There’s very marginal difference while comparing IPL teams but after analysing each department’s depth with other teams, I prepared the following ranking for IPL squads.
#8: Rajasthan Royals Rating: 8.14/10
Rajasthan Royals take 8th spot in my list of strongest IPL squads on paper.
The top order looks strong with Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Steve Smith but middle order is a bit fragile with the exception of Stokes who of course is yet to confirm his availability in this IPL. Spin looks good enough with Gopal being their best spinner. Pace also looks strong with the likes of Archer in their lineup.Top order 8.5/10; Finishing: 7.5/10; Spin: 8/10; Pace: 8.5/10
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#7: Kings XI Punjab Rating: 8.25/10
Kings XI Punjab lands at the No.7 spot in my list of strongest IPL squads.
Top order is very strong with T20 superstars Gayle and Rahul as openers. But, middle order is solely dependent of Maxwell’s experience. Even the spin department depends on a single player, Mujeeb to do the job. Pace department strengthened a little bit with the signing of Cottrell in addition to Shami’s experience. Top order: 9/10; Finishing: 8/10; Spin: 8/10; Pace: 8/10
#6: Royal Challengers Bangalore Rating: 8.375/10
Royal Challengers Bangalore take 6th spot in my list of strongest IPL squads on paper.
The top order for RCB is as strong as a team can get with Finch, Kohli and De Villiers being three of the legends of T20Is. The middle order is fragile with no big name hitters and the spin is well equipped with Chahal, a world class spinner and Sundar a handy all-rounder. Pace looks strengthened with the addition of Dale Steyn and Chris Morris should they stay fit for entire tournament.Top order: 9.5/10; Finishing: 7.5/10; Spin: 8.25/10; Pace: 8.25/10
#5: Sunrisers Hyderabad Rating: 8.5/10
The Sunrisers Hyderabad take up the 5th spot in my list of strongest IPL squads. SRH’s top order looks phenomenal with two of the greatest White ball openers of the current era as their opening pair (Warner and Bairstow) and Manish Pandey at no.4. Middle order though looks weak with Shankar and Nabi being the only recognised batsmen. Spin looks great with Rashid Khan, arguably the best white ball spinner at the moment. Pace is always the strength of SRH lead by Bhuvi and supported well by Kaul and Sandeep.Top order: 9.5/10; Finishing: 7/10; Spin: 9/10; Pace: 8.5/10
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#5: Kolkata Knight Riders Rating: 8.5/10
Kolkata Knight Riders also take up the 5th spot in my list of strongest IPL squads.KKR has a great top order with the likes of proven domestic players Gill and Nitish Rana who is a prolific run getter for KKR in previous seasons. Middle order is as strong as it can be with Morgan, Dinesh Karthik and Russell which is ominous for any bowling side to face up against. Spin looks pretty experienced with Narine leading the department. Pace unit has been strengthened with the most expensive buy of Pat Cummins(15.5 crores). Top order: 8.25/10; Finishing: 9/10; Spin: 8.25/10; Pace: 8.5/10
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#3: Chennai Super Kings Rating: 8.625/10
Chennai Super Kings lands at No.3 spot in my list of strongest IPL squads. The top order is pretty strong with immensely experienced players like Watson, Faf Du Plesis and Rayudu. The middle order is even stronger with MS Dhoni, the greatest ever white ball finisher, Jadeja and Bravo also playing the role sometimes. Spin is ominous for any opposition with world class spinners Tahir and Jadeja making the cut. Pace department is lead by Deepak Chahar and supported very well by Bravo and Ngidi. Top order: 8.5/10; Finishing: 9/10; Spin: 9/10; Pace: 8.5/10
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#2: Mumbai Indians Rating: 8.75/10
Mumbai Indians take the No.2 spot in my list of strongest IPL-2020 squads. Top order is plenty IPL experienced with Rohit, De kock and Surya kumar Yadav. Middle order is one of the strongest in the tournament with Hardik and Pollard two of the most famed strikers of the ball. Spin also looks good enough with young talent of Rahul Chahar and experience of Krunal. Pace has two of the greatest ever death bowlers in the form of Bumrah supported well by Coulternile and Boult. Top order: 8.5/10; Finishing: 9/10; Spin: 8.5/10; Pace: 9/10
#1: Delhi Capitals Rating: 8.875/10
The strongest IPL-2020 squad on paper in my opinion is Delhi Capitals. It was a very close race between all IPL squads, especially Mumbai and Delhi for the first spot and also I’d like to mention that, on-paper strength may or may not reflect on the field. Delhi’s top order is ridiculously strong even in the absence of Jason Roy now. Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas, Dhawan, Rahane, Hetmeyer are all world class batsmen. The middle order is also quite strong with Rishab Pant and Alex Carey in it. Spin department has strengthened even more with the addition of R Ashwin along with Lamichaane and Mishra. Pace department is also quite experienced and strong with Rabada, Ishant leading the attack along with Keemo Paul.Top order: 9.5/10; Finishing: 9/10; Spin: 8.5/10; Pace: 8.5/10
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