The IPL of 2020 is finally drawing closer. We’ve had to wait a long time after the tournament was suspended earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but in September this great competition will finally begin.
As ever, eight teams will begin their quest to win the IPL trophy, this year on the later date of September 19.
A handful of slight changes have had to take place, the biggest of those being a move outside of India but these are all necessary to get the tournament underway. Cricket in the current climate is not easy to put together, a changed IPL is better than no IPL at all. Here at betfromindia we have got everything covered from a gambling perspective.
IPL 2020 Format
The IPL of 2020 will run for a total of 53 days, meaning it is a little more condensed than usual. Because of that, we have a total of 10 afternoon games, creating 10 double headers which are perfect for cricket betting fans as that means a full afternoon and evening of action to watch and maybe even bet on.
The first game of the tournament will take place on September 19, while the final will be held on November 10.
The regular start times for the games will be 7:30pm IST, while the 10 afternoon games will begin at 3:30pm IST.
The 2020 IPL has been relocated to the UAE, seen as the only way to have a season in full during 2020. That means every single game will be behind closed doors and every game will be played at a neutral venue.
It is going to be very interesting to watch how this develops, with no home crowd or pitch advantage for anyone. Will that affect the IPL betting odds, will it help determine the winner of the tournament?
Three venues will host the games. These are the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.
With these pitches being out of India, it will be interesting to see how they act and if the ball either swings or spins more or less than usual. With just three stadiums being used, it will also be interesting to watch the pitches develop throughout the tournament, something you should keep your eye on from a betting point of view when you are making your selections later in the competition.
Ahead of the 2020 event taking place, here is a look at the eight teams hoping to lift the IPL trophy and a look at which players are the key ones to look out for.
Chennai Super Kings
Three time winners in 2010, 2011 and 2018, the Chennai Super Kings are always a force to be reckoned with in the IPL. Led by MS Dhoni, who has recently retired from international cricket, the Super Kings now have a captain who should be able to devote even more time to them.
Alongside Dhoni, they also have plenty of match winners and great depth. They also have great experience too, which will help them when games are tight heading into the final few overs.
Imran Tahir, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis are all hugely experienced in the IPL and other T20 competitions around the world.
New arrival Josh Hazlewood is an interesting recruit and will add depth to the pace attack in Chennai. He is young, already proven himself in the shorter format with Australia and in the Big Bash league and may be one to watch for the Super Kings away from their big names.
The Super Kings challenge almost every year in the IPL, judging their squad for 2020, you can expect the same to happen again.
The Delhi Capitals have made quite a few changes ahead of the 2020 season, though considering they are still looking for their first IPL trophy that should probably be no surprise.
Their core of Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan all remain with the team. Newcomers include Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis are both expected to contribute well while English players Jason Roy and Chris Woakes can also contribute.
On paper, this is a solid team, but when compared to the others in this league, they lack a little bit of quality and depth to really challenge the top IPL teams. An outside chance of reaching the latter stages is what the Delhi Capitals have, but it would be a surprise to see them end their title drought this year.
Kings XI Punjab
The Kings XI Punjab are another team to be in search of their first title here. They’re also another to make a large number of changes to their squad, with plenty going out and players coming in to replace them.
They spent big to land Glenn Maxwell and he will be expected to play a huge part in any success that the franchise has this season. Sheldon Cottrell is another newcomer to the team, joining Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami as the main players who are expected to drive things forward.
It seems the team from Punjab are constantly searching for the right balance with players and each year they turn over a large number in a bid to make things better. Will it work this time? That remains to be seen but this is a team that appears to lack quality.
They could once again be closer to the bottom than the top of the IPL and may be the team to finish bottom of the table this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dual winners of the IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders come into the 2020 competition on the back of splashing a big fee to land Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins. He will be expected to lead the bowling attack and get something out of the pitches over in the UAE.
He Joins Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi and Harry Gurney to give the Knight Riders potentially the best pace attack in the tournament. If the pitches used this year offer them something, then look out for this team to shine.
With Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell in the squad too, there is plenty of worldwide experience here which will help in close games.
The Knight Riders are not being spoken about as potential winners of the tournament yet, but if the pitches they play on offer some assistance for their seamers, they can certainly upset a few teams.
The Mumbai Indians are amongst the IPL betting favourites and a quick look at the squad they have to choose from and you will easily see why. This team is stacked, they have a number of stars who can contribute with the bat and also a number of wicket taking bowlers.
Many of this team are very experienced, both in the IPL and other leagues or even international play around the world. If this team gets into a tricky situation, a tight game or another scenario that needs experience, almost everyone on the field has it.
In the batting department, players such as captain Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn and Hardik Pandya will be expected to contribute, with Lynn in particular being hugely important at the top of the order.
When it comes to bowling, there are many options the team can use. Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult and the hugely experienced Lasith Malinga can all contribute wickets and together they are formidable.
The Indians seem to have it all and are sure to be in contention during the latter stages of this tournament.
Australian Steve Smith captains the Rajasthan Royals, a team who won the inaugural IPL tournament but have failed to add to that since then. This team always sets up with quality in their line up, but what often lets them down is their lack of depth and that looks to be a problem for them again this season.
Smith is joined by the likes of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and David Miller to give them a really exciting line up. However, the lack of depth in their squad often leaves them a little vulnerable, especially if some of the bigger names fail to fire.
Just how good the players we have mentioned play will determine the fate of Rajasthan. However, even if these players all stand up and have good tournaments, there is little else throughout their line up that will worry the others.
