- Saiman Das
IPL 2023: The sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League is just around the corner. It is less than three days away from getting underway.
The IPL extravaganza will kick off on March 31. Chennai Super Kings will play against Gujarat Titans in the tournament opener at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
It will be quite interesting to see which team will win the title this time around. Gujarat Titans were the champions of the IPL 2022 season.
Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 final to win their maiden title in their debut season. As many as 10 teams will take part in the competition.
They are none other than Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Titans, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow Super Giants.
Meanwhile, all the IPL teams have signed the right players that fit their bill for the upcoming season. Case in point, Joe Root will be playing in the IPL for the first time.
England international Joe Root was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for INR 1 crore in the IPL 2023 mini-auction held in Kochi in late December 23, 2022.
Meanwhile, a video clip featuring Joe Root shattering the camera off the very first ball in the Rajasthan Royals’ nets has been doing the rounds on the internet.
Rajasthan Royals uploaded the video clip on their Twitter handle. RR posted the video along the caption which reads, “26.03.23 – Joe Root’s first ball as a Royal!”
Joe Root is the first England cricketer to cross the 17,000-run mark in the international circuit. Besides that, he became the second English player to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket after Sir Alastair Cook.
Joe Root played 32 T20Is in his career. He scored 893 runs at an average of 35.72 including six half-centuries at a strike rate of 126.31.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will begin their campaign on April 2. They will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 2 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathore, Adam Zampa, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul P A, Joe Root.
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