IPL (Indian Premier League) is up for the 12th edition and the auction held in Jaipur witnessed a whopping Rs.106.80 crores being spent on acquiring players.
Varun Chakaravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat are two players, who were bought for extravagantly high prices. Here is the list of top 5 favorite squads who might clinch the trophy of IPL 2019. This list is prepared based on the performance of players, and the strength of the squads.
1) Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings is the team with the highest number of victories in the history of IPL. The other team which holds the record along with CSK is Mumbai Indians. Needless to add, their key and most important dependable player is MS Dhoni. He is known for large sixes and adding quick runs in the time of need. Only the other the Australian cricketing legend and former captain Ian Chapell described Dhoni as the greatest finisher in ODI cricket.
CSK is a formidable side and is among the favourites to lift the trophy. Other national and international players in the side include Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, and Lungi Ngidi. Chennai has won three IPL trophies and is therefore ahead of the pack when it comes to picking favourites for IPL 2019.
2) Mumbai Indians
MI is no push-over. Cheered constantly through the season from the dug-outs by Neeta Ambani, who owns the side, Mumbai Indians as a side is a potential winner too. Rohit Sharma, a hard-hitter in the Indian squad is leading the team. With Rohit Sharma’s destructive batting capabilities, he can turn the tables around. Mumbai Indians team has Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan and Yuvraj Singh adding to the strength of this team. A cloud currently hangs over Hardik Pandya and till he and KL Rahul are cleared by the Board's Inquiry Committee, the picture will remain unclear.
3) Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals is one of the best among the IPL 2019 contenders. They won the trophy in the first season and this time around are in the race for the trophy. The players of the team include Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Joss Butler, Ajinkya Rahane, and Sanju Samson. With many promising players in the squad this in IPL 2019, they make it to the tournament amidst high expectations.
4) Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore has always been one of the favorites in IPL, but did not win any trophy. A king without a crown is how Kohli has been described in the IPL context. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the two prominent players in the team. Virat seems to be in lethal form currently leading the Indian squad against tough teams like Australia and heading to New Zealand. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are capable of pulling off the sixes straight out of the park. Others Include Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Moeen Ali, Henrich Klaasen, Yuzvendra Chahal.
5) Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL trophy twice in the past. It has been a while though. Since 2014 the team has not won the trophy. The KKR squad includes Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Andre Russel, Kuldeep Yadav and of course Dinesh Karthik. Sunil Narine is a key player in this team and comes in handy with the bat too. Their team line up is such that they can chase huge targets. KKR’s squad has the potential to outperform any team on any given day.
However, any team can take the cup home as things stand. With interesting players and combinations this season of IPL 2019, like all the other editions leading to this, is a must watch.