Though being the best team on paper Virat Kohli led side has never won the title. They finished as runner’s up last season chasing 209 against Sunrisers. The problems have got bigger this time as captain Virat Kohli may miss first few games due to injury . Ab De Villers superman from South Africa has been confirmed as skipper in absence of Kohli. They spent too much money on Tymal Mills at mini auction making him the highest paid bowler ever in IPL history. They look more balanced and motivated than last year but the question is will they be able to win this time ?.
Squad strength: 24 (Overseas players – 9)
Overseas: AB de Villiers (South Africa), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Adam Milne (New Zealand), Shane Watson (Australia), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Travis Head (Australia), Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)
Indians: Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Hardev Singh, Sarfaraz Naushad Khan, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdullah, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan
Bought at auction
Overseas: Tymal Mills (England), Billy Stanlake (Australia)
Indians: Aniket Choudhary, Pawan Negi, Praveen Dubey
Best XI : Chris Gayle , Lokesh Rahul , Virat Kohli , Ab de Villers , Shane Watson , Kedar Jadhaw , Pawan Negi , Stuart Binny , Sreenath Aravind , Yuzvendra Chahal , Tymal Mills.
Strength : A dream top 6 for any side in a T20 game. the presence of Gayle, Kohli, Ab , Watson , Rahul and Jadhaw in top 6 means no total is safe against them they have the capablity to chase 250 as well against any bowling.
Weakness : Their habit to choke at big stages is the biggest weakness for them and the main concern is the form of Chris Gayle he has lost his rhythm in last couple of years. He needs to fire this time around with the same consistency for which he is known for.
Last year finish
2nd (runners up)