IPL: CSK, KKR enjoy an advantage over others, here's why
Fans had expected the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League to start earlier than usual, with the General Elections being held this year. Further, there were reports which suggested that it might be held abroad. However, IPL 2019 will start from March 23 and will be played in India. In this light, we decode the teams which will benefit due to this decision.
Teams will be happy with the move
All eight teams will be happy with the tourney being held at home. This will allow them to plan accordingly and deploy familiar strategies. Nearly every side will benefit due to this move, but some franchises will have a bigger say.
Chennai Super Kings could have a big impact
Chennai Super Kings won the IPL 2018 edition. The squad is almost similar to that of last season and the players know the conditions well. CSK are a side that will dictate due to their quality spinners. They have world-class spinners who know how to get the job done on Indian pitches. The all-round options will help the side thrive in pivotal situations.
Sunrisers Hyderabad could dictate the show yet again
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been consistent on Indian soil and they are another franchise that have quality bowling attack. SRH have a bowling unit that is the best in the tournament. Their pace arsenal revolves a lot around Indian youngsters. Further, their spinners including Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan are seasoned Asian customers. Fans would expect SRH to dominate the show.
Dinesh Karthik-led KKR a strong team at home
Kolkata Knight Riders have built their base around Indian youngsters. The same crop of players gave a decent account of themselves in IPL 11. This time they will be better prepared and confident to use the conditions in their favor. KKR spinners have right attributes and they know their responsibilities. The batting unit led by captain Dinesh Karthik could lend the required depth.
Delhi Capitals could have an all-round impact
Delhi Capitals boast of a batting unit headlined by some star-studded Indian names. Players like Rishabh Pant thrived in IPL 11 and could have a blast again. Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan has been a consistent performer at home. The spin department, led by Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane, could go on to extract maximum purchase. Experienced pacers Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada can thrive anywhere.