Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar has predicted Royal Challengers Bangalore as the favourites to win the IPL 2020. The Bangalore based side are desperate to win the IPL trophy having never won it before in the previous 12 campaigns. RCB have reached the final thrice, under three different captains, but they couldn’t lay hands on the coveted IPL title.
With a new coaching team, they would look to break the jinx — and get their hands on the silverware. They have started this campaign with two wins in three matches and stand at the 4th spot in the table. They will next face Rajasthan Royals on October 3rd.
I would say Bangalore are winning it this time: Dilip Vengsarkar
Former Indian legendary batsman Dilip Vengsarkar has opined that RCB are winning the IPL 2020 with their well-rounded squad. He says skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal are the ones to watch. Vengsarkar also commended Navdeep Saini’s bowling against SRH. He further said RCB could be one of the favourites but he’s not sure specifically who would win.
“In this T20 format, it is very difficult to say who the front runners will be. But I would say Bangalore are winning it this time, because they haven’t won it so far. Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal will come good. They have a lot of good players in the squad. Pacer Navdeep Saini bowled extremely well in their first game (against SunRisers Hyderabad). So, I will be interested to see their progress in the tournament,” Dilip Vengsarkar, 64, told IANS in an interview.
“Well, the RCB could be the favourites — one of the favourites — but I can’t stick out my neck and say that X, Y or Z will (surely) win. But they could be one of the favourites,” he said.
The spinners can come into play later on with the help of pitches: Dilip Vengsarkar
Vengsarkar believes the with the IPL being played in UAE, in only 3 grounds, the pitches will surely face some sort of wear and tear. He stated that the spinners will come into action in the later stages with the help of the pitches.
“Basically, the conditions are humid in the UAE. But then that is bound to happen because in these months, it’s quite warm and humid there. And, of course, IPL in India is played in 10-12 centres and in the UAE you are playing only at three centres, so there will be wear and tear of the pitches as you go along. It will be interesting,” said Dilip Vengsarkar.
“The spinners can come into play later on with the help of pitches. And the weather will definitely improve because October and November are relatively cooler, especially in the evenings, in the UAE. I say this because I used to play in Sharjah etc., so I know a bit about the weather,” he added.
The IPL 2020 started on September 19 and is slated to end on November 10.