This looks like being another long tournament for the Royals, they have names that catch the eye, but not nearly enough of them to get competitive.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
It is incredible to think that a team led by Virat Kohli has not yet won the IPL but that is the case with the team from Bangalore.
The Indian maestro has surrounded himself with another strong team, though once again they may have to settle for falling short.
Chris Morris and Aaron Finch come into the squad and will help, while the likes of Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav all add good quality to the line up.
On their day, especially if Kohli fires, this Royal Challengers Bangalore team can beat anyone, but over the course of a full tournament they may just fall short in terms of quality.
It would be great to see the Challengers really put a run together, but the best they can hope for is a top four finish, and that is not going to be easy for them to claim.
With very few changes to their team, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping to finish inside the top four just like they did last season. This is a very talented team, one that has a lot of experience and it is now a group of players that really know each other well, something that is often key in the IPL.
Kane Williamson, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey form the batting line up of this team, with experience and the ability to score quickly something that they all have.
With the ball, youngster Rashid Khan is one of the best spin bowling options in the entire tournament and he is aided by the pace of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed.
While the Sunrisers may not challenge for the title this season, what they do have is a good platform, a group who know each other and the ability to pick up wins. They will certainly be competitive, the top four will be their aim and they could well finish there again, though don’t expect them to go all the way and challenge in the final.
History of the IPL
The IPL is regarded as the biggest and best T20 league anywhere in the world. It is the home of stars, household names worldwide and it has also made plenty of stars over the years. When you look at Indian cricketers who are either playing for the national team or playing in other T20 leagues, almost all of them made a name for themselves first in the IPL.
The league was formed in 2008, making this the 13th edition of the IPL.
In terms of success, the current holders of the IPL trophy, Mumbai, are also the most successful team in the history of the competition. Their win in 2019 was the fourth time they have lifted the trophy, one more than the Chennai Super Kings who have lifted this famous trophy on three occasions.
Of the eight teams currently taking part in the tournament, three are yet to win a title. They are Delhi, Kings X1 Punjab and Bangalore.
Will one of those three get their hands on a first title, or will one of the serial winners Mumbai or Chennai pick up the trophy again?
Players to Watch
Being the biggest and best T20 league in the world, many superstars are on show, this is high quality cricket at its very best.
But who are the main players to watch?
Here are two bowlers who can have a really big impact on the 2020 IPL.
The 21-year-old from Afghanistan is one of the best spin bowlers in the world in the limited overs format and is set for another big year. Despite being 21, he has a huge amount of experience behind him, both in the IPL, and elsewhere around the world.
Khan offers a threat for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and if they are to have any success this season, the youngster will need to take wickets.
What he will have on his side is match fitness, as Khan is currently playing in the CPL in the West Indies.
While other cricketers have been ticking over, waiting for the IPL to get underway, Khan will come into the tournament firing on all cylinders, hopefully arriving on the back of a big wicket haul in the CPL.
Assuming the pitches over in the UAE offer good assistance to the spin bowlers, as you would expect, then it seems clear we will see Khan in the wickets column on a regular basis in 2020.
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins made IPL history ahead of the 2020 event. He became the most expensive overseas player in IPL auction history. The Kolkata Knight Riders were the team to buy him, spending 15.5 crores for his services.
When you consider that the Knight Riders already have a decent pace attack, it shows just how valuable they think Cummins can be and how they intend to install him as their number one bowling option.
If the pitches in the UAE offer pace and bounce then the Knight Riders are going to be very strong, and Cummins will be at the forefront of their attack. He has variations, genuine pace and an ability to get the ball moving.
Opening batsmen won’t fancy facing Cummins and he looks set for a great tournament, resulting in a nice haul of wickets.
It was a lot of money to spend, record breaking for an overseas player, but we think it will be worth it and Pat Cummins will take a lot of wickets for the Knight Riders in 2020.
IPL 2020 Betting Tips
Eight teams compete in the IPL, but based on the squads that have been assembled, there are three teams in contention for the title. There is of course the chance of an upset, which is why we love this tournament, but strictly on the line ups that each team has put together, three have a solid chance of winning.
The Mumbai Indians won the title last year and will be fancied by many people to win it again. Elsewhere, not too many people will be looking at the Kolkata Knight Riders as potential winners, but we really like them to perform above expectations.
They have an exceptionally good pace attack which can really do some damage if they get pitches that aid their abilities.
However, they both just fall a little short of what is required to win this season, our tip to beat the Indian betting sites in the 2020 IPL is the Chennai Super Kings.
The Super Kings have a little bit of everything, they are full of quality with both the bat and ball, while also full of experience.
With the 2020 edition of the IPL being played in extraordinary circumstances, that experience could be more valuable than ever before. While these players won’t have played in these circumstances before, having calm and cool heads around camp will certainly help, as will having international experience with this tournament taking place away from India.
The likes of Dhoni, Tahir, Watson and others will all bring that to this team.
In terms of quality, the players already mentioned certainly bring that, while Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and newcomer Josh Hazlewood, who could be in line to have a good tournament, can all contribute on a regular basis.
There doesn’t appear to be a weakness with the team, they seem to have it all and are our betting tip to lift the IPL 2020 title in the UAE.
- Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL @ 5.25 with 10CRIC
IPL 2020 Match Betting Previews
Saturday 19th September, 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Wednesday 23rd September, 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Saturday 26th September, 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad