Just few hours to go before the grandest event of Cricket in India. Indeed the talks are about Indian Premier league. The stage is all set for the best of best to compete against each other for the top position. Moreover, emboss their name on the golden trophy. The season kicks off today with title defenders Mumbai Indians facing Chennai Superkings in Mumbai at 8 pm IST.
In addition to the fact that this year’s IPL auction led to swapping of most of the players. But, this is T20 format. The cricketing format with sheer unpredictability. In most of the seasons, the top position holder had an advantage but that is the essence of the game. One bad shot, one bad bowl or even one misfield may cost any team crucial points. The only thing that can be predicted is the fun filled 45 days with adrenaline rush.
Here, the auctions and player swapping may have made it difficult for the franchisees to hold up. Getting a new dimension to the team hampers the dynamics. The team will rise if they can gel up the new teammates with the mission and motive of franchisee.
According to the quint analysis, KXIP and SRH have a very good team strength. Indeed they have good set of players whose individual tracks are on the higher side of the pole but will they be able to deliver as a team? It is a question whose answer we will get on the pitch.
Based on the player forms, team strength and track records, we have selected the top 3 title contenders for this season.
Mumbai Indians – Last year’s top team
The team now has a habit of winning. Three times trophy winner, latest being 2017 season. Looking at statistics, it is derived that Mumbai Indians have a formidable squad. And under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma and coached by Mahela Jayawardene, it is expected that MI will deliver a great stand against its rivals and defend the title. The team looks quite strong and balanced in terms of the roles.
Players like Rohit Sharma, Ishan Jaggi, Elvin Lewis backs the batting lineup for the squad as well as Jasmit Bumrah is looked up to clinch wickets.
Pat Cummins and Mustafizur Rahman joins the pace army alongside Jasprit Bumrah. All rounders like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya pose a threat both with the bat and ball.
Chennai Superkings – Top 4 of all times
Unlike Mumbai Indians who have developed the habit of winning, there is a team which has the habit intrinsic to the core. From the first season itself, CSK has been a tough contender being in the top half of the table. There was no doubt in the capabilities of the team unless it faced the suspension in the year 2016 and 2017. And guess what? They are back and back with a bang.
Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina will lead the army from the front in the batting. Surely there should be no hesitation in believing the destruction both can imply. Mark Wood and Lungisani Ngidi forming the pace battery and Harbhajan Singh celebrating alongside Imran Tahir will be a treat to watch.
Though experts believe that Chennai has bought in ‘spent’ players, but coach Stephen Fleming has a clear vision ahead. He believes that it is the experience that counts.
Rejuvenating from the two-year suspension, it will interest the viewers to watch MS DHONI put on his leadership cap and row his team through the tournament.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – The Chokers
It is a rare sight to see a team reaching thrice in the finals and bag the trophy not even for once. That is why, they are called the Chokers of the cricket extravaganza of India. But looking at this year squad and the forms of RCB players, their fans can have some expectations. It surely stands as a tough contender for the title this year.
The sporty duo – Daniel Vettori and Virat Kohli may turn up the magic. Kohli’s recent records says it all and the confidence is seen very clearly in his eyes.
Spending around 48.85 crores in retaining some of the powerful names and buying some, the squad has Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Chris Woakes and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The journey of RCB will surely make fans as well as viewers glue their eyes to screen but will they get the ticket to finale and lay their hands on the trophy?
Kings XI Punjab – The stable underdogs
It must be shocking to see this team name in the contender list. Preity Zinta owned Franchisee have a stable history of not being into the cup run though trying their level best to give competition. Since the inception of IPL in 2008, KXIP has managed to reach the knockout stage only twice. Semi-finalists in 2008 and Runners-up in 2014.
There have been major changes in the team, welcoming back Yuvraj Singh to his home. Virender Sehawag, coach of KXIP backs the newly appointed captain Ravichandran Ashwin who has been bought from Rising Pune Super giants.
The team also has Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma and Andrew Tye. Well, the squad looks promising but will they be able to deliver it?
Well, we don’t know but there are certainly some reasons that KXIP looks tough this time.
Moreover, it is not conclusive that the above mentioned teams will definitely qualify for the playoffs but yes these are teams surely one must look forward to this season.