Rating the winning chances of all teams in IPL 2020

Rating the winning chances of all teams in IPL 2020

Keeping in mind all that we have seen over the years, let’s rate the winning chances of all the teams this year as IPL shifts to UAE.

Mumbai Indians, IPL
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

When the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Board meeting was organized earlier this week, it became clear that the time for making the inevitable announcement had finally arrived. The long-pending and much-anticipated official announcement of the postponement of the T20 World Cup has made clearance for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reschedule the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the vacated slot.

The apex body for cricket in India has locked in September 19 as the start date for conducting the marquee tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the horrific impact of the pandemic has dented all the possibilities of scheduling it in India. It is understood that the BCCI will approach the Central Government for an official clearance once the governing council formally proposes UAE as the venue.

Organizing the IPL outside the Indian waters will not be much of a concern for the fans or the other stakeholders. However, strictly from a cricketing perspective, the different teams will certainly grapple with issues such as coming to terms with the foreseeable changes in the playing conditions, finding the right team combination in accordance with the altered dynamics awaiting them, acclimatising themselves with the torrid weather of UAE and much more.

Over these years, we have seen enough of every franchise to know about their strengths and weaknesses. Quite interestingly, even though a few players retire, some new step in, and the old keep shuffling through the IPL auctions from time to time, certain franchises have established a reputation of their own by performing with fabulous consistency whereas some have struggled.

Here we rate the winning chances of all the teams in IPL 2020:

8. Kings XI Punjab – 5/10

Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Through the years –

Winners
Runners up 2014
Playoffs 2008

Kings XI Punjab has been quite unimpressive, to say the least, over all the seasons of the league. Apart from the one instance of 2014, they have not been able to make any mark and have been annoyingly inconsistent. In fact, looking at their performance shows that the only thing they are the most consistent at is being inconsistent!

They have the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle at the top. The fact that the grounds are much bigger in UAE and clearing the boundary is not as easy, the likes of Gayle and their recent acquisition of the explosive Glenn Maxwell will come in handy. KXIP have a strong Indian batting line-up with KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, and Sarfaraz Khan playing for them. Nicholas Pooran is a high-rated T20 player and it solidifies their middle-order immensely.

KXIP bought two great assets in James Neesham and Chris Jordan to bolster their all-rounder column. However, apart from these two, the other all-rounders- Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, and Krishnappa Gowtham- are relatively inexperienced. In their bowling attack, they have some exciting players such as Sheldon Cottrell and Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman. However, the strongest cog of the unit is undoubtedly Mohammed Shami.

KXIP has acquired Ishan Porel and Ravi Bishnoi, both of whom have performed well at the domestic level and may translate their form at this level as well. Despite having many match-winners over the years, KXIP has failed to convert themselves into a team of substance. After years of non-performance, they will want to put their best foot forward this year.