IPL 2021 Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview: Afghan Spin Giants, Trans-Tasman & English Batting, & Indian Fast Bowling Strength

IPL 2021 Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview: Afghan Spin Giants, Trans-Tasman & English Batting, & Indian Fast Bowling Strength

Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview IPL 2021 Edition.

One of the most consistent franchises in recent IPL history, expect no different this year around.

Except they have more options, fitter players, and a schedule that suits their style of play. Add the intelligent buy of Kedar Jadhav, and all pieces are slowly falling into place. Here is my SRH preview.

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, SRH All-Time XI

IPL History

2016 (Champions), 2018 (Runners Up), 2020 (3rd), 2013, 2017, 2019 (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

3rd. Losing to the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2. Lots of positives from last year:

  • David Warner among the top 3 yet again & Saha, the opener, giving SRH’s campaign much needed intent
  • Kane Williamson-Jason Holder (replacement for Mitchell Marsh last year) playing crucial mature knocks
  • Youngsters like Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, & Abhishek Sharma all shining at certain points during the tournament
  • Batting collapses the worry

Injury & COVID-19 News

Mitchell Marsh has pulled out of IPL 2021. Poor guy. Seems to be more out more often than not. Jason Roy is the replacement.

Complete Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad

Batsman: Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Virat Singh

WK: Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha

All-Rounders: Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Jagadeesha Suchith

Spinners: Shahbaz Nadeem

Fast Medium: T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

Overseas: David Warner*, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Jason Roy, Kane Williamson

Withdrawn Mitchell Marsh

Predicted SRH XI

  1. David Warner (C), 2. Wriddhiman Saha (WK), 3. Manish Pandey, 4. Kane Williamson/Jonny Bairstow5. Vijay Shankar/Kedar Jadhav, 6. Priyam Garg/Abdul Samad, 7. Rashid Khan8. Jason Holder/Mohammad Nabi/ Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. T Natarajan, 11. Sandeep Sharma

Watch Out For

Horses-for-courses strategy.

  • Given their first 5 games are at Chennai (and 7 more at Delhi/Kolkata), expect SRH to deploy their spin regime. They have the Afghan trio Rashid Khan-Mohammad Nabi-Mujeeb Ur Rahman along with Shahbaz Nadeem & part-timers Abhishek Sharma/Kedar Jadhav.
  • The other option is to go top heavy with Warner-Roy-Williamson-Bairstow. Droolworthy batting order.
  • If the pitch demands pace, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Thampi, & Kaul will be key with all-rounders in Jason Holder & Vijay Shankar readily available.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Sunrisers?

With multiple options, come multiple warnings. Do not give enough chances or confidence to the players and instability can creep in. With staff of VVS Laxman, Muralitharan and co, this should not be the case.

Multiple options – always a blessing or a curse.

Also Read: Indian Cricket’s Abundance of Talent: Blessing Or Curse?

Venues

Chennai – 5, Delhi – 4, Kolkata – 3, Bangalore – 2

Fixtures

  • 11 April: SRH vs KKR (Chennai)
  • 14 April: SRH vs RCB (Chennai)
  • 17 April: MI vs SRH (Chennai)
  • 21 April: PBKS vs SRH (Chennai)
  • 25 April: SRH vs DC (Chennai)
  • 28 April: CSK vs SRH (Delhi)
  • 2 May: RR vs SRH (Delhi)
  • 4 May: SRH vs MI (Delhi)
  • 7 May: SRH vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 9 May: RCB vs SRH (Kolkata)
  • 13 May: SRH vs RR (Kolkata)
  • 17 May: DC vs SRH (Kolkata)
  • 19 May: SRH vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 21 May: KKR vs SRH (Bangalore)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)

Prediction

Probably the most balanced side of the tournament, but just think that RCB, PBKS, and KKR have a bit more firepower.

Prediction4th
Most Runs Jonny Bairstow
Most WicketsRashid Khan
Emerging PlayerAbdul Samad
Surprise PackageKedar Jadhav
X FactorDavid Warner
Broken Cricket DreamSiddharth Kaul – Final SRH season for Kaul?
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IPL 2021 Rajasthan Royals Preview: Can RR Aim Correctly Without Their Archer?

IPL 2021 Rajasthan Royals Preview: Can RR Aim Correctly Without Their Archer?

Rajasthan Royals 2021 Preview.

