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Most dangerous team in IPL: Ranking the top three sides

In the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), three teams have stood tall, amassing the greatest number of titles. These three teams are Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), each boasting five championships and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who have won the trophy twice. 

To be counted amongst the most dangerous teams in the Indian Premier League, a squad must have a great captain, the perfect combinations as well as the winning mentality. Interestingly, all these combinations have been exhibited by different teams in different IPL seasons, based on which we have ranked the IPL dangerous team in the Indian Premier League.

Most dangerous team in IPL: Top 3 most lethal teams

Rank Team IPL trophies
1 Mumbai Indians 5
2 Chennai Super Kings 5
3 Kolkata Knight Riders 2

Mumbai Indians 

Mumbai Indians’ journey to greatness is adorned with multiple milestones and triumphs that have solidified their status as the most dominant franchise in the league.

Their conquest began with a resounding victory in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20, where they outclassed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 runs in a memorable final. Building on this momentum, Mumbai Indians scripted history by clinching their maiden IPL title in 2013, defeating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in a the final. The same year witnessed another triumph as they secured their second Champions League Twenty20 title.

Mumbai Indians continued their march towards glory, adding to their trophy cabinet with each passing season. In 2015, they lifted their second IPL title by vanquishing CSK by 41 runs, cementing their status as one of the league’s powerhouses. Their relentless pursuit of excellence reached new heights in 2017, when they clinched their third IPL title in a nerve-wracking encounter, edging past Rising Pune Supergiant by a solitary run. 

In 2019, Mumbai Indians secured a record-breaking fourth IPL title in a thrilling final against CSK, triumphing by a mere margin of one run. 

However, their crowning glory came in 2020, as they rewrote history by becoming the first team to clinch the IPL title for the fifth time. All the five titles came under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, who has been replaced by Hardik Pandya as the team’s captain. Pandya was traded in from Gujarat by Mumbai for Rs 15 crore.

Mumbai’s success over the years can be attributed to their exceptional balance in all departments. From explosive batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, and Suryakumar Yadav to the lethal bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, MI have possessed match-winners in abundance in the past, and some of these players are still with the team. Moreover, the presence of seasoned campaigners like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya added depth and experience to their squad.

Full squad for IPL 2024 – Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, N. Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Romario Shepherd, Hardik Pandya (c), Gerald Coetzee, Dilshan Madushanka, Shreyas Gopal, Nuwan Thushara, Naman Dhir, Anshul Kamboj, Mohammad Nabi, Shivalik Sharma. 

Also read – Mumbai Indians: The Team with the Highest Number of Cups – MPL Blogs

Chennai Super Kings

With a record-setting achievement of clinching five IPL titles, appearing in a staggering 10 finals, and an impressive 12 playoff qualifications out of 14 seasons played, CSK undeniably stand as one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history. Their journey has been marked by resilience, consistency, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Despite a setback that led to their suspension for two years starting July 2015 due to the involvement of its owners in the 2013 IPL betting case, CSK made a triumphant return in 2018, clinching the title in their comeback season.

Under the astute leadership of MS Dhoni, CSK has etched its name in IPL folklore, securing titles in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023, all under his captaincy. Their most recent triumph came in the IPL 2023 Final against Gujarat Titans (GT), when they equalled Mumbai Indians’ record of five IPL trophies. 

CSK’s success isn’t just confined to their on-field achievements; their organizational structure and management also play a pivotal role. What sets CSK apart is their unwavering faith in their core group of players, including Ravindra Jadeja, forming the backbone of their batting and bowling line-ups. Additionally, the astute recruitment of players like Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar has bolstered their squad’s depth and versatility.

As they gear up for IPL 2024, CSK made a significant transition as MS Dhoni stepped down from captaincy, passing the baton to Gaikwad. This strategic move reflects their commitment to nurturing young talent and building a sustainable future for the franchise, ensuring that the legacy of excellence continues to thrive post Dhoni’s retirement. 

Full squad for IPL 2024 – MS Dhoni (c), Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajay Mandal, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Mitchell Santner, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Rachin Ravindra, Shardul Thakur, Daryl Mitchell, Sameer Rizvi, Mustafizur Rahman, Avanish Rao Aravelly. 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders are the third most successful team in the IPL in terms of the total number of trophies.

KKR were seen as underdogs until 2011, when they secured their maiden qualification for the IPL playoffs, marking a significant milestone in their evolution as a formidable force.

The crowning moment of glory arrived in 2012 when the Knight Riders clinched their first title, overpowering CSK in a final showdown. They replicated their success two years later in 2014, adding another chapter to their illustrious legacy by triumphing over Kings XI Punjab. Both these titles came under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, who is back with the team in IPL 2024 as a mentor. 

KKR also boast the achievement of the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s, a staggering 14 consecutive victories.

KKR’s strength lies in their enviable depth in both batting and bowling departments. With power-hitters and batsmen like Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn in their ranks over the years, they possessed the firepower to decimate any bowling attack. Additionally, the presence of experienced bowlers like Sunil Narine adds depth and balance to their squad.

What makes KKR particularly dangerous is their unpredictability. With a penchant for springing surprises and backing their instincts, they have the ability to outsmart even the most tactically astute opponents. For IPL 2024, KKR have splurged a whopping Rs 24.75 crore to acquire the services of left arm pacer Mitchell Starc, who is now the highest-paid player in IPL history. 

Full squad for IPL 2024 – Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shreyas Iyer (c), Jason Roy, Sunil Narine, Suyash Sharma, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy, KS Bharat, Chetan Sakariya, Mitchell Starc, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Ramandeep Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Manish Pandey, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gus Atkinson, Sakib Hussain. 


Which is the most dangerous team in IPL 2024?

Having won the IPL 2023 as their fifth championship title, Chennai Super Kings come to IPL 2024 as the most dangerous team. 

Which is the most dangerous team in IPL 2024?

It is difficult to say which team would end up being the favourites to win IPL 2024, but given how every team has assembled their squads, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders seem to be the two most dangerous teams this year. 

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