Which Teams can Qualify in IPL 2021 Playoffs? (Top 4 teams)

The Vivo IPL T20 league has kicked off in 9th April. Our curiosity is on the peak that in this season which teams can qualify IPL 2021 playoffs. Well, all the team are preparing at their best but the rule is that only four best teams can be qualified for the playoffs according to their points in the IPL 2021 points table.

Let’s predict about four teams which have tremendous chances to qualify. In this article, I have tried to analysis those teams according to teams’ previous season’s stats and performances, their players’ performances, their points table performance history, their IPL 2021 team squads strengths.

Top 4 Teams can Qualify IPL 2021 Playoffs

The teams who may jump into the playoffs are enlisted below:

MUMBAI INDIANS (MI)

RO-HIT SHARMA Gang, five times Champions of IPL ( in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020) and two times CLT winner is one of the most dangerous and most successful teams in IPL history. “Duniya Hila Denge hum” slogan fits them as they are the tough contenders among all teams.

Mumbai Indians is already a favourite as they have won two IPLs in a row (2019, 2020). Can they make a historical record of winning three IPLs in a row?

Top Mumbai Indians Players may Bring MI into the Playoffs:

In Batting Order –

All the batsmen have played really well and have the capability to score or chase high scores.

In All Rounders –

  • Kieron Pollard
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Krunal Pandya
  • James Neesham

When it comes to IPL all-rounders, Pollard and Pandya Brothers are at the top and their contribution towards Mumbai Indians is really immiscible. James Neesham can also create a big difference.

In Bowling Order –

  • Rahul Chahar
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Trent Bolt/Adam Milne

Rahul Chahar is a fine spin bowler and he has performed best on UAE spin tracks. He gave a decent performance for Mumbai Indians in the last IPL season and expecting best from him in this IPL season.

Both the Yorker kings (Bumrah and Milne) are back on the ground and MI fans are eagerly waiting for their spell. Trent Boult with his swing and pace is making the pace bowling division stronger.

MI Team Strengths:

  1. Mumbai Indians has an abundance department of batting with Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav.
  2. Mumbai Indians has brought some top qualify T20 players – Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter Nile, Trent Boult, and Dhawal Kulkarni.
  3. Mumbai Indians has Zaheer Khan as Director of Cricket Operations, Mahela Jayewardene as head coach, Robin Singh as Batting Coach, Sachin Tendulkar as Batting mentor, Shane Bond as Bowling Coach and James Pamment as Fielding Coach.
  4. Since they hads huge options and all the players are in well form with very experienced coaches so, it will  not easy to win against MI.
  5. MI team has the best and most experienced IPL all-rounders – Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham.
  6. This team management is smart in selecting the players. They have many options to play either on batting side or in bowling.
  7. MI pace bowling attack is very dangerous and stable as they have Trent Bolt, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne in addition to Nathan Coulter-Nile and Micthell McClenaghan.

ROYAL CHALLENGER BANGLORE (RCB)

There is the surprise for all to predict Royal Challengers Bangalore in playoffs but since last year is not as same before for RCB and RCB fans. They haven’t won any IPL season yet but preparing well to diminish all the previous failures. In the captaincy of Virat Kohli, RCB has very bright chances of qualifying again this year in playoffs.

Maxwell, De Villiers and Kohli are the main three batsmen to take care of scoring the board and in 2021, they have two best foreign fast bowlers and experienced Indian fast bowlers, Chahal and Washington spin attack on Indian pitches will give strength to their team as we have seen in previous seasons lack of bowling attack RCB have lost many matches.

Top Royal Challengers Bangalore Players may Contribute to Qualify into the Playoffs:

In Batting Order –

Now in form, Glenn Maxwell had given company to AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli making their batting order strong.

In All-rounders –

  • Daniel Christian
  • Shahbaz Ahmed
  • Daniel Sams

Daniel Christian is one of the most experienced allrounders of IPL and Shahbaz Ahmed, a young rising star is very dangerous with his batting and wicket talking bowling.

In Bowling Order –

  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Adam Zampa
  • Kane Richardson

Chahal has performed nicely in previous editions and experience of Richardson will help a lot. Adam Zampa’s legbreak bowling is much useful in Indian pitch conditions.

