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The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) returns for its fifth edition which is scheduled to be played between 19th July and 15th August 2021. The month-long tournament will feature eight competing teams representing the different cities and regions of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The league stage will be played in a round robin format with each team playing every other team once. The top four teams at the end of the league phase will progress to the playoffs consisting of two qualifiers and an eliminator. The final match of the TNPL 2021 will be hosted by the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Read on for team previews, squads, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Tamil Nadu Premier League 2021...
After failing to qualify for the knockout round in the first two editions of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Madurai Panthers went all the way last year to be crowned champions. They finished second on the points table at the end of the league stage with five wins and two losses from their seven matches. The Panthers lost to Dindigul Dragons in the first qualifier by 75 runs, then beat Lyca Kovai Kings by seven wickets in the second qualifier before taking revenge from Dindigul Dragons in the final to register a convincing seven-wicket victory. Arun Karthik topped the run charts last season with 472 runs while Abhishek Tanwar was the tournament's best bowler with 15 wickets.
Damodaren Rohit (c), Arun Karthik, Rahil Shah, Thalaivan Sargunam, R Karthikeyan, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Lokesh Raj, Nilesh Subramanian, Akash Sumra, Kiran Akash, Muruganantham, Shijit Chandran, Varun Chakravarthy, MS Promoth, Tushar Raheja, SS Karnavar, R Mithun
Formerly known as VB Thiruvallur Veerans, the team has never been able to go beyond the league stage of the tournament. They came sixth in the inaugural edition in 2016, fifth in the following season in 2017 and had the worst result last year as they finished seventh on the leaderboard with just one win from seven matches. Their solitary win came against Lyca Kovai Kings at Tirunelveli where they won by 14 runs. RS Mokit Hariharan scored the most runs (136) for VB Kanchi Veerans last time and Aushik Srinivas took the most wickets (9) for them.
Baba Aparajith (c), Rajagopal Sathish, Aushik Srinivas, Rangaraj Suthesh, K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, S Siddharth, U Mukilesh, R Silambarasan, Sanjay Yadav, S Arun, K Vishal Vaidhya, PFrancis Rokins, Suresh Lokeshwar, K Deeban Lingesh, RS Mokit Hariharan, R Divakar, C Shriram, U Vishal
They won the very first season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League in 2016 when they beat Chepauk Super Gillies in the final by a massive margin of 122 runs. They came runners-up next year, losing to the same opposition in the final by six wickets. The previous season, however, did not turn out to be too good for the Tuti Patriots as they missed out on a playoffs berth finishing fifth in the standings with four wins and three losses. S Dinesh scored 218 runs for the Patriots last year while V Athisayaraj Davidson finished as the tournament's second-best bowler with 13 wickets.
Washington Sundar (c), Nidish Rajagopal, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, Vasanth Saravanan, V Subramania Siva, Wilkins Victor, Subramanian Anand, V Athisayaraj Davidson, M Ganesh Moorthi, SP Nathan, Murugesan Kamlesh, Akshay Srinivasan, S Abishiek, S Dinesh, Sivagnanan Senthilnathan, S Boopalan, Shubham Mehta, A Venkatesh, Ashith Sanganakal
Ruby Trichy Warriors have ended in the bottom-half of the points table in each of the three TNPL seasons - they came seventh in the first two editions and sixth in the previous edition where they won four and lost three out of their seven matches. The Warriors made a pretty good start to the tournament last time with wins in their first two matches. They, however, suffered three consecutive defeats thereafter before winning their last two league encounters. Bharath Shankar scored 246 runs for the Warriors last year which included a couple of half-centuries while Chandrasekar Ganapathy picked the most wickets (10) for the team.
