Indian Premier League Betting: A wager on Delhi a Capital idea?

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:47 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 1:47 PM UTC

Early prices are up for Twenty20 extravaganza and former Dardevils could be worth an interest at big odds

<p>The Indian Premier League begins on March 23 and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">William Hill is first up with some outright prices.</a> And they have rather neatly summed up the hugely competitive nature of the tournament.</p><p>Hills, essentially, don’t really have a clue who will be good, bad or indifferent. Between their market favourites, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, at 9/2 and their sixth favourites, the Rajasthan Royals, there are only one-and-a-half clicks. And there are only eight teams in the competition anyway.</p><p>They do at least take a view, of sorts. Chennai Super Kings, last year’s winners, are the second jollies at 5s followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians at the same price. Next best are Kolkata Knight Riders, followed by the Royals at 11/2. The Delhi Capitals, who have changed their name from the Daredevils, are 8/1 with Kings XI Punjab 9/1</p><p>So that’s where we start our value hunt. Are Hills right to make Delhi outsiders when they are so confused by the rest of the teams? We suspect not, although bear in mind at this early stage you could get even bigger prices when other layers come to the party.</p><p>The Capitals have no formguide whatsoever. Under their previous moniker, the Daredevils, they never once qualified for the play-offs. No wonder they changed their nickname. But we’re not too fussed about what has gone before as Delhi decided a couple of years ago to invest in youth. It might finally pay off.</p><p>It is doubtful as to whether there is a stronger homegrown batting line-up in the tournament. Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Privthi Shaw are the future of India’s batting. And we’re not talking five years hence. We expect those three to be running the show within 12 months. Or at least Pant and Shaw. To guide them on their way is Shikhar Dhawan, India’s current opening blitzer. He is already behind Shaw in the pecking order for the Test team.</p><p>If that looks a solid top four then the capture of Colin Ingram in the middle order shows significant smarts. Ingram is a class act in franchise cricket and improves every team he plays for. His hitting, and working the ball into gaps, is unrivalled.</p><p>Yet the signing we really like is Sandeep Lamichhane, the Nepal wristspinner. Lamichhane was sensational for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash and he has the potential, like Rashid Khan before him, to be a twirler who magics an average team into a contender.</p><p>If there is a weakness, it’s the pace attack. Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult are big names but their reputations do not bear scrutiny in this format. They are all capable of a devastating spell or two but we’re not sure they have enough tricks up their sleeve when the going is good for the batters.</p>
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