IPL 2019 is the 12th edition of the world’s most exciting and popular cricket carnival where 8 teams will compete against each other to lift the trophy. BCCI has announced the date and fixtures of all group stage matches and the first match will be played between Defending Champion Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai on 23rd March.
Both CSK and RCB are the most favorite team among the fans and it will be the perfect start for the grand event. While CSK captain MS Dhoni got the overwhelming response from fans during the practice session in Chennai it shows how much love cricketers get from the tournament like IPL and why every cricketer eagerly waiting for this event.
CSK has been the strongest team in IPL as they have qualified for finals for 7 times out of 11 occasions and have won 3 times including last year. So, all eyes will be on CSK and whether they will repeat last year performances.
Virat Kohli led RCB is one of the most underachieving teams in IPL. They never run out of quality players but surprising never won IPL trophy. Their performance in knockout matches never up to their own standards. But this time around they would like to change that for their own favor as Kohli said that most of the defeat they have faced due to poor decisions and they would like to improve it this year.
Mumbai Indians is also set for the big event and Captain Rohit Sharma will open the innings this edition. For the last couple of seasons, Rohit Sharma played in middle order or according to the team situation but failed to perform in most of the occasions. But this time Rohit Sharma himself said that he will open for all the matches.
If you are a Yuvraj Singh fan, you will be happy to see him this year in a blue jersey for the first time as Mumbai Indians bought him after he remained unsold in the first round. It would be exciting to see how Mumbai Indians management uses the experienced Yuvraj Singh.
Who can forget mighty Aussies? Both David Warner and Steve Smith are going to be featured this year for their respective teams. While David Warner was the most valuable player for Sunrisers Hyderabad since his addition to the team and Sunrisers Hyderabad felt his absence during some important matches last season. David Warner batting will definitely provide strength to his team and he would also like to get back to his momentum before 2019 world cup in May in England.
Steve Smith also joined his Rajasthan Royals Team and excited to perform on the big stage like IPL for after a long time and IPL will help him to prepare himself for World Cup as well.
IPL always provide a platform for the domestic players as well and this year all eyes would be on uncapped player Varun Chakraborthy and Shivam Dube. Varun Chakraborty is a mystery spinner from “Tamil Nadu” who has lots of variation in his bowling. Kings XI Punjab has bought him for staggering 8 crores INR. Shivam Dube is an Allrounder from Mumbai who was bought by RCB for 5 crore INR is known for his hitting skills and useful bowling.
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