IPL 2020 Predicted XI: MI, RR, RCB, SRH

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How does the IPL 2020 predicted playing XI of MI, RR, RCB and SRH look like?

Hello everyone and welcome back to the part two of IPL 2020 predicted playing XI for the franchises. Today we discuss the lineups of our remaining four teams ie. MI, RR, RCB and SRH.

‎Note: These IPL 2020 predicted playing XI for the teams are made according to the players’ availability as off 10th September 2020.

1. Squad Analysis – Mumbai Indians:

Mumbai Indians start as defending champions at IPL 2020
HYDERABAD, INDIA – MAY 12: The Mumbai Indians celebrate after they defeated the Chennai Super Kings during the Indian Premier League Final match between the the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Hyderabad, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Let’s start off the part two by discussing the probable XI of our defending champions, Mumbai Indians.

The MI squad as always has a sorted and a strong core group of players and didn’t have to do much on the auction table.

After Lasith Malinga opting out of the season, the four time champions have replaced him by bringing in James Pattinson.

Also, Read – Top 5 best West Indian players at IPL 2020.

MI has also got back the services of 2013 IPL champion Nathan Coulter-Nile. They have also brought up Chris Lynn to strengthen their top order.

To find a fine balance after getting some overseas players, here’s how the defending champions can line up:

IPL 2020 Predicted Playing XI – Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

The team management can also go with Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Lynn and young Carribbean Sherfane Rutherford for a few games to rest the regular starters (if needed). There is good squad depth.

2. Squad Analysis – Rajasthan Royals:

The Rajasthan will be hoping to win their second title at IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals players during the practice session ahead the IPL match against Kings XI Punjab at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, on Sunday, March 24,2019. (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Next up in this article of IPL’s probable team lineups are the inaugural champions, Rajasthan Royals.

The team after grabbing the U19 prospects in Kartik Tyagi, Aakash Singh and Yashasvi Jaiswal looks young and inexperienced but promising.

Watch – India celebrate winning U-19 Cricket World Cup.

One of the concerns for the Jaipur based franchise is to choose between veteran Uthappa and youngster Jaiswal to open alongside Jos Buttler. They have a plethora of options at the top of the order.

Also, Read – The Top 5 best Australian players at IPL 2020.

IPL 2020 Predicted Playing XI – Rajasthan Royals

Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi/Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer.

Another area of concern for the side like past years is lack of variety in their bowling attack. Unadkat after last domestic season is sure starter alongside Tyagi/Rajpoot.

With Archer being available, it is very unlikely that we see a lot if Andrew Tye, Tom Curran and Oshane Thomas.

Also Aaron and Rajpoot after having similar skill set with no slower balls in their armour are unlikely to start together.

Having a name like David Miller on the bench looks good but perhaps only unavailability of Ben Stokes would help him break into the XI.

Also Read:  IPL 2020 Probable 11: CSK, DC, KXIP, KKR

3. Squad Analysis – Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Can a Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore win their first IPL title in 2020?
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Let’s move on and see how one of the most fascinating and entertaining franchise of the league, RCB could line up with their IPL 2020 predicted playing XI.

After some death bowling woes in previous seasons, the Hesson led management has done well in the auction by grabbing Chris Morris and Isuru Udana.

They also had Kane Richardson in the ranks who later on pulled out and was replaced by fellow Aussie, Adam Zampa.

The franchise also went for a couple of young guns in Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe to strengthen their batting.

Also, Read – The top 5 best fielders at IPL 2020.

With same old core, this is how RCB can lineup this season:

IPL 2020 Predicted Playing XI – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

With de Villiers to keep (as per rumours), Padikkal is likely to get some game time unless the team goes with Gurkeerat Mann’s experience to finish the games with skipper at the top.

With a strong bowling setup, RCB has a good chance of having their hands on the title this time. Chris Morris and the return of Dale Steyn help add quality death bowling.

4. Squad Analysis – Sunrisers Hyderabad:

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have the likes of Rashid Khan in their team
VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA – MAY 08: Rashid Khan of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates taking the wicket of Axar Patel of the Delhi Capitals during the Indian Premier League IPL Eliminator Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 08, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

So finally let’s move on and talk about our last (but not the least) side who are 2016 title winners, Sunrisers Hyderabad.

SRH are another side after RR who are quite a lot reliant on their foreign stars. As a result, their IPL 2020 predicted playing XI will likely have big overseas names.

With inclusion of Mitch Marsh to an already packed quota of overseas players, the leadership group as always has a problem of plenty in choosing four overseas players.

Warner and Bairstow after their heroics last season are clear starters alongside Afghan stars, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan.

This ultimately means no room for 2018 orange cap winning captain Kane Williamson. He will likely warm the bench alongside Stanlake and Marsh.

Also, Read – Three ways CSK can line-up without Suresh Raina.

With some overseas powerhouses, the management has also done well in getting in domestic youngsters in Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad and Virat Singh to the side.

This is how SRH could line up this season:

IPL 2020 Predicted Playing XI – Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Md. Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma/Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.

The Hyderabad based franchise for quite some time has also been a bowling force just with domestic pacers led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The other options in the bowling are Basil Thampi and T Natarajan who might get a few games here and there.

With some good overseas powerhouses and Indian pace attack alongside a few young guns, SRH have a great chance if finishing the tournament high on the table.

Not to forget, they have World Cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss who made England a formidable white ball side post 2015.

Their middle-order is key. In the last couple of seasons, they have been carried by their top order. This has been through players such as David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson.

Manish Pandey often blows hot and cold. His season could determine how far SRH progress in the tournament.

So this was it for our two parts of IPL 2020 predicted XI for the franchises.

Written by Mayank Bande. Twitter: ImMayankB.

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