IPL 2022: 3 Teams that are favorites to win the trophy this season
In IPL's last four-year cycle, giants like MI and CSK have won two titles each.
Updated - Mar 17, 2022 4:32 pm
The mega auction of IPL 2022 has painted admirable squads for all teams. Even the new entrants- LSG and GT have shopped quality players. However, the extended arrangement of 10 franchises has raised question marks regarding each team’s playing XI.
Because of the limited availability of high calibre players, no team is free of voids or shortcomings. Even the giants like MI and CSK are experiencing loopholes despite their strong retentions. Overall also because of the erratic auction dynamics, every franchise has a chink in its armour.
Perhaps amidst all this, the experts have started picking the favourites of the 2022 season. Hence in this list, let’s check out the three franchises that can win IPL 2022.
1. Chennai Super Kings
CSK in IPL 2022 looks similar to the previous season. The team management has tried hard to bag players who are identical for their playing template. Just like IPL 2021, the yellow army is brimmed with depth and resources. In total, they carry a profusion of 8 all-rounders.
Starting with their batting department, the likes of Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad restore their old opening combination. Below them, even floaters like Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu are tailor-made for the middle passage of play. In the lower middle-order, the likes of Jadeja and Shivam Dube add extra firepower.
Even beneath them, the bowling all-rounders like Deepak Chahar and DJ Bravo elongate their entire batting. In general, the defending champions have stitched a dynamic batting order much like the last season.
However, with regards to bowling, the franchise has done adequate shopping. Regulars like Deepak Chahar and DJ Bravo are expected to helm at the start and bowl in death overs. In the spin department, Mitchell Santner as well as the mystery spin of Mahesh Theekshana is also available. In their overseas spearheads, there’s an extra pace of Adam Milne and even Chris Jordan is an interesting backup Bravo.
Overall, both in terms of the team balance and resources, CSK is well occupied. However, the current injury to Deepak Chahar might put them in shambles, especially with regards to the backup of local pacers. Otherwise, the defending champions do contain a similar pedigree to win their fifth title.