The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League was a huge success. Thanks to India’s governing body, BCCI for pulling off a masterstroke by hosting the cash-rich league at the United Arab Emirates amid the coronavirus crisis.
The lucrative league was played behind closed doors as fans from all across the world watched the tournament at home. Mumbai Indians came out on top much to opposition teams’ annoyance.
For the first time in history, Mumbai Indians defended their trophy and lifted their 5th trophy. Mumbai Indians have more trophies than any other team in the league.
Chennai Super Kings are the second-most successful franchise in the IPL with 3 titles. Kolkata Knight Riders have won 2 titles while Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, and Deccan Chargers (now defunct franchise) have won a title each.
The upcoming IPL 2021 auction is not far away from going all guns blazing. The forthcoming auction is likely to take place on February 11. Meanwhile, IPL teams are busy cleaning their squads by releasing certain players ahead of the auction.
David Warner, Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Abdul Samad, T Natarajan, Mitchell Marsh, Jonny Bairstow, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Basil Thampi, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami.
Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep and Yarra Prithvi Raj.
Budget Available- INR 10.75 crore
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Jimmy Neesham.
Budget Available- INR 53.2 crore
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Josh Hazlewood, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Narayan Jagadeesan, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina.
Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Monu Singh, Kedar Jadhav.
Budget Available- INR 22.9 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Washington Sundar, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad.
Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Gurkeerat Singh.
Budget Available- INR 35.7 crore
IPL will be held in India
The previous edition was held outside India due to coronavirus challenge. However, it is certain that the upcoming edition of the IPL will be held in India. Chennai Super Kings were the worst performing team in the previous edition of the tournament.
Nobody expected the yellow brigade to perform this badly. They were languishing at the bottom of the points table more often than not. However, they rose from the ashes and won the last three games of the group stage to finish 7th in the table.
CSK released as many as 6 players from the team. Suresh Raina who backed out of the IPL 2020 citing personal reasons is finally back as CSK retained marquee player for the upcoming season.
CSK have taken bold calls this time around and will be looking forward to delivering the amends in the next season. On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the three teams that are yet to lift the trophy since the 2008 edition of the IPL.
They released as many as 10 players from the squad and they will be looking forward to winning the trophy this time around. Kings XI Punjab also never won a title in their venture.
They finished at the bottom of the points table last season and they released as many as 5 players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. Sunrisers Hyderabad also released 5 players ahead of the auction.