The auctions this year were interesting as we broke the 8 player barriers and entered into unchartered territory with 9 players. The addiction of the savvy new pair, Moiz-Hussein proved a master-stroke in the sense the community became better with the banter and unique sportsmanship.
Some things never change in the auctions – the bad luck which always hounds a Saharia has found home in Rachit this year. With players previously thought to be starting 100% now strangely missing due to injury or rotation has even seen famed websites like Cricinfo reluctant to post team previews for said reason.
Anshul, Chirag, Piyush bring up the tail end of the table this year where we can see Chirag who money-balled his way to winning the World Cup 2015 auctions paying the price for being an absentee at the auctions. A commendable job was done by Vicky but the auctions missed my great friend dearly. Piyush has gone the way of consistency this season and his team brings steady points each day. Bob has an opposite team with a wham bam thank you ma’am approach. Time will tell which strategy will pay dividends.
Moiz-Hussein & Sachin are pretty close with the genius of Sachin always making him a contender and the debutant luck shining on the brothers with the Royals performances on the pitch. The lack of batsmen for Sachin & lack of bowlers for Moiz-Hussein ironically places them close to each other in the table. Same mistake, same position.
Rahul & Romy are doing their best to battle for first place and have done well in combining a team with players challenging for both orange and purple caps. Rahul has an advantage as he has more than 11 players playing and more importantly performing. It is heart-warming to see this great player contending after the misfortunes of last year. Welcome back Rahul.
Last but not least you have the almighty Dishin where once more you can see what a savvy experienced player can do. Gone are the big buys and put all the eggs in one basket strategy of the World Cup 2015 auctions and instead you have intelligent researched budgeted picks in Anureet, Bailey & Morris. This is a deep thoughtful team which got its bit of luck with Dhawan at the auctions and is favorite to win for the simple reason it has openers, swing bowler, middle-order batsman, all-rounders. The weakness in the armor is the wicket-keeper which thankfully might give the others a chance. A small chance.