The BCCI had to call off the IPL 2021 midway due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases across four franchises emerging within what experts believed is a fool-proof bio-bubble. However, it wasn’t to be as only 29 matches of the 14th edition of the lucrative league could go ahead before its indefinite postponement. But the BCCI had been aiming towards its resumption and exploring options since they called it off. While England developed as a frontrunner to host the tournament initially, with Sri Lanka also offering to do so, but UAE appears to be pipping them.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had already staged an entire season last year without any hiccup once the edition started and hosted more than 15 fixtures in 2014. Hence, the middle-east country could most likely be considered by the BCCI to do so again. Moreover, the nation has also produced some of the most exciting, nail-biting, and rip-roaring games in the past, proving a happy hunting ground for many teams. Thus, they would fancy their chances of lifting the trophy after if the event returns to the UAE.
We take a look at eight teams and their chances of winning IPL 2021 if the UAE hosts it:
Mumbai Indians – 7/10:
Even though the Mumbai Indians finished fourth in the points table of the first phase of IPL 2021, they weren’t the most consistent side this year. Mumbai Indians’ bowling unit played a significant part in securing three victories for them. With three wins in seven matches, the defending champions stayed somewhat afloat for a position in the playoffs.
But if the tournament shifts to the UAE, where the Mumbai Indians sealed their fifth title, Rohit Sharma’s men could have the psychological edge over the other teams. The likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock, and Ishan Khan – three players who did not have a season to remember, could also find themselves back in form as they scored heaps of runs last year.