The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is being organized in the UAE after the Indian Government decided to shift it because of the Corona Virus spreading at a dangerous rate in many Indian states. All team personnel have traveled overseas and have started training amongst precautionary surroundings to ensure all the players’ and staff’s safety. The 8 teams look to battle it out this season for the coveted trophy and look up and ready to start on September 19. Who will win the second overseas IPL winner is the question on everyone’s mind. Let’s have a look at the different contenders of the trophy and their additions to the team:
The four-time IPL winners and the most successful team in the league will be looking to get their hands on their 5th trophy this time. They would hope to replicate their previous season after beating Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in the final. MI has made some important additions to their squad by signing 22-year-old talented all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, experienced New Zealand Bowler Trent Boult, and another impressive bowler, Dhawal Kulkarni. They will look to cement their place in the record books this time as they attempt to win the title for the first time in an even year after winning the 2013,2015,2017, and 2019 campaigns and return home with the trophy in their bag.
The 3-time winners of the competition captained by none other than Captain cool M.S. Dhoni will be looking to get their hands back on the trophy after losing last year’s final to Mumbai by one run. They tend to look consistent throughout the season, and after retaining most of their talented players this season, they will try to stick to their strengths and beat their opponents by playing some exciting cricket. Though the team looks slightly weak after the sudden departure of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, the team will indeed fight back with extra might this season.
After changing their name from the Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals in 2018, they qualified to the playoffs after seven long years. They even won their eliminator against Sun Risers Hyderabad only to be beaten by CSK in the 2nd eliminator. The team showed that they weren’t the ones to be taken lightly and can spring a surprise this time as well after buying experienced players in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane in their squad. It’s time to show that the capital city can compete at the very top level and win their maiden IPL trophy this year.
The Hyderabad team, founded in 2012, has been very competitive in the league and has even lifted the trophy in the 2016 edition when they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have not been active in the auction and have retained most of their players for this season, showing trust and the urge to continue what they were doing with the team. They sure pack a healthy punch and can be dangerous when they are in the mood.
The 2-time IPL champions with the moto ‘Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re’ have always taken part in this league with the mindset of lifting the trophy and have produced some of the most thrilling encounters of T20 cricket we’ve ever witnessed. With only making one signing in the form of Mumbai batsmen Siddhesh Lad, they too have shown trust in the players they’ve got and will be raring to have a go at the other teams this season.
The Punjab team looks to mark this season after a disappointing 6th place finish last time. Having lost their Captain Ravichandran Ashwin to the Delhi Capitals, KXI signed 9 players this year – Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Jordan, Tanjinder Dhillon, Ravi Bishnoi, Ishan Porel, and Sheldon Cottrell. All their hopes will be lying on the new players executing the game plans to perfection and reach the playoffs.
After winning the Indian Premier League’s inaugural season, the royals have not been delivering satisfying performances to push the team into the playoffs in the quest for the trophy. All the fans will be looking forward to this season after the team secured the signatures of three new players – Mayank Markande, Ankit Rajpoot, and Rahul Tewatia in the auction. The pressure would be on Captain Steve Smith and the players as they hope to survive in the battle till the end of this year.
Last but not the least, Indian Captain Virat Kohli’s side will try to not look at the past and concentrate on nothing but bringing the trophy to Bangalore this year after years of unsuccessful attempts. They came the closest to lift the trophy in 2016 when they reached the finals for the first time and got beat by Sun Risers Hyderabad. Virat Kohli will motivate his team by leading by example this year and ending their long drought for a trophy.