IPL 2020 Predictions - Who Can Stop Mumbai Indians?
The wait is over as the start of the Indian Premier League 2020 is finally here. It's another instalment of the highest-attended cricket league in the world, and it promises to be a thrilling contest.
There have been no less than twelve seasons of the Indian Premier League so far, and all eyes will be on Mumbai Indians who will be aiming to pick up their record fifth IPL title. Many cricket bookmakers in India featured on sites like cricketbetting.org have already started lining up odds of who has the best chance of stopping the Mumbai Indians on their path?
From last year's second-placed team Chennai Super Kings to the always-dangerous Hyderabad Sunrisers, there's plenty of competition. So keep reading to see which team could be capable of causing an upset in this year's Indian Premier League.
Time For Hyderabad Sunrisers To Shine?
This southern team has always punched above their weight in the Indian Premier League. The Hyderabad Sunrisers were unlucky not to finish above fourth-place in last year's IPL, but they have a young squad that is looking like it's evolving for the future.
Hyderabad Sunrisers famously picked up the IPL title in 2016, and they also came close in 2018. Much of how they fare in 2020 will depend on how they get on without their Bangladeshi star player Shakib Al Hasan. Thankfully any team boasting the likes of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, controversial Australian star David Warner, and England's Jonny Bairstow is going to be capable of getting some decent results.
Getting a good opening partnership won't be difficult with the likes of Warner and Bairstow opening up, but it's further down the batting order where the Sunrisers need more depth. Thankfully with head coach Trevor Bayliss at the helm, it could easily be another breakthrough year for the Hyderabad Sunrisers.
Big Things Expected Of Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings could have easily claimed the IPL title last year, and they are one of the clear favourites to take the crown from Mumbai Indians. The team should have a relatively quiet time in this year's player auction and can look forward to delivering plenty more quality performances from their famously consistent squad.
Key players like Faf du Plessis and Mitchell Santner should hopefully be in great shape again. Still, it's expected that everything related to them securing their 2020 title will b be down to their veteran captain MS Dhoni. The Indian star is now 38-years old, and he'll be desperate to add just one more trophy to his long and illustrious career. However, it remains to be seen whether the Chennai Super Kings' batting order can take things up a level compared to last year.
Can Delhi Capitals Seize The IPL Title?
Delhi Capitals surprised many with their rapid increase in form throughout the 2019 IPL season, and there are big questions about whether they can go one better this season. They have been an underdog of the IPL for so long, that they earned plenty of support from the neutrals.
It's a team that is packed with the Indian talent in particular. The lack of big-name stars from overseas might initially appear to put the Delhi Capitals at a disadvantage. Still, any team with the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and captain Shreyas Iyer in their ranks could make some vital results happen.
That is especially true as Iyer has been in great form with India in their recent one-day internationals. Plus Delhi Capitals have a nicely rounded bowling attack with stars like R Ashwin, and Amit Mishra set for big things this season. All of which sets up the Indian Premier League 2020 season as being wide open.
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