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Early Betting Odds for the 2021 IPL Season
Are you ready to bet on another IPL season?
The 2020 Indian Premier League may have only finished in November, but you can already wager on the next edition of the tournament.
Although there is currently no official start date for the 2021 IPL season, the competition has been scheduled tentatively between April 11 and June 6.
Mumbai Indians defended their crown last year, but have they got what it takes to secure three titles in a row?
Let’s check out the bookmakers’ early betting odds for the 2021 IPL season and assess every team’s chances of lifting the trophy.
Latest 2021 IPL Betting Odds
Here are the latest winner odds for the 2021 IPL season, courtesy of Betway.
The first thing to note here is that the odds gap between the favorites and the outsiders is pretty narrow, pointing towards a tight competition.
Frontrunners Mumbai Indians (5.00) may be the favorites to defend their title, but underdogs Kings XI Punjab (10.00) and Rajasthan Royals (10.00) aren’t exactly miles behind.
The bookies are clearly expecting Delhi Capitals (5.50) – last season’s beaten finalists – to challenge again in 2021, with Royal Challengers Bangalore (6.00) also in the mix.
Mumbai Indians (5.00)
It is hardly surprising that Mumbai Indians are the bookmakers’ favorites heading into the 2021 campaign.
Mahela Jayawardene’s men have won five of the last eight titles on offer and will be aiming to clinch an unprecedented three straight IPL triumphs when the new season gets underway.
And if last term is anything to go by, MI will be difficult to stop.
Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, and Suryakumar Yadav were all among the top seven run-scorers last season, while Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult ranked second and third, respectively, in the wicket-taking charts.
There is no denying that Mumbai Indians were the best all-around team in the previous campaign. If captain Rohit Sharma unleashes his true potential in 2021, Jayawardene’s side will be even more lethal.
|LEADING WICKET-TAKERS – 2020 IPL|
|Kagiso Rabada||Delhi Capitals||17||30|
|Jasprit Bumrah||Mumbai Indians||15||27|
|Trent Boult||Mumbai Indians||15||25|
|Anrich Nortje||Delhi Capitals||16||22|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Royal Challengers Bangalore||15||21|
Delhi Capitals (5.50)
Delhi Capitals have never won an IPL title, although last season was the closest that they have ever come to getting their hands on the trophy.
The Capitals finished second in the 2020 standings – two points clear of three teams locked on 14 points below them. However, after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs, DC eventually lost in the final by five wickets.
Needless to say, Ricky Ponting’s men will be desperate to go one better in 2021.
With South African duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje leading the way, the Capitals arguably boast the best bowling attack in the competition. Rabada was the leading wicket-tacker in 2020, while Nortje ranked fourth.
Oh, and let’s not forget that only one player – Kings XI Punjab’s KL Rahul – scored more runs than DC’s Shikhar Dhawan last season.
Can the Capitals break their 13-year title curse? Well, if they can retain their top performers, they will certainly have the squad to do it.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (6.00)
RCB cemented their status as the IPL’s biggest underachievers by failing in the playoffs again last season.
The Bangalore franchise managed to scrape into fourth place thanks to their superior net run rate, yet they were knocked out by SH in the Eliminator.
With big-name stars littering the squad, it is difficult to understand exactly why Simon Katich’s side can’t seem to get over the line. Captain Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the tournament’s history, while guys like AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal are among the best players in the competition.
Between 2009 and 2016, RCB reached three finals in eight seasons. If Katich’s men want to challenge for the title in 2021, they must discover some consistency.
Chennai Super Kings (7.00)
The Super Kings finished second from bottom in last season’s standings. But having claimed three IPL titles – 2010, 2011, 2018 – over the years, they are always one of the most talked-about teams.
Heading into 2021, the question on everyone’s lips is – will MS Dhoni return for another season?
The 39-year-old veteran retired from all forms of international cricket in August 2020, although he still featured for CSK in last season’s Indian Premier League.
It’s fair to say that Dhoni – who sits eighth on the IPL’s all-time run-scoring leaderboard – didn’t have his best season in 2020. He only managed to score 200 runs in 14 matches, but his presence will give the team a massive boost if he decides to play in 2021.
