IPL 2021:

IPL 2021:

About IPL 2021

Both dates and venues in UAE were changed where the IPL 2020 is done and dusted after a record breaking of five wins for the Mumbai Indians tournament. Held at three separate venues in UAE, it was played much later in the year as the result of Covid-19 pandemic. Just five months between the two, it means that the break between the IPL 2020 and IPL 2021 will be the shortest break ever. 

Fast and furious matches, lot’s of big sixes, incredible fielding and maybe even a few Super Overs for cricket fans to be on, there should be more of the same in IPL 2021 this year. 

There may be a Mega Auction rather than the regular yearly one and we may even see the possible introduction of a ninth and tenth team instead of eight existing IPL sides. There may be a few rule changes to the actual game, to the number of overseas players (possible increased from four to five) before you do your IPL 2021 betting. 

We are all excited that it will be just a few weeks till it kicks off again, this is the world’s leading T20 franchise tournament. So, there’s plenty to be aware of before checking the IPL 2021 odds ahead of the new season. 

Of course you want to dive into the excitement of IPL Betting!

IPL 2021


The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, will resume on 19 September in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

Cummins said that he hasn’t made an official call on not playing in the IPL 2021 but admitted it will be “tough” to go to UAE and play in the cash-rich league.

“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel.

“There is probably going to be someday quarantine going to UAE. So it’s going to be tough to go and play there,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the IPL 2021.

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days.


The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will begin with a mouth-watering clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai on September 19. While the Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni will kick off the IPL 2021 Phase 2 in Dubai, the city will also host the first qualifier on October 10. Sharjah will host the eliminator and 2nd qualifier on October 11 and 13, respectively as per reports.

As per a report by Indian Express, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will resume their rivalry with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. Before the IPL 2021 was suspended, the two sides clashed with Rohit Sharma’s MI beating Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets.

missing & injury players

From Ben Stokes to Steve Smith 5 stars who are set to miss 2nd phase of IPL 2021 in UAE – The IPL 2021 Phase 2 is all set to begin in UAE from September 19 in UAE after being suspended in the month of May earlier this year. But, the availability of foreign players remains a big headache for the Cricket Board.

This is because a number of international players are likely to remain unavailable due to injuries and bio-bubble fatigue. England’s Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will be missing the IPL 2021 phase 2 because of mental health issues and elbow injury respectively while Steve Smith who is recovering from an injury is also likely to miss the cash-rich league’s phase 2.
Australia’s Pat Cummins has said that he will stay with his pregnant wife. India all-rounder Washington Sundar, who got injured during India’s practise match against County XI, is also likely to miss the IPL 2021 phase 2.

Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes, who got injured in the first match of the IPL 2021 was ruled out of the remaining season but as the IPL 2021 got suspended there was a chance that he might make a comeback in IPL 2021 phase 2. However, Ben Stokes has decided to take a break from cricket sitting mental health issues. He will be missed by Rajasthan Royals in UAE.

Delhi Capitals middle-order batsman Steve Smith is all set to miss out on the 2nd phase of IPL 2021 in UAE. One of the world’s most prolific batsmen will not be available to Delhi Capitals for the 2nd leg of IPL. According to the information available, Smith is currently battling with injury to his elbow will not risk playing IPL again this year. The former captain of the Australian team will rather rest and get ready for the Ashes series against England.
Rajasthan Royals have suffered a massive jolt as their bowling mainstay- Jofra Archer is sure to miss even Phase 2 of the tournament. ECB has confirmed that the recurrence of a stress fracture of his right elbow in the latest scans held last week has ruled him out of all cricket commitments for the rest of the year. Archer also missed Phase 1 of the cash-rich league due to the injury.

Archer, who was expected to make comeback in England cricket team in the 3rd Test against India will not just miss the series against India but also would be unavailable for the Ashes scheduled in December this year. This means that with his injury he has been ruled out of IPL 2021 Phase 2 and even the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

Australia and KKR pacer Pat Cummins is also set to miss the IPL 2021. Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel. “There is probably going to be some days quarantine going to UAE. So it’s going to be tough to go and play there,” he added.

India and RCB star all-rounder Washington Sundar’s recently picked up ligament injury has not just ruled him out of the Test series against England but also has put his participation in IPL Phase 2 in doubt. Sundar, who sustained a finger injury during Team India’s 3-day practice match in Durham, has been advised complete rest for the next one month. As per reports, he could be rested by BCCI and won’t take part in IPL. As per a report by the New Indian Express, Washington Sundar might undergo surgery after the T20 World Cup as the injury could have a prolonged effect on his career. To avoid any further injury before the T20 World Cup, he could be rested from IPL.

Predicted winner

The defending champions Mumbai Indians have had a decent run in the first half of the Indian Premier League 2021. They got off to a poor start losing a close encounter against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. But bounced back strongly winning their next two matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

The Rohit Sharma-led side is fourth on the points table, winning four out of the seven games they played. The five-time IPL Champions will be raring to win another IPL title.

Suryakumar Yadav has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians team over the last few years. He has scored 2197 runs in 108 IPL matches at an average of 29.69 and a strike rate of 135.28. The middle-order batsman has impressed everyone with his wide range of shots and ability to up the tempo at any given point in the match. Last year, when the IPL was held in UAE, Suryakumar Yadav scored 480 runs at an average of 40 and played a key role in Mumbai Indians’ winning campaign. So far in IPL 2021, Suryakumar Yadav has scored 173 runs including a fifty. He will be determined to do better in the UAE leg of the tournament.

Jasprit Bumrah is the leader of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack. He looked a bit off-color in the first phase of the tournament, but given his skills, he will be a major threat to the opposition. Last season, Bumrah picked up 27 wickets in 15 matches with the best figures of 4/14 against the Delhi Capitals. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the season. Bumrah has often snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai-based franchise and their fans will be hoping, that their bowling spearhead once again dominates the proceeding in the UAE.

Rahul Chahar has been impressive over the last few years playing for the Mumbai Indians. Given the conditions in UAE, he could prove to be a match-winner for MI in the second phase of IPL 2021. Rahul is Mumbai Indians’ leading wicket-taker in IPL 2021 so far. He has picked up eleven wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 7.21 and an average of 18.36. The leg-spinner has also been in good form recently. He bagged four wickets in two T20Is and a three-wicket haul in ODI against Sri Lanka. The leggie will be looking forward to continuing his good run in the second phase of IPL 2021.

IPL 2021





Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

The RR auction saw Rajasthan purchase Chris Morris to make him the highest-paid player in the history of the IPL. He’s a good player but that seems like a ridiculous amount to play for a capable all-rounder who has yet to make a real splash in the IPL.

Better purchases came in the form of Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and big-hitting English opener Liam Livingstone. Out went Steve Smith, who had a quiet IPL last time but who secured a deal at Delhi, albeit on considerably less money.

RR Team for IPL 2021

Sanju Samson (captain), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav.

Rajasthan Royals “RR” – IPL Prediction

Last year’s wooden spoon winners and a side who permanently seems to be struggling. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes were excellent, but they just always seem to lack enough quality Indian players in their ranks. They may want to replace Steve Smith both as player and captain because this doesn’t seem to be his format.

Expert Prediction: There could be more of the same here: yet another rock bottom finish.



Chennai Super Kings IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

Even before the CSK auction, Chennai had already released veterans Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson and Kedar Jhadav, a good move considering they had too many ageing players in the squad.

Their most high-profile buy was Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder who’s a fine spinner and big-hitting batsman who can bat anywhere between 1 and 6. He cost them INR 7 crore but could be worth every penny.

Other purchases were experienced spinning all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham from Rajasthan and Chet Pujara. Pujara is a curious choice seeing as he’s very much a Test player who hasn’t featured in the IPL since 2015.

CSK Team for IPL 2021

MS Dhoni (capt), Ambati Rayudu, C Hari Nishanth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harisankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, K Bhagath Varma, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Narayan Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina.

Chennai Super Kings “CSK” – IPL Prediction

CSK had their worst-ever season in the IPL, finishing way outside the Playoff places and at one stage looking like they were going to end bottom. MS Dhoni will surely be around for another season, but it may be the last we’ve seen of the likes of Shane Watson or Kedar Jadhav because they’ll need to get in a few fresh faces and younger legs.

Youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad impressed at the backend of the season as an opening batsman so that’s something for CSK fans to get excited about.

Expert Prediction: CSK should feel happier playing back in India but there are lots of issues to address in their team. Even just making the Playoffs would be seen as a decent result.



Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

Veteran Harbhajan Singh comes in to be a frontline spinner while Shakib Al-Hasan, who has already won two titles with KKR during his first spell at the franchise, returns to Eden Gardens as well. Al-Hasan has only just come back from a one-year ban and will provide an excellent option either alongside Andre Russell or instead of him if Russell gets injured again.

Local players Karun Nair and Pawan Negi could prove good additions after being brought in at the KKR auction.

Ben Cutting, fresh from a good season with the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash, also joins the ranks. So they’re well-stocked in terms of star overseas all-rounders but may have trouble finding places for them all.

KKR Team for IPL 2021

Eoin Morgan (capt), Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karun Nair, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Pawan Negi, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer.

Kolkata Knight Riders “KKR” – IPL Prediction

The move to appoint Eoin Morgan as skipper came a little too late last time out but with the England captain in charge from the start this time round, they can aim higher.

