IPL auction 2018: The suspense is over and all the franchises did their best to buy the desired players at IPL auction 2018, ending up with strong sides on paper. Now, the next step is to decide the men who will be leading their sides. While some of the franchises like Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore had already retained their skippers, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, respectively, teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils went into IPL auction 2018 with an aim to buy a leader. Delhi, on one hand, was successful in this task as it bought Gautam Gambhir, KKR is left with the tough task to put a stamp on one name. Here, we look at the complete squads for all teams after IPL auction 2018 and their probable captains.
1. Rajasthan Royals:
Probable captain – Steve Smith.
RR Squad – Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, Jofra Archer, Darcy Shorts, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Sharma, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Shreyas Gopal, MS Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Jatin Saxena, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Dushmanta Chameera.
2. Kolkata Knight Riders:
Probable captain – Robin Uthappa or Dinesh Karthik.
KKR Squad – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Mitchell Johnson, Javin Searless, Shubhman Gill.
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3. Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Probable captain – Virat Kohli.
RCB Squad – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton De Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Siraj, Anirudha Joshi, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Pavan Deshpande.
4. Delhi Daredevils:
Probable captain – Gautam Gambhir.
DD Squad – Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Gurkeerat Mann, Jayant Yadav, Daniel Christian, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh.
5. Mumbai Indians:
Probable captain – Rohit Sharma.
MI Squad – Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Surya Kumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff, JP Duminy, Tajinder Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh MD Dinesan.
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6. Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Probable captain – David Warner.
SRH Squad – David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al-Hasan, Kane Williamson, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Syed Khaleed Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Sandeep Sharma, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan.
7) Kings XI Punjab:
Probable captain – Ravichandran Ashwin or Aaron Finch.
KXIP Squad – Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Rana, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mujeeb Zadran, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pradeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Chris Gayle, Manzoor Dar
8) Chennai Super Kings:
Probable captain – MS Dhoni
CSK Squad – MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayadu, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Jagadeesan Narayan, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Asif K M, Lungisani Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Kanish Seth, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi
In IPL auction 2018, a total of Rs 431.4 crore was spent on a total of 169 players. Ben Stokes was the most expensive player at Rs 12.5 crore. The 11th season of the Indian Premier League will begin on April 7 in Mumbai and the final of the tournament will also be played at the same venue.