Delhi Capitals IPL 2020 Performance
IPL 2020 was the Delhi franchise’s best ever performance, across both franchise names, since the inaugural IPL in 2008, as they reached their first ever final, only to fall short at the final hurdle to 5-time champions Mumbai Indians. In our IPL 2021 Winner Prediction, we believe they will go one step ahead this time.
During the league stage, DC won 8 of their 14 matches to finish 2nd in the league table, behind the Mumbai Indians, on 16 points. At one point, they were leading the table comfortably, before losing 4 of their last 5 matches, but winning the crucial last league match against RCB to qualify for the qualifier. In the first qualifier, DC lost to MI, however, in the eliminator they defeated SRH in a very convincing manner to reach their first ever final.
In the final, DC had the worst possible start, as they lost Marcus Stoinis to the first ball of the innings. After a top-order collapse, captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant struck valiant half centuries as DC reached a respectable total. However, MI skipper Rohit Sharma had other ideas, and stormed his way to the target, lifting his 5th IPL title, a record.
However, DC had some inspirational individual performances, and have a very solid squad on paper, thereby justifying our IPL 2021 Winner Prediction, as explained below.
Mumbai Indians – The 5-time winners are the undisputed favourites to retain their title for the 3rd time in a row, with odds of 3.50 according to LeoVegas. MI have the most balanced team in IPL history, a team full of explosive all-rounders and dependable batsman, complemented by the best bowling pair in the league i.e.
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav constitute a formidable top order, followed by the Pandya brothers and the mighty Keiron Pollard in the middle order. In our IPL 2021 Winner Prediction, we feel they are the second most probably team to win the title.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – One of only 3 teams that have never won the IPL title, RCB are still perennial favourites to win the title, due to the sheer talent at their disposal. Captain Virat Kohli would be desperate to lift his maiden IPL title after years of frustration, and he will be ably supported by the likes of AB De Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal with the bat, along with big signing Glenn Maxwell.
The bowling department is handled by leggie pair Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa, and Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj. In our IPL 2021 Winner Prediction, we expect them to finish in the top 3.