On the 19th of May, Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders to secure its place in the finals along with Rising Pune Supergiant. With over a billion crazy fans about Cricket in India, every team has their own bunch of loyal supporters. However, four teams won the maximum hearts in this T20 league semifinal. They are Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
1. Mumbai Indians :
Mumbai Indians have been one of the overachievers from the beginning of the T20 league. They have entered every season as potential champions and have won the hearts of people over the country. Their strength is their core team, which has remained constant which is mentored by none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit Sharma has been the mainstay of the team by getting more runs in every season. Of 48 matches that they played, the team has won 31, making their win percentage one of the best in the league! Despite their all-around achievement, some old and new talents like Bhajji and Karn Sharma did not bring any power packed performance jeopardizing the game. However, this amchi Mumbai Team has taken the trophy home for the third time and proved that its strengths outweigh its weaknesses.
2. Kolkata Knight Riders :
Taking the IPL by storm, KKR has won the title twice making the team a tough one to beat! Gautam Gambhir has been a lucky charm for the team after he joined KKR they have seen some super wins under his guidance back in 2012 and 2014. They have some of the best batsmen in their team they can boast of, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey. They also have a plethora of talented spinners that make their bowling department equally strong. The team, however, lacks international talent that can bring more diversity to the game. Sunil Narine’s below average performance also cost the team this season. If he comes back into his lethal form, no team can stand between KKR and the trophy.
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3. Rising Pune Supergiant :
Rising Pune Supergiant has been an average performer in the past seasons, but has caught up in the 2017 T20 league. The team has a superstar-packed squad and under the guidance MS Dhoni, the team is tough to beat. However, with the exit of Ben Stoke, the team has lost a power hitter who can change the game even at the last minute. Their bowling department also took a blow when Imran Tahir left, leaving just Adam Zampa and Christian with international cricket experience.
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad :
The super batting duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan gave a solid lead to the team in the beginning of the season. This formidable combination has given a solid opening for Sunrisers. The team has lost bowlers from the last seasons, yet along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the bowling department has dazzled everyone with their performance. However, apart from the two-star batsmen, only Yuvraj Singh played a supporting role through the season. Too much dependency on a few players and sloppy fielding were the losing points for SRH this season.
Indian Premier League is all about bringing international diversity to Indian cricket. There have been some sparkling outcomes from teams and some that could not shine as brightly as the others. Each season brings new excitement and talent to the field, making the game more interesting. Mumbai Indians win the trophy this year making their mark in history. They are the only team to win 3 seasons of the IPL until now. Power packed performance and unpredictable matches make Indians look forward to the next league.