This season's Indian Premier League will already go down in the history book before a ball has even been bowled.
The action on the pitch will be as strong as ever
The ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic has seen the showpiece T20 league move to the UAE and without the usual chaos and cheers from the stands.
The tournament following in the footsteps of many other leagues around the world in playing behind closed doors.
But despite the change in environment, the action on the pitch looks like being as strong as ever with an array of overseas stars set to take to the field in the 13th edition of the IPL.
IPL 2020 Winner
It all starts with reigning champions Mumbai Indians! Write off the most successful IPL side in history at your peril. The reigning champions are looking to go back to back in 2020 and with the squad that they have, they have a good chance.
The 8 teams that will compete to win this year's IPL 2020 tournament
They have fire power all the way down the team sheet and with a potential opening pair captain Rohit Sharma and Australian International Chris Lynn they will be looking to cash in during the powerplay.
Despite having won the IPL 4 times in their past, Mumbai have never gone back to back which sets up the competitive edge to tournament quite nicely.
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IPL 2020 Winner Odds
Chennai Super Kings
Last year’s runners up the Chennai Super Kings will be looking to go one better this time and claim their fourth IPL title.
Led by one of the greatest T20 players of all time MS Dhoni, CSK are always going to be one of the teams to beat.
They boast one of the strongest bowling attacks in this year’s IPL with Imran Tahir returning after taking 26 wickets in last year’s edition of the tournament. All-rounders Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Ravi Jadeja and Shane Watson give Dhoni lots of options with his team selection.
Chennai could potentially be slightly light with the bat but having the likes of Murali Vijay and Faf du Plessis in the camp will give them confidence.
- Odds to Win: 5.50
- Predicted Finish: Play-offs
- One to Watch: Sam Curran
- Fun fact: Super Kings' star bowler of the season Imran Tahir, who took 26 wickets, won the Purple Cap for bagging the most wickets.
A strong contender for a play-off place, but might fall short at the final hurdle.
The Delhi Capitals will be looking to improve on last year’s play-off run by going all the way in this year’s IPL.
A strong all round squad has been hit by the withdrawal of England duo Jason Roy and Chris Woakes but Head Coach Ricky Ponting will be optimistic of a good campaign this year.
The destructive Shikhar Dhawan will be hoping to add to his 4000+ career IPL runs with a tournament like last year where the left hander racked up five half centuries to help Delhi reach 3rd place. South African Kagiso Rabada will bring pace up top with the new ball with back up from the experienced Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
The loss of Roy and Woakes could be the difference between success and failure this year for the Delhi Capitals, with their replacements, Anrich Nortje and Daniel Sams not having played in the IPL before.
- Odds to Win: 7.50
- Predicted Finish: 5th
- One to Watch: Sandeep Lamichhane
- Fun Fact: The Delhi Capitals have never reached an IPL Final.
Kings XI Punjab
A sixth place finish in last year’s IPL won’t have satisfied the hierarchy at Kings XI and you wouldn’t be overly confident on them improving on that this year.
Whilst The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle will bring his usual fireworks in the powerplay it looks like it could be another poor year for Kings XI with an overall lack firepower with bat and ball.
Despite having T20 specialists Glenn Maxwell and Chris Jordan in their ranks, Head Coach Anil Kumble will be relying on some young Indian Talent to give his side the best chance of making the play offs.
Middle order batsman Sarfaraz Khan could be key for Kings XI. The 22-year old showed promise last year but didn’t kick on and hit that big score to guarantee his place in the side. I think Kings XI will struggle to break in to the Top 4 this year, unless their veteran overseas players carry them through.
- Odds to Win: 11.00
- Predicted Finish: 7th
- One to Watch: Sarfaraz Khan
- Fun Fact: Chris Gayle’s 175* for Kings XI Punjab is the highest individual score in any season of the IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders
One of the most exciting squads in the whole tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders can boast about having the most expensive player in this year’s IPL, Pat Cummins and England ODI World Cup winning Captain Eoin Morgan.
