IPL will be heading into its thirteenth year come September and Mumbai Indians have been one of the dominant teams of the competition since its inception. Current champions and one of only two sides to have the honour of claiming more than one title, there are no surprises why they’re considered favourites this year as well.
The question goes – if it’s not the Indians then just who stands the best chance of beating them to T20 cricket’s most coveted prize?
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Super Kings to take the next step?
Chennai Super Kings have been at the top of the IPL from the very start. No other side has been so consistent in the tournament. No side has registered more final appearances than Super Kings up to this point. No wonder then that several IPL betting sites are looking at Super Kings to mount a significant challenge to go all the way this year.
Super Kings have maintained a formidable lineup from last season, remaining mostly unchanged in their troop for this year’s competition. As we have seen time and time again in previous years, an experienced set of players and a strong core can make all the difference, particularly with such a fast paced turnover of matches this time round.
Sunrisers have the backing of the bookmakers
A strong list of reinforcements have come in from the IPL auction last December and Sunrisers Hyderabad are looking to be one of the main contenders to win IPL 13 this year.
Betting in India bookmakers currently mark Sunrisers Hyderabad at around 5.50 alongside the standout favourites Mumbai Indians as well as Chennai Super Kings. A three way favourites listing makes the tournament a very interesting prospect from the outset this year.
Sunrisers have enlisted the help of Virat Singh and Priyam Garg to boost their troop this year, making them one of the only sides to occupy all 25 available slots. Although given their performances over the last couple of outings it might come as a surprise to see Sunrisers as one of the favourites, it should be clear why they’re currently being considered as one of the main teams by the experts already.
Kolkata spending big
Kolkata Knight Riders are desperately in search of their first winning campaign since their victorious season back in 2014. The last year marked the first time in four years where they couldn’t quite clinch a playoff place. They have been intent on setting the record straight and have made significant reinforcements to a team already packed to the rafters with talent.
Many bookmakers in India are still setting the odds that see Knight Riders as outside the pack of favourites already discussed. They are currently marked out as 8.0 to finish as final winners. They are already showing a distinctive tenacity in their preparations and exactly why they can’t be ignored.
A three horse race for the starting favourites?
Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad are all being talked about as the big guns for this year’s tournament, but with such a quick turnaround of matches this time round as the tournament will be completed in record time, don’t be surprised if you see an outsider taking the trophy home.
Just how much conditions in the UAE will affect how IPL 13 turns out remains to be seen. But also just how much the break has had an impact on a number of international talents who have been away from their respective teams for months in anticipation of the IPL start will be a serious consideration for everyone taking part.