There are some high-class players on board such as Pat Cummins, Morgan and Shubman Gill but they’ll need to have a Plan B in case Andre Russell carries on struggling. He’s not the Superman he used to be and maybe the time has come to replace him with another world-class all-rounder if they can.

Expert Prediction: It could be touch and go as to whether they make the playoffs but they’ll need more firepower at the top of the order if they’re to improve.



Mumbai Indians IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

Mumbai have taken the view that you don’t mess with a winning team and who can blame them? So there wasn’t a whole lot of action from them at the MI auction this year.

They re-signed Aussie all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile and improved their fast bowling options by bringing in Kiwi paceman Adam Milne. Fellow Black Cap James Neesham comes in as well, another all-rounder, but he may not get many chances to impress.

The biggest story of all though was that they signed Arjun Tendulkar, the 21-year old son of Sachin Tendulkar. Arjun, a pace bowler rather than a batsman like his father, was bought for the lowest price of anyone (INR 20 lakh) and was the very last player to be bought in the whole auction.

MI Team for IPL 2021

Rohit Sharma (capt), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh Charak.

Mumbai Indians “MI” – IPL Prediction

MI franchise are arguably the strongest-ever in T20 franchise cricket and tick every box, with quality players in set roles in every position from 1 to 11.

They did win the 2020 IPL pretty comfortably, bossing the Group Stages, winning the Qualifier 1 and then the final pretty comfortably, both against Delhi.

Expert Prediction: Unless they lose a load of players in the off-season, they’ll be very much the team to beat again. They may, however, look to bring in another big-name overseas player to come in for James Pattinson, arguably the weak link last time out. A place in the final looks to be the bare minimum.



Delhi Capitals IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

The biggest moves at the DC auction saw Delhi purchase Tom Curran (INR 5.25 crore) and Steve Smith (2.2 crores) two former Rajasthan players. They’re not great purchases with Curran no more than a decent bowler in this format who’s done well in England Australia but not so well in India.

And Smith is completely unsuited to this format given he scores too slowly for T20. But buy them they did.

A better purchase is Sam Billings (INR 2 crore), who has some real class as a wicket-keeper batsman and had a fine season in the Big Bash recently. He can play innings of real substance or just smash it at the death.

India Test bowler Umesh Yadav also comes in and he could be important for them.

DC Team for IPL 2021

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Daniel Sams.

Delhi Capitals “DC” – IPL Prediction

A team very much on the up after a Play-Off spot last year (2019) and a place in the final this time round. In the end, they were let down by their star-studded batting line-up, where the local players just didn’t fire, bar Shikhar Dhawan.

But they’re well-stocked in the bowling departments with South African duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje assisted by some high-class Indian spinners.

If they can get their young Indian batsmen firing next time, they’ll be very strong again.

Expert Prediction: They should have learned a lot from the last season and with a well-balanced team with plenty of energetic youngsters, they can aim to repeat their excellent season by comfortably qualifying for the Playoffs, or even better.



Punjab Kings IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

It was mostly about the Aussies in the PJ auction with fast bowlers Jhye Richardson (14 crores) and Riley Meredith (INR 8 crore) being snapped up to help the team when it comes to pace bowling, a problem area for the Punjab Kings over the years. Both will be making their IPL debuts.

Moises Henriques was another Aussie joining the ranks and this is a vastly experienced player we’re talking about.

There was a good value purchase in the form of Dawid Malan. The World’s number 1 ranked T20 batsman cost just INR 1.5 crore, although he’s yet to feature in the IPL.

A curious purchase was local lad Shahrukh Khan, who cost the high sum of 5.25 crore despite being uncapped by India and never playing in the IPL. It’s even more curious when you consider that though his strike rate in T20s is good at 131, his average of 18 with no fifties from 31 games is pretty unimpressive.

PK Team for IPL 2021

KL Rahul (capt), Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Dawid Malan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Moises Henriques, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Riley Meredith, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Utkarsh Singh.

Kings XI Punjab “KXIP” – IPL Prediction

It was a real rollercoaster of a season in 2020 with a terrible start countered by a brilliant run of wins late on. In the end, it wasn’t enough for a playoff spot, however, they showed plenty of fight and ability under pressure to win some close games.

It will be fascinating to see if they bring back veteran Chris Gayle, so influential in those late-season wins.

Expert Prediction: Hard to know what to make of this side and much will depend on skipper KL Rahul as usual, but with a few good additions to the team, they could sneak into the last four.



Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

After yet another disappointing season last time out, a good RCB auction was certainly needed and they got it. They had the most to spend of any side and that’s what they did.

Kyle Jamieson (INR 15 core) is a tall, strong all-rounder from New Zealand who has already impressed at international level. He’s joined by Glenn Maxwell, who left Punjab after a poor season last year but had yet another fine season in the Big Bash. But Maxwell has plenty to prove in the IPL after some poor seasons and will be desperate to remind everyone what he’s all about.

Finally, there’s Dan Christian. One of the most experienced T20 players in the world and a born winner, they’ll need to find a place for him.

The slightly inconsistent Sachin Baby was the most high profile purchase from among Indian players.

RCB Team for IPL 2021

Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Adam Zampa, Daniel Christian, Daniel Sams, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson, KS Bharat, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Royal Challengers Bangalore “RCB” – IPL Prediction

Different year, the same story. Too many changes to the team over the course of the season, not enough class in their bowling, not enough smart plans in their tactics. Could the unthinkable happen and they replace Virat Kohli as skipper? A more plausible scenario is that he starts to open the batting.

Expert Prediction: Until they bring in one or two bowlers who can change games, they look like they may miss out on the Playoffs once again. RCB managed to qualify last time, but this could be a season of real struggle.



Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2021 Auction & Final Team Sheet

The prize for arguably the best value-for-money purchase of the IPL auction was Mujeeb Ur Rahman (INR 1.5 crore), the Afghan spinner who’s played in the IPL before for the Punjab Kings and for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL, alongside a few other T20 leagues. He’s an excellent bowler who can bowl at the start of the innings, in the middle or at the death. Perhaps best of all, he’ll form a dangerous partnership with their main man, Rashid Khan.

Less understandable in the SRH auction was the purchase of Kedar Jhadav for INR 2 crore. His best days are behind him, he hardly bowls any more and he played some truly inexplicably poor innings last year for CSK before eventually being dropped. He’ll do well to prove the doubters wrong.

SRH Team for IPL 2021

David Warner, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Sunrisers Hyderabad “SRH” – IPL Prediction

Found their form at the back end of last season but the same problems persist: the lack of a strong middle-order and match-winning fast bowlers. The likes of Rashid Khan and David Warner can usually make up for that, but it still looks a slightly unbalanced team.

Expert Prediction: Another side for whom it’s 50/50 as to whether they can get out of the Group Stages. But a top-class fast bowler in their ranks will make that a lot likelier.

IPL 2021 Most Anticipated Matches

There is no shortage of fierce rivalries in the IPL and that is, of course, one of the many things to look out for when the season gets underway.

One fixture to look out for is Mumbai v Delhi (MI vs DC). Four times they played each other last season, four times Mumbai won, including the Qualifier 1 and then, of course, the final itself. The Capitals will certainly want to make amends for that this year.

Another big game involving the Mumbai Indians is their clash against CSK.> As the IPL’s two most successful sides, they’ve played plenty of big matches over the years and it’s generally been Mumbai who have had the upper hand, something CSK will no doubt want to change.

As for Chennai, they also always have a big game against RCB. It pits former India captain (in all three formats) MS Dhoni against India’s current skipper (also in all three formats), Virat Kohli. There’s huge respect between Dhoni and Kohli, mutual admiration and it’s worth remembering they scored 100s of runs batting together for India. But it also means that they’re both desperate to get one over each other.

For very different reasons, Rajasthan v Kings XI is always a big game. Many a season they’re both trying to avoid finishing last and at least a win over their lowly rivals gives them a chance of not finishing bottom.

IPL 2020 Review

Postponed from March-April till October-November because of the Coronavirus and also moved from India to the UAE, it was perhaps the strangest of all the IPLs to date. There were no fans and all matches were played at three venues: Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

From an early stage, Mumbai and Delhi bossed the Group Stages. The Capitals then had a bit of a wobble late on and needed to beat RCB in their final match to be guaranteed a Top 2 finish, which they managed. An excellent run by SRH saw them finish above RCB in the Group Stages in third, with Kohli’s men finishing in the last Play-off spot.

Mumbai booked their place in the final for the first time of asking by beating Delhi in the Qualifier 1. Delhi then joined them in the final after getting the better of Hyderabad, who in turn had beaten RCB in a low-scoring tight match in the Eliminator.

The big final saw Delhi post a modest score of just 156/7 which Mumbai chased with ease thanks to a composed knock of 68 from skipper Rohit Sharma. The hard work had all been earlier done by man-of-the-match Trent Boult, who took three wickets, including dismissing two of Delhi’s top three.

South African fast bowler ended as the top bowler with 30 wickets and KL Rahul was IPL top batsman with 670 runs, despite his side not making the Playoffs. English pace bowler Jofra Archer was Player of the Tournament.

Looking for the best platform to bet on IPL 2021?

Come and claim SONA9’s ₹2,000 FREEBET BONUS today and make your best bet!

Close Bitnami banner