IPL 2017 Predictions
Who will win IPL 2017? With the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League T20 competition just a fortnight away, we take a look at each team chances in the tournament. It is that time of the year when eight teams, will compete among each other to win the coveted Indian Premier League trophy as the tournament will enter its tenth phase this year. The mega-event, studded with celebrities and star players, from India and abroad, is expected to begin from April 5, 2017, and go on till the end of May.
Defending champions Sunrisers have shown more appetite by spending some serious money in the player auctions. The side had a good lineup last season while lacking a quality spinner. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has earned rave reviews elsewhere and he will be looking to light up the IPL this season.
At the same time, his inclusion in the first XI might see the side lose balance as they will have to rest a foreign player in order to include the spinner. Shikhar Dhawan who is currently struggling with his form could be a big blow for their hopes.
Gujarat Lions have far too many talented players to miss out on a top four slot. With the IPL’s leading scorer captaining the side and a wealth of solid batsmen and bowlers in the team, they should be able to comfortably enter the top four. Raina has in the past, produced such blistering displays quite consistently for team Chennai. The likes of Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja lends this franchise an extremely strong Indian presence of players who are in their prime currently. The side also boasts some of the best international talent in the IPL with three destructive batsmen playing for the side – Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum and Jason Roy.
One team that missed out on the playoffs last season were the Mumbai Indians. However, unless they are affected by player availability issues, the team should be able to make it into the business end of the season as one of the top four sides.
Rising Pune Supergiants have spent good money on Ben Stokes while retaining a solid core of players from last season. The side will be lifted by the fact that a lot of players who were unavailable last season have confirmed their participation this year. Also, with the burden of the captaincy gone, MS Dhoni should be ready to let it rip. In MS Dhoni, Pune have perhaps the best finisher that any team can wish for.
Similarly, another team that should not experience player availability issues this season is Kings XI Punjab. However, the side seem to lack depth and are unlikely to threaten for a place in the playoffs.
Delhi Daredevils have a wealth of extremely talented players from South Africa but their lineup looks thin. Mohammad Shami continues to recover from injury and he could be a major factor in deciding the fate of their season.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have acquired Rishi Dhawan and Trent Boult from the player auction this year, both of whom could prove to be very good buys. They have a solid middle order and a bowling attack that has delivered for them in the previous editions, where they made the playoffs quite regularly. They should be able to make it through to the playoffs if they play to their potential.
The signing of Tymal Mills can see the Royal Challengers qualify for the top four yet again. While they have an enviable lineup of top four or five batsmen, their bowling has always been an issue. The Bangalore team are arguably the best batting side in the IPL with all players in great form in the run up to the IPL. They are also a handful with their fielding and are looking like the team to beat for the upcoming edition of the IPL. Which team is most likely to win the IPL trophy this year? Vote below.
IPL Prediction 2017
Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore to enter the playoffs.