Well, finally the Cricket Fans have got something to cheer for in this drastic 2020 as the most followed and loved INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2020 is now scheduled in UAE. Here, we are going to discuss the most dangerous teams in IPL 2020 and also in all IPL seasons history.
All the teams have some power-packed players in their ranks which is why this tournament is the most competitive league in the world. I’ll list out a few teams to watch out for in the upcoming IPL season 13.
Which is the Most Dangerous Team in IPL 2020?
The most dangerous team in IPL 2020 would surely be the defending champions MUMBAI INDIANS. After looking at MI team bench strength, one could imagine how deadly and dangerous this team would be in this year’s IPL season 13. This team has got the strongest core which makes them one of the favorites to win the league. MI has the best middle order, world-class bowling attack, Rohit Sharma as the captain in whose captaincy Mumbai Indians already won 4 IPL seasons and Rohit Sharma is also one the best captains in IPL 2020.
Let’s have a look at MI’s squad which is one of the strongest team squad lead by the HITMAN ROHIT SHARMA.
IPL 2020 Most dangerous team Mumbai Indians squad:
BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary.
ALL ROUNDERS: Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Sherfane Rutherford, Anukul Roy, Prince Balwant Rai, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
WICKET KEEPERS: Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare.
BOWLERS: Rahul Chahar, Mohsin Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Digvijay Deshmukh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult.
MI Squad Review:
Well, Mumbai Indians squad have amongst the top IPL 2020 players which makes this team very strong. Let’s start the talk with the batsmen. Mumbai Indians have got their captain who is amongst the Top 3 in the list of the most runs scored by an Indian in the history of the IPL with nearly 4900 runs to his name. He is also the most successful Captain of the IPL with 4 IPL titles to his name. Since Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy role of Mumbai Indians in the year 2013, he just never looked back. He is one of the most flawless timers of the cricket ball and he has shown great leadership skills too.
They’ve got Chris Lynn and Quinton de Kock at the top of the order who have the ability to use the powerplay in some fashion. As far as local lads are concerned, they’ve got enough in Surya Kumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, and Saurabh Tiwary. Ishan Kishan would be the backup Wicket Keeper. They’ve got the good solid batting core which sets the perfect platform for the All Rounders to fire it up at the back end overs.
Now, let’s look at the All Rounders of this team. My word, Hardik, Krunal, and Pollard. This team has surely got the best all-rounders by some distance. These 3 destructive players will cover the lower middle order woes with their big-hitting abilities and they’ll also give 7-8 overs of bowling. Want to add some more excellence? they are also the best fielders on the team. Pure Gold, isn’t it? It is. What else a team could dream of. The young West Indian Sherfane Rutherford and the locals Anukul Roy and Balwant Rai would be the backup allrounder options.
And the bowlers now. Well, this team has got the best bowler in the world in the form of JASPRIT BUMRAH. He is by far the best death bowler in this current era. He has also got his mentor Lasith Malinga as his teammate in the blue jersey. The last four overs are sealed with 2 overs each by these two stalwarts. Well, I’d suggest the teams who play against MI to try and score as many runs as they can before the start of the 17th over. Because those four overs belong to the two most skilled and experienced death bowlers of all time.
If you think Lynn was a great buy in this year’s Auction, Trent Boult was a steal in the last year’s Auction. Of course, he is. I mean he got rid of Virat Kohli in the big semi-final of WC 2019 shows that he has got great swing under his belt and could turn out to be handy in his opening spell. They can manage between Lasith and Trent alternately as the overseas bowler. They’ve also got Mitchell McClenaghan and Dhawal Kulkarni as backups. Mitchell has done well for MI over the years. Rahul Chahar and Jayant Yadav to handle the spin department. They’ve got Krunal as well to bowl a few overs of spin.
MI have all the bases covered and has ticked all the boxes. They have the proper stability required for a team to win from any situation. If the top order fails, they’ve got the best middle orders to nullify the loss, and even if all the batsmen fail, they have the best bowlers to defend any kind of total. What else a team needs? Certainly nothing. Having players like Chris Lynn, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Trent Boult as the backups, one can assume how deadly this team is with some depth in their lineup.
Why MI is more Dangerous team than CSK in IPL 2020?
– Most players in the CSK Group are aged; funnily called The Daddy’s army. Yes, they have experience in their camp, but T20 is a game of youngsters and they lack young talents.
– The likes of Raina, Watson, Harbhajan, and Bravo haven’t played International Cricket for quite some time. Not playing regular cricket most likely takes time for a player to get back into his rhythm.
– Apart from Deepak Chahar, no real threat in their pace attack.
The above are the few reasons which made Mumbai Indians edge slightly ahead of Chennai Super Kings for the IPL 2020. CSK isn’t far though. After all, this team is being led by Captain Cool MSD who is a sheer genius on the field.
