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Top three favourites to win IPL 2024

IPL 2024: Top three teams favourites to lift the IPL 2024 trophy.


IPL 2023_ Mumbai Indians lost to Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians look favourite to lift trophy (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has evolved into a global cricketing extravaganza, captivating audiences with its electrifying displays of talent, fierce rivalries, and nail-biting finishes. As the anticipation mounts for the IPL 2024, cricket enthusiasts worldwide are gearing up for another thrilling chapter in the sport's most prestigious T20 league. Among the contenders vying for glory, three powerhouse teams standout: Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Rajasthan Royals (RR), and Mumbai Indians (MI).


Chennai Super Kings

CSK, under the leadership of newly appointed captain Ruturaj Gaikwad, would look to continue to epitomise consistency, resilience, and a winning mentality. With five IPL titles to their name, the Chennai-based franchise boasts a formidable squad ready to conquer new heights. The blend of experience and youth is evident in their roster, with players like Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, and Ravindra Jadeja being the linchpins of their success.


Moeen Ali's explosive batting and handy off-spin bowling make him a vital asset in the CSK lineup, providing crucial balance. He will get assistance from another spin-bowling all-rounder Rachin Ravindra, who will be the frontrunner to open with skipper Gaikwad after countrymate Devon Conway got ruled out of the first phase of the IPL.

 

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round brilliance, both with bat and ball, makes him a match-winner on any given day. At the same time, Maheesh Thikshana would be keen to pick up form and do something special for the franchise this season to boost his chances to get picked in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad.


The emergence of young talents like Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary and Shivam Dube coupled with the experience of former skipper MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane further strengthens CSK's depth.

 

Deepak Chahar's ability to swing the ball and pick up early wickets adds potency to their bowling attack, often setting the tone for the team's performance. The addition of Mustafizur Rahman's deceptive left-arm variations and Shardul Thakur's impressive form and valuable experience adds further depth to CSK's pace bowling lineup. 


Hence, CSK will enter IPL 2024 as one of the top contenders, eager to add another chapter of success to their storied legacy.



Rajasthan Royals could't qualify for IPL 2023 playoffs _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
Rajasthan Royals finished at no. 5 in points table in 2023 (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals have built a reputation for nurturing young talent and playing fearless cricket. Under the dynamic leadership of Sanju Samson and Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara, RR embraces a bold approach, unafraid to take risks and back their instincts. Despite their ups and downs in previous seasons, RR remains a team capable of causing upsets and turning heads.


The presence of established stars like Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Yuzvendra Chahal brings invaluable experience and expertise to the RR camp. Buttler's explosive batting at the top of the order can single-handedly change the course of a match, while Ashwin and Chahal provide the spin wizardry needed to stifle opposition batters in the middle overs.


The power hitters like Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell, and the emergence of young guns like Riyan Parag adds flair and unpredictability to RR's batting lineup. Hetmyer and Powell's ability to clear boundaries with ease, Jaiswal's elegant stroke play, and Parag's knack for finishing games under pressure make RR a well-rounded unit.


In the bowling department, Prasidh Krishna's pace and swing, coupled with Navdeep Saini's raw pace and bounce, provide RR with a lethal combination coupled with the experience of Trent Boult and Sandeep Sharma. This makes them solid contenders to lift the coveted IPL trophy and end their trophy drought of 16 years.



Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians enter the 2024 season with the intent of winning the title after failing to qualify in the last three seasons and cementing their status as the most successful franchise in IPL history. This time they will be under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, who replaced Rohit Sharma at the helm. MI boasts a star-studded lineup featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan.


Rohit Sharma’s batting exploits at the top of the order make him a vital cog in MI's success. Jasprit Bumrah, arguably the best T20 bowler in the world, leads MI's formidable bowling attack, with his yorkers and variations striking fear into opposition batters. Suryakumar Yadav's consistency and ability to accelerate when needed provide MI with stability in the middle order, while Ishan Kishan's explosive batting adds firepower to their lineup.


The addition of Hardik Pandya, acquired from Gujarat Titans (GT), strengthens MI's batting and all-round capabilities. Pandya's ability to finish the games and contribute with the ball makes him a valuable asset in the T20 format.


Young talents like Dewald Brevis, Kwena Maphaka, Tilak Varma, and Arjun Tendulkar inject freshness and energy into MI's squad, showcasing the team's emphasis on nurturing talent for the future. The bowling unit, comprising Bumrah, Luke Wood, Piyush Chawla, and Romario Shepherd, possesses the skill and experience to dismantle any opposition.


With a track record of success, a star-studded lineup, and a hunger for more silverware, Mumbai Indians remain the team to beat in IPL 2024, setting the stage for an enthralling battle among the league's top contenders.


As the IPL 2024 season unfolds, cricket enthusiasts can expect a spectacle filled with thrilling contests, unexpected twists, and moments of brilliance. The clash of titans – CSK, RR, and MI – symbolises the competitive spirit and allure of the IPL, where talent meets opportunity on the grandest stage. As fans buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of emotions, anticipation, and sheer cricketing brilliance, one thing is certain – IPL 2024 will be a season to remember, etching unforgettable moments in the annals of cricketing history.


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