New Players in Pune Supergiants Squad for IPL 10
Question in detailAhead of IPL auction 2017, MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants released 11 players, the most by any IPL franchise this year. The prime reason why Supergiants looked prone to make changes in bulk is their desperate IPL run last season, which they finished second from the bottom. Changes are inevitable after such a deplorable show, but release of K Pietersen and T Perera, two of their high profile players, left millions surprised. Pune-based franchise also offloaded some of their key seamers like A Morkel and Ishant Sharma in a bid to find slightly better options. To replenish those stocks, the franchise will require a plenty of new players in RPS squad for IPL season 10.
No other IPL team released as many players as Supergiants did. Out of their 11 releases, 6 are overseas players including high-profile English veteran Kevin Pietersen. However, they bought Mayank Agarwal from Delhi Daredevils during the transfer window.
Their likely best eleven at present is as: MS Dhoni (C), Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Mitchell Marsh/ Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Ishwar Pandey, Rajat Bhatia, Ashok Dinda, Mayank Agarwal, R Ashwin, Adam Zampa. Though this is a projected Rising Pune Supergiants' team in IPL 2017, a few changes are likely to be there depending on the availability of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders after the auction.
What Supergiants would be in need at auction is; a minimum of two seam bowlers, one overseas and one Indian; a couple of international all-rounders, a quality spinner to accompany R Ashwin. RPS is estimated to bid for a total of 10 players, including four overseas. Amongst the overseas all-rounders whom Supergiants can buy are Ben Stokes, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and/or Colin de Grandhomme. Kagiso Rabada, Tymal Mills or Trent Boult can be one of their picks as overseas fast bowler. Rising Pune Supergiants' team in IPL 2017 auction can also have one out of Basil Tampi, Mohammed Siraj, T Natrajan or Aswin Crist on their radar. Pawan Negi or Parvez Rasool may be seen offsetting the scarcity of Supergiants' spin all-rounder.
Which players might be on Rising Pune Supergiants' radar this IPL auction 2017?