IPL 2021 had to be suspended mid-way due to a rise in coronavirus cases, even from inside the bio bubble. However, the game resumed on 19th September in UAE. The tournament has been marred by many controversies. But it has left people wondering as to who is going to be the winner of IPL 2021. There are few online sites that provide the best prediction for IPL matches. As the IPL is now mid-way, we have seen the strengths and weaknesses of the teams. This helps to predict who will win the IPL this year. Let’s find out.
Who is Going to Win IPL 2021?
At present, Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have the maximum points on the Points Table for IPL. Both teams have won 8 games each. RCB is sitting at the third spot with 6 wins.
However, according to many experts, Royal Challengers Bangalore is likely to lift the trophy. The Virat Kohli-led franchise had perennial underperformers in the IPL. RCB is a team that has never won the IPL trophy.
However, in 2021, RCB is one of the top-performing sides. They are continuing with their upsurge from the previous season where they had qualified for the playoffs following a gap of 4 years. Until now, the team has won 5 out of 7 games in the tournament.
A Reddit user and an IPL fan could wait for the actual outcome of the tournament. Thus, he decided to run a simulation process that takes various factors into consideration. He has created a Python program for simulating the whole season of IPL using predictive analysis, past data, and randomization techniques.
He extracted the 5-year data of every player. The kind of runs a batter scored- sixes, fours, doubles, or singles and the kind of runs the bowlers gave, when did the batters score, and what kind of bowling could the batters thrive. So, the study included detailed data, such as frequency of no balls or wide balls and average catches a player took.
As per the simulation, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the tournament after defeating Delhi Capitals.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has a strong batting lineup, including Glenn Maxwell. In the present season of IPL, he has performed exceptionally well. As Maxwell moved up the order, it pushed Ab de Villers towards the lower positions and showcased some fearless cricket. Moreover, Devdutt Padikkal’s performance has served as icing on the cake.
The top five batters of the team have made them the most destructive and the best batting lineup of IPL 2021. In fact, their performance has proved this to be true.
This team has always been heavy on batting. However, this season, the performance of the bowlers has also been something to look out for. Harshal Patel who has taken the highest number of wickets until now has been phenomenal with the bowl. As a matter of fact, he has been supported well by Mohammad Siraj.
Kyle Jamieson, the new foreign addition, has also impressed fans with bounce and pace. Chahal has been successful in sustaining the batsman with the length and tight line.
So, even the bowlers look promising.
This season, Royal Challengers Bangalore has been blessed with several potential all-rounders in their team. For starters, Maxwell is a multidimensional player. He can successfully bowl quality spin overs. There are other foreign players in the team, such as Tim David who can prove to be quite handy if given an opportunity.
These make Royal Challengers Bangalore better in the game than the other teams. It is their performance in the last seven matches, which has raised the hope of the fans.
So, many are hoping that this will be a maiden IPL title for Royal Challengers Bangalore. After IPL 2021, Virat Kohli is going to step down as the captain. So, he would surely like to win the trophy this time.
However, Delhi Capitals is performing brilliantly. After a disappointing outing with their bat, the bowlers have come to the rescue. Nortje has been brilliant once again. So, were Avesh Khan and Rabada as they cruised to a 33-run win over Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals were unsuccessful to chase the score of 155 as they were restricted by Delhi Capitals. So, DC secured a win by 33 runs. Earlier in the game, Delhi Capitals had lost track of Rajasthan Royals in the powerplay as the pacers of Rajasthan Royals broke through the defenses of the top order of Delhi Capitals.
Rishabh Pant, the skipper, Shimron Hetmyer, and Shreyas Iyer counter-attacked the bowlers of the opponent team to try and score past the mark of 150.
With this win against Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals had 8 wins in 10 games, until now. So, the future looks quite bright for Delhi Capitals, too.
After an unfortunate setback, IPL 2021 is back. The second leg of the tournament has started with some equal action in Dubai. No team can be declared as the winner based on their performance in the tournament until now. Three teams seem to have made their place in the playoff- Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Now, we will have to wait for the finals to find out who is going to win IPL 2021.