4 Teams who can make it to the IPL Playoffs this season
The biggest and most competitive T20 League of the world, the Indian Premier League is all set to set the stage on fire this season.
After the Mega Auctions and the comeback of former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, this season looks a completely different one.
It's almost a fresh start after completing 10 years of IPL. All the teams have tried to put together a balanced squad to give them the best shot at the title, but things don't always work out as planned and it has been the case with this auction too.
Although the season hasn't begun yet, not a single ball has been bowled but the teams have been put on paper and that is one thing that can not be changed.
Some Teams have managed to put together a more balanced and formidable team than others and have gained an edge.
Here we take a look at the potential candidates who are leading the race to make it to the playoffs this season.
#4 Kings XI Punjab
The Kings XI Punjab have been an integral part of the IPL right from the very first season, but they do not have the most dominant track records in the tournament.
In the past 10 years, they have made it to the playoffs only twice first in 2008 and then in 2014.
Punjab have always lacked the balance in the previous editions but this season could be a different story altogether.
They have got Virender Sehwag as a mentor, an intelligent captain Ravichandran Ashwin and a well-balanced squad in the dressing room.
KXIP finally seem to have got the combination right this time. Their batting lineup has got enough firepower to chase down any total with ease.
With the likes of K.L Rahul, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nayar, David Miller and Mayank Agarwal in their batting lineup.
The Kings have also got a decent pace attack having Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma and Marcus Stoinis in their ranks.
Whereas the spin department will be taken care of by Ashwin and Axar Patel. They have what it takes to make it to the playoffs and they could well be serious title contenders this season.