Arguably, it was their worst season. MI had a horrible start as they lost consecutive games. It was evident that they were never settled as a squad and this hampered their performance. They won just four games out of 14 in the league stage.
In 14 IPL games, SRH managed to win six of them, five of which were consecutive wins. But, with eight losses, it was a horrible time for the team. Adding on, they had a net run rate of -0.379, which is not acceptable by any means.
Just like the Sunrisers Hyderabad, CSK as well had a poor season. The defending champions never looked like they were in this tournament to win. With four wins out of 14 games, it was a below-par result for them.
KKR had made the most number of changes in their playing XI. In 14 games, they won six but lost eight. And in those eight games, most of the games were one-sided. With a new captain, everyone was expecting them to have a decent IPL, but that was not the case.
Punjab’s players were not able to cash in during crucial moments of the game. In 14 matches, they were able to win seven games but they lost some close games. A net run rate of +0.126 showcases their journey so far.
Without any doubt, the Delhi Capitals had the best auction this year as they were able to bring the best players from the Indian domestic scene. But, they missed out on a playoff chance by a small margin.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore had a decent time during the group stage matches. Even though they faced a few hiccups, they were able to stick together as a group and make the most of their time. In 14 IPL games, RCB managed to win eight and lost six.
LSG played 14 games in the group stage and managed to win nine of them. With a healthy net run rate of +0.251, the side has done a commendable job to reach the playoffs. It is never easy for new franchises to make a mark in their debut season, but LSG were able to do it quite easily and so was GT.
Rajasthan have been one of the strongest teams this year. The Men in Pink have fired on all cylinders and are looking to lift the trophy for the second time. It will be interesting to see how they approach the playoffs this year.
Fans should not be surprised if GT lifts the trophy this time. With 10 wins in 14 games, they have won many crunch games this season. Adding on, they are the only team to win 10 games this year.