The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League is over. Mumbai Indians won the title by defeating Chennai Super Kings by the narrowest of margins. The crown was decided in the last ball of the tournament, as both the teams had a chance to win till that ball.
In that sense, this was one of the most unpredictable and exciting IPLs ever. Here are five distinctive trends that prevailed right through the tournament.
Chennai to Mumbai Is IPL’s Crown’s Frequent Route
This IPL has confirmed a long-held belief. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the most powerful teams in the IPL. They are like Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spanish football. Mumbai Indians have reached the finals on all alternate years since 2013 and won all the five finals.
Chennai Super Kings have reached the finals five times in the last eight years. You have to take into the account the fact that the team missed two of these eight years because of a ban over match-fixing charges. So, basically, it is five out of six. They have managed only one title win during this period though.
So, if you are in doubt about who is going to win any IPL, bet on Mumbai Indians (especially if it is a odd-number year) or Chennai Super Kings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Are Neither Royal Nor Challengers
Talking about betting, people tend to punt on the teams with the best players around. Punts on Juventus have gone up ever since Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Old Lady. However, international cricket’s reputation does not matter much in the IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, easily the best batsmen in the world. They have a supporting cast of hard-hitting batsmen and skillful bowlers of international repute. Still, the team struggled to win matches. They finished last.
Delhi Capitals Nearly Script a Fairy Tale
Every IPL, there will be an underdog capturing the hearts of the neutrals. This year, that Cinderella was Delhi Capitals. They have a young team, comprising fearless young batsmen and spirited young bowlers.
They reached the playoffs and won the eliminator, but faltered against Chennai Super Kings. The occasion seems to have got the better of them. They will surely be a force to reckon with in the next IPL, if they retain the same team and add a couple of more experienced fast bowlers and middle-order batsmen.
Teams with the Best Spinners Usually Win
If you are confused on where to place a bet on an IPL match, check out the spinners in the eleven. The teams with better spinners usually win the IPL. The pitches in India are generally batsmen friendly. In the IPL, seven matches take place in a single ground. After three or four matches, the pitch will start to assist spinners more because of the wear and tear caused by the previous matches.
In the IPL’s second half, spinners will have more influence on the matches’ outcome. Mumbai Indians have Rahul Chahar and CSK have Imran Tahir. They were the best spinners in the IPL 2019. No wonder their teams played in the IPL final.
Home Advantage Is Not for All
If you look at the stat regarding home advantage, teams playing at home have won 32 off the 56 matches played. However, half of the teams have lost more home matches than away fixtures.
CSK have won six of their seven matches at home. Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have won five home matches each. Mumbai Indians have won four home matches. None of the other teams have won more than three matches at home.
So, home advantage works for teams like Chennai Super Kings. But it does not work well for teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals.