Indian Premier League, or IPL for short, is maybe the biggest event in cricket, only surpassed by the world cup (but that is not for another two years, unfortunately). This event attracts the biggest player names and fans are flocking to the stadiums, cheering on their favorite team. This T20 tournament is being sponsored by no other than Vivo this year, which should say a lot about the marketing power this juggernaut has. But who will win this year’s title? We have taken a shot at predicting this year’s winner, so read on for our subjective analysis.
IPL 2019 Predictions:
Judging by the odds presented at the bookmakers, there are basically five teams that are looking the strongest in the race for the IPL 12 trophy. Here I have stated the IPL winner prediction for 2019:
- Chennai Super Kings
- Delhi Capitals
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Mumbai Indians
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
All these have about the same implied win probabilities, and we agree. These teams are fairly even in terms of player strength and chances of taking the title. However, we feel that the Sunrisers Hyderabad should be a value bet for some people. They have changed most of the team and could surprise the whole league when they enter the field with a new composition. The value bet is definitely on the Sunrisers.
As for the favorites, it has been hard judging who will take the win, but I believe I have found the best bet here as well. The Chennai Super Kings looks really strong, and I believe that they will be able to snag the title from last years winners Kolkata Knight Riders. The Super Kings has added a lot of fast bowlers in More, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur and Lungi Ngidi. Their bowling game is gonna look incredibly strong, and opponents need to watch out.
The other teams seem to have been strengthened, but Super Kings has bolstered their roster the best. Mumbai Indians acquired Yuvraj Singh but paid way too much for him. Royal Challengers Bangalore has Virat Kohli playing for them, but having a great bowler is not enough, they need a whole team to be able to compete.
With all else being equal going forward towards the start of IPL in last March, we will likely see a strong Chennai Super Kings team going out strong and most likely get the title in close running before the other teams.