Top 4 Most Dangerous Teams in IPL 2020
Well, all the 8 teams of the IPL are dangerous and on their day, they can beat any team. If we have to name top teams in IPL 2020 then here are top 4 most dangerous teams IPL 2020:
- Mumbai Indians (MI)
- Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
- Kolkata Night Riders (KKR)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
MI is the only team to win 4 IPL Titles. They’ve won the title in the year 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019. This team is blessed with the combination of immense talent and experience. With Rohit taking over the leadership reigns in 2013, MI has touched great heights since then. Buying Chris Lynn in this year’s Auction has clearly put them on the driver’s seat. They’ve got enough backups in their squad with the likes of Lynn, Boult, and McClenaghan.
Why MI is the most dangerous team in IPL 2020?:
- Mumbai Indians have got the strongest team core and depth in their squad.
- They’ve got experience and skill in all the departments. Bumrah and Lasith to handle the bowling department while Hardik and Pollard to manage the middle order with their experience.
- Big hitters in the form of Chris Lynn, Quinton de Kock, and Rohit Sharma to avail the maximum advantage of the powerplay.
- They’ve got great options and enough backup players in their lineup to fill in the shoes in case if someone gets injured.
- This team will be captained by Rohit Sharma who has the second-best winning percentage as Captain in the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings
The yellow army CSK is one of the best teams in the history of the IPL. They’ve got the best Captain of all-time in the form of MS DHONI. CSK have entered the playoffs every season of the IPL barring those two seasons in which the team was banned. They lost to MI by a solitary run in the Final of IPL 2019.
BATSMEN: Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad.
ALL ROUNDERS: Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, Sam Curran, Kedhar Jadhav.
WICKET KEEPERS: MS Dhoni (c & wk), N Jagadeesan.
BOWLERS: Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, KM Asif, R Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur.
CSK Squad Review:
Let’s begin with their batsmen. The opening pair of Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu who has put together more than 1100 runs during the IPL 2018. Watson is a destructive player upfront and once settled, he has got the ability to bat deep into the innings. A century in the final of IPL 2018 and 80 odd runs in the final of IPL 2019 with a bleeding knee proves how deadly he could turn out to be in pressure matches.
They’ve got Raina in at No.3 who is the second most run-scorer in the history of the IPL with more than 5300 runs to his name. Du Plessis and Kedhar to handle the middle order department. And Of course, they are followed by the GREATEST FINISHER MS Dhoni who has the record of hitting the most sixes in the 20th over. My word, he has an extraordinary strike rate during the backend overs. No match is over until ”THALA” is at the crease. Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja to accompany Dhoni with their hard-hitting skills.
CSK have got experienced all-rounders in the form of Bravo, Watson, and Jadeja. These 3 can be destructive with the bat and also give you a few good overs with the ball. Kedhar Jadhav can also bowl a couple of overs if needed. Sam Curran and Mitchell Santner would be the backup options.
When it comes to the bowling especially in the UAE grounds pitches, they’ve got some depth in their spin bowling options with the likes of Tahir, Harbhajan, Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma, Santner and Jadeja. These spinners will play a massive role in the tired pitches of UAE as the whole of IPL matches will be played only in 3 Stadiums. Deepak Chahar will lead the pace attack along with Shardul Thakur while Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazlewood will be the backup bowlers.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The two-time IPL Champions KKR is one of the top teams of the IPL and the most loved franchise which is owned by the King of the Bollywood Mr.SHAHRUKH KHAN. They’ve lost against SRH in the playoffs last season. Actually, KKR has lost to the brilliance of Rashid Khan in that match. He was just awesome in that game; I mean, Catches, Runouts, Runs with the Bat and Wickets (including that of dangerous Andre Russell). KKR bought Pat Cummins for 15.5 Crores in this year’s Auction which adds strength to their bowling lineup. They’ll also get the services of England Captain Eoin Morgan for this year’s IPL.
BATSMEN: Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Shubmann Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi.
ALL ROUNDERS: Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Chris Green, Sunil Narine.
WICKET KEEPERS: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Tom Banton.
BOWLERS: Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Manimaran Siddharth, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.
KKR Squad Review:
When you look at the batting of KKR, they’ve got Sunil Narine who has been brilliant for them at the top of the order. Gill and Narine to open the batting for them followed Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana. They’re blessed with top-class finishers with the likes of Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, and Of course, the destructive Andre Russell. This is some lineup for sure. Tom Banton would be an alternate choice for Eoin Morgan.
With Narine and Russell in their bank, The former can give KKR the flourishing start at the top while the latter can demolish the opponents at the death. The icing on the cake? 8 overs assured. Too good an all-rounders to have in your team.
Their weak link in the previous edition was the bowling department which is now strengthened with the entry of Pat Cummins. He’ll surely be the lead bowler of the team. Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi are the other pacers. Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine to handle the spin department. This looks quite some team now and their fans would be cheering for them with ”KORBO LORBO JEETBO”.
