Brad Hogg picks his favourites to win the IPL 2020
The cash-rich Indian Premier League was supposed to go all guns blazing on March 29 but unfortunately, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cricket fraternity was eagerly waiting for the world’s premier tournament to begin and much to the delight of the fans, they received a massive boost after IPL governing council confirmed that the league will start from September 19 onwards.
As India can’t host the league due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were decided as the hosts of the IPL. The news drew special attention in the cricketing community as the tournament was slotted in place of hosting the T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer, Brad Hogg picked the favourites to win the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. The popular commentator and analyst of Star Sports Select show ‘Dugout’ tagged Mumbai Indians as title contenders.
Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in IPL history. They have won it four times, one more than Chennai Super Kings. MI brigade have won the title each alternate year since 2013.
“Well, Mumbai Indians look like they are going to be champions again. They are one of my top two teams going into this year’s IPL in UAE this year,” Hogg said on his Youtube channel.
“The reason for this is that they have got a good top four, they also have good all-rounders and their bowling attack is stable led by two geniuses with the new ball, and in death overs – Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga,” he added.
Hogg also backed other team to win the tournament and that was Royal Challengers Bangalore. They are yet to win the title since the inception of the IPL.
“The second team I have got for you is for RCB. Finally, they will have a big chance to take out an IPL. They have always had good stock on paper, but they have never been able to go out and get the job done. Also, their bowling attack looks strong with Dale Steyn and Kane Richardson, and they have a better team balance as compared to the last couple of years. They will have a better strategy going into the tournament,” Hogg concluded.