IPL wants a new winner. Can they make it big this year?
By S Sai Jagannath
IPL hasn't seen a new winner since the last 3 years. The last time a team won its maiden IPL title was Sunrisers Hyderabad back in 2016 beating RCB in the final. To sum up, IPL has been mostly dominated by 2 major teams, CSK and MI with 7 combined titles out of the 12 IPL seasons. RCB, DC, KXIP are the three teams who have never won an IPL title.
DC and RCB have performed brilliant at times but have failed to compete in the later stages of the tournament. DC is known as one of the weakest teams in the IPL with the least number of playoff qualifications. They qualified for the playoffs in 2019 after a seven-year-long drought. DC in 2020 looks very strong and confident with their XI and will aim at winning the title for the first time. With Rabada and Nortje being their frontline bowlers, DC also has the likes of Stoinis and Axar Patel as all-rounders. They have a very young and dynamic batting lineup with the presence of Prithvi Shaw, Rishab Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and their very own captain Shreyas Iyer. With all the flashiness around they also have the experience of Dhawan, Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin in their side. With a well-composed batting and bowling lineup, DC are looking quite handsome on the points table winning 5 out of the 6 games they've played.
RCB, on the other hand, are desperate for their maiden IPL title. They've played 3 IPL finals and lost all of them, but I believe that 2016 loss was the nastiest out of the three they've played. RCB has a decent team this year that is probable to win the IPL. They have probably the best and destructive batting line up with Aron Finch, Virat Kohli and ABD and addition of young and dynamic Devdutt Padikkal to the batting order is like a cherry on the top. They've got potential allrounders and real quicks who can light up the show but very often do we see that happening. RCB's ace bowler Yuzi Chahal has been the only bowler who's been able to take wickets. With Morris sitting on the bench their bowling line-up seems a bit weak but has great potential. If RCB can tie-up their bowling line and stop conceding extra runs they have a great chance to make it to the playoffs and possibly win their maiden IPL title.
All in all, they're two very good team's who have the potential to win IPL 2020. But they've often failed to deliver in pressure matches against teams like SRH, CSK and MI. If they want to win the title they've to deliver on the big stage. Let's see if RCB and DC can play consistently and lift their maiden IPL title.