The IPL 2021 which is now due in less than three weeks is anticipated to be a mega event in terms of the highest quality of T20 cricket being played. The tournament is already considered as a key event for the international players to get very well prepared for the 2021 World T20 and that’s the reason why almost every cricketing board this time is very adamant in allowing their players to play the full season. Also, almost every IPL team after the February Auction is looking very well stacked and it will be interesting to find out how each team goes with their business.
Although, on paper before the mega-event almost every team does look to be a potential candidate for the top four, in reality, as we all know just like every season there are few teams that genuinely start as top favourites. Because of their past robust record, one can easily bank on them even for the top two spots or eventually seeing them lifting the glory.
With the 14th edition now also being an arrangement where there’s hardly any home advantage left, the tournament also then apparently becomes much more eventful where the franchises will then have to fetch out some strenuous wins. Hence, let’s take a look at-
IPL 2021 Teams: Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians, who won the IPL title in the last two editions in 2020 and 2019, did not make many changes to the squad during IPL 2021 auction. Mumbai Indians have a strong line-up. Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishant Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav are brilliant in the batting department.
For the bowling department, Mumbai Indians have top-class bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Trent Boult. Now, Adam Milne has also joined the team. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are astonishing all-rounders to lookout for. Hence, Mumbai Indians have a very strong squad and they will make it to the playoffs this time too.
IPL 2021 Teams: Delhi Capitals
During IPL 2021 auction, Delhi Capitals inducted players like Steve Smith and Tom Curran into their squad. The franchisee already comprises spectacular players in the team. For batting, Delhi Capitals have powerful hitters like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, and also Steve Smith.
Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, and Chris Woakes are some great pacers to lookout for. Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin are fabulous spin bowlers. Therefore, Delhi Capitals have a strong squad in IPL 2021 and hence, they are highly expected to reach the playoffs.
IPL 2021 Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad is a strong team with brilliant players as part of the franchisee. Sunrisers Hyderabad have given a consistent performance for the last five years. After bagging the IPL crown in 2016, Sunrisers Hyderabad have qualified for playoffs in every subsequent season.
Due to the team’s good performance during the last few years, the owners retained most of the players in the team for IPL 2021. Sunrisers Hyderabad have hard-hitting batsmen like David Warner, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, and Manish Pandey. For bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natrajan, and Rashid Khan account for a powerful bowling attack. Therefore, like last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad is highly expected to enter the playoffs in IPL 2021.
Apart from those listed, there are always chances for dark horses to rise and run in for competition. For the time being, let us sit back relax and wait for the game to begin.