SRH, the champion of IPL 2016 is also one of the most dangerous teams in IPL 2020. Inclusion again of David Warner as an opening batsman and team captain makes this team stronger than IPL 2019. This team has the power opening batsmen pair as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, then coming to the middle order they have got Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, and Mohammed Nabi. SRH has also got the most experienced T20 bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddharth Kaul, and Khaleel Ahmed. These factors make SRH one of the strongest teams in IPL 2020.
BATSMEN: Kane Williamson, David Warner (c), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh.
ALL ROUNDERS: Mitchell Marsh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Fabian Allen, Bavanaka Sandeep, Mohammed Nabi, Sanjay Yadav.
WICKET KEEPERS: Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami.
BOWLERS: Billy Stanlake, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.
SRH Squad Review:
The opening pair is crucial in a T20 match and the opening pair of SRH has the most dangerous opening batsmen pair in the IPL 2020. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were the talking point in the last season of IPL. It was the first time when the Ashes Rivalries were coming out together to bat and my word, what partnership it turned out to be. 1000 plus runs scored batting together, Six 100 plus partnerships (the most by any pair in the single edition of the IPL).
David Warner in Orange is a different player altogether. He has tremendous records while playing for SRH. He took over the captaincy in 2015 and since then he was just phenomenal with the bat. He won the orange cap in the year 2015, 2017, and 2019. He was the second-most individual run-scorer in the year 2016 where he scored more than 800 runs and played a massive role in lifting the trophy.
They’ve got Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar to handle the middle order department. They’ve got Allen, Nabi, and Marsh to choose from for an overseas all-rounder.
By far, SRH has the best bowling attack in the IPL 2020. They have some top young local talents with the likes of Siddharth Kaul, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed, and Sandeep Sharma. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the pace attack while this team is also blessed with the best spinner in the world RASHID KHAN. He is a Gem.
They’ve also got Billy Stanlake as an overseas option if the pitch demands pace and bounce. This bowling attack surely has the capability to defend any kind of total. That is what makes this team even more special. Warner and Bairstow to give them the destructive start while Bhuvi and Rashid to defend any total. SRH surely one of the most dangerous teams IPL season 13.
Top 4 Most Dangerous Teams in IPL History
The top 4 most dangerous, strongest, and successful teams in the history of the IPL would surely be:
- Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
- Mumbai Indians (MI)
- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
These 4 teams have 10 titles in the 12 editions of IPL. In fact 11 titles technically by considering Deccan Chargers (DC) and SRH as the Hyderabad Franchise. MI has won 4 titles, CSK has got 3 titles and KKR has got 2 titles while Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad won 1 title each.
Chennai Super Kings
No doubt, CSK is the most dangerous and successful team in the history of the IPL. CSK have lifted the IPL Trophy thrice ( in the year 2010, 2011 and 2018). Led by the greatest captain ever MSD, this team has been in the playoffs in all the 10 seasons which they played (apart from those two seasons in which the team was restricted to play). They’ve reached the IPL Final eight times out of the 10 seasons they played. They also hold the record of most appearances in the playoffs and as well as in the Final. In other words, CSK rules the IPL since the start of the tournament.
This team has the most number of IPL Titles (4) and arguably the current strongest team in the IPL. The reason why they are 2nd in the list is mainly due to the first five years of the IPL in which they weren’t up to the mark. Since the start of 2013 when Rohit took over the Captaincy, this team went on to achieve greater heights with winning the most number of IPL Titles.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, KKR has lifted the championship twice in the year 2012 and 2014. They’ve been in decent form since then. They possess some quality in their lineup with the likes of Dre Russ and Narine. Dinesh Karthik has shown good leadership skills and took his team to the playoffs in the year 2017, 2018 and 2019. Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee are some high prolific names who played for KKR in the IPL.
SRH is one of the most consistent teams in the history of the IPL. They’ve started their journey in the year 2013 as the replacement of Hyderabad Deccan Chargers (DC) Franchise. They’ve won the IPL title in the year 2016 under the leadership of David Warner. Since then, this team has been so consistent that they didn’t miss a playoff spot. They were the runners-up in the year 2018. They’ve got some big names with the likes of Kane Williamson, David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan.
Which is the Most Dangerous Team in IPL History?
CSK is the most dangerous team in the history of IPL. CSK team is three times IPL winners and has appeared in the finals 8 times out of the 10 seasons they played. This clearly shows their consistency. This team has never been out of the playoffs since the start of the IPL. They’ve got experience in their lineup. Few big names who played a massive role for CSK in the past would be Mike Hussey, Matthew Hayden, Dwayne Smith, and Brendon McCullum. This team has been under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni since the start of the tournament.
Mumbai Indians (MI) isn’t far though. They’ve got 4 titles (one ahead of CSK), but their purple patch started in the year 2013 when Rohit took over the leadership role. The first five years for MI haven’t been that good and since I’m focusing on the history of the IPL, CSK gets ahead of them.