After months of deliberating the BCCI has confirmed that the 2019 IPL season will be still staged in India despite the dates clashing with the country’s elections. The IPL was moved to South Africa in 2009 and UAE in 2014 for the same reason. The first match is due to be played on the 23rd of March.
The 2018 IPL was won by Chennai Super Kings under the leadership of cricketing legend MS Dhoni beating the current 2019 favourites Sunrisers Hyderabad .
There have been some very interesting additions to the squads for 2019 in a league where the best players of the world flock and can get paid astronomical sums of money to play in front of packed crowds. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is also going to be held just a few days after the completion of the IPL and this makes player availability an issue to consider in season 12.
One deal that raised eyebrows was the retention of the ball tampering banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner, who were retained by Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Also noteworthy is that Royal Challengers Bangalore have confirmed that AB de Villiers will play for them. This decision was up in the air after AB’s sudden decision to retire from International cricket and former India & Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the advisor for Delhi Capitals and will be working closely with head coach Ricky Ponting. This is going to get really, really interesting!
Ponting, as we all know is an Australian legend, winning two World Cups for his country. What we also know is that Dada and Punter are among the fiercest of rivals. While Ponting led Australia to world domination, Ganguly had plans to thwart the kangaroo threat. Both men are legends in their own right and seeing them working together would be very interesting. Of course, Ganguly and Ponting did share the dressing room together before – they were teammates at the inaugural edition of the IPL, before Ponting moved to Mumbai Indians.
Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the league’s season 12 opener in Chennai on Saturday, March 23rd – the venue that marked their return with a five-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders in the only home match they played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium last season. CSK has so far played 48 home matches.
M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai will also host the final on May 12th.
The major highlight of 2019 was the emergence of lesser-known Indian players earning big in the auction which was held in Jaipur .
IPL 2019 players auction witnessed a new list of millionaires with architect-cum-mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat getting hefty sums of Rs.84 million (Rs.8.4 cr) each while England all-rounder Sam Curran emerged as the highest overseas player with a price tag of Rs.72 million (Rs.7.2 cr). Varun, a little-known bowler, was purchased by the Kings XI Punjab while Unadkat, the left-arm quick, was snapped up by his former franchise – Rajasthan Royals, who had released him after a satisfactory stint in IPL 2018.
Indian players such as Axar Patel (Delhi Capitals), Mohit Sharma (Chennai Super Kings) and Shivam Dube (Royal Challengers Bangalore) also breached the Rs.50 million club in the IPL 2019 where stalwarts like Brendon McCullum and Dale Steyn went unsold.
Besides Curran, the other sought after overseas players were South African Colin Ingram, bought by the Delhi Capitals for a whopping Rs.64 million (Rs.6.4 crore) while West Indian power-hitter Carlos Brathwaite was snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs.50 million (Rs.5 crore).
Josh Buttler who scored 548 runs for Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 season was retained by the franchise where he will be joined by fellow England team mates Ben Stokes and Jofa Archer.
Some other noteworthy players that were retained by other franchises in the 2019 auction that took place in Jaipur are, Sam Curran who was signed for $1,000,000 by King XI Punjab. Jonny Bairstow is on his way to Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Joe Denly and Harry Gurney are on their way to Kolkata Riders and Liam Livingston was swooped up by Rajasthan.
A man that was high in demand was Prabhsimran Singh. Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore battled it out to secure his services with Kings XI getting the better of the battle by securing Singh’s services for 4.8 crore.
Exciting young West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for 200 lakh.
Rajasthan Royals have taken a punt with young Jamaican fast bowler Oshane Thomas for 110 lakh.
SCHEDULE – 1st 10 Matches
1st Match – March 23rd, Saturday – Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 08.00pm
2nd Match – March 24th, Sunday – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad,
Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 04.00pm
3rd Match – March 24th, Sunday – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, 08.00pm
4th Match – March 25th, Monday – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, 08.00pm
5th Match – March 26th, Tuesday – Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings,
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, 08:00pm
6th Match – March 27th, Wednesday – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab,
Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 08.00pm
7th Match – March 28th, Thursday – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians,
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, 08.00pm
8th Match – March 29th, Friday – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad 08.00pm
9th Match – March 30th, Saturday – Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, 04.00pm
10th Match – March 30th, Saturday – Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, 08.00pm
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Kedar Jadhav, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Amit Mishra, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Pankaj Jaiswal, Anukul Roy, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Jayant Yadav
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik(c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun
Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Sam Curran, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Billy Stanlake, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
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