IPL 2021: Predicting team positions at the end of the league stage
IPL 2021 has already completed half journey of the league stage.
Updated - May 3, 2021 4:14 pm
The 14th edition of the IPL has lived up to the hype thus far and we have already seen it all from low-scoring thrillers to some excellent high-scoring games. There have also been some outstanding individual performances with two centuries and two five-wicket hauls already.
While in terms of run-scoring, obvious names like Faf du Plessis, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul are leading the charts, the same can’t be said about bowling as players like Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, and Rahul Chahar have surprised everyone by being among the leading wicket-takers.
Even the points table has thrown a few surprises thus far with CSK and DC as the top 2. However, the table will see a lot of changes as there are still a lot of games left. Hence, let’s predict
Team positions at the end of league stage in IPL 2021
8. Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR is historically amongst the most successful IPL franchises as they have won the title on two occasions and qualified for the playoffs on four other occasions. However, they haven’t looked as good in the last couple of seasons having failed to finish in the top 4, and with the way their current season is going, it would be a surprise if they sneak into the playoff spots.
Most of their batsmen have been woefully out of form throughout the season with only Rahul Tripathi showing a little bit of consistency. Rising star, Shubman Gill has failed to get going and even Nitish Rana has lost form after a bright start to the campaign. Eoin Morgan has also struggled while Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik have done decently in the chances they have got.
Only Varun Chakravarthy has shown some sort of consistency with the ball while the others including star bowler, Pat Cummins have failed to deliver. Their Indian pacers have shown a promise, but they are far from finished products and their inconsistency is proof of this. With a largely misfiring batting unit and an inconsistent bowling attack, there is a good chance that they could finish bottom of the table.