There used to be a time when frugal IPL auction buys and uncapped Indian players was the norm for RR. Now it is the complete opposite. They are overdependent on foreign players.

If Buttler has a great season, they make the top 4. Otherwise, same old story. Here is the preview.

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, RR All-Time XI

IPL History

2008 (Champions), 2013 (3rd), 2015, 2018 – (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

8th. Except for Jofra Archer maiden overs, Ben Stokes opening century, Riyan Parag’s Bihu dance celebration, & a glimpse into Kartik Tyagi’s potential, not much to write home about.

Injury & COVID-19 News

Jofra Archer is bound to miss at least 4 matches due to a hand injury. Given that the T20I World Cup is England’s focus right now, it is unlikely that Archer will be risked much.

Complete Rajasthan Royals Squad

Batsman: Yashashvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh

WK: Sanju Samson

All-Rounders: Shivam Dube, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia

Spinners: KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande

Fast Medium: Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya

Overseas: Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye

Uncapped (even in first class): Kuldip Yadav

Predicted RR XI

Rumors suggest that England captain Eoin Morgan has inside information from rival camp of Rajasthan Royals. Maybe a Buttler-Stokes opening partnership to better help England prepare for the upcoming World Cup?

I would still start out with Jaiswal as an opener. (But then I am no captain of the best limited overs side in the world).

  1. Jos Buttler2. Yashasvi Jaiswal/ Manan Vohra/Riyan Parag, 3. Ben Stokes, 4. Sanju Samson (C/WK), 5. Shivam Dube, 6. Rahul Tewatia, 7. Chris Morris8. Shreyas Gopal, 9. Kartik Tyagi, 10. Mayank Markande/Jaydev Unadkat, 11. Mustafizur Rahman/Andrew Tye

Will David Miller get another season on the bench? (Or one game before a 0 (0) run out benches him for the rest of the season).

Watch Out For

  • Chris Morris. Has been sold for plenty at the auction, but some signs he is getting back to his best. Since his breakthrough season with Delhi a few years ago, he has not made a huge mark on the IPL. Is this the year?
  • Sanju Samson went from India’s #4 in the Australia tour to out of the squad. With an extended 23 men squad available for the T20I world cup, can he impress the selectors once again?
  • Buttler-Stokes in the top order.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Royals?

Lack of pace. The Fizz, Tye, Unadkat, & even Morris are arguably the world’s best off cutter bowling combination in the world. Without Jofra Archer though, they might fail to defend scores in Mumbai, Kolkata, & Bangalore.

Only so many Tewatia specials can save the Royals.

Venues & Fixtures

Venues

Mumbai- 5, Delhi – 4, Kolkata – 3, Bangalore – 2

Fixtures

  • 12 April: RR vs PBKS (Mumbai)
  • 15 April: RR vs DC (Mumbai)
  • 19 April: CSK vs RR (Mumbai)
  • 22 April: RCB vs RR (Mumbai)
  • 24 April: RR vs KKR (Mumbai)
  • 29 April: MI vs RR (Delhi)
  • 2 May: RR vs SRH (Delhi)
  • 5 May: RR vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 8 May: RR vs MI (Delhi)
  • 11 May: DC vs RR (Kolkata)
  • 13 May: SRH vs RR (Kolkata)
  • 16 May: RR vs RCB (Kolkata)
  • 18 May: KKR vs RR (Bangalore)
  • 22 May: PBKS vs RR (Bangalore)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)

Prediction

Prediction7th
Most Runs Jos Buttler
Most WicketsMustafizur Rahman
Emerging PlayerMr. Liam Livingstone, I presume?
Surprise PackageShivam Dube
X FactorJos Buttler
Broken Cricket DreamDavid Miller
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IPL 2021 Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview: It is Now or Never for Kohli & ABD

IPL 2021 Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview: It is Now or Never for Kohli & ABD

Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview time.

Virat Kohli has had a rough time converting his 50s to three figures recently, but his T20I form is still stellar, receiving the Player of the Series award in the India Vs England T20I series.

The real question is when will Kohli-ABD convert the semi-finals & finals into IPL trophies? I think 2021 is RCB’s year. Keep on reading this preview.

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, RCB All-Time XI

IPL History

2009, 2011, 2016 – (Runners Up), 2010, 2015 – (3rd), 2020 – (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

4th. Probably an accurate reflection. When RCB edged out KKR & KXIP narrowly for the fourth spot, not many complained. When RCB crashed out at the hands of Kane Williamson, nobody complained either.

  • Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 21 wickets.
  • Devdutt Padikkal did not seem like the ‘new kid on the block.’ Scored 473 runs as an opener and played some mature knocks.
  • The S factor – Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar might not have had the best IPL 2020, but in Australia, they formed the bowling core of the 3rd and 4th Tests. Their maturity was brilliant to watch.

Also Read: Life Lessons From India’s Tour of Australia

Injury & COVID-19 News

Devdutt Padikkal has tested postive for coronavirus. He might not make the first two games due to quarantine protocols. Big blow for RCB, and not the only one.

Josh Philippe has withdrawn days before the IPL for personal reasons. The only good news is that Finn Allen, who just scored a whirlwind 71(29) against Bangladesh in a T20I, is recruited as a replacement.

Complete Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad

Batsman: Virat Kohli*, Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Suyash Prabhudessai

WK: Srikar Bharat, Mohammed Azharuddeen

All-Rounders: Pavan Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed

Fast Medium: Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar

Spinners: Yuzvendra Chahal

Overseas: Finn Allen, Dan Christian, AB de Villiers, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa

Withdrawn: Josh Philippe

Predicted RCB XI

The Padikkal absence and Kohli’s insistence of Kohli-Sharma T20I opening partnership can change things up for RCB. One option is a Kohli-Azharuddeen partnership at the top. Alternatively, pair Finn Allen up at the top, drop everyone one spot, and replace one of Christian or Jamieson.

1. Mohammed Azharuddeen, 2.*Virat Kohli (C), 3. AB de Villiers (WK)4. Glenn Maxwell5. Daniel Christian6. Washington Sundar, 7. Kyle Jamieson/Daniel Sams/Adam Zampa, 8. Shahbaz Ahmed/Harshal Patel, 9. Mohammed Siraj, 10. Navdeep Saini, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

*Devdutt Padikkal slots in at 2 whenever he recovers with everyone moving down a slot.

Watch Out For

  • Virat Kohli, the opener. 2016 season all over again? Maybe a little change is all Virat needs to get back in top gear.
  • Mohammed Azharuddeen lit up the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with a 37-ball 100 and ended up as the third highest run scorer in the tournament. If Azharuddeen-Padikkal can form a solid opening partnership at the top, the middle order can be really destructive.
  • Jamieson has seen lots of highs & lows recently with the IPL auction & the Australia T20I series, but the one to really watch out would be Dan Christian. A veteran and winner of almost all T20 championships, he is the fix that RCB never had. Overdependence on Kohli-ABD no more. With Maxwell, Dan Christan, and insurance policy of Sundar and Jamieson below, RCB finally have the consistent finishing.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Challengers?

All good, except they no longer play in Bangalore. With 8 games combined in Chennai & Kolkata, the likes of Maxwell & Christian might struggle. However, the spin duo of Sundar-Chahal might come to the rescue.

No other major flaws as long as Saini-Siraj can keep their economy rates in check.

Venues & Fixtures

Venues

Kolkata- 5, Ahmedabad- 4, Chennai- 3, Mumbai- 2

Fixtures

  • 9 April: MI vs RCB (Chennai)
  • 14 April: SRH vs RCB (Chennai)
  • 18 April: RCB vs KKR (Chennai)
  • 22 April: RCB vs RR (Mumbai)
  • 25 April: CSK vs RCB (Mumbai)
  • 27 April: DC vs RCB (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 April: PBKS vs RCB (Ahmedabad)
  • 3 May: KKR vs RCB (Ahmedabad)
  • 6 May: RCB vs PBKS (Ahmedabad)
  • 9 May: RCB vs SRH (Kolkata)
  • 14 May: RCB vs DC (Kolkata)
  • 16 May: RR vs RCB (Kolkata)
  • 20 May: RCB vs MI (Kolkata)
  • 23 May: RCB vs CSK (Kolkata)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)

Prediction

Prediction1st
Most Runs Virat Kohli
Most WicketsWashington Sundar
Emerging PlayerMohammad Azharuddeen
Surprise PackageFinn Allen
X FactorDan Christian/ AB De Villiers
Broken Cricket DreamGlenn Maxwell. Less of a broken dream, more of a warning. If Maxwell fails again, he would be the next Aaron Finch. Not to be picked in future auctions.
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IPL 2021 Punjab Kings Preview: Pooran, Malan, & Bishnoi the Keys to Success?

