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2021 IPL Odds: CSK Goes To The Top, Aussie Trio Go Home

2021 IPL odds are here!

We’re almost three weeks into the 2021 IPL and though it’s obviously early days as far as the lengthy tournament goes, we’ve seen enough to draw a few conclusions and comment on some early price movements.

The best IPL betting sites have a few differences of opinion regarding the odds they’re offering on some of the other contenders, though IPL odds across the board suggest that Chennai and Bangalore are seen as Mumbai’s closest rivals for the title.

Here are the latest IPL odds from Betway:

CSK Giving the Field Plenty to Think About: IPL Odds

Odds to Win the 2021 Indian Premier League
Chennai Super Kings+275
Royal Challengers Bangalore+300
Mumbai Indians+333
Delhi Capitals+350
Kolkata Knight Riders+1400
Punjab Kings+2200
Rajasthan Royals+25000
Sunrisers Hyderabad+33000

Odds as of April 30 at Betway

As you can see, the IPL cricket odds have reacted to an excellent start from the Chennai Super Kings, who are now just IPL odds of 3.75 (+275), implied probability 26.7 percent.

2021, a Different Story than 2020

CSK’s start is a stark contrast to their fortunes in 2020 where in the UAE the absence of important players like Suresh Raina and an inability to adapt to conditions cost them dearly. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time ever, a bitter disappointment.

But with Raina back and Moeen Ali adding some batting firepower and a useful spin bowling option, they look a much better all-around team.

They’ve won five of their six games to date, the latest a stroll against SRH where they chased down their total virtually without breaking a sweat.  

No strangers to IPL success

CSK is one of the IPL’s great achievers.  They’ve won it on three occasions (2010, 2011, 2018) and have made a further five finals. So, if anything, it’s their record in finals that isn’t so great because they have little or no trouble getting there.

So this is a side with real IPL pedigree and if they make it that far, men like MS Dhoni, Ravi Jadeja, Faf du Plessis and Raina can use all their experience to handle the big moments.

Openers crucial in good starts

One of the secrets to their success has been the good form of openers Faf du Plessis and Raturaj Gaikwad.

The South African is the top run scorer in the tournament with 270 runs while Gaikwad has 192 runs so far.

Du Plessis wasn’t at his best last year while Gaikwad missed the first half of the season after contracting COVID-19, only to finally get a chance and impress in the last few games.

They haven’t always made the fastest starts but what they have done is made sure that CSK generally has at least 50 on the board before one of them gets out. That’s allowed them to have a good springboard for others to exploit as the faster scorers like Raina, Ali and Jadeja come in.

If all else fails, call Jadeja

Ravi Jadeja is a real three-dimensional cricketer: fast-scoring batsman, accurate spin bowler, world-class fielder.

This was particularly in evidence in his man of the match display at the weekend against RCB, scoring 62 off 28, making a run out and taking three wickets.

It’s these all-around contributions that make him the priceless player that he is. He’s so far taken five wickets, but he’s been very economical. He’s also scored some valuable lower-order runs even without including that 62 the other day.

They’ll need lots more from him if they’re to go all the way and he’s a man who rarely disappoints.

What about Mumbai?

The defending champions are scrapping for their lives at the moment. A win on Thursday against KKR helped the cause and will also have improved their net run rate.

But it’s just three wins from six right now and they don’t look like the same side from last year.

There are issues with the form of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan, all important players last term.

But we’ve been here with Mumbai before in the past where they’ve started slowly only to win it in the end. If you believe that’s the way to go, now is the time to take that +333 (implied probability 23.1%). Because a couple more wins and that price will be gone.

Latest IPL news

Aussie trio go home

The world’s best T20 tournament may be in full flow but there are plenty of problems in India away from the ground. The coronavirus situation seems to be getting worse by the day and it’s getting too much for some of the overseas players.

With some already citing “bubble fatigue” before the tournament started, we also already had Royals’ Englishman Liam Livingstone walk out a week or so ago, saying it got to be too much for him.

