The Indian Premier League (IPL), which has given Indian cricket a new identity, is set to expand with ten teams. The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will face last year’s runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament’s first match on Saturday. This season, both teams have switched captains. Kolkata Knight Riders’ new captain is Shreyas Iyer, while Chennai’s command has been given to Ravindra Jadeja.
For the first time in IPL history, the Chennai team has a new captain, and it will be a challenge for Jadeja to carry on the Dhoni legacy. Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the Indian Premier League. Jadeja will also be captaining a team for the first time. In addition, he has no captaincy experience in domestic cricket.
The stadium will be open to the public.
After the situation with Kovid-19 in the country has been stabilised, cricket fans will be able to enjoy the matches for the first time since 2019. All IPL matches will be held in India, and only 25% of the stadium’s capacity will be able to see the spectators. The total number of matches has increased from 60 to 74 as a result of the addition of two new teams, extending the tournament to more than two months. In the league stage, however, all teams will play only 14-14 games.
Four locations in Mumbai and Pune will host league matches.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) learned a hard lesson in 2021 when the pandemic forced it to postpone the tournament halfway through and finish it in the United Arab Emirates. The T20 league is making a comeback. The league stage matches will be held at four different locations in Mumbai and Pune, eliminating the need for air travel.
a pitch competition
The pitch curators will face a challenge in keeping the pitches alive for two months, but there is a good chance of big scores in the tournament. This year’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia, and in such a scenario, the IPL will also determine the fate of some Indian players.
Mumbai will reap domestic benefits.
The Mumbai Indians will play at home, but captain Rohit Sharma has stated that they will not receive any additional benefits as a result. Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, would like to make the most of the favourable circumstances.
RCB’s Faf’s lead
All eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who has stepped down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Faf du Plessis, who has long been associated with CSK, has been appointed captain of RCB. It will be interesting to see if the team’s fortunes improve under his leadership.
Chennai is under Jadeja’s command.
This could be Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s final season in the Indian Premier League. Before the first match, he stepped down as captain and handed over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja. All eyes will be on Jadeja as he takes over as captain of a team that Dhoni has led since 2008 and has won four times.
Shreyas-potential Rahul’s as a leader is undeniable.
This time, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, and Mayank Agarwal’s leadership abilities will be put to the test. Iyer will be in charge of KKR, while Rahul will be in charge of Lucknow and Hardik will be in charge of Gujarat. Punjab has promoted Agarwal to captain. Iyer previously led the Delhi Capitals, while Rahul previously led the Punjab Kings.
Hardik has a new role to play.
Hardik Pandya of the Gujarat Titans will be captaining for the first time in the IPL. The Indian team management will be keeping a close eye on his progress after he was demoted from the national team for not bowling regularly.
Chennai has a great record against Kolkata.
In the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings have played 26 times. Chennai has won 17 of these matches, while Kolkata has won eight of them. One match yielded no results. Kolkata will now try to improve their record against Chennai under the leadership of Shreyas Iyer. Last year, Kolkata was defeated by Chennai in the final match. KKR would also like to avenge their defeat in such a situation.
The Wankhede pitch was dominated by batsmen.
The Wankhede pitch has always favoured batsmen. The ball comes off the bat well here, making big shots easy for the batsmen. This pitch isn’t going to help spin bowlers much. Fast bowlers can get some swing at first, but it will be necessary to bowl slow deliveries at the right tips after that. The team that has won the toss prefers to bowl first. In this ground, a score of 170 to 180 is considered good.
Chennai Super Kings’ most likely starting lineup
Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dubey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, and Prashant Solanki. Rituraj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dubey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Adam Miln
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Most Likely Starting 11
Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty, Umesh Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty, Umesh Yadav