IPL 2021 Punjab Kings Preview: Pooran, Malan, & Bishnoi the Keys to Success?

Time for Punjab Kings Preview edition.

IPL 2020 was ‘What Could Have Been’ for (then) KXIP. Kings XI Punjab no more, will the name change bring the much needed luck?

Here is my preview. What do you think?

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, KXIP All-Time XI

IPL History

2014 (Runners-Up), 2008 (3rd)

How Did They Do Last Year?

6th. Results do not convey the whole story however.

  • Mayank Agarwal was the highlight for the first half with KL Rahul getting the Orange Cap (although his SR was in question).
  • Nicholas Pooran’s catch. Just watch it again. Best fielding side by a mile. Of course, with Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach, expectations are very high.
  • Super Overs, Double Super Overs. On the receiving end of some bad luck, but had themselves to blame.

Injury & COVID-19 News

One of the only teams to not receive any bad news as of yet. Hopefully things go as planned for PBKS.

Complete Punjab Kings Squad

Batsman: Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahrukh Khan

Fast Medium: Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, Ishan Porel

Spinners: Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi

All-Rounders: Deepak Hooda, Jalaj Saxena, Darshan Nalkande, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh

WK: KL Rahul*

Overseas: Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith, Nicholas Pooran, Jhye Richardson

*Captain

Predicted PBKS XI

  1. KL Rahul (C/WK), 2. Mayank Agarwal, 3. Dawid Malan/Chris Gayle4. Nicholas Pooran5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Shahrukh Khan, 7. Fabian Allen/ Moises Henriques8. Arshdeep Singh, 9. Chris Jordan/ Jhye Richardson10. Mohammad Shami, 11. Ravi Bishnoi

Watch Out For

  • Chris Gayle. Yes the same one. He is targeting a 3rd World T20I title and might even play till the age of 45. Gayle, KL Rahul, & Mayank Agarwal back in Bangalore. PBKS are scheduled to play their last 5 games at Bangalore. Carnage from the home boys?
  • From the bottom of my heart, I believe Nicholas Pooran is the next big star of world cricket. This has to be his year either in the IPL or the World T20I. Hopefully both. If you have not read his story, read it below. Truly inspirational stuff.

Also Read: Nicholas Pooran, A Story of Pain, Hope, & Inspiration

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Kings?

Going back to the Chinnaswamy is good news…for the batsmen. Not so much for the death bowling. Chris Jordan is one of the world’s best exponent of the yorker, but his England form has been off color in 2020-21. Arshdeep was impressive, but this bowling unit does not give me confidence.

Venues & Fixtures

Venues

Bangalore- 5, Ahmedabad- 4, Mumbai- 3, Chennai- 2

Fixtures

  • 12 April: RR vs PBKS (Mumbai)
  • 16 April: PBKS vs CSK (Mumbai)
  • 18 April: DC vs PBKS (Mumbai)
  • 21 April: PBKS vs SRH (Chennai)
  • 23 April: PBKS vs MI (Chennai)
  • 26 April: PBKS vs KKR (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 April: PBKs vs RCB (Ahmedabad)
  • 2 May: PBKS vs DC (Ahmedabad)
  • 6 May: RCB vs PBKS (Ahmedabad)
  • 9 May: CSK vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 13 May: MI vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 15 May: KKR vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 19 May: SRH vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 22 May: PBKS vs RR (Bangalore)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)

Prediction

The good news? Punjab play 4 games in Ahmedabad before they head to Bangalore. So if they make it to the qualifiers, they will have good experience of the conditions under their belt.

If they can win their Super Overs this time around, PBKS will be the team to watch out for.

Prediction2nd
Most Runs Nicholas Pooran
Most WicketsRavi Bishnoi
Emerging PlayerShahrukh Khan, the finisher
Surprise PackageFabian Allen
X FactorChris Gayle
Broken Cricket DreamDawid Malan, the No. 1 T20I batsman of 2020, has had some questions around his place recently. With Gayle breathing down his neck, can Malan come on his own in the IPL?
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IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians Preview: Third Time Unlucky?

IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians Preview: Third Time Unlucky?

