Which IPL Franchise Is The Strongest Contender To Win This Year’s IPL?

Published on: 30/04/18 5:14 PM

The Indian Premier League “India Ka Tyohar” is entertaining millions of people every day. Eleventh season of IPL is being held from 7th April and 27th May 2018 will the last day of this tournament. Yes, that would be the final match day of this season’s IPL. The two best teams of IPL 2018 will thrill the fans on that day.

Can you guess which two teams will play the finale match? Will it be MSD’s CSK or Kohli’s RCB? People won’t wonder if SRH will win it again. Kane Williamson and his boys are ruining all the possibilities of the win for other teams. Rajasthan Royals, DD, KKR, KingsXI, all the eight teams have players who can anytime turn the match in their favor.

Some IPL franchises are performing great in this season and some are at the bottom. Let’s assess the performance of all these teams to predict which team can win IPL 2018.

1. Chennai Super Kings

The CSK was out of IPL for two seasons. It is a team that has always frightened other teams. MS Dhoni’s boys have lifted IPL trophy two times in the past. This team has reached the finals six times before and it knows what it takes to be absolutely best.

As every cricket fan knows, this year also CSK has maintained its position among the leading two teams on the points table. Rayudu, Watson, Bravo, the Great MSD, Raina, Tahir, all of them are match winners. All the CSK players are performing great in the field and winning the matches. This team has the potential of outperforming all the competitors. Yes, CSK is the strongest contender and it can win this season’s IPL trophy.

2. Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab has always been an entertaining team for the cricket fans. It has never won the IPL tournament before and this year it has a great opportunity of lifting their very first IPL trophy. RCB did not pick KL Rahul to be a part of their team and Kings XI got him. He solely destroyed the opponents during the 2nd match of the tournament.

Ravi Ashwin has proven he is a strong leader. Chris Gayle has shown the world how to hit the six and fours when Kings XI offered him a chance. Ankit Rajput is thrilling every batsman coming in his way. To be honest, Kings XI has turned into a frightening nightmare for other teams.

3. SunRisers Hyderabad

A lot of people might not agree that SRH is the 3rd best team to win this year’s IPL tournament. Just like CSK, SunRisers Hyderabad has also lost only two matches. It is currently the leading IPL franchise on the points table. Kane Williamson is performing great with Shikhar, Manish, and Yusuf. Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul, and other SRH bowlers are not offering any chance of taking an upper hand during the matches.

The SRH fans were devastated when they learned David Warner will not be playing for SRH during this season. Kane Williamson got the captain’s responsibility and he did a great job till now. Kings XI seems a better contender than SRH because its batting line-up is thrilling every bowling unit.

4. Rajasthan Royals

Just like Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals is also entering the tournament after two long years. This team had won the very first IPL tournament. Shane Warne was captaining this team at that time. Now he is the coach of this team.

Steve Smith was chosen to lead the RR squad, but he is not the part of RR squad anymore. Rajasthan Royals has got Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and another thrilling allrounder “Krishnappa Gowtham”. This team has a strong batting lineup and Jos Buttler simply makes it look perfect. We found it better than the KKR. The two Indian seamers “Dhaval Kulkarni and Jaydev Unadkat” can be the game-changers for the RR.

Both of them did not do anything special till now. However, Unadkat and Kulkarni, both have great skills that will aid RR in doing something extraordinary this year.

5. Kolkata Knight Riders

No Gautam Gambhir and no Umesh Yadav, still the KKR is performing great in Dinesh Karthik’s captaincy. KKR has got many match winners like Sunil Narine, Chris Lyn, Russel, Nitish Rana, Uthappa, Kuldip Yadav, Johnson, and two young players “Shubhaman gill and Shubham Mavi”. KKR has a great squad to create a big total and defend any total. It can surprise all of us by winning the IPL 2018.

It is not our top pick because a lot of players on this team are not reliable. Nobody can predict when Lyn and Narine will destroy the bowling attack or get out within the first three overs. Karthik and Uthappa are offering some stability, but Yadav is not doing so well. There are some issues with bowling. This team used to have one of the thrilling bowling attacks and now it is struggling a bit.

6. Mumbai Indians

Nobody would be happy with the 6th position of Mumbai Indians in this list, but it has the same position on the points table. The MI is renowned to be the most amazing franchise. It is disappointing all the fans because of poor performance. Rohit Sharma is not doing well. Jasprit Bumrah seems like totally “Gumrah (Astray)” this year along with the Pandya brothers. Other players also didn’t do something special, excepting the excellent openers.

The Mumbai Indians has won the tournaments after getting the worse possible start before. This year also it can do the same. However, for now, it has to do a lot of hard work.

7. Royal Challengers Banglore

RCB is one of those teams which have a huge fan following. The fans are quite angry nowadays. Royal Challengers Banglore has played 7 matches and it won only two. It reminds us the last season when RCB was totally destroyed by its opponents.

The RCB fans were energized to support it this time because it has got a great squad. The batsmen have performed pretty great throughout the season. The poor performance of the bowlers and fielders is reducing the RCB’s chances of winning the IPL 2018.

8. Delhi Daredevils

Gautam Gambhir was moved to DD from KKR to do something different for this team. That did not happen, at least till the date. Just like RCB, Delhi has won only two matches. The last match it played was without Gautam Gambhir. Shreyas Aiyar was leading the squad and his performance was exceptional along with Prithvi shav and Avesh Khan. Delhi Daredevils still has a chance of getting back into the competition. It will have to win most of the matches from now.