The 2021 season of IPL will be making a comeback to its home soil after the 2020 edition being played in UAE due to the coronavirus pandemic. IPL 2021 season has begun the reverse counting as the first match will be taking place on 9th April between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians and the team still hunting for its first-ever IPL title, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With the gradual influx of the players joining their respective teams, some players have left their franchise stranded with their unavailability. While some players will be fulfilling their national duties, the others are recuperating from their injuries. It has become a worrisome issue for the team management to figure out their best XI ahead of the imminent IPL 2021. Meanwhile, the teams have assembled and have begun with their preparatory camps to get off the rust from their IPL kitbags.
But there are few franchises who can leverage upon the wherewithal they possess in their squads. They have got all the bases covered and have the perfect replacements for the ones who will not be there- either for some part of the IPL or for the whole season. In a competitive tournament as IPL, you do not want to leave any lacuna open.
While the players are sweating hard under the scorching sun of summers in India, the team management are sweating cold in the air-conditioned rooms to figure out the best possible XI, after all the team with the best stable XI will have the upper hand once again. Wondering which all teams have the best personnel in their armoury to take them through the playoff stage?
Check out the top 4 teams that can qualify for the IPL 2021 Playoffs:
Mumbai Indians (MI)
Mumbai Indians, the most successful T20 cricket franchise in the world, will once again be in the pole position to get the coveted title of IPL 2021 after emerging victorious in UAE in 2020. Many cricket pundits will agree that MI has one of the most balanced and formidable squad. They have left no stone unturned when it comes to building a squad or rather a family. They have ticked every box and are looking imperious in IPL 2021 as well, at least on the paper.
They have one of the most destructive opening pairs in the form of- Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock and if the South African wicket-keeper batsman won’t be there, then Chris Lynn will be itching to take his slot as an opener. In the middle order, they have the services of Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard to make things even worse for the opposition. With Jasprit Bumrah the leader of MI’s bowling attack, he will be accompanied by Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar amongst others.
Best Playing XI of Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile.