Unarguably we can say that, Indian premier league which was started in 2008 has really changed the whole picture of short format and league cricket. It not only provides a great platform for entertainment to cricket fans of the world but also helped the cricket players to evolve and nourish their T20I game. From inaugural season of IPL to now, we have witnessed many IPL franchise with some of the most dangerous team of IPL history.
What makes a team dangerous and threatening to other teams? A well balanced squad which includes fiery openers and middle order batters along with destructive finishers, whereas in the bowling a lethal fast bowling unit and few amazing spinners who can defend the lowest possible total as well. Let’s take a look, which IPL squad is known as most dangerous team in IPL.
Top 5 Most Dangerous Teams In IPL History
1) RCB – 2016 Team
Undoubtedly the most dangerous team of IPL was the RCB 2016 team which included strong batting fire power in the form of ‘handsome hunk’ Virat Kohli, ABD, Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Travis Head along with young impressive batters like Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep Singh. Furthermore, their bowling unit was also pretty good in that season which helped them to qualify for their first ever IPl final in 2016 edition.
Top Run Scorer for RCB In 2016
Virat Kohli – 973 Runs
Another reason why the 2016 squad of RCB is considered as strongest team of IPL is because of former RCB captain Virat Kohli was in the peak form of his life where the world had witnessed Kohli’s masterclass in 2016. He scored 973 runs in that season of Indian premier league and made record for highest runs in a season by a individual which is still unbroken.
AB De Villiers – 687 Runs
Not only Virat was in his prime form in 2016, but also the ‘alien’ AB De Villiers did not spared anyone with his unhuman and 360 degree unorthodox shots where he smashed 687 runs which provided a great push in the 8-16 middle overs for the team.
Most Wicket Takers For RCB In 2016
Yuzi Chahal – 21 Wickets
Another essential aspect of Royal challengers bangalore which led them to their best ever performance in IPL in 2016 was their bowlers stood up in each and every game. Leg spin grandmaster, Yuzvendra Chahal was the highest wicket taker for RCB by picking 21 wickets in 2016 ipl edition.
Shane Watson – 20 Wickets
One of the most underrated all rounder of RCB in 2016 team was the Shane Watson, who not only played impactful knocks in batting but also grabbed some of the most big wickets in the crucial time of the game for the team. Aussie all rounder Shane Watson ended up as second leading wicket taker for RCB by grabbing 20 wickets in that season.
2) Mumbai Indians – 2020 Team
Our second most dangerous team of IPL is the Mumbai Indian’s team of 2020 IPL edition. However, MI has always been one of the best team of this tournament but 2020 Mumbai Indians squad was something else. What else a franchise wants when a team has Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Ishan Kishan, Pandya, Pollard, De Cock, Suryakumar Yadav, Bumrah, Malinga, Trent Boult, and young promising spinner Rahul Chahar.
This team was capable of chasing 200 plus score as well defending the low score total of 120-130. The major reason behind they won IPL 2020 is because of their unbreakable batting. In the opening Rohit-De Cock used to give quick start, Surya and Kishan in the middle order and world’s finest power hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard were played their role as finishers exceptionally well in 2020 IPL season.
The Duo of Bumrah-Boult
If a captain has world class fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult then he can deceive any opening pair of opponent teams in few overs. Trent Boult used to give one or two wickets in his first over itself of the power play, whereas his partner Jasprit Bumrah used to pick wickets of middle order batters of opposite teams in the middle overs. The duo of swing and pace has hugely contributed for their 5th IPL title.
Moreover, Both Bumrah and Boult grabbed 27-28 wickets respectively. Apart from these two, not to forget contribution of leg spinner Rahul Chahar who was young player at that time yet he picked 15 wickets. Dhawal Kulkarni, James Pattinson, and Lasith Malinga also did their part whenever they got the chance to play in the 11.
3) CSK – 2014 Team
The only team who is equal to the legacy of MI, Chennai Super Kings was in their strongest phase during the IPL 2014 and considered the most challenging and dangerous team. Iconic captain, Ms. Dhoni including overseas superstars batters like Brendon McCullum, Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, David Hussey were still remembered in the yellow jersey of CSK among IPL fans.
Strong Indian Side Of CSK
The fact that the 2014’s Chennai Super Kings was the most dangerous team of IPL because of their Indian players were quite experienced in white ball cricket along with exceptional skills obviously. Captain Cool, Ms. Dhoni and his fellow Indian players like Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, and Mohit Sharma has absolutely shined under the era of Dhoni.
Destructive Overseas Batters Of CSK
Chennai Super Kings has always gone with overseas opening pairs, they followed the same formula in 2014 season as McCullum and Dwayne Smith were played as openers whereas Du Plessis on number-3 position. Not to forget CSK one of the main asset, Dwayne Bravo who played sensational all rounder role for the team.
Top Performers for CSK In 2014
Talking about some of the best performed players of CSK during 2014 IPL, Mohit Sharma played vital role from his swing bowling where he picked 23 wickets. On the other hand, the batting unit was majorly handled by Dwayne Smith with his powerful pull shots where he made 566 runs for the CSK.
4) Kolkata Knight Riders – 2014 Team
The champions of 7th IPL season, Kolkata Knight Riders won their first ever IPL trophy in 2014 and the sole reason behind their magnificent performance in that season was their dangerous team depth. Captain Gambhir, along with Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Chawla, and Pat Cummins were seen as strongest squad of IPL till date.
Finest All Rounders Of KKR
If you think that KKR is not that strong as compare to other teams in this list, then let me remind you that KKR has Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Jacques Kallis. These all has the capability to win the matches single handedly on any given day. Therefore, I don’t think any best reason why it should not be known as 4th dangerous team in IPL history.
5) Punjab Kings – 2020 Team
The team who loves to buy expensive players in the auction but still did not able to taste the feeling of IPL champions from 2008, yes we are talking about Punjab Kings who might not have won any IPL title but they always forms their best possible team which can be very dangerous for other teams.
The 2020 squad of Punjab Kings was known as one of the most dangerous team in IPL history as it consisted promising cricket stars like KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, K. Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.
Fiery Top Order Of Punjab Kings In 2020
Universe boss Chris Gayle, Kl Rahul, and Mayank Agarwal were the top order players of Punjab Kings in 2020 IPL where they have demonstrated their quick impactful knocks. Furthermore, Kl Rahul used to play as anchor role till the end of the innings with pretty good strike rate and ended up as leading run scorer in IPL 2020 with 670 runs.
Punjab Kings Trio In The Bowling Unit
The reason Punjab Kings emerged as one of the best and dangerous team of IPL in 2020 is because of their top three bowlers who performed exceptionally well for the team. Mohammed Shami in the powerplay, Ravi Bishnoi in the middle overs, and Arshdeep Singh in slog overs used to deceive the opponents. However, They did not qualified for the playoffs due to their lack of game awareness in 2-3 matches.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the most dangerous squad of all time in IPL.
Unarguably, the Royal Challengers Bangalore's squad of 2016 is considered as the most dangerous squad of all time in IPL. World's best players like ABD, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Kl Rahul, and Shane Watson were part of this squad.
Who won the IPL 2014 Championship?
Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL 2014 championship by defeating the Punjab Kings in the final game. It was also the first ever IPL title for KKR.
Who took the most wickets for RCB in IPL 2016?
India's prominent leg spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal took the most number of wickets for RCB in 2016 IPL season as he grabbed 21 wickets.