Poll: MS Dhoni or Suresh Raina — Who will you support in IPL 2016?

The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) draft took place in Mumbai on Tuesday. As expected, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned Pune team bagged MS Dhoni for Rs. 12.5 crores. During the team bidding process IPL implemented the reverse bid rule. The Pune franchise had the right to pick the first player in the draft after they bid lowest for the team during reverse bidding. The two-year ban on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) by the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee for their role in the spot-fixing saga will see Pune and Rajkot filling in till the 10th edition. Read: IPL players draft: MS Dhoni top pick for Pune; Suresh Raina and local-lad Ravindra Jadeja to play for Rajkot

Indian limited-overs captain Dhoni, who has played for CSK since the tournament’s inception and led them to two IPL titles, two CLT20 titles and a total of six finals, will be finally be swapping the yellow jersey (if Pune chose a jersey of other colour). Same is the case with Suresh Raina, who has never missed a match for CSK since the first edition in 2008. Raina was the first pick on Tuesday for Rajkot side, which is owned by Intex. Read: IPL 2016 player drafts: Live pick of the tweets

Here are the top five picks for both the sides.

Team Pune Team Rajkot
MS Dhoni (INR 12.5 crore) Suresh Raina (INR 12.5 crore)
Ajinkya Rahane (INR 9.5 crore) Ravindra Jadeja (INR 9.5 crore)
Ravichandran Ashwin (INR 7.5 crore) Brendon McCullum (INR 7.5 crore)
Steve Smith (INR 5.5 crore) James Faulkner (INR 5.5 crore)
Faf du Plessis (INR 4 crore) Dwayne Bravo (INR 4 crore)

 

CSK, the most successful franchise so far have loyal fans unmatched to any but they will now be divided for sure as two star Indian cricketers who for years have successfully donned the yellow will now be in opposition camps. So come IPL 2016, who are you going to support?