Cummins has shown his class with the red ball across the world but will be keen to shown his value in the shortest form of the game as well. Replacing the injured Harry Gurney with dynamic batsman Tom Banton gives KKR more options with the bat.
Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson will be keen to help The Knight Riders go one better than their fifth placed finish last time out.
Experienced leader Dinesh Karthik will be hopeful of a return to glory but with no IPL title in six years, I think KKR will be facing a tough battle to reach the play offs in 2020.
- Odds to Win: 8.00
- Predicted Finish: 6th
- One to Watch: Tom Banton
- Fun Fact: The Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s with 14.
Reigning Champions Mumbai Indians will be confident of retaining their IPL crown as they head in to this year’s tournament.
The Mumbai based side are eyeing up their fifth title and captain Rohit Sharma has got himself a team packed full of talent with bat, ball and in the field. In Chris Lynn they have one of the cleanest strikers of a ball in world cricket as well as West Indian all-rounder Keiron Pollard, who can win games single-handedly.
Beneath all of the big names, Ishan Kishan has shown glimpses of his talent in previous editions of the IPL but will be keen to impress legendary batting mentor Sachin Tendulkar this year, so he is worth keeping an eye on.
The Mumbai Indians look a strong side to get in to the top four this year and potentially go all the way and claim their first ever back to back IPL crown.
- Odds to Win: 5.00 – Betway
- Predicted Finish: Winners
- One to Watch: Ishan Kishan
- Fun Fact: In 2017, the Mumbai Indians became the first franchise to cross the $100 million mark in brand value among the IPL franchises.
Any team in world cricket to boast the likes of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer will strike fear in to their opponents but with a seventh placed finish in last year’s competition it could be another tough test for the Rajasthan Royals.
They have only been victorious in the IPL once and that was all the way back in the inaugural edition of the competition in 2008. Skipper Steve Smith will be keen to get the winning feeling back in the Rajasthan camp but despite their overseas strength it is looking like a challenge to break back in to the top four this summer for the Royals.
With Buttler and Stokes both missing part of England’s summer for family reasons, Rajasthan will be hopeful that they can have their squad at full strength in time for their first game on 22 September.
- Odds to Win: 10.00
- Predicted Finish: 8th
- One to Watch: Mayank Markande
- Fun Fact: The team's record run-scorer is Ajinkya Rahane with 2705 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
When your team is being led by Virat Kohli you know you have a good chance. For the last three years RCB have languished around the bottom of the IPL table but 2020 could be the year that this changes.
A potential top three of Kohli himself, AB De Villiers and new recruit Aaron Finch will look to make the most of the powerplay and get RCB off to strong starts.
With the ball the experienced South African duo of Dale Steyn and Chris Morris will be accompanied by an array of spin options that include Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The Royal Challengers have underperformed for a number of years but I can see them performing well this year and reaching the top four should be achievable for a team of their quality.
- Odds to Win: 8.00
- Predicted Finish: Runners Up
- One to Watch: Washington Sundar
- Fun Fact: The Royal Challengers have never won the IPL but finished runners-up on three occasions between 2009 and 2016
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to go one step further from their play-off performance last year. They will be hoping that a change in leadership could be the catalyst for change with former England Head Coach Trevor Bayliss taking the reins for the 2020 season.
Newly appointed captain David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will form a formidable opening partnership. Kiwi Kane Williamson will provide stability through the middle overs, playing the anchor role whilst players look to find the boundary around him.
With the ball the mystery spinner Rashid Khan will be crucial when it comes to taking wickets throughout the innings.
A team full of experienced overseas players can be dangerous and that’s why I think Sunrisers will make the play-offs this year, but I don’t think they have the strength to go all the way to the final.
- Odds to Win: 5.50
- Predicted Finish: Play-offs
- One to Watch: Wriddhiman Saha
- Fun Fact: The team has qualified for the play-off stage of the tournament in every season since 2016.
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