While India is already into festival mood with recently concluded festival of colors, Holi and upcoming Indian New Year in Ugadi as it's also around the corner, BUT India is about to witness the biggest festival among the sports lovers as it's time for another edition of Indian Premier League T20 Cricket.
Yes, the Fourteenth Edition of IPL will be starting from Ninth of April with few changes in rules and also each team having revamped squads as they take field with first match being played at Chennai between defending champions Mumbai Indians and one of the most fearsome batting lineup of Royal Challengers Bangalore and the match will be played on Ninth April.
P.S: If you are hearing about Indian Premier League T20 Cricket, you got to look into this to know in detail what it is.
It's just another Four days and we have 8 teams competing for the coveted trophy and prize money and I thought of introducing about 2 teams a day in these remaining 4 days and also bring out the changes in their squad as compared to last year and also the changes in terms of rules.
Let me first give an overview of few changes this edition of IPL will be witnessing before I review 2 teams.
Changes in rules:
Those were some of the interesting changes in rules and hopefully, these will make this year's IPL even more interesting.
Let's see about changes in 2 teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB had a roller coaster ride last year with winning most of their initial matches then trembling continuously towards the end of league phase but somehow making it to the playoffs.
Barring Devdutt Padikkal, they were once again had over dependency on Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers as the other opener and middle order batsmen weren't scoring well and that costed them the matches towards the end of league phase.
Keeping that in mind, they have hired some key players and left out some big named players to have a more balanced side this year and let's see what changes they have made.
New Players Purchased:
RCB was in news after they left out some high profile players like Aaron Finch, Moen Ali, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana and Shivam Dube. But they made their intensions clear that, they are looking for players who can play all-rounders role and hence, they spent their money to buy players like Glen Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian.
In Glen Maxwell, they have one of the best middle order batsmen who can also roll his arms to have that extra bowling option.
Kyle Jamieson is someone who can bowl quick gives RCB a better fast bowler as against Dale Steyn and Isuru Udana and his buy could be a turning point as for as their bowling is conerned.
They have also opted back to Dan Christian who can be handy with both bat and ball although it needs to be seen whether he fits in the playing Eleven as only Four foreign players can be included and with AB De Villiers, Glen Maxwell and kyle Jamieson might be the First 3 to be selected, Dan may have to fight with Adam Zampa and kane Richardson for a place in playing XI.
With each team leaving out players who underperformed and replaced them with others, RCB has to up their batting and bowling to make it to playoffs this year and the new players they included will be crucial and needs to support the players like Kohli, ABD, Padikkal and others.
Chennai Super Kings: