I guess you all know that the IPL 2021(14th season of the Indian Premier League) is all set to begin from 9 April. IPL increased India’s love and craze for Cricket to the next level. It is the most loved and famous sport in India.
Cricket is now mixed in the Majority of Indians’ Emotions. People love everything about IPL because it makes them happy, excite, sad, angry sometimes even cry. IPL is just not a cricket league, It is not less than a festival for a Cricket Loving nation like India. Every year we Indians wait for this T20 tournament eagerly.
IPL is also the biggest platform for cricket, it offers an opportunity to new emerging talented players as well as to those who have already played for the national team.
I am about to cover everything about IPL 2021 like auction highlights, Teams & Players, sponsorships, and venues in the blogpost- so Stay with me till the end!….
The VIVO IPL 2021 player auction was held on 18th February in Chennai this year. BCCI( The Board of Control for Cricket in India) had shortlisted 292 players out of 1114 registered players. There were 130 Players at the auction, 57 players were sold out to the Eight teams. In which 22 overseas players were sold in the auction.
The most expensive player of IPL 2021 was Christopher Morris(All-Rounder). Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 16.25Cr. He has broken the record of Yuvraj Singh(16crores) and became the most expensive player in the IPL auction history.
In the auction, Krishnappa Gowtham was the most expensive uncapped Indian player sold to Chennai Super Kings for INR 9.25cr.
BCCI also has confirmed that there will be two more new franchises in the IPL 2022. BCCI pushed mega auction( that takes place after every three years) from this season to the next season IPL 2022.
How IPL 2021 is different from the previous season:
• As we all know IPL 2020 was held in UAE cause of the Corona Virus Pandemic. But this year IPL has returned to its Home India after 2 Years. Nevertheless, it will not be played in all its glory like previous years’ IPLs in India. There will be some restrictions and guidelines by BCCI.
• For the first time in India IPL 2021 Venues are limited and only 6 venues. Each team will play at 4 out of 6 venues. Because minimizing travel will help to reduce the health risk of players.
• All three Playoff matches and the grand finale will be held in Narendra Modi Stadium( Commonly known as Motera Stadium) Ahmedabad, Gujrat.
BCCI banned crowds in the stadiums due to Covid-19. In this season Kings Eleven Punjab is renamed as Punjab Kings(PBKS). Also, this season can be the last in the IPL journey of some players.
IPL 2021 Sponsorships:
IPL sponsors are growing year by year. Mobile Maker Company VIVO is the title sponsor for IPL 2021. This year Vivo signed a contract with BCCI for three more years. Vivo paid approximately 440 Crores per year to retain the title of VIVO IPL.
Tata motors, Dream 11, Unacedemy(Largest Online Educational Platform), and Cred(Online Credit Card Payment app) are already official partners of IPL 2021.
The official broadcaster of IPL is Star Sports and the official digital streaming partner is Disney plus Hotstar. This year IPL is going to start with a new campaign named ‘India Ka Apna Mantra’.
Despite these, Now Upstox(A Stockbroking firm and Digital Trading Platforms) is the latest official partner of IPL 2021 appointed by BCCI.
Schedule and Venues
VIVO IPL 2021 season is all set to conduct between April 9, 2021, to May 30, 2021. The beginning match will be played between MUMBAI INDIANS(MI) and ROYAL CHALLENGERS BENGALURU(RCB) at IST 7:30 PM in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
The final match will be concluded on May 30, 2021, in Narendra Modi(Motera Stadium) Stadium, Ahmedabad.
BCCI has shortlisted Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata without the crowd for the upcoming IPL 2021.
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Eden Gardens- Kolkata, West Bengal
Wankhede Stadium- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium- Delhi
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium- Bengaluru, Karnataka
Narendra Modi stadium- Ahmedabad, Gujrat
Check out the Official IPL 2021 schedule:
Teams and Squad members of IPL 2021:
1. Delhi Capitals(DC)- Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan.
New Purchased- Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.
2. Chennai Super Kings(CSK)- MS Dhoni (c&wk), Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Robin Uthappa, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, R. Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, KM Asif.
New Purchased- Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M Harisankar Reddy, K. Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishanth.
3. Mumbai Indians(MI)- Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan.
New Purchased- Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
4. Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)- Eoin Morgan (c), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna.
New Purchased- Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi
5. Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH)- David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T. Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi,
New Purchased- Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.
6. Punjab Kings(PBKS)- KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan.
New Purchased- Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar
7. Royal Challengers Bengaluru(RCB)- Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe (wk), AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel.
New Purchased- Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddin, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat
8. Rajasthan Royals(RR)- Sanju Samson (c&wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, New Purchased- Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
The Bottom Line
Generally, IPL takes place in the summer, scheduling helps to gain better support and viewership. It is the time when somehow most of the people are free and highest chances of getting top-quality overseas players too. As we all know IPL players are a combo of Indian and overseas players. It doesn’t matter which team you support, You always gonna enjoy the match and player performance from other teams as well. In some way, IPL unites 1.3 billion Indians.
Hence, the Craziness of Indians about IPL and cricket can not be defined in words. That’s it! In India, Either You can love Cricket or hate Cricket but you can’t ignore Cricket. Hurrah!! IPL Is coming.
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