Ahead of the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), former New Zealand all-rounder, Scott Styris has made some harsh predictions for all the teams. The tournament will be commencing on April 9 in Chennai with the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) locking horns with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). MI has won the last two editions of the IPL and will be eyeing history in IPL 2021.
While only time will tell the standings of the teams in IPL 2021, Styris has revealed his prediction. He asserted that Mumbai Indians will be able to defend their title for the second consecutive time. At number two, he picked up last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals.
At number three, Styris went for Punjab Kings who have not managed to make it to the playoffs since 2014. For the fourth and final playoff place, the former cricketer picked SRH. Styris further stated that RCB and Rajasthan Royals will be expected to finish at the fifth and sixth spot respectively.
Scott Styris also opined that RR could finish at a higher position depending on their record-signing Chris Morris’ fitness and Jofra Archer’s availability. Styris finished his prediction by springing a couple of surprises. He predicted that Kolkata Knight Riders would finish seventh while CSK would finish at the bottom.
Here is Scott Styris’ prediction:
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WAY TOO EARLY POWER RANKINGS @IPL 2021
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) April 2, 2021
The likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and Delhi Capitals will be eyeing their first-ever IPL title. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have not laid their hands on the trophy since the inaugural season in 2008. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have not won the title since 2014 and 2016 respectively. On the other hand CSK will also be desperate to go all the way this season after failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time last season.