Who Can Stop The Mumbai Indians From Winning Three IPL Titles On The Bounce?
Despite the ongoing uncertainty in the world regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Premier League continued this year. As is typically the case, the IPL produced some unbelievable action throughout the competition, but once again, it was the Mumbai Indians that were crowned the winners of the competition.
This success marked the second straight year that the Indians had won the competition, as they beat the Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the Grand Final. But, could next season be the one that the Indians stranglehold on the championship is finally released?
The Capitals could once again be the team that is best placed to challenge the Indians for the IPL title, as they are certainly a team that are on an upward trajectory. The Capitals would have been pleased with their performance last season, as they reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years, and there were some bright sparks throughout their season by individuals. Kagiso Rabada was one of the star players for the Capitals as he took an IPL-leading 30 wickets throughout the season.
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan was in excellent form, as he scored 618 runs. The Capitals will only need to add a few other players to seriously challenge for the title next season.
Sunrisers were considered by most to be the leading chance to reach the IPL finals, as they went into the post-season in the best possible form. They will be among the favourites with the betting sites in India next season once again, and it is hard to argue against them being a side that should easily finish in a playoff spot. The Sunrisers finished third in the 2019 season, as they won seven of their 14 games, which was just two fewer than the Indians.
David Warner was in excellent form throughout the season, as he scored 548 runs, while Rashid Khan took 20 wickets. The Sunrisers will need improved performances from both of these players next season, while Jonny Bairstow also stood out as a player that could take the Sunrisers to the next level, as he made eight wicket-keeping dismissals last season. Once again, the players that are brought in during the off-season will be essential for their chances.
Rajasthan Royals have underwhelmed for a number of seasons now, but there is no doubting that they have the talent within their squad to make a run at the playoffs. Their captain is Steve Smith, who is one of the best batters in world cricket, while they also have ever-improving English players Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes within their ranks.
Archer was the stand out player for the Royals last season, as he was awarded the Player of the Series. Despite finishing bottom of the table last season, they will remain a team that fans of the sport will be intrigued to see, and it does seem only a matter of time before the team is able to unlock its potential.
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