IPL 2021 is going to be the most competitive edition we have ever seen: Deep Dasgupta

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IPL 2021: The Indian Premier League's 14th edition is going to follow a different from the past seasons as none of the teams will be able to enjoy the home advantage despite it being held in India.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Deep Dasgupta said all 8 teams are equally-balanced which is why IPL 2021 will be very competitive
  • The home and away factor has been taken away from IPL 2021 with 6 cities playing host to all the games
  • IPL 2021 gets underway with Mumbai Indians facing Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9

Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta feels that IPL 2021 is going to be the most competitive edition in the history of the tournament because of the well-balanced sides that will be competing in it this year.

The new season is going to be a bit different from the past as none of the teams will be able to enjoy the home advantage despite it being held in India this time due to the new rules put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

All the matches will be played on neutral venues across 6 cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Taking away the home and away factor produced the most-closely played tournament last year as it was shifted to the United Arab Emirates because of COVID. Fans can expect the same this year as all 8 teams are well-balanced and have new recruits in their squad which they bought in the mini-auction in February.

"Mumbai Indians again would be the team to beat this year. Who's going to challenge them? Personally, I think this is going to be the most competitive IPL we have ever seen.

"I thought all the teams were very-well balanced but after the auction, even more because all of them have strengthened. Some have strengthened their bench like MI, some of them have actually strengthened their playing XI.

"So I think this is going to be an extremely competitive tournament and if you have to pick a team who can beat MI, I think on their day any team can beat them because all the squads are that good," Dasgupta told Sports Today.

Dasgupta picked defending champions Mumbai Indians as one of the favourites to win IPL 2021 but said that any team can beat the defending champions on their given day.

"But having said that, yes, MI might still be one of the favourites to win it but on their day any team can beat them, especially in this format.

IPL 2021 gets underway with defending champions Mumbai Indians facing Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 9.