The biggest cricket carnival in India has officially begun this year! Yes, that’s right, IPL 2019 is all set for cricket fans around the world. With the IPL 2019 being the 12thedition of the event, it has once again promised to excite the cricket fans like never before.
Impact of World Cup
As World Cup is the ultimate tournament and played only once in 4 years, it is certain that BCCI will be forced to give due importance and thereby take necessary precautions by resting certain key players.
Cricket boards including ECB and CA have already announced that their players won’t be available after May 1.
No Opening Ceremony
The much awaited 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence on March 23. The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns on the opening night. Every year, a glittering opening ceremony precedes the first game of the season. However, this time around there will no such ceremony.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has cleared that the money which was due to be spent in the opening ceremony will be donated the martyred jawans in the recent Pulwama attacks. “There will be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead, the money will be donated to Pulwama martyrs,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Next on Friday.
This is a commendable gesture from the BCCI to extend its helping hand to the families of the martyred jawans. There are still talks going on whether to boycott from playing against Pakistan in the World Cup.
IPL 2019: These 8 teams will battle for the title
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Captain – Virat Kohli
- RCB bought (9 Players): Shivam Dube (Rs 5Cr), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 4.2Cr), Akshdeep Nath (Rs 3.6Cr), Prayas Barman (Rs 1.5Cr), Himmat Singh (Rs 65Lakhs), Gurkeerat Singh Mann (Rs 50Lakhs), Heinrich Klaasen (Rs 50Lakhs), Devdutt Padikkal (Rs 20Lakhs), Milind Kumar (Rs 20Lakhs).
Chennai Super Kings
- Captain- MS Dhoni
- CSK bought (2 Players): Mohit Sharma (Rs 5Cr), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 Lakhs).
- Captain – Rohit Sharma
- MI bought (6 Players): Barinder Singh Sran (Rs 3.4Cr), Lasith Malinga (Rs 2Cr), Yuvraj Singh (Rs 1Cr), Anmolpreet Singh (Rs 80Lakhs), Pankaj Jaswal (Rs 20Lakhs), Rasikh Dar (Rs 20Lakhs).
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Captain- Dinesh Karthik
- KKR bought (8 Players): Carlos Brathwaite (Rs 5Cr), Lockie Ferguson (Rs 1.6Cr), Joe Denly (Rs 1Cr), Harry Gurney (Rs 75Lakhs), Nikhil Naik (Rs 20Lakhs), Shrikant Mundhe (Rs 20Lakhs), Prithvi Raj Yarra (Rs 20 Lakhs), Anrich Nortje (Rs 20Lakhs).
- Captain- Ajinkya Rahane
- RR bought (9 Players): Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 8.4Cr), Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4Cr), Oshane Thomas (Rs 1.1Cr), Ashton Turner (Rs 50Lakhs), Liam Livingstone (Rs 50Lakhs), Shashank Singh (Rs 30Lakhs), Riyan Parag (Rs 20Lakhs), Manan Vohra (Rs 20Lakhs), Shubham Ranjane (Rs 20Lakhs).
- Captain- Kane Williamson
- SRH bought (3 Players): Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.2Cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2Cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1Cr).
Kings XI Punjab
- Captain- R Ashwin
- KXIP bought (13 Players): Varun Chakaravarthy (Rs 8.4Cr), Sam Curran (Rs 7.2Cr), Mohammed Shami (Rs 4.8Cr), Prabhsimran Singh (Rs 4.8Cr), Nicolas Pooran (Rs 4.2Cr), Moises Henriques (Rs 1Cr), Hardus Viljoen (Rs 75Lakhs), Darshan Nalkande (Rs 30Lakhs), Sarfaraz Khan (Rs 25Lakhs), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 20Lakhs), Agnivesh Ayachi (Rs 20Lakhs), Harpreet Brar (Rs 20Lakhs), Murugan Ashwin (Rs 20Lakhs).
Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils)
- Captain- Shreyas Iyer
- DC bought (10 Players): Colin Ingram (Rs 6.4Cr), Axar Patel (Rs 5Cr), Hanuma Vihari (Rs 2Cr), Sherfane Rutherford (Rs 2Cr), Ishant Sharma (Rs 1.1Cr), Keemo Pual (Rs 50Lakhs), Jalaj Saxena (Rs 20 Lakhs), Ankush Bains (Rs 20Lakhs), Nathu Singh (Rs 20Lakhs), Bandaru Ayyappa (Rs 20Lakhs).
NOTE- Some players like Marcus Stoinis (RCB), Nathan Coulter-Nile (RCB), Pat Cummins (MI) and Jason Behrendorff (MI) will not be available for the starting matches of IPL 2019. It is because of the 5 matches ODI series between Australia and Pakistan starting from 22nd March 2019.