And this week three Australian players called it quits for the season.

Royals bowler Andrew Tye went home citing security and safety concerns, only for the RCB duo of Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson to follow him, those two mentioning “personal reasons” for their decision to go home.

IPL teams are allowed to replace players who get injured or leave for other reasons so both the Royals and RCB can bring in new faces to replace those four, if we include Livingstone.

But getting players in at short notice who still need to quarantine is easier said than done, so we’ll have to see if new players arrive, or if the sides are left to just bite the bullet.

Ashwin takes a break

On Monday, Delhi man Ravi Ashwin became the first Indian player to choose to sit out IPL matches as a result of COVID-19.

After helping his side to a good win on Sunday, off-spinner Ashwin decided to take time out from the IPL to be at home with his family as the situation worsens in India.

It’s not a permanent decision and it will be up to him as to when he returns. But he’ll be sorely missed by DC, who started well and may see this as their best chance yet to win a first-ever IPL title.

Indian bowlers finding their groove

You would have gotten excellent odds on the top three bowlers in the IPL so far being HV Patel, Avesh Khan and Rahul Chahar.

The Indian trio have 17, 12 and 11 wickets respectively. Of the three, only Chahar is capped, having represented India on three occasions in T20Is.

In other words, the best bowlers in the world like Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid Khan and Pat Cummins are currently being out-bowled by two guys who have never played for India at all and one who has only played three games.

Patel of RCB has been particularly impressive, taking wickets in every single game so far. He got three wickets in a game on two occasions and five in his very first match this season. 

The form of this trio will have caught the attention of the Indian selectors. India regulars like Bhuvi Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal haven’t been at their best so with a World Cup coming up, those three may be peaking at just the right time. 

Relief for Morgan and KKR

In other IPL news, it had been a tough couple of weeks for Eoin Morgan prior to Monday’s win against PK.

The England skipper had been out of form for KKR for the first few matches, as had KKR themselves.

But in a small chase against Punjab, he showed all his experience in getting his team over the line, scoring 47 not out after they’d lost early wickets.

Not only was it a much-needed boost for Morgan but also for KKR, for whom it was just their second win in six. Morgan had been under pressure as skipper and batsman and he’ll be hoping it’s the start of things to come.

Morgan will be captain for England at the upcoming World Cup held in India.

How to Bet on the IPL

On this very website, we’ve already recommended the best sports betting sites that meet all the requirements of what we look for in a top sportsbook.

So, you already know that if there’s a bookmaker that we’ve featured here, it’s going to be a strong, reliable, honest and well-designed one offering generous IPL odds.

As we’ve said already, we only endorse the best IPL betting sites, so you know you’re in good hands.

There’s no substitute for actually watching IPL matches, familiarizing yourself with the teams and individual players, studying stats, reading the latest IPL news and picking up on extra snippets of information on social media.

But if you can’t fit in all of that due to time constraints, worry not.  We’ll provide you with all the information you need, as well as some top IPL betting tips before and during the whole competition.

In the meanwhile, check our dedicated section on how to bet on the IPL.

Why Bet On the IPL?

The IPL is a wonderful annual T20 tournament that boasts all of the game’s star names in a two-month extravaganza complete with over-the-top commentary, big excitable crowds, huge sponsors and even some cheerleaders thrown in.

But aside from all that, it’s serious business when it comes to IPL betting. The nice thing for the savvy IPL bettor is that we have 13 years of IPL data and historical results to study before deciding what to bet on next.

This data can give us serious clues about which type of batsman may come good at a particular ground or what a par score might be on another. Given the popularity of the IPL, there’s no shortage of team news, injury updates and other gossip to also take on board before putting your money down.

Other advantages of betting on IPL 2021 are the massive availability of different betting markets: from man of the match to top batsman, to who will hit the most sixes, who will be the top bowler in the game, to more long-term markets like who will be the top batsman for the whole IPL or which two teams might contest the final. The greater availability of markets, the greater the choice when it comes to what you want to bet on.