Preity's KXIP to pick the young explosive batsman in IPL 2019?

Another team that depended a little too heavily on their top order to perform was Kings XI Punjab. Too much reliance on KL Rahul and Chris Gayle to get the runs didn’t help the side, who started off on a huge note but ended up not qualifying for the playoffs.
They recently swapped Mandeep Singh from RCB in exchange of Marcus Stoinis. Shimron Hetmyer’s addition to the side can add some firepower to the lineup, which they need quite desperately. Gayle is not getting any younger as well and if they decide to not play the Caribbean legend as an opener, they might as well try him in that position.

Will Australia's strict guidelines impact players being picked for IPL 2019?

Already Mitchell Starc has been released and Glenn Maxwell is also reportedly set to be released. That might just be the result of Cricket Australia's strict guidelines ahead of World Cup 2019.
"It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the Cricket World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season," Clark said in a statement Thursday. "We will, as always, assess applications on a case-by-case basis but it is important the players understand our position in advance, so they have the clarity they need to make personal decisions," said Cricket Australia's interim team performance manager Belinda Clark.
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Carlos Brathwaite has been a surprise exclusion by Sunrisers Hyderabad

Carlos Brathwaite is one of those players who has been released by Sunrisers Hyderabad and finds himself back into the auction pool.He is yet another surprise exclusion by Hyderabad and has been released despite performing well.The Carribean all-rounder picked up 5 wickets and scored 75 runs in the four matches he played in the 2018 edition.With
the brilliant ability of bowling in the death, he can clear the boundary with relative ease as well, which makes him a dangerous man in both zones.Kings XI Punjab remained overly dependent on Andrew Tye for death bowling and lacked a pacer who is equally capable to support him.Though the Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman is also a dangerous man in the bowling department, the lack of a second quality pacer somehow affected their proceedings.So, Braithwaite might be the ideal option to be the team's finisher with the ball.

Can we see Kohli and Gambhir playing together in IPL 2019?

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have released as many as eleven members, including Quinton de Kock and Mandeep Singh who were traded in the trade window, from last season's squad. The franchise retained 14 players from last year. Some of the big names to be released are Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes and Sarfaraz Khan, none of whom had a fruitful season last year.
The wholesome changes made in the squad were on expected lines as the franchise had yet another poor IPL season last year. Despite having some of the biggest names in World Cricket, RCB has consistently failed to deliver. They chop and change things every year without much success. 

Shaun Marsh stands as one of the best-performing Australians in the IPL

Unsold in the last edition, Shaun Marsh is likely to be among the thick of things at the IPL auction in 2019.Flaunting consistency throughout his stint with Kings XI Punjab, the man from Western Australia has been remarkably consistent over the years and can be counted as one of the most reliable players in the tournament's history. From winning the Orange Cap in 2008 to possessing one of the best batting averages, Marsh holds plenty of milestones to his name.
With the likes of Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers among its batting contingent, Mumbai Indians might be looking to throw in an experienced middle-order candidate, who could hold the innings together while the big-hitters float around - just the role that Shaun Marsh specialises in.

Come the IPL auction, an all eyes will be on Shimron Hetmyer

With all the eight teams confirming their list of the retentions, the twelfth edition on the IPL will be witnessing many players don new colours. Going into the IPL Auction 2019, Mumbai Indians released as many as 10 players from its roster, which is set to have a newer outlook.The list of the ousted players consists of some renowned names,
including the likes of Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, and Saurabh Tiwary. South African all-rounder, JP Duminy, too, has been left out by the three-time champions, who would be looking to bolster their core with valuable additions in the upcoming auction.Duminy, who bought by Mumbai Indians for his base price (1 crore) in 2018, took the field on six occasions in the tournament. With plenty of experience behind him, the 34-year-old was expected to be a bankable middle order option for Mumbai. The southpaw, however, put forth a dismal show and ended up scoring just 36 runs for the men in blue.

Which teams will eye on Maxwell for the coming IPL season?

