By Neha Yadav
Published May 16, 2024

Hindustan Times

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IPL 2024 Playoffs: Hayden, Pathan, Rayudu, Kaif, Moody's top picks

Five former cricketers, Tom Moody, Ambati Rayudu, Irfan Pathan, Matthew Hayden, and Mohammed Kaif shortlisted their four IPL teams to reach the IPL Playoffs. 

Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have already made it to the IPL 2024 Playoffs. Here's what the five former cricketers had to say. 

Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan said, "Kolkata, Rajasthan, Hyderabad, and… Chennai Super Kings are my picks. Because I feel CSK will find some or the other way to make the Playoffs. They are a legacy team."

Ambati Rayudu

Former Indian cricketer Rayudu said, "My top four predictions for now will be KKR at the top, followed by Chennai Super Kings at second. RR and SRH are the other two."

Mohammed Kaif

Former Indian cricketer Mohammed Kaif said, "At the top for me would be KKR. At No. 2 would be Royals. At third would be [Sunrisers] Hyderabad and at the 4th position I would bank on CSK because they know how to perform in the big matches."

Matthew Hayden

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden said, "My top four, in no particular order, are… well, one has actually qualified. KKR is certainly there. I'm going to go with Rajasthan Royals."

Hayden added, "They have to beat this poor slump that they find themselves in (losing three matches in a row). Then I'll pick Sunrisers Hyderabad since they have their matches back home and then CSK to win that derby against RCB on May 18."

Tom Moody

Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody said, "My top four in the Playoffs would be KKR in first place, Rajasthan Royals in the second position, Sunrisers Hyderabad in third and just falling into that fourth position, Chennai Super Kings."