Today marks an important day for all the Cricket Sports lovers all around the world as the World's Richest Cricket League, the rescheduled Indian Premier League T20 Cricket starts today in Middle East country of United Arab Emirates with 3 cities hosting the matches for the 8 different teams participating.
I would like to bring out a blog everyday with details of the match happens on that day to bring back those memories of older versions of IPL since we Indians will be missing the direct watch.
We may recollect that the IPL got rescheduled from it's usual schedule to happen in the months of March and April to now due to Corona CoVid 19 Pandemic and also to the note the change in host country.
What makes this rescheduled IPL so special?
Well, IPL is happening outside India for the Second time in the 13 years of IPL history with Second edition in 2009 happening in South Africa.
IPL is being watched thru Television only this year since the Pandemic Corona CoVid has restricted the access to grounds to spectators and it will be a bit boring for players for them not cheered by people surrounding them, but we should be thankful to Board of Control for Cricket in India making it happen amid all the speculations of not conducting the IPL at all this year.
Some highlights of Indian Premier League:
- It's the Richest T20 league in the World.
- Most attended Cricket League in the World.
- The brand value of IPL was INR 475 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) in 2019.
- In 2010, IPL became the first sports to be broadcast live on YouTube.
- IPL will be played for the first time without any spectators at the ground due to Corona CoVid 19 Pandemic
8 teams mentioned below will be fighting for the title this year with First match scheduled today by 7.30 PM IST between last year's winners Mumbai Indians and Runners up Chennai Super Kings with both team sharing 7 titles among themselves out of the 12 completed editions.
Let's see the details of each teams this year in IPL 2020.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The 3 times runner up team has made some good purchases in last auction and is hoping for a better performance this year with UAE's grounds helping spin bowlers. RCB has some good spin bowlers in their rank lead by Yuzvendra Chahal.
The new members into RCB are Aron Finch, Chris Morris, Joshua Philippe, Pawan Deshpande, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Shabaz Ahmad and Devdutt Padikkal
The team list is as below:
2. Chennai Super Kings:
3 times champions Chennai Super Kings is known as Dad's Army for most of it's players above 30 including their ever young captain MS Dhoni, but they are worth their age as each of those players are match winners.
CSK have included Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, Piyush Chawla and R Sai Kishore to their existing squad.
3. Delhi Capitals:
Delhi Capitals have made some high profile players purchases with names such as Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Chris Woakes and Jason Roy with other players including Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande, Lalit Yadav and Marcus Stoinis.
Their team looks more balanced with inclusion of few more all-rounders in Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes and should perform better than last year.
Delhi's full squad:
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Sunrisers Hyderabad started off well last time but had some unlucky defeats to finish Fourth, but they have filled some of the gaps they felt they have with inclusion of players like Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, B Sandeep, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad and Sanjay Yadav with Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen being quality all-rounders and should help them to go further as compared to last year.
Hyderabad's complete squad:
5. Kolkata Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders have further strengthened their high profile named squad with inclusion of Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth, Varun Chakravarthy, Chris Green, Pravin Tambe and Nikhil Naik.
They look to repeat what they had done 3 years back and kiss that coveted trophy again.
Kolkata's complete squad:
6. Mumbai Indians:
Mumbai Indians, the defending Champions are the favorites again given their all-round balanced team which has been even bolstered further with players like Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Digvijay Deshmukh and Balwant Rai Singh.
It needs to be checked how the team performs in spinner friendly pitches in UAE.
Complete squad for Mumbai:
7. Rajasthan Royals:
Rajasthan Royals released as many as 7 players before the auction and bid for many good names but lost out few with other teams also competing with them. RR finally brought some old horses like Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Jaydev Unadkat which also includes some new players like Oshane Thomas, Tom Curran, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Anirudha Joshi.
Complete list of Rajasthan Royals players:
8. Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab purchase few more good players to strengthen their already strong squad. It's just that, the team faltered in some pressure games last year, but it's a mix of young and experienced players and should do well as their spin squad is one of the good ones.
They added players like James Neesham, Sheldon Cottrell, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan and some young players like Ravi Bishnoi, Ishan Porel, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Dhillon and Prabhsimran Singh.
Here is Punjab's complete squad:
That list of players makes it an interesting IPL for us spectators albeit no spectators at grounds to cheer players.
In about an hour, we will witness the first match of this year's IPL between Chennai and Mumbai and that should be a fitting one to start the IPL and I will be back with the details of that match later today or latest by tomorrow.
Until then, good evening/good morning to you and have a Wonderful Day :)
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