The Indian Premier League is a favorite cricket tournament among Indians. Since the onset of IPL, it has come with inspiring as well as surprising cricket moments. Throughout the history of the competition, we’ve seen several teams surprise us by taking the cup. It is this element that makes fans crazy about the IPL. Keeping the surprise factor in mind, here are 3 favorites and 1 underdog IPL team.
Delhi Capitals: Delhi Capitals look like a perfectly balanced team this season with a strong lineup of batsmen and bowlers. KKR is the third most successful team in IPL history but their poor season means the traditional top contender spot now goes to Delhi Capitals. The mercurial talent of Rishabh Pant partnered with seasoned leaders like Steve Smith and Ravichandran Ashwin makes it a team with a proper blend of talent and experience. Class overseas and Indian talents throughout the squad makes it one of the strongest teams in this year’s competition.
Chennai Super Kings: Captain cool M.S Dhoni has been leading CSK for years and under his leadership, the team has grown into a superpower in T20 cricket. 3-time winners, Chennai Super Kings look set to have another strong season making them another firm favorite to win the league this year. At the twilight end of his career, can Mahi lead his side to another victory? We shall soon find out.
Mumbai Indians: The most successful team in the league’s history. MI can never be overlooked when it comes to winning the cup. For multiple seasons, Mumbai Indians have surfaced from the bottom to win the title ultimately. Hence, proving the team’s drive and desire. Rohit Sharma and his team of top-notch players are looking forward to another successful season. Regardless of what happens in the IPL, following MI is always entertaining.
Now for the underdogs! 2009 saw the Deccan Charges led by the legend Adam Gilchrist himself and 2016 saw David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad take the crown from the traditional top dogs.
This season’s underdog looks to be:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: RCB has been a team that has built an unwanted reputation as a strong team that never delivers for its fans. The start to the current IPL season seems a lot more promising and Virat Kholi’s men look to change their fates and finally take the crown to the city of Bengaluru. Is this the year they let go of the disappointing tags attached to their name? The Reds from Karnataka sure look pumped to do so. The thrill of sport is competition and the competition between teams is what brings out the passion and emotion of the fans. This edition of the IPL will be no different. The second part of the season starts soon, the wait to watch exhilarating cricket is almost at its end for this season.