Cricket fans are super excited about their favorite Indian Premier League 13th edition. Since auction has already completed and team line ups are decided for each team, so every fan of IPl is desperately waiting to see how their team management is going to use the players effectively and which sort of combination will be more useful against the top-notch of the IPL.
According to world-renowned cricket analysts, IPL 2020 is going to be most thrilling edition in the history of IPL the reason behind such reviews are that for the first time almost all the teams have equal quality of players on paper, each team have one or two-player of such quality which can turn the course of the game single-handedly.
In IPL 2020, Pat Cummins Australian pacer is the most expensive player in the history of the IPL. The Kolkata Knight Rider secured Australian Pacer services by paying 15.5 Crore and fans of KKR are waiting whether the player is going to live up to expectations or not. The other expensive players are Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, and Chris Morris.
IPL 2020 Schedule Updates:
IPL 2020 is going to start to form on the 29th March 2020 and on 24th May 2020. The tournament consists of 60 matches and their will 9 different venues where the game will be played. Two special games will be played in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fans are still waiting to hear any news from BCCI about the complete schedule of the 13th edition of IPL. Most expectedly the complete schedule of IPL 2020 will be released in February 2020 by IPL officials.
IPL 2020 Playoffs and Final dates:
BCCI has announced some important dates including the first match date and venue, dates of Playoffs and Grand finale Date. The First match will be played between two arch-rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 23rd March 2020. The First Qualifier will be played on 14th May 2020 and the second Qualifier will be played on the 15th of May 2020.
The Eliminator match will be played on 16th May 2020 and then Grand Finale is scheduled on 24th May 2020 at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai.
Which team is expected to qualify for the Playoffs round?
Since we already mentioned that all teams have the squads of equal quality and well capable to give a tough time to each other for the title. But according to analysts, some teams have edge over the other teams.
1. Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
3 times champions of Indian Premier League have considered a strong contender for the championship and one of the main reasons is the skipper M.S. Dhoni who is one of the best Captains in the history of cricket. The CSK team contains some amazing player Sam Curran, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood, and R Sai Kishore. Such players can cause some serious trouble for their opponents. The Shane Watson is well known for his skills in T20 format which gives a prominent edge over other sides of IPL 2020.
2. Mumbai Indians:
Mumbai Indians is the most successful team of the IPL, they already won 4 times out of 12 editions and analysts are considering them a huge contender for the trophy this year. MI always contains some lethal Indian national players like Hardik Pandya Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, etc, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma always respond in tough conditions. The most threating player is Kieron Pollard even the best bowlers of the world always afraid to bowl against him and he already showed on multiple occasions that he solely wins the game for their team.
3. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
KKR already spent a huge amount in IPL 2020 auction and get the services of Pat Cummins one of the top Pacers of the world. The other players include Eoin /morgan, Chris Green and Tom Batton each player has versatility which increases the quality of the squad. Bowling combination Andre Russell, Morgan and Dinesh Karthik can cause serious trouble for the opposing team.
4. Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB)
Regardless of the strong squad of RCB, they usually failed to give some strong performance on the pitch, this year they brought the quality in their bowling attack by securing the services of Dale Steyn and Isuru Udana. On the bating side, the batting side has the living legend Virat Kohli which is also captain of the squad. Due to such additions Cricket pundits hoping that this year RCB will make to the top 4 of point tables.