IPL 2023 has picked up pace and all cricket fans are enjoying this season. There have been some close contests so far and more are expected as the tournament goes on. While some teams look settled, some teams are yet to find the right combination yet.
Let us have a look at every team’s strengths and weakness.
IPL 2023 teams
There are 10 teams that are playing in the IPL 2023 season, just like last year. Gujarat Titans are the defending champions, and all other teams will look to dethrone them as the IPL champions.
Following is a list of all the 10 teams participating in the IPL 2023 along with their strength and weaknesses, and also IPL betting analysis.
Strengths: Strong batting line-up.
Weaknesses: Vulnerable and inexperienced bowling attack.
Mumbai Indians opening batting pair has been on and off. Middle-order batters like Tilak Varma could do well. Surya has the ability to take the game on and could be the “X” factor for Mumbai. Tim David has been assigned the role of a finisher and is perfectly capable of doing the job.
MI’s bowling has inexperience written all over it. The only exception is Piyush Chawla. Behrendorff and Archer can do the job. Plus, Meredith can rattle the batters with his pace. Green is an all-rounder who can bowl a few overs and also take wickets.
Chennai Super Kings
Strengths: In-form top-order.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent middle-order and bowling attack.
Opening batsmen Gaikwad and Conway are doing well and firing on all cylinders. Ajinkya Rahane is a great addition to the squad and number 3, as he keeps the momentum going. Middle-order of Ali, Rayudu, Jadeja, Dube, and Dhoni is capable of taking opposition on, but consistency can be an issue.
Pace battery of Chennai lacks depth. If they are to make it to the playoffs, young pacers Singh, Deshpande, and Pathirana need to be consistent. Injury is a concern, and players like Stokes and Chahar could be available only for some matches.
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Kolkata Knight Riders
Strengths: Middle-order batting.
Weaknesses: Openers and pace bowlers.
Opening batting seems a concern for KKR. Addition of Roy can fix the problem. Middle-order batters Iyer, Rana, and Rinku are capable of delivering impactful innings. Russell can end the innings on a high.
Seam bowlers can struggle, as there is no impactful bowler in the ranks. KKR will heavily rely on their spin trio of Narine, Chakravarthy, and Suyash.
Strengths: Death bowling.
Weaknesses: Top-order batting.
Top-order can struggle and middle-order batters like Markram and Klaasen will have to take on the responsibility. Washington Sundar can contribute both with the bat and ball, and will be a crucial player for SRH.
Bhuvneshwar and Natarajan are good bowlers, especially at the end, where they bowl perfect yorkers. Jansen and Malik are capable of picking wickets and add a perfect balance to the bowling side. If SRH wants to play attacking brand of cricket, they will need to play leg-spinner, Markande, regularly.
Strengths: Top-order batting and bowling.
Weaknesses: Vulnerable middle-order.
Under Sanju Samson, RR has decided to take a new approach to batting. Openers Jaiswal and Buttler are in a good touch and always look to capitalise in the powerplay. Batters to follow, Padikkal, Samson, and Hetmyer, are also in a decent touch. Dhruv Jurel can strike big blows and has already shown signs of the same.
Boult and Sandeep Sharma are good with the swinging ball. Spin duo of Ashwin and Chahal complement each other well. Holder is the all-rounder in the side who can hit big sixes and can also bowl four overs for the team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Strengths: Top-order batting.
Weaknesses: Lower middle-order and bowling.
Faf du Plessis and Kohli are giving RCB a good start in the powerplay. Maxwell too has seemed to have found his touch. Apart from these three, the remaining batters will need to up their game, especially Dinesh Karthik who is appointed finisher for RCB. Lomror, Shahbaz, Prabhudesai are all good players, but lack the consistency.
Bowling of RCB is heavily dependent on Mohammed Siraj who has impressed one and all. Harshal Patel can bowl magical spells, but if he has a bad day, then it really is a very bad day. Willey and Parnell will need to provide support, whenever they get their chances. Spinner Hasaranga is another attacking option whose main job is to take wickets regularly.
Strengths: Warner and bowling.
Weaknesses: Vulnerable batting, especially middle-order.
Only David Warner seems to be in some batting form. Shaw has not been in form, replacing him with Salt can work. Mitchell Marsh at number 3 needs to come good, while Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Sarfaraz Khan all have to start contributing big in the middle order.
DC’s bowling has a balanced attack. The experienced Ishant Sharma will add great value to the team. Nortje has the pace, while Mukesh can close out overs. Kuldeep Yadav bamboozles batters and Axar is accurate with his line and lengths.
Strengths: Top-order and death over bowling.
Weaknesses: Middle-order is vulnerable and bowling middle overs.
Shikhar Dhawan is a consistent batter, but he can be out for some games due to injuries. Prabhsimran has shown some good signs, but needs to be more consistent. Addition of Livingstone will give Punjab a power hitter and a part-time spinner. Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma, and Shahrukh Khan can end the innings on a high if a platform is laid by the top-order batters.
Bowling looks good, as Arshdeep and Curran can bowl well with the new and old ball. Ellis, who is assigned death overs specialist, needs to come good. Spinners Brar and Chahar have to put on a lid on the scoring rate and take wickets in the middle overs.
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Lucknow Super Giants
Strengths: Opening pair.
Weaknesses: Vulnerable middle-order and inconsistent bowling.
KL Rahul and Mayers are capable of delivering great starts regularly. The batters to follow Pooran and Stoinis will need to keep the momentum going. Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, and Krunal Pandya will need to be consistent if LSG are to make it to the playoffs.
LSG’s bowling can be inconsistent. Naveen-ul-Haq and Avesh Khan are the assigned fast bowlers who need to bowl accurately and pick wickets at the start. Spin trio of Mishra, Bishnoi, and Pandya need to take wickets and strangle opponent batters during the middle overs.
Strengths: Openers and Finishers.
Weaknesses: Lack of consistency in the middle-order.
Shubman Gill and Saha are perfect for powerplay, as they can cash in on the field restrictions. Middle-order batters Hardik, Shankar, and Abhinav need to be consistent. Miller and Tewatia are the assigned finishers, and are perfectly capable of finishing games for their team.
When it comes to bowling, Titans have T20 specialist Rashid Khan who will be supported by another mystery spinner, Noor Ahmad. Shami looks threatening at the start, and Mohit Sharma can close out overs with his deceptive variations.
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Every team has its own strengths and weaknesses. The team that gets rid of its weaknesses and works on strengths will probably lift the IPL trophy at the end of the season.
Also Read: IPL Prediction and Top Cricket Betting Tips
- Who will win IPL 2023?
Teams like CSK, RR, LSG, and GT look strong favourites to win the IPL 2023.
- When will the IPL 2023 final be played?
The IPL 2023 final will take place on Sunday, 28th May.
- Which players and teams should I bet on?
Do a thorough research about the match-ups and previous encounters. If you are new, just go with the players and teams who are in great form.