Pragyan Ojha backs MI, DC, RCB and KXIP to reach IPL 2020 playoffs

Written by Vipin Darwade

So far, 50 IPL 2020 fixtures have been done and dusted and not a single team has officially qualified for the playoffs. In this ‘weird’ season, a little different from most IPL seasons, former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha is relying on his emotions to make predictions on which teams make it to the playoffs, starting November 4.

According to the veteran spinner, these 4 teams led by four ‘Indian captains’ should be reaching the playoffs: MI, DC, RCB, and KXIP.

“As I’ve been saying, this has been a weird season as far as the IPL is concerned and it’s very different this year. So I’m not going with my cricketing brain [to pick the playoffs qualifying teams]. I’m going with my emotion and I want all my Indian captains to be doing well.

So it will be MI [Mumbai Indians], obviously you know, now Pollard is leading[ in Rohit’s absence] but Rohit is the captain. Next is DC [Delhi Capitals] with Shreyas Iyer as captain, then RCB with Virat Kohli as captain, and then Kings XI Punjab led by KL Rahul,” a smiling Pragyan Ojha said on Sports Today.

Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals, at one point, were sitting at the top of the IPL 2020 points table, but are now at the 3rd position after having lost 3 games in a row. As Delhi lock horns with Mumbai Indians in Dubai, on Saturday, Ojha believes it would all depend on Iyer’s leadership in bringing back the winning momentum.

“It will definitely be difficult for Delhi Capitals [to win against Mumbai Indians] because it’s all about the momentum. And when we are talking about momentum, DC have lost few games [3 games in a row] and these games were very crucial for them. And now they’re facing Mumbai Indians which will be a very hard team to beat as I have said that DC and MI are the two best teams in IPL 2020. It will all depend on how Shreyas Iyers leads the team as captain. I know he’ll do his part as a batsman but his leadership will be significant for DC to win against such a strong opponent,” Pragyan added.

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