Glenn Maxwell, one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, has been consistently underperforming for the past two years. It is quite surprising to see someone who can turn the game on its head within no time, struggling this hard to get into the groove. His poor run of form has resulted in his exclusion from the national team and now his IPL 11 franchise has released him ahead of the upcoming IPL season.The Aussie all-rounder was drafted in by Delhi Daredevils for a
whopping sum of Rs 9 Crores during the IPL 2018 Auction. The 30-year-old was expected to set the stage on fire, but Maxwell failed to repay the faith Delhi had him by scoring a mere total of 169 runs at an under par average of 14.08 in 12 innings.Immensely disappointed by his poor returns in the last IPL, Delhi Daredevils have taken a huge decision to release him ahead of the 2019 IPL Auction. Now with most of the teams looking almost settled, it will be fascinating to see which franchise will try to pick Maxwell in the auction. So, let us now take a look at three such teams who can pick the big-hitting all-rounder when he goes into the 2019 Auction.

IPL 2019:Delhi Daredevils Retained and Released players

Retained: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan (traded), Rishabh Pant, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan.
Released: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Gurkeerat Mann, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami, Dan Christian, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala, Naman Ojha.

Traded: Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Shikhar Dhawan.

IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders Retained and Released players

Kolkata Knight Riders:
Retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna.
Released: Mitchell Starc, Tom Curran, Mitchell Johnson, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Javon Searles

IPL 2019: RCB Retained and Released players

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Retained: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Marcus Stoinis (Traded), Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Released: Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Sarfraz Khan, Quinton de Kock.

Traded: Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis

IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab Retained and Released players

Kings XI Punjab:

Retained: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin
Released: Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar and Manzoor Dar

Traded: Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh

IPL 2019:Chennai Super Kings Retained and Released players

Chennai Super Kings: Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir,
Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Released: Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma

IPL 2019: Sunrisers Retained and Released players

Retained: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan
Released: Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Traded: Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals Retained and Released players

Rajasthan Royals:
Retained: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror.
Released: D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin, Heinrich Klaasen, Dane Paterson, Zahir Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena.

IPL 2019:Mumbai Indian Retained and Released players

Mumbai Indians:
Retained: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff.
Released: Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya.

Short didn't have a good run in IPL 2018

4 - the number of openers that RR used in IPL 2018 before they settled with Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane as their dedicated opening pair. Royals had a tough time while selecting their two openers as D'Arcy Short and Rahul Tripathi struggled to get going in the opening department.

Rahane didn't have a decent outing either as he failed to score runs at a high strike rate. Hence, Royals will be in need of a fiery opener who could give them a good start and play alongside the impressive Buttler in the powerplay overs.Moreover, the need for an opener becomes more critical as Buttler, and few other English and Australian players will not be part of the latter half of the league.

K Gowtham performed brilliantly with the ball but failed to perform consistently with the bat

Another department where Royals failed to blossom was their lower middle-order. The lower middle-order cost them a lot as they were unsuccessful in accelerating in the death overs. Although Gowtham did assist them with cameos in quite a few matches, he wasn't consistent.
Moreover, Jos Buttler also failed as a finisher which is why he was promoted to open the innings - a move that worked wonders for both him and the team. Besides that, Stokes' no-show also hurt them. Hence, the need to address their lower middle-order ahead of IPL 2019.

Jaydev Unadkat failed to get going in IPL 2018

Barring Jofra Archer, Rajasthan Royals struggled considerably in their pace department as they were short of experienced bowlers. Besides that, Stokes' sorry run in IPL 2018 made the matter worse for them. The likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, and their expensive buy Jaydev Unadkat didn't really work out. They shelled a lot of amount for Unadkat which happened to be futile as the Saurashtra bowler failed to perform in IPL 2018.
Lack of quality options in their pace department forced the Royals to turn to their newbies: Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, and Jofra Archer. Nonetheless, the investment turned out to be worthy as these three performed brilliantly in IPL 2018. However, deficiency of fast bowling options made Royals handicapped in the death overs which cost them dearly towards the business end of the innings. Hence, the need for experienced pace bowlers in their side.

With only 19 players in the squad, KKR needs to fortify their bench strength

With the 2019 ICC World Cup coming immediately after the 2019 Indian Premier League, squad depth is going to be one of the key aspects of IPL 2019.Overseas players might depart early to prepare for the World Cup and teams with proper replacements in the squad are going to last long in the
tournament.Going into IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders have the weakest bench strength of all IPL teams. With only 19 players in the squad, they found it extremely hard last campaign and 2019 is expected to be even harder.They definitely need to make a few quality signings in the 2019 auction to strengthen their bench, in case of injuries and players departing early. A couple of good seamers and a couple of quality batsmen will enhance their chances in IPL 2019.

