World’s most popular cricket league, Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin today, i.e, 31st March with its 16th edition. This year’s IPL is even more special as it is being played in the country after a hiatus of two years due to COVID-19. Fans are excited to watch the nail-biting matches live from the stadium and cheer for their favorite team.
Star players making a comeback, young players eager to show their talent and addition of new rules will definitely add new flavors to Tata IPL 2023. With the return of the home-away format, the teams will now have the benefit of playing in their home grounds amidst cheers from their fans.
IPL 2023 new rules include, announcement of the playing 11 after the toss, call for DRS after wides or no-balls, wicket-keepers to be penalized for unfair movements behind the stumps, a penalty for slow over rate, wherein a fielder must be placed inside the 30-yard circle for every over bowled after the 90-minute time limit.
The opening match will be played between defending champions Gujarat Titans and 4-time winners, Chennai Super Kings. The thrilling match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. One of India’s best cricketing brains and captain cool, MS Dhoni will be captaining CSK while the leader-in-waiting, Hardik Pandya will be the skipper for Gujarat Titans for IPL 2023.
A total of 70 matches are expected to be played between the 10 teams – Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Titans, and Lucknow Super Giants.
Apart from this, Tata IPL 2023 is special because of speculations that this could be the last season before MS Dhoni announces his retirement from the league. He holds a special place both for the Chennai Super Kings franchise and fans as he is a part of the game since the inception of IPL in 2008.
The Indian Premier League can be rightly called ‘festival of cricket’ because of the craze among both Indian and international fans. Not just the games but the auction of players and IPL media rights attract eyeballs from around the world.
From close finishes to high-scoring encounters, the nail-biting matches will keep the spectators hooked. Which one of the 10 teams are you cheering for in this year’s Indian Premier League? Comment below and let us know.