With English all-rounder Sam Curran and SA big-hitter Faf du Plessis likely to return to Chennai for the upcoming campaign, you’d be foolish to write off CSK at this stage.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (7.00)
Since winning their maiden title in 2016, the Sunrisers have established themselves as a genuine force in the Indian Premier League.
The Orange Army were runners-up in 2018 and have since secured top-four finishes in each of the last two campaigns. However, they have failed to navigate the playoffs in the previous couple of years.
Trevor Bayliss’ squad was packed with world-class stars last season. Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson all produced magic moments in 2020. But in David Warner and Rashid Kahn, the Sunrisers possess two unrivalled match-winners.
Warner is the third-highest run-scorer in IPL history, and he also finished third in last term’s run-scoring charts. On the flip side, Rashid Kahn is the number-one ranked T20 bowler in the world.
If the Hyderabad franchise can hold onto their key players, the Orange Army will almost certainly challenge for a sixth straight playoff spot.
|LEADING RUN-SCORERS IN IPL HISTORY|
|Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||192||5878|
|Suresh Raina||Chennai Super Kings||193||5368|
|David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||142||5254|
|Rohit Sharma||Mumbai Indians||200||5230|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Delhi Capitals||176||5197|
Kolkata Knight Riders (7.50)
KKR’s title triumphs in 2012 and 2014 seem like a long time ago, don’t they?
In the past six seasons, the Knight Riders have only managed to qualify for the playoffs on three occasions. But they have failed to reach a final during that period.
Given that they finished level on 14 points with third-place SH and fourth-place RCB in 2020, KKR’s fifth-place finish felt cruel. The Kolkata franchise agonizingly missed out on the playoffs last season, so they will be eager to make amends in 2021.
Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan both scored big last term, although West Indian superstar Andre Russell failed to impress with the bat. By his own high standards, Aussie Pat Cummins also endured a below-par campaign with the ball.
Cummins was one of the IPL’s biggest earners last season, yet he only managed to pick up 12 wickets in 14 matches. It remains to be seen whether or not KKR will opt to retain the services of some of their big-name stars.
Kings XI Punjab (10.00)
KXIP have never won the Indian Premier League, with their only final appearance coming back in 2014. With that in mind, it is no real surprise that Anil Kumble’s men find themselves among the bookmakers’ outsiders heading into the new campaign.
Despite finishing third from bottom in last season’s standings, KL Rahul finished as the competition’s leading run-scorer. The captain racked up 670 runs in 14 matches, ending up with an average of 55.83 and a top score of 132*.
But if Kumble’s men want to compete in 2021, Rahul’s teammates will need to chip in.
It is no secret that taking wickets was KXIP’s biggest problem last season. Mohammed Shami was the team’s most consistent bowler, while young leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi showed glimpses of promise. But the Punjab franchise must perform better with the ball next term.
Rajasthan Royals (10.00)
The Royals triumphed in the inaugural IPL season back in 2008, but the Rajasthan franchise has failed to reach the final since then.
Andrew McDonald’s side finished rock bottom of the table in 2020, ending the year with an ugly net run rate of –0.569.
The Royals may have finished last in the previous campaign, but they still managed to produce the tournament’s MVP. Jofra Archer took 20 wickets last term, while no player delivered more dot balls than the Englishman.
Archer’s compatriots Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes both have the ability to win games singlehandedly. If they can find their best form in 2021, RR should be able to cause a stir.
Let’s not forget about Aussie batsman Steve Smith, too. The captain didn’t have the best of seasons in 2020, yet he could easily be among the top run-scorers in the upcoming campaign.
Who Will Win the IPL in 2021?
In all honesty, it feels like every team stands a chance of winning the Indian Premier League in 2021.
With five titles in the last eight years, it is obviously difficult to look past Mumbai Indians. But with Delhi Capitals finishing just two points behind MI last season and the Sunrisers getting back to their best, the 2021 IPL is wide open.
Of course, a lot will depend on the 2021 IPL Auction. All the squads will be finalized in February, so we will be able to gauge where every franchise stands in a couple of months.
But as the bookies’ odds suggest, the 2021 Indian Premier League season looks like being one of the most competitive campaigns ever.
Remember, the 2021 IPL season is scheduled to start on April 11. If you can’t wait until then to bet on cricket, why not check out our cricket picks section?