The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League is currently underway in India, with four matches of the tournament already in the history books. Gujarat Titans, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings are the top four teams on the points table right now. While it is still early to predict which four franchises will make it to the playoffs, former Orange Cap winner Matthew Hayden gave his views regarding the same.
Hayden, who played for the Chennai Super Kings during his Indian Premier League career, wants his former franchise to become the first team to make it to the next round of IPL 2022. He then clarified that he will not pick Mumbai Indians in the Top 4 this time.
Like the previous season, Hayden expects Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders to make it to the IPL playoffs.
“CSK will be the first team I wish to see in the top four. I am actually going to leave Mumbai Indians out of that. I’ll have Delhi across in the list and then Kolkata. And then pretty much like last year, I think RCB have a really good side. So these are my top four picks,” Matthew Hayden told Star Sports.
Sunil Gavaskar did not agree with Matthew Hayden over Mumbai Indians not qualifying for IPL 2022 playoffs
On the same show, former Indian cricket team skipper Sunil Gavaskar was present as well. He made his Top 4 picks and picked Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders along with Mumbai Indians.
As per Gavaskar, RCB will not qualify for the playoffs this year. It will be interesting to see which cricket expert’s prediction proves correct at the end of the season. Both Gavaskar and Hayden expect the Top 5 teams of IPL 2021 standings to dominate IPL 2022 as well.