The IPL 2021 auction in Chennai two weeks before witnessed a lot of surprising picks and teams breaking the bank for overseas players to build stronger squads. Chris Morris turned out to be the most expensive player in the history of IPL auction as he bagged a whopping 16.25 crore from Rajasthan Royals after an immense battle from the Punjab Kings.
The IPL fans In India are really excited about having the tournament in India after two years as the IPL 2020 was held in UAE due to the Covid Pandemic. The players will be undergoing constant Covid tests and will be under secured bio bubble restrictions throughout the tournament. The venues and the dates for the IPL 2021 are yet to be announced by the BCCI. Mumbai will most likely not host any game of IPL 2021.
The IPL 2021 schedule will be released by the BCCI in a couple of weeks. IPL 2021 will entirely be played in India as per reports. In this article, we rate the opening pairs of all 8 teams ahead of IPL 2021.
Rating All The 8 Teams On The Basis Of Their Opening Pair:
Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana(KKR) – 7/10
Shubman Gill recently showed glimpses of his talent in the Australia tour and will be a vital cog in the Indian team for the future. He had a decent season with the bat for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020 scoring 440 runs in 14 games. He opened with Sunil Narine at times and with Rahul Tripathy in IPL 2020, but KKR did not have the best of starts from their openers.
Nitish Rana is expected to partner Gill at the top which can be a good left and right combination. Rana is a seasoned campaigner and fared out 352 runs in the 14 games he played. Rana could be lethal at the top of the order with a lot of experience in the middle order for the IPL 2021 with the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, and Andre Russell.