RCB Team Strengths:

  1. RCB had solid batting order with Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers within supporting players like Mohammad Azharuddin, Daniel Christian.
  2. Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar and Pavan Deshpande will provide strength with both bat and ball.
  3. The mix of finger Spinner and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played a significant role with fast bowlers like Navdeep Saini and Kyle Jamieson.
  4. Best captaincy under Virat Kohli
  5. AB de Villers as match-winner and best T20 batsman.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Three times champion, Chennai Super Kings team is also the tough contender, as this team is considered to have the best bowling attack and top-order batsmen. MS Dhoni as captain hasalso boosted CSK confidence.

This team has four world-class batsmen and leading wicket-taker Josh Hazlewood. CKS with the best spin attack and top-order batsmen will be tremendous on the grounds of India and their players would likely love it.

Top Chennai Super Kings Players who may Bring SRH into the Playoffs:

In Batting Order: –

  • MS Dhoni
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Suresh Raina

CSK has one of the strongest top batting orders in IPL 2021. This batting order may sweat the opponent bowlers and it will be very difficult to break this lineup.

In All-Rounders –

  • Dwayne Bravo
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Moeen Ali

CSK has a good set of all-rounders as well. Dwayne Bravo, Moeen Ali, and Jadeja have a lot of experience. They will put best effort to qualify CSK into final.

In Bowling Order –

  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Imran Tahir
  • Deepak Chahar
  • Josh Hazlewood

Team Contained head Coach Stephen Flemming while Assistant Coach ws Brad Haddin, batting coach is Michael Hussey, Bowling Coach is Lakshmipathy Balaji and fielding coach is Rajiv Kumar.

CSK Team Strengths:

  1. CSK has eminent lineup having devastating opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Faf du Plessis and then on 1st down as Suresh Raina.
  2. CSK team has the most experienced IPL players.
  3. The duo of Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali will make spin attack very powerful in the accumulation with the pace attack of Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazlewood.
  4. This team has the ability to take down any team on very low scores and then chase it easily.
  5. Best captaincy under MS Dhoni.
  6. Team with Indian Premier League’s best captain and leading run maker MS Dhoni and leading wicket-takers Imran Tahir and Bravo.

Delhi Capitals (DC)

I can confidently say most people do not think of Delhi Capitals playing finals as well as qualifying in playoffs. But they have already made their way-off pulling up themselves at top of point table.

Delhi capitals has best captancy with Shreyas Iyer who has contributed in every match. This team also has a brilliant batting lineup with Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma has made a powerful bowling lineup.

DC has Ricky Ponting as head coach, Pravin Amre as Batting Coach, Rahul Dravid as Batting mentor, James Hope as Fast Bowling Coach.

Top Delhi Daredevils Players to Take DC into Playoffs:

In Batting Order –

  • Sikhar Dhawan
  • Steve Smith
  • Ajinkya Rahane

With Australia Team captain Steve Smith, DC has a strong top batting lineup to set a huge target.

In All-Rounders –

  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Axar Patel
  • Chris Woakes
  • Tom Curran

All-Rounders in DC are also experienced and have played sincerely throughout the tournament. They can make a best finishing stroke in next matches.

In Bowling Order –

  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Ishant Sharma
  • Umesh Yadav

I think it won’t neccesary to say about these game-changing bowlers. You know very well what they can do to turn the match on.

DC Team Strengths:

  1. DC has one of the most balanced team both in batting and bowling section.
  2. Delhi has a solid top order with Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer. Rishav Pant along with Stoinis and Woakes can fill up the gap in middle order.
  3. Purple cap winner bowler Kagiso Rabada has shown his brilliant performance with Anrich Nortje. This pace duo has picked 52 wickets in 2020 IPL tournament.
  4. DC has a rocking all-rounder section and middle-order. They will never have to think of batsman lacking.
  5. DC team management is one of the best in IPL 2021. They have made a completely balanced team in every matches including both indian and overseas players.

So what you think? Which 4 teams will qualify at last and why? Share your opinion in comment section below.

Sunil

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Hi, I’m Sunil. I love Cricket and I follow this sport in every aspect. I created this blog to share my Cricket knowledge and to provide best content on Cricket sport.

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