With the IPL 2020 set to commence on Saturday (September 19), former England cricketer Michael Vaughan has predicted the winner of this season. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the UAE this season. The change in venue was commanded because of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in India. The matches in IPL 2020 will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.
The Indian cricketers along with some international players haven’t been back on the pitch since the coronavirus triggered lockdown around the world. IPL will be the first instance where the fans will be able to watch their favourite players back in action.
Michael Vaughan predicts KKR to win the IPL 2020:
Cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Vaughan has predicted his pick to win the IPL 2020 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He said with Brendon McCullum as the coach they have enough to win, with the latter recently winning the CPL with the Trinbago Knight Riders.
“Kolkata Knight Riders (will win the IPL). Baz McCullum as a coach. I just think they’ve got enough, and with him coaching, he’s just won the Caribbean Premier League, as a coach. I just think he’s going to to have enough,” he said.
Michael Vaughan has lauded the depth of KKR:
Vaughan has hailed the depth of KKR which will be a key for their IPL win this year, according to his prediction. He also feels Australian pacer Pat Cummins won’t be playing all games for the Kolkata-based side. However, he also accepted that they might lack a bit in their batting.
“There’s plenty there for them to be competitive. Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, probably won’t play all games, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana. Lots of quality in there. It might be that they don’t have enough power in their batting. But there you go. Kolkata Knight Riders are your IPL champions,” Michael Vaughan signed off.
KKR will play their first game in the IPL against reigning champions MI on 23rd September. The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE, Dubai will play host to 24 games, 20 matches will be hosted by Abu Dhabi while Sharjah will hold 12 games.