Former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha has backed Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC), and KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab to qualify for the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
He also picked Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) to finish the league phase at the top of the points table. So far, 50 fixtures have been done and dusted, and only MI has officially qualified for the playoffs.
“As I’ve been saying, this has been a weird season, as far as the IPL is concerned. 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 emotions as 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 Sharma’s absence] but Rohit is the captain. Next is DC [Delhi Capitals] with Shreyas Iyer as captain, then RCB with Virat Kohli, and then Kings XI Punjab led by KL Rahul,” Ojha said on Sports Today.
Delhi Capitals, at one point, were sitting at the top of the points table, but are now at the 3rd position after losing 3 games on the bounce. Ojha, however, believes it would all depend on Iyer’s leadership in bringing back the winning momentum.
“It'll 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."
"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 Iyer leads the team. I know he’ll do his part as a batsman but his leadership will be significant for DC to win against such a strong team,” Pragyan added.