IPL Season 11: IPL 2018 Teams and Players List
We had a fantastic edition of the 2017 IPL, and the great news for fans is that the 2018 edition is not too far away. We don’t have long to wait until we see some of the world’s biggest cricketing stars taking to the field and competing hard with the bat and ball.
We have seen the retained lists, and we have watched the auction take place, now we know who will be competing for each team, and we can see who we think deserve to be favourites for the 2018 IPL. IPL team 2018 player list for all teams is placed below.
|Teams||IPL Teams Squad players list|
|Mumbai Indians||Rohit Sharma (captain), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Keiron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Adam Milne (Pat Cummins replacement), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan (replaced injured Jason Behrendorff), T N Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson (replaced injured Nathan Coulter-Nile), Anirudha Joshi, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Pavan Deshpande|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Dinesh Karthik (captain), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran (Mitch Starc’s replacement), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Prasidh Krishna (Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s replacement), Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Mitchell Johnson, Javon Searles|
|Kings XI Punjab||Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Chris Gayle, Manzoor Dar|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Alex Hales (David Warner’s replacement) Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, , Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammad Nabi, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake (ruled out for the remainder of IPL due to fractured finger), Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan|
|Delhi Daredevils||Gautham Gambhir (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Liam Plunkett (Kagiso Rabada’s replacement), Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh|
|Rajasthan Royals||Heinrich Klaasen (Steve Smith’s replacement), Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Ish Sodhi (Zahir Khan’s replacement), Shreyas Gopal, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera|
|Chennai Super Kings||MS Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav (ruled out due to Hamstring injury), Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagdeesan, David Willey (Mitchell Santner’s replacement), Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungisani Ngidi, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi|
The tournament itself starts on April 7th, and will run until May 27th, giving us nearly two months of fantastic cricket to look forward to. Another big story to look forward to in the IPL is the return of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals. These two will be looking to make a big impression in their first season back in the league, and they will be looking to challenge the Mumbai Indians, who lifted the trophy last season.
Now we have seen the auction take place, we know who will be facing off against each other this season, and we can compare the teams to see who we think will come out on top. IPL team list 2018 is placed above.
The Chennai Super Kings have announced their return with a bang and retained three huge Indian stars to make sure the fans will come flocking back after their absence. MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will all represent the Super Kings, giving them a great platform to build on. With Faf de Plessis, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo joining their international players, the Super Kings have built well and should challenge for silverware in their first season back.
The Rajasthan Royals have taken a different approach, retaining just one player ahead of the 2018 season. However, that play is the hugely talented Steve Smith, who is here fresh after captaining Australia to Ashes victory. Smith is a fantastic cricketer and he can lead the Royals to some success with other big names around him.
At the auction the Royals added Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Stuart Binny to give them a great middle order. However, they appear to be lacking a star bowler, and may struggle to take wickets, something which could make this a tough season for them.
Moving on to the Mumbai Indians, they enter this season as the defending champions and expect them to see make another huge push to win it again in 2018. They have three titles to their name, with wins in 2013 and 2015 to go with last year’s win. Mumbai Indians have retained three players for the upcoming season and they have also retained three Indians, like the Super Kings. Rohit Sharma will once again lead them and he has the experience of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah to call upon.
They added Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman as bowlers, and with Kieron Pollard in the team as an attacking all-rounder, they look to have a good mix of players, and should do well.
The Delhi Daredevils have continued to trust their youth movement and kept three players, two of them are younger players who will be expected to contribute a lot over the coming years. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are the two younger players, and they are going to be key to any success this franchise has. Their experience comes in the form of top order players Colin Munro, Jason Roy and Gautham Gambhir. With Mohammed Shami and Kagiso Rabada coming in to bowl, they appear to have a well-balanced team that has the ability to do well.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have of course retained Virat Kohli, who is the biggest cricketing superstar in the world, and he can bring them success on his own such is his talents. He is joined by AB de Villiers, another fantastic batsman who will help put runs on the board with Kohli. Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock and Chris Woakes add even more quality and they are sure to go close to winning the IPL. It came as a huge surprise to see the Bangalore team finish bottom of the IPL in 2017 and that is something that will change in 2018. Skipper Virat Kohli will no doubt be one of the key players for the RCB this season along with AB de Villiers.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have a strong bowling attack for this coming season, but it remains to be seen whether they have the batting line up to challenge higher up the table. The two Australian Mitchell’s, Starc and Johnson offer genuine pace and good variations, while Sunil Narine is one of the best spin bowlers in the world. Andre Russell can bat and bowl, and his runs will be crucial towards the end of an innings, as will those of Chris Lynn, who is capable of playing some big shots. Now SRK is the owner of 3 teams – KKR, CPL’s Trinbago Knight Riders and the T20 GL team Cape Town Knight Riders.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have a fantastic line up, with strong batting and bowling that makes them one of the favourites to win this year’s IPL. With David Warner, Kane Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan and Yusuf Pathan they have a fantastic batting line up, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives them a genuine star bowler. All-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Carlos Brathwaite can contribute in both innings and overall, the Sunrisers look to have a great chance of doing well in 2018.
The final team to mention is the Kings XI Punjab, who have a poor record over the past few seasons. They need a big turnaround to change their fortunes and their hopes rest on the shoulders of Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle. These experienced players need to help the younger players on this team to perform, they are the future of this team and they need tobe the ones to change the poor record.
Last season of the Indian Premier League was undoubtedly its most exciting edition since the tournament’s conception. Not only a lot of cricket records were broken, but also the fans were kept heavily entertained throughout the season. We had a fantastic tournament last season, which was eventually won by the Mumbai Indians and we expect the same again, especially with the two returning teams coming in looking to prove they deserve to be back. IPL 2018 players list is placed above.