Qualifying for the playoffs in the IPL would be the first step towards the IPL trophy, though the tournament is midstage still it’s wide open for every team to make it into the playoffs, it’s not easy to predict who will qualify for the playoffs, here we have shortlisted four teams that will qualify for playoffs.
DC had won 6 matches out of 8 played during the 1st phase. They are well and truly in the playoffs race without any hesitation. More settled lineups than any other teams in this year’s IPL. They will be boosted by the presence of former skipper Shreyas Iyer who is returning after a long time due to shoulder surgery.DC management had announced Rishabh pant will lead the side as expected. 4 foreign players will be Stoinis, Smith, Rabada, and Anrich Nortje, or Shimron Hetmyer depending on pitch conditions. Shikhar Dhawan will have a point to prove after his omission from the WCT20 squad. Indian bowlers are their core strength to succeed in UAE conditions. They will be full of confidence as they face SRH in their first match. DC still needs 3 more wins to cement their spot in the playoffs which is a cakewalk for them considering their form.
Royal challengers Bangalore
The team which is having star players and match-winners on their own.This year RCB íis looking more dangerous team than ever in the IPL. Maxwell is in good form, Ab de Villiers can turn any match within a short span of time, Padikkal at the top gave them good starts. They have new SL recruits like Dushmanta Chameera and all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga. Hasaranga will be a direct swap for Adam Zampa and he will pair Chahal to test the opposition teams once pitches take a turn. Kyle Jamieson will be their trump card in fast Dubai pitches. The overall well-balanced team can go all the way and takes their maiden IPL trophy.
With 4 wins from 7 games, MI sits at fourth place in the points table. MI is having 6 players in the squad who are all selected for the team India WC T20 squad. It shows the quality and depth of the MI unit. Not to forget the batting firepower who all are in terrific form with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, and Quinton de Kock, and Kieron pollard too. The only concern will be the form of Hardik Pandya who will have his last chance to perform before the T20 WC mega event. The bowling department comprises of variety which will be led by Boult and Bumrah. Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya will take care of spin duties. It won’t be a surprise if MI wins their remaining all games and plays finals one more time to become first team win the IPL trophy for consecutive of three years.
Chennai Super Kings
The gut feeling is somehow CSK will sneak into the playoffs provided the openers continue their good form from where they left. Players like Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, and Jadeja are eager to prove their worth at all times. Moeen Ali and Sam Curran will do play huge role if they are making into Final this time. Suresh Raina has to bring his A-Game to take CSK into the playoffs. 4 foreign players will be Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Bravo, and Ngidi / Behrendorff. M.S.Dhoni batting ability is fading away with his age hope he produces some magic with his batting to guide CSK home.
Hope RCB and DC play in the final so we can witness new IPL champions 🏆