The action isn’t over yet. 23rd March 2019 will witness an edge-of-the-seat cricket action that promises the best of wickets and lots of enthralling sixes and fours and with the latest transfers during the 2019 auctions, Vivo Indian Premier League will definitely be a blockbuster and yet again scorch some record-breaking TRPs.
The opening night of IPL 2019 will have defending champions Chennai Super Kings lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. This marks the face-off between India’s best former skipper MS Dhoni and 1000 runs quickest record breaker, India’s current skipper Virat Kohli.
But before IPL 2019 commence its action, here is the team previews and all the latest transfers happened during IPL 2019 auction.
Owners: Mukesh and Nita Ambani
The team is currently being led by Rohit Sharma and it is currently one of the most settled squads of the season. This season, they made a total of six signings and the one that made way for Mumbai Indians winning mantra was Yuvraj Singh who was bought on a budget of 1Cr. Along with Yuvraj Singh, five other signings were Barinder Singh Sran (₹ 3.4 Cr), Lasith Malinga (₹2 Cr), Pankaj Jaiswal (₹20 L), Rasikh Dar (₹20 L) and Anmolpreet Singh (₹80 L).
With the likes of Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne in the team, there is definitely no shortage of pacers in the team but cricket fans already have their eyes glued on Yuvraj Singh and Malinga who is making a comeback after a year gap in IPL 2019.
Squad: Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Siddhesh Lad (Batsmen); Latish Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran (Bowlers); Hardik Pandya, Anukul Roy, Keiron Pollard, Rasikh Salam, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar (All-rounders); Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare (Wicket-keeper).
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS:
Owners: India Cements
Led by MS Dhoni, CSK has won the IPL title thrice (2010, 2011 and 2018), four-time runner-up (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) and two-time Champions League winners (2010, 2014). Clearly, the team clearly knows how to be on the top of the IPL winning teams. Retaining the winning squad, CSK had only two signings this year, Mohit Sharma (₹5 cr), who was bought on board after 6 years and Ruturaj Gaikwad (₹20L). Their match date with Royal Challengers Bangalore will be something that might decide the fate of 2018 IPL winners.
Squad: Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis (Batsmen); Imran Tahir, Monu Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar (Bowler); Dwyane Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson (All-rounder); Sam Billings, Narayan Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (Wicket-Keeper).
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE:
Owners: United Spirits
Irresistible skipper Virat Kohli and Co. will be looking forward to breaking their jynx in the IPL 2019 season and looks like their campaign will not be smooth right from the first day as they debut against CSK in the opening night of IPL 2019. This time around they made changes from top to bottom as they bought nine players in the IPL 2019 auctions, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Himmat Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Devdutt Padikkal, Milind Kumar and Marcus Stoinis.
Shivam Dubey and Shimron Hetmyer were the top buys of RCB. All eyes will be on AB de Villiers who got retired from international cricket, will be charged on the field to bat his best.
Retained Squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya and Marcus Stoinis.
Owners: Kalanithi Maran
The Hyderabad squad is all set to rise as they welcome David Warner back into the 2019 IPL campaign following a suspension in the previous season. The squad isn’t just limited to David’s performance but also it will be looking forward to powerhouses having the likes of Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Adding to the list of powerhouses, IPL 2019 auctions added few more feathers Like Jonny Bairstow – ₹2.2 crore, Wriddhiman Saha – ₹1.2 crore, Martin Guptill – ₹1 crore.
With the current form, all eyes will be on Martin Guptill and to what extent he can provide muscle to the team.
Squad: Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, Sachin Baby, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Vijay Shankar (Batsmen); Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Rashid Khan (Bowlers); Yusuf Pathan, Mohammed Nabi, Basil Thampi, Bipul Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan (All-rounders); Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami (Wicket-keepers).
Owners: GMR Group
Last year, the owners of Delhi Daredevils had a change of heart due to the poor track record of the team and decided to change the name to Delhi Capitals with a hope that might pour some luck. With experienced players turning their teams into the powerhouses, Delhi Capitals comprises some of the best young talents of Indian batting squad. The recent IPL 2019 auctions Shikhar Dhawan in the squad, already predicting to be one of the strongest line-ups. Adding muscle to the squad are overseas pacers Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada that fill the empty slot in the pacing line-ups.
Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane.
Players Added: Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Sherfane Rutherford, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Ankush Bains, Nathu Singh, and Bandaru Ayyappa.
KINGS XI PUNJAB:
Owners: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman & Karan Paul
The underdog turned strongest contenders from Punjab had a fair share during the IPL 2019 auctions. They bought the likes of Varun Chakaravarthy, Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar and Murugan Ashwin, hereby strengthening their slightly displaced bowling and fielding line-ups.
Kings XI Punjab had retained many of their important players so as to maintain the threat amongst their contenders: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller, and Ravichandran Ashwin.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:
Owners: Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta, and Red Chillies Entertainment.
Two time champions KKR will be looking to add a third title in IPL 2019 to go level with Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings in the all-time list. Shahrukh Khan’s franchise is one of the most popular in the country but they last won it in 2014. All though they have reached playoffs in each of the last three seasons, they have failed to reach the final. In Andre Russell, Chris Lynn & Captain Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata have some seasoned T20 performers. But apart from Karthik & Kuldeep Yadav, they don’t have any Team India regulars. Youngsters like Nitesh Rana, Shubman Gill & Shivam Mavi need to step up if they’re to do well this season. West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite (5 crores) was the most notable addition to KKR in IPL auction.
Squad: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Chris Lynn, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Dinesh Karthik, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Anrich Nortje, Harry Gurney, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, Carlos Brathwaite, Prasidh Krishna.
Owners: Manoj Badale and Lachlan Murdoch.
The winners of inaugural IPL in 2008 caught the imagination of the cricketing world. All though they have failed to match that achievement in 10 years since then with their highest finish being third. After being suspended for a couple of years due to the betting controversy of its owner, the Jaipur side made a strong comeback finishing fourth last season. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in IPL 2019 with a dearth of young talent at his disposal with the likes of Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham & Shreyas Gopal being a part of the team. But Steve Smith is recovering from an elbow injury & superstars Ben Stokes-Jos Buttler are expected to leave early to join England’s pre-World Cup training camp. Jaydev Unadkat (8.4 crores) was brought by the Royals for the second consecutive time in IPL auction.
Squad: Steven Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, S Midhun, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Prashant Chopra, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ish Sodhi.