IPL is the biggest cricket league on the globe. A franchise-based Twenty 20 cricket event introduced by The Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2008, IPL opens myriad opportunities for domestic Indian players to unleash their talents. Following the same format of popular leagues like the English Premier League and National Basketball League of the US, IPL allows a mix of players to play together for a franchise. There’s an auction for players, contracts, transfers and nonstop entertainment.
With the team structure, composition and approach, Mumbai Indians is undoubtedly the favourite team to clutch the trophy. The five-time champion has shown its complete dominance over the years. Mumbai flawlessly fits in the Twenty20 format with a perfect blend of hard hitters, all-rounders, a solid captain like Rohit Sharma and an experienced team management staff. Winning the trophy three times in the last four years shows their consistency in the league.
Mumbai Indians is the only team that perfectly maintains the balance of Indian and overseas players. No other franchise has utilised the Indian raw talent as the Mumbai team did. The team’s success is attributed to skipper Rohit Sharma, with Ishan Kishan/Quinton providing a brilliant start. Jaspit Bumrah and Boult, who are exceptional in death overs, are instrumental in continuing the team’s dominance over the years. Surya Kumar Yadav at number 3, Hardik Pandya and Pollard at number 6 and 7 worked well.
Although Mumbai has fair chances of winning the title, Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings are at the top of the points table. While the runner-up of 2020, Delhi Capitals are riding high on confidence with six wins, they don’t want to repeat what happened last year. On the other hand, the three-time titleholder Chennai team can turn the tables in a split second, thanks to their experience in handling the pressure.
On the whole, this year IPL is sure to take us on a thrill ride as always and let’s wait and watch the magic unfold from September 19 in the UAE. Watch the second phase of IPL 2021 live on YuppTV, as this ride only gets more thrilling.