By News Team
Last Updated: 18th September 2020
T20 cricket fans are in for a treat over the next couple of months with the new Indian Premier League season getting under way on Saturday.
Ahead of the new campaign, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates, Michael Vaughan has given us his predictions for the season – and he is backing the Kolkata Knight Riders to come out on top.
I’m going for this lot, Kolkata Knight Riders. With Brendon McCullum as the coach, I just think they’ve got enough, and with him coaching, he’s just won the Caribbean Premier League as a coach. I think he’ll have enough and there’s plenty there for them to be very competitive.
Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana… There’s lots of quality there. It might be that they don’t have enough power in the bag, but Kolkata Knight Riders, they are your IPL champions.
The champions Mumbai Indians – again this season, they’ll probably start slow and come strong towards the end, as they did last year. And again this season, they are going to be there or thereabouts.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are always consistent and always very competitive. Rashid Khan is the best T20 leg-spinner in the world, Mohammad Nabi is outstanding, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are a quality partnership. They should be in the picture.
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) September 18, 2020
After making it all the way to last year’s IPL final and losing to Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings will be eager to go one better this season. Do they have the squad to that this time around? They have plenty of talent in the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Santner, but there are better teams out there.
Delhi Capitals have Ricky Ponting as coach – he’ll make them very competitive. They also have lots of strong batters and young Indian players in Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw as well as Ravi Ashwin, so they should have a strong season – around the Sunrisers kind of department.
Royal Challengers Bangalore boast Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Aaron Finch – the powerhouse of the batting department in the IPL. Can they do it this year? Yuzvendra Chahal is a good spinner, a good leggy. Have they got enough about them? I’m not too sure. But they should put up a challenge, better than last year.
For Kings XI Punjab, KL Rahul is the captain – a magnificent opening batsman. But have they got enough? They’ve got a decent team but I don’t see them having too much of a say. Glenn Maxwell will have to have a time out there you would feel, but I don’t think they’ve got enough to win it.
Rajasthan Royals have Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – but will he be able to get over there and play? We’ll have to wait and see. I don’t think they’ve got enough spin in the side, so I don’t give Rajasthan that much hope.