Gautam Gambhir, Ian Bishop, Sanjay Manjrekar and four other experts name IPL play-off contenders, only one team common
IPL 2020: All the cricket experts made their predictions by picking their four teams to make it to the playoffs of this year’s IPL and MI was the only side common in everyone’s list.Updated: Sep 18, 2020, 20:44 IST
Not that defending champions Mumbai Indians need validation of their might from anyone but a little praise does help boost the confidence especially when you are slated to take on last year’s runner-up Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2020 opener on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
The Rohit Sharma-led got exactly that from former cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Ian Bishop, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Deep Dasgupta and Tom Moody.
All these cricket experts made their predictions by picking their four teams to make it to the playoffs of this year’s IPL in a video for ESPNCricinfo and MI was the only side common in everyone’s list.
The four-time IPL champions – the most by any franchise – will once again start off as favourites in this edition of the tournament, believe the experts.
With the presence of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, and Mitchell McClenaghan – they are one of the most balanced sides of the IPL.
The Delhi Capitals, who are yet to win the IPL, were the favourites. They featured in five of the experts’ list to make it to the play-offs.
Former India cricketer Manjrekar picked Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad as his play-off contenders.
Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop picked Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals/Rajasthan Royals were the picks of former India opener Gautam Gambhir.
The is the first time the IPL is entirely being played in the UAE - In 2014, the first part of IPL was played in the UAE due to general elections in India. This time the IPL will be played in three venues - Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi - due to the pandemic situation in India.
The final of IPL 2020 will be played on November 10. The schedule for the play-offs is however yet to be announced by BCCI.