The fifteenth season of the Indian premier League will likely start sometime in April. This year will see another expansion, with two new teams making their debuts. The Lucknow based team is owned by RPSG group, who also owned the Pune side in 2016-17. The other team, based in Ahmedabad, is owned by CVC Capital Partners.

In order to provide equal opportunity to all franchises, it was decided that a mega auction would be held on February 11 and 12. With a new IPL cycle beginning, a maximum of only three players were allowed to be retained by each team. By November 30, all eight previous franchises had  submitted their list of players. The two new ones had until the 22nd of Jan to finalise three players but have completed the formalities already. Here are the list of BBL winners and Runners-Up.

Lucknow

The franchise has opted for KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi as their three players. They go into the auction with 60 Crores in their purse. Rahul was the most expensive pick (15cr) followed by Stoinis (11cr) and Bishnoi (4cr). With almost all bases covered, Lucknow can go into the auction with a solid core.

Rahul is also likely to lead the side. He has previously captained the Punjab Kings with less than ideal results. As a batter, though, he has excelled, carving a place in the top in the top 5 run getters in each of the previous four seasons. Bringing in Rahul means that they sort out a Captain, an opener and a wicket-keeper all in one. Overall, he has scored 3273 runs at an average of 47.43.

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Marcus Stoinis provides flexibility with the bat and ball. He is alo their overseas pick for the upcoming season. He can bat anywhere in the order and is in some form in the IPL. So far in his career, he has scored 914 runs at 27.69 to go with 30 wickets.

Ravi Bishnoi round out Lucknow’s roster as a slightly surprising pick. The 2020 U19 World Cup star has been impressive in his short career so far, more than holding his own against many of the world’s best. He will reunite with Rahul, who might as well captain him when he inevitably plays for India. Lucknow will be looking for a couple of good overseas bowlers to complement young Bishnoi, who could be the main spinner. He has picked up 24 wickets at 25.25 while gong at just 6.96. Here are some betting apps for smartphone. Check our newest free betting tips here in our site.

Ahmedabad

The CVC owned team has picked Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as their three players. They splurged on Pandya and Rashid, paying fifteen crores for each while scooping up Gill for seven. This means that they go into the auction with 53 crores in the bank. They seem slightly less balanced than Lucknow but can make up for it with some smart auction picks.

Local boy Hardik Pandya is a strong candidate for the leadership position. If he does get it, it will be the first time he will lead a team in the IPL. At full fitness, he provides three dimensions. His bowling, however, will be a concern looking ahead and the management will hoe that he can get it sorted out as soon as possible. He was a crucial joint in Mumbai’s side, providing lower order runs and handy wickets. In 92 matches, the 28 year old has scored 14776 runs at a lofty strike rate of 153.91. With the ball, he has taken 42 wickets at 31.26.

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Rashid Khan is the first name that must have been on most franchises’ mind leading up to the mega auction. The Afghan stalwart has revolutionised T20 cricket with his dynamic style of play. With Rashid in their ranks, Ahmedabad should focus on building a strong top order and pace battery. He never missed a game for SRH since his debut and has proven himself to be one of IPL’s most valuable players in recent times. He has taken 93 wickets from 76 matches at an average of 20.55. His batting too has been impactful, evidenced by a strike rate of 137.

The last player picked is KKR’s Shubman Gill. The change of scene will be beneficial in Gill’s quest to the top, offering him a chance to take more responsibility. One of the brightest talents in the country, he will be looking to have a breakout year, one that puts him into serious national contention. For KKR, he has scored 478 runs at an average of 31.48 and a strike rate of 123.

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