Limited sample size is indicated by an orange tick.

Potential XI :

This is a XI that is a mix of what I would like to see and what the team management is likely to go with. Combine this with the swaps to see how they can change their XI based on venues and opponents.

Swaps :

Some venue specific and straight forward swaps are listed in this segment.

Potential Overs Split up:

This indicates how each bowler could split up his quota of overs between power play, mid-overs and death. A part-timer like Pollard, for instance, would most of the times bowl an over or two, so only limited overs are listed for part-timers. So, if you try and add up the overs, it won’t add up to 20. It will be more than 20 overs as this is an indicator of strengths and options available.

Notes and Concerns:

Reasoning as to how I arrived at this XI and what the swaps mean. Also, this part lists out some challenges the team is still likely to face in IPL 2021.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) :

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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Mumbai Indians (MI)

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) :

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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Punjab Kings (PKS):

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) :

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) :

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:

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Delhi Capitals (DC) :

Starting XI when they aren’t at full strength

XI at full strength

Some notes on how I arrived at the XI and their concerns:D

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