The Indian Premier League 2021 promises to be a big affair this time around. With that in mind, the team at Bet India has made the IPL 2021 winner predictions, with the latest betting odds and analysis.
All eight franchises have gone to great lengths to build a competitive squad. Despite that, there are a few teams who will start outright as heavy favourites, simply because of their pedigree or comparatively better players than others.
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Who will win IPL 2021?
Based on past performance and team strength, we have narrowed the list of potential IPL 2021 winner predictions to the following four teams:
- Mumbai Indians
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Punjab Kings
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Of course, this list can very well change as the tournament starts to pick up. However, as things stand currently, we believe these four teams have got a solid chance to make it to the playoffs, at the very least.
Let’s take a look as to why these teams make the cut in our list of potential Indian Premier League champions.
Mumbai Indians: 2-time defending champions
Best odds: 3.60 at 10CRIC
Our first IPL 2021 winner predictions is the obvious choice: Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians have won the IPL thrice in the last four seasons. In the upcoming edition, they will be starting as the two-time defending champions – a feat achieved only by Chennai Super Kings almost 10 years ago.
They have already set a series of records in the Indian Premier League, including winning the title five times and being the most valued brand in the tournament.
Looking at their performance last season, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah led the bowling attack and picked up 52 wickets together – a feat that was instrumental in their title chase.
Batting-wise, they are not too far behind either with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Suyrakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard already present in the team.
These players had a gala time last year with each of them playing decisive innings to turn the game around and take their team to victory.
Moreover, they have reinforced the squad with new signings like James Neesham, Piyush Chawla, and two seamers in the form of Adam Milne and Nathan Coulter-Nile. If their bowling attack was not strong enough already, it is certainly the case now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli hoping to break the jinx
Best odds: 7.0 at Betway
Royal Challengers Bangalore have always been among the unlucky ones in the Indian Premier League. In the 13 years of the tournament, they have reached the final thrice but have never gone the distance.
This season, they will be hoping to break that curse, once and for all. And there is a good reason why.
RCB captain Virat Kohli is enjoying what is without a doubt one of the best starts to a year in his career. He led India to a successful triumphant campaign against England in the T20, ODI, and Test Series. In a World Cup year, this could not have come as better news for Team India.
And the same holds good for RCB too. Kohli looks highly determined and motivated to make amends for his side’s past performance. He has been quite consistent with the bat as well, scoring a good number of runs in the England Series.
For a team to have their skipper in such a fine form should translate into a good run. Of course, Kohli won’t be alone in his journey to lead RCB to their maiden IPL title.
It is for this reason that betting sites are favouring RCB to win the league at attractive odds (7.00 with Betway).
The Bengaluru outfit has shelled big bucks on the likes of Glen Maxwell and Dan Christian, two of the most clinical players in the T20 format right now. They have also reinforced their batting order with the signings of local talents like Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, and Finn Allen.
Lastly, the presence of AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal should also add some more depth to the team.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: a formidable bowling attack
Best odds: 7.0 at Casumo
The Orange Army may have won the IPL title just once but don’t let that fool you. They have reached the playoffs consistently every season since 2016 and are one of the most tenacious, persistent teams in the league.
Last year, Sunrisers Hyderabad reached the playoffs by the skin of their teeth but lost to Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier.
David Warner was the leading run-scorer for the team while in bowling, the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, and T. Natarajan led the way. It is worth noting that Warner has won the Orange Cap thrice while Kumar is the leading wicket-taker for the team across all seasons.
That, in fact, is one of the many reasons why this team is so good at defending even the low-scoring targets. They have got quite an incredibly diverse bowling attack.
For instance, Khan and their new signing Mujeeb Ur Rahman are in the top five in the ICC’s T20I Bowling Rankings. Similarly, Mohammad Nabi is currently ranked #1 in the All-Rounder Rankings.
Then, you also have Kumar and Natarajan, both of whom had a good run against England in the recently concluded series.
If you ask us, for a team of this calibre, the odds of them winning the league (7.00 with Casumo) are certainly looking better this time around.
Punjab Kings: potential to be the dark horses
Best odds: 11.00 at Funbet
The last of our IPL 2021 winner predictions is a long shot…We have Punjab Kings who many big betting sites are predicting to not win the league at all. Consequently, they are offering impeccably high odds on them to win (11.00 with Funbet).
But as a betting man, it may prove to be a smart bet to make, even if it is just a few hundred bucks. Here’s why:
Punjab Kings have rebranded themselves into a new name and look absolutely determined to make up for their past performances. In the last six seasons, they have finished in the bottom half of the table but that may change this year.
Why should you bet on PBKS to win?
They have made some good signings, most notably of Dawid Malan – currently the best T20 batsman in the world. They have also brought on Moises Henriques, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith, with the latter bringing in a world of experience from their time in the Big Bash League.
The Kings have also got Chris Gayle to lead the opening attack and K.L Rahul to add some balance in the middle order. Gayle has expressed a strong desire to play for West Indies in the World Cup and will use the IPL to make his case to the selectors.
Rahul has matured greatly during the India-England Series and will be captaining the side this season. Coached by Anil Kumble, the Punjab Kings have got the right ingredients to make a title-winning team.
There is an abundance of talent here and if they can start well, they can go the distance too.
The Indian Premier League 2021 starts on April 9, with Mumbai Indians set to play Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. Make sure you check back here for daily cricket betting predictions for all the IPL matches!
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