IPL 2022 :
The fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League is just a few hours away from going all guns blazing. CSK will lock horns with KKR in the tournament opener at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans are the two teams that will be making their debut in this season of the IPL. Overall, ten teams will compete against each other to win the title.
Chennai Super Kings were the champions of the IPL 2021 season. They got the better of Kolkata Knight Riders in the final and won their fourth title. MS Dhoni also stepped down as CSK captain and handed captaincy duty to Ravindra Jadeja.
It will be quite interesting to see how the defending champions will approach the season this time around. Meanwhile, cricket expert Aakash Chopra has come up with a bold prediction ahead of the start of the new season.
The cricket analyst said that two teams might not make it to the playoffs this time around. According to him, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians would finish out of the top four and fail to qualify for the playoffs.
As far as the last season is concerned, RCB qualified for the playoffs under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. However, they failed to make their presence count in the qualifier as they lost to KKR.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma and Co failed to make it to the playoffs in the last season. They finished fifth in the points table. MI had a chance to win a hat-trick of titles in the IPL.
They won the title in IPL 2019 and 2020 respectively. However, they couldn’t channelize their aggression in the right manner. However, this time around, they signed interesting products at the auction.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli stepped down as RCB captain post the IPL 2021 season. Faf du Plessis has been appointed the new captain. However, Chopra feels RCB and MI lack the cutting edge to deliver the goods in the next season.
The five-time IPL champions will begin their campaign on March 27. Mumbai Indians will play against Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (3:30 PM).
On the other hand, RCB will kick-start their journey on March 27 as they will lock horns with Punjab Kings in their opening game. The game will kick off at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai (7:30 PM)