IPL 2021 Predictions
Who will win IPL 2021? With the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League T20 competition just a few days 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 14th phase this year. The mega-event, studded with celebrities and star players, from India and abroad, is expected to begin from 9th April to 30th May 2021. Here is a look at each club, we will look at which team is strong in IPL 2021, and let you know who we think will win the event.
The IPL 2021 season is fast approaching, and now that the teams are confirmed, the schedule is set, and the venues selected, the teams can begin their preparations in their bids to become the 14th winners of the Indian Premier League trophy. With that said, let’s have a look at where that trophy might be heading this season. Let’s start by looking at the odds to win, and then we will take a brief look at the teams, and we will conclude with an IPL winners prediction.
Which Team is Strong in IPL 2021?
The bookmakers, like many, are expecting the Mumbai Indians to retain their title and continue their dominance over the tournament, having won it the most times. They also don’t anticipate the Super Kings will bounce back from their worst campaign ever last season. Despite the many changes to the lineups, looking at the betting, the bookmakers don’t expect much to change from last season.
Mumbai Indians: The Mumbai Indians are looking to become the first team in IPL history to win three titles in a row, and the way they won last season’s tournament, you certainly wouldn’t bet against that happening. The Indians retained the core of their championship-winning team, and they have also bolstered their bowling attack with the additions of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, and Piyush Chawla. As well as this, they picked up New Zeland all-rounder James Neesham. The Indians will no doubt be the team to beat again.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: The Challengers have never won the IPL, but the bookmakers give them a good chance of breaking their duck this season. They haven’t reached the final since 2016 and have not offered up much competition since then. However, there was definite improvement last season, which gives them something to build on. They also went big in the IPL auction to bring in Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson. They will look to build on last season’s fourth-placed league finish, and the semi-finals will be a minimum for them.
Delhi Capitals: The Delhi Capitals is another side that has never won the IPL, but they have been knocking on the day recently. They finished third in 2019 and were the runner was up last season. Can they go that one step further this year? They looked capable of challenging Mumbai last year, but they lacked experience in the big games and ultimately fell short. However, with the experience of reaching last year’s final and the addition of Steve Smith, who has a more significant point to prove than anyone in this year’s tournament, they have every chance of winning this year’s tournament.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Since winning the tournament for the only time in their history in 2016, the Sunrisers have been one of the most consistent performers in the IPL, and they haven’t finished outside the top four since that win. They retained most of their team from last season and probably didn’t the least amount of business in this season’s draft. They have real depth in their ranks, and the players will feel that they know each other’s game that bit better this year. The Sunrisers will make a bold bid to get back to the top.
Kolkata Knight Riders: The Knight Riders have been on the cusp of being an excellent side for the past four or five years. There is certainly no shortage of talent in their ranks, but they seem to lack cohesion like so many of their failing seasons. That will be the task handed to England captain Eoin Morgan to bring this talented bunch of players together. They will need to rely on their heavy hitters to set some big totals as their bowling unit appears to be lacking.
Chennai Super Kings: I don’t think I ever recall seeing the Super Kings given such little chance of success for an upcoming IPL campaign. They tried to take a different approach in the IPL draft and refresh their ageing lineup. However, they appear to have failed to do this, and while I like the addition of Moeen Ali, I still see a side lacking mobility, and I believe they will once again miss out on the playoffs.
Rajasthan Royals: Since their two-year suspension in 2016 – 2017, the Royals have declined each year, culminating in a last-place finish last year. They have some very talented players, but I don’t see a team with a definite plan which could be their downfall. They will have to rely on their all-rounders to help them out this season, but they may be found lacking in the power play overs, which could cost them dearly.
Kings XI Punjab: The Punjab Kings are hoping that a change of name will rejuvenate them this season. Since reaching the final in 2014, which they lost, they have struggled to make the playoffs each year. Although the bookmakers give them no chance again this season, I do, and I think they could be the surprise package for a run to the playoffs. They have brought in Jyhe Richardson, Moises Henriques, and the number one ranked T20 batsman globally, Dawid Malan.
Which team is most likely to win the IPL trophy this year? Vote below for the best IPL squad 2021. Our tip: Royal Challengers Bangalore to make it to the playoffs.
IPL Prediction 2021
Overall Winners: Mumbai Indians / Royal Challengers Bangalore to win IPL 2021.
Runners Up: Sunrisers Hyderabad / Dehli Capitals