Mumbai Indians Preview IPL 2021.

Let us make this quick. MI lift the trophy again. End of Preview.

Just kidding! But seriously, how good are they? Do not see too many changes, but a hattrick of IPL trophies is still a tough ask.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, MI All-Time XI

IPL History

2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020 (Champions), 2011 (3rd), 2012, 2014 (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

1st. The same old story. Champions for a 5th time. Another wonderful campaign. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Suryakumar Yadav & Ishan Kishan storm into national spotlight after consistent performances. Add Quinton de Kock’s blazing starts & a certain Rohit Sharma and that was an enviable top order.
  • The better the finishers, the more consistent a T20 side. Finishing prowess of Kieron Pollard & Hardik Pandya justifies this claim.
  • James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah, & Trent Boult provided the firepower that the fast bowling bowling needed in sluggish UAE pitches.

Injury & COVID-19 News

No major injury or COVID-19 news for the Mumbai Indians as of yet, but cases in Mumbai are rising rapidly. The Road Safety Series in Mumbai has several former cricketers in quarantine. Fingers crossed, but keep checking your news if any local Mumbai players join the MI squad.

Complete Mumbai Indians Squad

Batsman: Rohit Sharma*, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh

WK: Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare

All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Mohsin Khan

Fast Medium: Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Yudhvir Singh

Spinners: Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Jayant Yadav

Overseas: Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (WK), Marco Jansen, James Neesham, Kieron Pollard, Adam Milne, Chris Lynn

*Captain

Predicted MI XI

Rohit Sharma (C), 2. Quinton de Kock (WK)3. Ishan Kishan (WK), 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Rahul Chahar, 9. Trent Boult,10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Adam Milne/ Nathan Coulter-Nile

How can an already dangerous line-up become even more dangerous? Instead of adding another foreign pace bowler, maybe Jimmy Neesham can slot in at #8. The Pollard-Pandyas-Neesham finishing line up can be quite something.

Watch Out For

  • Adam Milne, the New Zealand speedstar of 2015 World Cup fame, went missing for a couple of years due to injuries. He has slowly made a comeback in the New Zealand squad through the Big Bash, but can he light up the IPL?
  • With 11 games in Chennai-Delhi-Kolkata combined, spin will be very handy. Expect Rahul Chahar to be among the wickets. Since Krunal Pandya is more of a batting-allrounder, we may see a bit of Piyush Chawla and Jayant Yadav. Before the final that is.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Indians?

Mumbai play first 5 matches at Chennai. While familiarity can be a good thing, let us look at the opposition—strong RCB & Punjab sides and games against spin giants SRH (Rashid, Mujeeb, Nabi), DC (Ashwin, Axar, Amit Mishra), & KKR (Shakib, Varun, Harbhajan, Kuldeep, Pawan Negi).

I am betting against Mumbai Indians for their ‘home’ venues.

Venues & Fixtures

Venues

Chennai- 5, Delhi- 4, Bangalore- 3, Kolkata- 2

Fixtures

  • 9 April: MI vs RCB (Chennai)
  • 13 April: KKR vs MI (Chennai)
  • 17 April: MI vs SRH (Chennai)
  • 20 April: DC vs MI (Chennai)
  • 23 April: PBKS vs MI (Chennai)
  • 29 April: MI vs RR (Delhi)
  • 1 May: MI vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 4 May: SRH vs MI (Delhi)
  • 8 May: RR vs MI (Delhi)
  • 10 May: MI vs KKR (Bangalore)
  • 13 May: MI vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 16 May: CSK vs MI (Bangalore)
  • 20 May: RCB vs MI (Kolkata)
  • 23 May: MI vs DC (Kolkata)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)

Prediction

Mumbai Indians always seem to bounce back after rough campaign starts. Given the schedule in IPL 2021, I think if they lose 3 or more of the first five, I do not think they can bounce back.

For a change, I am going for a different IPL winner this time around. They will probably win again, but for the fun of it, I have them winning from the reverse order this time.

Prediction8th
Most Runs Suryakumar Yadav
Most WicketsRahul Chahar
Emerging PlayerMarco Jansen
Surprise PackageJimmy Neesham
X FactorKieron Pollard, the leader
Broken Cricket DreamThird Time…Is Not the Charm. May not win this time

Also, Chris Lynn. Someone of his calibre might have to warm the benches two seasons in a row.
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