IPL 2024: Brett Lee predicts winner as MS Dhoni steps down as captain

Brett Lee has revealed his IPL 2024 prediction (Picture: Getty)

Brett Lee is backing Royal Challengers Bangalore to finally end their wait for an Indian Premier League title this season.

Despite playing host to some of the biggest superstars in the game – including India hero Virat Kohli – RCB have never won the tournament, finishing as runners-up three times.

The last of those final appearances came in 2016, with Royal Challengers Bangalore failing to reach the showpiece event in each of the last seven seasons and finishing sixth last year.

The RCB squad for 2024 includes the likes of Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Siraj and Alzarri Joseph.

‘I was going through the list of teams and I actually think RCB have a very good chance this year,’ former Australia fast bowler Lee told News18.

‘I will be backing them. They arguably have had the best side for a number of years. But there’s maybe a different way that they are playing now.

‘There are a lot of superstitions in India. With the team changing its name, and the colour of the jersey, this might just be their year.’

MS Dhoni has stepped down as Chennai Super Kings captain

MS Dhoni has stepped down as Chennai Super Kings captain (Picture: Getty)

The new IPL season begins on Friday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings facing Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Just one day before the season-opener Chennai announced legendary India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni was stepping down as captain at the age of 42 and being replaced by Ruturaj Gaikwad.

‘MS Dhoni has handed over Chennai Super Kings’ captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the start of the IPL,’ the franchise said in a statement.

‘Ruturaj has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2019 and has played 52 matches in IPL during this period. The team looks forward to the upcoming season.’

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