Baba Indrajith (c), Murali Vijay, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, Suresh Kumar, Bharath Shankar, DT Chandrasekar, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, Aditya Barooah, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Adithya Ganesh, R Sathyanarayan, R Sonu Yadav, MS Sanjay, K Mukunth, K Mani Bharathi, Kannan Vignesh, S Aravind, Saravan Kumar, RS Thillak
Dindigul Dragons have had two successful campaigns in the three editions of the Tamil Nadu Premier League. They stormed into the knockout round in the inaugural season after finishing second on the points table but lost to Tuti Patriots in the semi-final. The Dragons failed to make it to the playoffs in 2017 but returned last year with brilliant performances to top the league standings with five wins from seven matches. They beat Madurai Panthers comfortably in the first qualifier by 75 runs before facing them again in the final, only to end up losing by seven wickets and finish runners-up. While N Jagadeesan emerged as the tournament's second-best batsman last year having scored 396 runs, M Silambarasan was the leading wicket-taker for Dindigul Dragons with eight wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Jagannathan Kaushik, M Mohammed, Trilok Nag, NS Chaturved, Hari Nishanth, Ramalingam Rohit, S Sujay, Mohan Abhinav, Adithya Arun, N Jagadeesan, M Silambarasan, R Vivek, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, Varun Totadri, Sumant Jain
Karaikudi Kaalai have managed to reach the playoffs in the previous two seasons of the TNPL, and on both occasions, they have lost to Lyca Kovai Kings in the eliminator. They came fifth and third in the league standings in 2016 and 2017 respectively before finishing fourth last time having won four and lost three out of their seven matches. Karaikudi Kaalai remained unbeaten in their first five fixtures but suffered defeats in their next three (including the eliminator) to get knocked out of the tournament. Skipper Srikkanth Anirudha finished amongst the season's leading run-getters last year with 347 runs while R Rajkumar with 11 wickets was the team's standout performer with the ball.
Srikkanth Anirudha (c), Dinesh Karthik, Yo Mahesh, Sunil Sam, L Suryaprakash, S Kishan Kumar, Ashwath Mukumthan, Velidi Lakshman, R Kavin, M Shajahan, S Swaminathan, Rajhamany Srinivasan, R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, Maan Bafna, RD Ashwin Kumar, T Ajith Kumar, V Aditya, S Ganesh
Chepauk Super Gillies - runner-up of the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League - were crowned champions the very next year. While they faced a heavy defeat at the hands of Tuti Patriots in the final of the 2016 season, they exacted their revenge on them in the 2017 final. The Super Gillies, however, had a dismal campaign last time as they finished at the bottom of the points table with six losses from their seven matches. Their only win in the tournament came against VB Kanchi Veerans by 13 runs at Dindigul. H Gopinath was the team's leading run-scorer in the last season with 176 runs and Murugan Ashwin the leading wicket-taker with 8 wickets.
Vijay Shankar (c), Kaushik Gandhi, Murugan Ashwin, Gopinath, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Sunny Kumar Singh, B Arun, R Alexander, S Karthik, Baskaran Rahul, Uthirasamy Sasidev, Samruddh Bhat, S Harish Kumar, MK Sivakumar, Arun Kumar, M Siddharth, A Aarif
Lyca Kovai Kings are one of the more consistent teams in the TNPL having reached the knockout round on all three occasions. While they finished fourth in the standings in each of the first two seasons, they performed even better last year to finish third with four wins and three losses. The Kings have had a similar exit from the tournament in their previous two campaigns - winning the eliminator against Karaikudi Kaalai but failing to make it past the second qualifier. Masood Shahrukh Khan and Abhinav Mukund were the top performers with the bat for Lyca Kovai Kings last year, scoring 325 and 256 runs respectively. S Ajith Ram and Prasanth Rajesh both picked 11 wickets apiece while T Natarajan was the pick of the bowlers with 12 wickets at an economy of 5.02.
Abhinav Mukund (c), Malolan Rangarajan, T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, Ashwin Venkataraman, S Ajith Ram, B Anirudh Sita Ram, Akkil Srinaath, Jaganath Sinivas, Suresh Babu, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, M Raja, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, S Manigandan, Muhammed Khan, Prasanth Rajesh, J Suresh Kumar
Lyca Kovai Kings may not have yet made an appearance in the final of the Tamil Nadu Premier League but they have been one of the most consistent performers in the tournament. The Abhinav Mukund-led Kings have a few talented players in their squad and we expect them to finish in the top four once again. Chepauk Super Gillies and Tuti Patriots dominated the first two editions of the tournament. The former champions finished in the bottom-half last year but they should be able to go past the league stage this time around.
Madurai Panthers are coming into the TNPL 2021 as defending champions but the team's over-reliance on Arun Karthik in terms of batting will be a big concern for them in their bid to retain the trophy. Barring the 2017 season, Dindigul Dragons have also been very impressive and they will be led by an able captain in Ravichandran Ashwin. The Dragons came so close to winning the tournament last time out and we are backing them to become the champions of the 2021 edition.
Final Verdict: Back Dindigul Dragons to win the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2021.
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