2020 was one of the most uncertainty-filled years in recent memory. The Indian Premier League did not get exempted from the wrath of the dire situation the world faced in 2020. The competition’s start initially got postponed for two weeks, and when it began on April 15th, it only lasted until May 3rd, before getting suspended indefinitely. In August of last year, the BCCI announced that the tournament would continue from mid-September in the United Arab Emirates. The Mumbai Indians took home the crown on November 10th with a five-wicket win over the Delhi Capitals.
At that time, many thought that the 2021 season would be a different story. However, that notion proved false. The tournament again got scheduled to finish in the United Arab Emirates, with Vivo returning as its title sponsor. However, interest was still high, as when the official start date got listed for April 9th, 2021, Sportsadda and IPL betting activity when through the roof. Therefore, it is interesting to see who pundits and fans had down as the three likeliest teams to claim the IPL trophy in 2021.
Owned by India’s most massive conglomerate, Reliance Industries, the Mumbai Indians were the most favored teams to win the IPL in 2021. They were the tournament’s current champions and the team that had won three league titles in four years. With a roster of players such as Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock, and Ishan Kishan, virtually all online sportsbooks had them as the odds-on favorites, listing an average outright winning coefficient of 5.00 for the Mumbai Indians becoming the IPL champions once again in 2021. The additions of the Pandya brothers, Jasprit Bumrag and Rohit Sharma, only boosted their chances.
The JSW and GMR groups own the Delhi Capitals together, and they were most pleased with the team’s appearance in the 2020 IPL final. Even though they did not manage to go all the way, their owners were hopeful at the start of the 2021 season that the team previously called the Daredevils can not only repeat their past feat but win it all in 2021. Gambling experts viewed the absence of Shreyas Iyer due to an injury as a massive setback for the Capitals. Yet, they still predicted that with Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, they would do terrific things. So, they only gave them a slightly lower chance of winning it all than the Indians.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Alcoholic beverage company United Spirits founded the Bangalores under the name of its liquor brand Royal Challenge. It holds the records of both the highest and the lowest totals in the league, which it has never won. Before April 2021, many cricket enthusiasts believed this could be the year they depart from their reputation as the most sizeable underachievers in IPL history. That, maybe this is the moment when Virat Kohli can lead them to glory, with Yuzvendra Chahal and AB de Villiers acting as support. The most respected internet bookies set the winning coefficient for a Bangalore IPL win at 6.00 before the 2021 season got underway.