TATA Indian Premier League
Tuesday April 12, 2022
We have seen enough across the best part of three weeks to assess the runners and riders in this year’s Indian Premier League.
There are only a couple of things which are certain in life. Death and Taxes. But I reckon we can add something else to that list. Chennai Super Kings won’t be defending their crown in 2022 having lost their opening four games.
Gujarat Titans have surprised many people. They were second favourites to claim the wooden spoon, but they have won three from three ahead of today’s (Monday) game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
One thing I haven’t changed my mind on is Bangalore as potential tournament winners.
I put them up as my 7/1 tip before a ball was bowled last month, and since then they have won three of four games to sit handily placed inside the all important top four places.
I still like them at 9/2 for the title with a number of firms; including William Hill.
There are a couple of other Bangalore related bets which have caught my eye…..
RCB to increase Chennai’s pain
Bangalore’s next match is against Chennai Super Kings tomorrow afternoon, a team who are already on the ropes.
I was, therefore, surprised to see Faf du Plessis and co on offer at 4/5 with Unibet to win that fixture at Mumbai’s Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.
I thought they would be much shorter than that.
Kohli starting to purr
For some time now, Virat Kohli has underachieved.
It is staggering to think that his last century of any kind – first-class, one-day or T20 – came two and a half years ago.
But things have looked encouraging of late for the former India captain and Bangalore star. In his last eight innings for club and country, in Test and T20 cricket, he has posted scores of 52, 45, 41 not out and 48.
And I think he’s going to go on a run of form which will see him finish the IPL as Bangalore’s leading run-scorer, something which bet365 have him at 6/4 to achieve.
At present, he has 106 runs to his name and sits behind captain Faf du Plessis (138) and young opener Anuj Rawat (113).
One more for the road, which incidentally looks a long one for Chennai
Right from the start of this tournament, I have had concerns about Chennai. Unfortunately, to our detriment, I showed too much faith in them and tipped them as part of a double to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, something they failed to do.
So, I’m going to point you towards the 3/1 on offer with bet365 for them to finish bottom of the ladder come next month.
Hyderabad, who currently hold a two-point advantage, are current favourites at 13/8.
But, with an ageing squad, I can see things going from bad to worse for Chennai if they lose another game or two quickly. The interest may quickly wane.
* Indian Premier League odds correct at the time of publication. All IPL odds subject to changes.