3) Rising Pune Supergiants
Pune’s problems start from the top and flow down nicely towards the bottom.
Ajinkya Rahane has given them good starts in almost every game but he consumes a lot of balls up front and doesn’t quite accelerate after being set. What Pune needs is a batting order which can revolve around the solid start Rahane gives them. Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith haven’t quite given the support Rahane needs and it has resulted in Pune struggling in the middle order and not putting up enough runs on the board for a mediocre bowling line up of M. Ashwin, R. Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and the supporting bowlers. Add to that, the indifferent form of their captain, MS Dhoni.
With Kevin Pietersen and Du Plessis injured and out of the IPL, Usman Khawaja has been called upon to be the replacement. So how should they progress from here on?
New Lineup : Khawahja, Rahane, S. Smith, Ms Dhoni, M. Marsh, T. Perera, R. Bhatia. R. Ashwin, M. Ashwin, I. Pandey and I. Sharma.
Khawaja will provide the explosive start Pune needs, which can then help batsmen like Smith, Dhoni, Marsh and Perera to play their natural game.