Nitish Rana need to score runs on a consistent basis for KKR

An inexperienced middle-order badly hurt Kolkata Knight Riders last season. Though they have an explosive top-three in Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Robin Uthappa, their middle-order is fragile.Dinesh Karthik did the bulk of the scoring last season. Nitish Rana struggled to influence games and managed
just one fifty in 15 games. Rinku Singh too failed to impress with just 29 runs in four games.Shubman Gill played some good cameos, but, it wasn't enough for KKR to win games in a highly competitive league. Though Andre Russell single-handedly won a couple of games for them, they cannot rely on him every time to produce results.KKR should certainly look to buy a couple of good middle-order batsman during the 2019 auction. Shimron Hetmyer is definitely an option while Joe Root is also an exciting choice in the middle-order.

Mitchell Johnson is way past his prime and KKR cannot rely on him next season

Kolkata Knight Riders arguably had the weakest pace attack in the tournament last season. Though they had Mitchell Starc in their ranks, however, he was ruled out of the tournament before it began.Mitchell Johnson is way past his prime and he rarely plays these days. KKR spent a lot of money on the U-19 pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi.
Also, Vinay Kumar is a shadow of a bowler he once was.Starc's injury completely exposed their bowling attack last campaign. If not for their spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine, Kolkata would never have finished in the top-four.They should definitely look to buy at least a couple of quality overseas seamers and an Indian seamer, if possible.

IPL 2019 auctions to be held in Jaipur

The India-West Indies T20I series might be currently underway, but followers of the game are keeping one eye on the IPL auctions updates running in the background of all the cricketing action.According to a report in Sportstar, the auctions for the 2019 season, the twelfth edition of the T20 league, will be held in Jaipur on December 17 and
18.Another report in Sportstar mentions that Goa was initially chosen as the venue for the auction, but owing to logistics, Jaipur was selected, due to better travel connectivity."We ideally want to get a clarity on the venue before getting into the auction. That will help us plan accordingly and get our choice of players," one of the franchise owners was quoted as saying.

Harbhajan Singh may not play a part in 2019 IPL if CSK decides to release him

One of India's greatest spinners of all-time, Harbhajan Singh was exceptional for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He was a crucial player for Mumbai in their three title wins and picked up 127 wickets at less than 7 runs an over.He was released by Mumbai in 2017 and Chennai Super Kings bought him for Rs 2 crores in the 2018 auction as
a replacement for Ravichandran Ashwin. The 38-year-old played 13 games for CSK and picked up only seven wickets. He was below-par in the 2016 and 2017 seasons as well.Though he wasn't really bad for CSK, he has lost his zip and was ineffective on occasions. Also, his lack of variations has allowed the batsman to get on top of him. CSK might look to replace him for the 2019 season.

Mitchell Johnson is way past his prime

One of the most feared fast bowlers at his peak, Mitchell Johnson has waned with age and struggled for consistency. Johnson had a stunning IPL debut campaign in 2013 when he led Mumbai Indians to their maiden title.He finished the season with 24 wickets and was one of the best bowlers in the tournament. Sadly, that turned out to be his most successful IPL season so far.Release by Mumbai Indian in 2017,
the 37-year-old was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 2 crores in the 2018 auction. Kolkata lost Mitchell Starc to an injury even before the season started and Johnson was expected to play a key role.However, the former Australian international failed to deliver for his new franchise. He finished the season with just two wickets in six games and conceded more than 10 runs an over. Seam bowling turned out to KKR's weakness last season and they would want to reinforce that.

RCB need a better all-rounder than Woakes to challenge for the title

Primarily a bowler, Chris Woakes is also a decent batsman who can score crucial runs in the lower order. Woakes has played quite a few exceptional knocks for England in One Day Internationals and has a batting average of 27.34. He played for Kolkatta Knight Riders in IPL 2018 and finished the tournament with 17 wickets.Royal
Challengers Bangalore paid a massive Rs 7.4 crores to sign the Englishman during the 2018 IPL auction. He was expected to lead their bowling attack and finish games with the bat. However, Woakes' season fell apart very soon.Though he picked up eight wickets in five games, he went for more than 10 runs an over. He was extremely expensive in the death overs and leaked a lot of runs. RCB finished sixth last and this Rs 7.4 crores could get them a world-class player.