3rd April 2012, 1:45am
Indian Premier League Betting: Royal Challengers of Bangalore can go one better than 2009 and last year
The Indian Premier League shoots into action again on Wednesday and this time there are nine franchises looking to take their chances of winning the prestigious event. Chennai Super Kings come into the tournament as defending champions having won the competition for the last two seasons and they will be in the mix again. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side have added just one man to their squad in Ravi Jadeja and he’ll strengthen their batting and bowling which is why the Super Kings are the 4/1 favourites with Stan James.
In essence I think there are four teams who I would consider real winners of this tournament. Obviously Chennai can’t be ruled out but can a side really win an event like this three times on the spin? Well we’ll find out but at 4/1 I’m a watcher not a player. One side who could challenge Chennai are the 2010 runners up Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai are packed with star names in the shape of Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and the latest South African explosion Richard Levi and you would have to think if Harbhajan’s tactics are good that the Indians will take a lot of beating in this tournament. However under pressure they can make strange decisions which would be a concern.
Kolkata Knight Riders have an excellent blend of youth and experience and of solidity and flair and for that reason I think Gautam Gambhir’s side will be right in the mix. In Brendon McCullum, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan and Ryan ten Doeschate they have explosion and in Gambhir and Jacques Kallis they have solidity. With the ball Brett Lee will get pulses racing but if anything Kolkata might have one or two too many cooks spoiling the broth.
That leaves the Royal Challengers of Bangalore and they are the side I like the look of the most. Their signing of Murali was a clever one and he and captain Vettori will be hard to attack as will Zaheer Khan when fit but it’s with the bat that we’ll see the best of Bangalore. On a small ground the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers can really shine not to mention Dilshan and McDonald who can go big too. In Saurabh Tiwary and Mohammed Kaif Bangalore have strong Indian batting and Vinay Kumar was a good buy too. Vettori is astute as a skipper and I think this Bangalore side will take some beating.
We should mention the other five sides – Pune Warriors, Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. Delhi would like to think they can put up a bold showing and it might well materialise that way but that wicket is never one to be trusted which puts me off while the other four lack real star quality perhaps with the exception of Pune although Yuvraj Singh’s absence is a big blow for them. It’s Bangalore for me this season though.
Back Bangalore to win IPL5 (e/w) for a 3/10 stake at 6.50 with Bet365 (1/3 1,2)