IPL 2021 Winner
The 8 teams that will compete to win this year's IPL 2021 tournament
IPL Winner: Favourite
It is easy to say that the favourites to get their hands on that famous golden trophy this year would be the Mumbai Indians, but you’d be a fool to look too far past them.
Currently at just 4.33 it remains a great price to back a favourite!
IPL Winner: Outsider
An outsider’s choice to take this year’s title are the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The men in orange were just one step away from the showcase event last year, falling at the final hurdle at the hands of the Delhi Capitals in the eliminator.
Currently priced at 7.00 it's a vast improvement on last year's odds for a team that has every chance!
Here are the latest IPL Winner Odds!
IPL 2020 Winner Odds
Chennai Super Kings
Most people who watched last season’s Indian Premier League, the one thought that united them all is the need for an overhaul at Chennai and an injection of youth, if they are going to return to the top this year.
But this very much hasn’t happened in time for the 14th edition of the IPL, with many of their experienced but aging players still making up the bulk of the squad.
Led by MS Dhoni, the 39-year-old king of Indian cricket will probably be playing in his final edition of the tournament and hoping for a fairy-tale ending, which seems remarkably unlikely.
He is joined still be fellow old boys Imran Tahir (42), Dwayne Bravo (37), Faf du Plessis (36) and Robin Uthappa (35). The other side of the argument is that CSK are full of experience and if anyone of these players gets going on their day, they can win games on their own, only time will tell.
Sam Curran remains a dangerous proposition, the left-arm all-rounder will look to swing the new ball and then hit the ball out of the park late in the innings.
- Odds to Win: 7.50
- Predicted Finish: 7th
- One to Watch: Ruturaj Gaikwad
The bridesmaids of the IPL in 2020, The Capitals were the closest challengers to the Mumbai Indians last year, and could very easily do the same this year.
They boast some of the very finest home grown Indian talent with the stars of the recent test series with England, Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel leading their spin attack.
They are led by the ever impressive Shreyas Iyer who proves that you can score quick runs in T20 cricket playing ‘proper shots.’
They have strength in every department with the flair of Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant, the experience of Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane, the power of Marcus Stoinis and then the raw pace of the South African duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. They have a wealth of talent too who would seemingly not make the starting XI with the English pair of Sam Billings and Tom Curran, looking to push for appearances.
The Delhi Capitals, on paper look a dead cert of the top four and a play-off place, but can they go all the way to the final?
- Odds to Win: 5.50
- Predicted Finish: 4th
- One to Watch: Rishabh Pant
They might have gone through a rebrand, but changing their name won’t change the fortune of the Punjab Kings in this year’s IPL.
They have added the current ICC number one T20I ranked batsmen Dawid Malan to their ranks, but a lacking depth of firepower with the bat and the ball, looks like being their downfall again this year.
They seemingly found the right formula towards the end of the 2020 campaign at the top order, when they found a space to get the juggernaut of T20 six hitting Chris Gayle in at number three.
Following the successful opening pair of skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, Chris Jordan will continue to be a highly effective death bowler and will be a good guide for new kid on the block Riley Meredith who will have the eyes of the world on his after his high price tag in last months auction.
I think this year will be a struggle for the Punjab Kings, especially if that top order doesn’t fire, because without runs in the powerplay, it could be a long campaign.
- Odds to Win: 13.00
- Predicted Finish: 8th
- One to Watch: Mayank Agarwal
Kolkata Knight Riders
A team that often flies under the radar are the Kolkata Knight Riders and in many ways they will be hoping to do the same thing this year, and they will be hopeful that they can use that to their advantage and make the play-offs.
Any side with the ICC World Cup winning captain at the helm will be dangerous, and KKR will be hoping to squeeze every ounce of knowledge and experience from Eoin Morgan, who took over from Dinesh Karthik during the 2020 IPL.
Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson and Pat Cummins are all very strong overseas players for Morgan to have at his disposal, and mixed with the Indian talent of the likes of Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi and Kuldeep Yadav they could prove to be a very dangerous proposition.
The return of veteran and Indian cult hero Harbhajan Singh will give something for the KKR fans to cheer, but I think a mid-table outcome could be the best that
- Odds to Win: 8.00
- Predicted Finish: 6th
- One to Watch: Shubman Gill
The five-time champions are looking to make it three on the bounce, extending their reign as the most successful side to ever play in the IPL.
They were strong in every department last year, with runs at the top of the order from skipper Rohit Sharma, flair from youngster Ishan Kishan accompanied by power from Kieron Pollard in the middle, before the deadly seam duo of Trent Boult and Jaspirt Bumrah complete the spine of the team.
They have added great levels of depth to their side to bolster their chances of success with explosive opener Chris Lynn and Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham joining as overseas stars.
But don’t forget to look past the jet setting global players who play for the champs, they also have a wealth of Indian talent on display with the Pandya brothers, and a name that will please the people of Mumbai with Arjun Tendulkar getting to learn his craft from the best… if his Dad hadn’t taught him enough.
- Odds to Win: 4.33
- 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.
The team that pack themselves full of the finest cricketers that England have to offer, have done it again with the trio of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer donning the blue and pink again for the Rajasthan Royals.
Despite losing Steve Smith to the Delhi Capitals, the Royals will still be looking to make a statement in the powerplay and with Buttler and Stokes they could do just that.
The Royals will be hoping that the pair aren’t suffering from bubble fatigue but instead using the current white ball series in India to get themselves ready for another hectic competition. One of the more surprising additions at the auction is Chris Morris, not because of his talent but more because of his price tag, as the South African is now the most expensive player in IPL history. But RCB’s loss is the Royals gain and I’m sure Morris will get more game time in Rajasthan than in Bangalore.
Sanju Samson will be looking for a similar campaign to last year with the bat, after the wicket keeper batsman was one of the biggest hitters in the IPL, which gives the license to Stokes and Buttler to take risks, as they know they have him to come in behind.
- Odds to Win: 9.0
- Predicted Finish: 5th
- One to Watch: Sanju Samson
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Ferrari of the franchise cricket world, all flash on the outside but actually they have no engine on the inside. On paper they look absolutely devastating but the fact that they haven’t lifted the golden trophy in 13 attempts, shows they have something missing.
One thing that can be guaranteed though is that with the greatest player on the planet Virat Kohli in charge you know the Royal Challengers Bangalore will always have a chance and to be fair to them, I think they could go close this year.
Virat will be joined by his chum AB de Villiers again and the Australian power hitter Glenn Maxwell to complete a star studded batting line up. Youngster Devdutt Padikkal managed to shine through the plethora of big names last year and will be hoping to do the same again.
The thing that also seems to be the downfall for RCB is the bowling and I’m not convinced that they have solved the problem in that department, especially with their seamers.
Adam Zampa, Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal will leave Virat praying for turning pitches.
- Odds to Win: 6.00
- Predicted Finish: 2nd
- One to Watch: Devdutt Padikkal
- Fun Fact: The Royal Challengers have never won the IPL but finished runners-up on three occasions between 2009 and 2016.
Like Mumbai, they had a strong spine to their side last year with David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson starting the innings before the fire power of Jason Holder and the mystery spin of Rashid Khan.
That experienced core of the side has all been retained for this edition of the IPL which naturally means the Sunrisers have a chance of going well once the tournament kicks off in early April.
The experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue to lead the line and show the next generation of Indian seamers why he is one of the best.
Experience is of the key words to describe the Sunrisers side, with many of their key players on the wrong side of 30, this could be the last chance that this crop of players have the chance to take the IPL crown.
- Odds to Win: 7.0
- Predicted Finish: 3rd
- One to Watch: Priyam Garg
- Fun Fact: The team has qualified for the play-off stage of the tournament in every season since 2016.
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