Which is the best team in IPL 2021

Updated on: Aug 12, 2021 11:21 am IST

  • IPL 2021 was suspended midway through the tournament but it is set to resume in September 2021. The remaining matches of the tournament will be played in the UAE keeping in mind the Covid-19 situation in India. In the matches played, we witnessed a no. of quality performances from the teams. There have been a number of world-class batting and bowling performances so far and we can expect the same when the tournament will restart. So let’s have a look at the top 3 teams in the points table currently which also have the capability to be the best team in IPL 2021.

     Chennai Super Kings

    Team

    Matches Wins Losses Net Run Rate Points
    CSK 8 6 2 +0.547

    12

     

    · Team Rating- 9/10

    CSK had a poor start to the season when they lost to Delhi Capitals in their season opener. But they bounced back strongly and won 5 matches in a row. Led by the master MS Dhoni, CSK looked a well oiled outfit and will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy this time. The number of quality allrounders in the side enabled them to bat deep and have plenty of bowling options too. By the time tournament got suspended, CSK were second on the points table.

    · Batting Rating- 9/10

    In 2021 IPL, CSK’s top order looked in ominous form and carried the team’s hopes. du Plessis and Gaikwad gave them quick starts at the top which allowed the middle order to play freely. Faf du Plessis leads the runs tally for his team with 320 runs at an average of 64. Despite Dhoni not at his best, Ravindra Jadeja took the responsibility to be the finisher.

    · Bowling Rating- 7/10

    The bowlers produced a collective performance with smart plans. Sam Curran leads the wickets tally for them with 7 wickets. Deepak Chahar was excellent with the new ball while Ravindra Jadeja was useful in the middle overs.


    Royal Challengers Bangalore

    Team

    Matches Wins Losses Net Run Rate Points
    RCB 7 5 2 -0.171

    10

     

    · Team Rating- 8/10

    Led by Indian captain Virat Kohli, RCB has always been a team of star players. Despite having a good team, they have been unable to lift the trophy so far. But in IPL 2021, they looked set for a place in the playoffs. After an improved season last year, they carried the confidence and won their initial four matches of this season. Though they lost 2 of their last 3 matches, they are still in a good position to reach the playoffs. RCB are third on the points table.

    · Batting Rating- 9/10

    For RCB, Devdutt Padikkal looked in brilliant form at the top and gave the team good starts at the top. He also had a century to his name. In the middle order, Maxwell and de Villiers looked unstoppable and they dominated most of the bowling attacks. Glenn Maxwell leads the run-charts for them this season with 223 runs at a strike rate of 145.

    · Bowling Rating- 8/10

    The bowling had a new rising star in the form of Harshal Patel who currently has the Purple Cap. Harshal picked up 17 wickets in just 7 matches and bowled difficult overs of the death. NZ star Kyle Jamieson was also impressive in his maiden IPL stint with 9 wickets.


    Delhi Capitals

    Team

    Matches Wins Losses Net Run Rate Points
    DC 8 6 2 +0.547

    12

     

    · Team Rating- 9/10

    Last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals were having a fabulous tournament this year too. They have almost all the bases covered and a couple more wins would confirm their playoffs spot. Despite losing captain Shreyas Iyer before the start of the season, they have shown excellent skill and adaptability to perform consistently. DC were on top of the table before the tournament got suspended.

    · Batting Rating- 9/10

    Shikhar Dhawan continued his excellent IPL form from the last season. He was the top run-scorer overall with 380 runs at an average of 54. Prithvi Shaw gave him great company scoring 308 runs. Shaw’s strike rate of 166 was particularly impressive and allowed Delhi to get the momentum at the start of the innings. Apart from these two, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer also played important cameos.

    · Bowling Rating- 9/10

    Probably the biggest surprise of this season was the performance of Avesh Khan. The fast bowler is the third highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets in 8 games at a brilliant average of 16. Avesh was DC’s go-to bowler with the new ball as well as the death.  Kagiso Rabada was expensive but picked up 8 wickets. Axar Patel was economical with his left-arm spin.

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    Experts Say

    FAQs

    Which IPL team is strong in 2021?

    Three teams Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore were looking the favourites to reach the playoffs. All these teams were in good form and will be looking to continue their momentum when the tournament gets underway. With form on their side, Delhi Capitals were looking the strongest. The balance of their side combined with the presence of Ricky Ponting in the dugout made them the best IPL team 2021 so far. DC are currently on No. 1 on the points table and look the closest to the playoffs race.

    Who is No. 1 team in IPL?

    Mumbai Indians are currently the No. 1 team in IPL overall with 5 title wins to their name. They are the current defending champions. They have won the trophies in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Led by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai’s consistency over these years has been remarkable. Despite the slow start in 2021 season, Mumbai were starting to get back into the groove and will be looking to be IPL top team 2021 once again. Mumbai’s arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings are the second most successful franchise with three title wins. MS Dhoni’s men were looking in ominous form this season and will be the favourites.

    Which is the dangerous team in IPL 2021?

    Punjab Kings can be called as the dangerous team in IPL 2021. They are currently 6th on the points table but have produced some stunning performances. They might lack consistency but they have the ability to upset any side on their day. With the consistent KL Rahul at the top, they have a batter who can play throughout the innings. The presence of Gayle and Pooran makes them a dangerous team. Out of their only 3 wins in IPL 2021, Punjab’s two wins have come against RCB and MI who have been top contenders of the title.

    Which IPL team is strongest?

    Mumbai Indians is the strongest side in the IPL overall. MI’s balance of the team makes them one of the strongest contenders of the title every time. Rohit Sharma has been successful with his captaincy and has been their batting mainstay over the years. The emergence Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya into world-class players has further strengthened the Mumbai line-up. They have quality Indian players in their squad which is an important part of a successful IPL team. Along with this, they also have the experience of Kieron Pollard lower down the order. Despite having started IPL 2021 slowly, MI will believe they can be the top team in IPL 2021 once the tournament restarts.

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