IPL 2021: The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will kick off on September 19, with all eight franchises hoping to improve on their first-round performances and qualify for the playoffs.
However, a lot has changed within the clubs, as a number of players will be unavailable for the rest of the season, and a few new signings have also joined.
Almost all of the franchises will be without some of their regular players, while welcoming a few newcomers who have never played for the competition before.
Here’s a look at the probable playing XIs for each of the eight clubs, based on the existing squads and choices available:
In: Shreyas Iyer, Ben Dwarshuis | Out: Aniruddha Joshi, Chris Woakes
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith/Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (capt, wk); Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Chennai Super Kings
In: Josh Hazlewood | Out: Jason Behrendorff
Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja; Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo/Josh Hazlewood/Imran Tahir
In: Aiden Markram, Nathan Ellis and Adil Rashid | Out: Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson
Probable XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan; Fabian Allen/Adil Rashid, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami
Royal Challengers Bangalore
In: Tim David, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, Akash Deep; Out: Finn Allen, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar
Probable XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed; Kyle Jamieson, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal