How do the eight IPL teams stack up?

Chennai Super Kings Total players: 25 Number of overseas players: 8 Openers: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, M Vijay Middle-order batsmen: Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni, J Narayan Allrounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Monu Kumar Singh, Kshitiz Sharma Wristspinners: Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir Fingerspinners: Harbhajan…

Late Kings XI bid keeps Gayle in the IPL

Making it in the nick of time Twice Chris Gayle’s name came up at the IPL auction, and twice he failed to get a bid. Just when it seemed like the highest-profile overseas player of the league over its first decade would not be part of the 2018 edition, Kings XI Punjab picked him up, triggering…

Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja return to CSK; Gayle left out by RCB

MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will return to Chennai Super Kings as the IPL franchises announced their list of retentions on Thursday (January 4) in Mumbai. As CSK opted to retain three players, their auction purse of INR 80 Crore was deducted by 33 Crore (15 Crore for the first player, 11 Crore for the…

Ponting named head coach of Delhi Daredevils

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, has been named as the new head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming IPL 2018 season, the franchise confirmed on Thursday (January 4). The legendary cricketer, who amassed more than 13000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, will take over the mantle of coaching the side from Paddy…

Star bags IPL media rights

From INR 8,200 Crores (in 2008) to INR 16,347.50 Crores (in 2017) – IPL Media Rights © Cricbuzz Star has pipped Sony Pictures Network to acquire the IPL media rights, including both TV and digital rights for a period of five years (2018-2022), with a whopping global bid of INR 16,347.50 crores (USD 2.55 billion).…

IPL Media Rights: BCCI gears up for skyrocketing bids

In a week that saw the Supreme Court of India come up with some landmark judgements, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also heard Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy’s petition on e-auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) rights and concluded that the BCCI’s existing process needs to…

VIVO retains IPL title sponsorship for next five years

Chinese mobile manufacturers VIVO have retained the title sponsorship rights of the Indian Premier League for the next five years [2018-2022]. VIVO bid for INR 2199 Crores, a 554% increase from their previous contract to stave off competition from other suitors. “We are delighted to have Vivo joining us once again as the title sponsor…

IPL 2017: MI clinch record third IPL title after one-run heist

Wow! At the halfway stage, it looked as good as over. Midway through Rising Pune Supergiant’s chase, the writing was on the wall. But in the final quarter of the 2017 Indian Premier League final, Mumbai Indians came storming back into the contest with one of the most thrilling comebacks in IPL history to end…

IPL 2017: Karn, Bumrah seal final spot for MI

Kolkata Knight Riders fell to their bogey team, Mumbai Indians, yet again and this time they fell apart rather spectacularly in a loss that cost them dear. Mumbai Indians booked a place in the final of IPL for the fourth time in ten editions, thanks to a brilliant bowling display by Jasprit Bumrah and Karn…

IPL 2017: KKR overcome rain, nerves to eliminate SRH

Gambhir’s unbeaten 32 ensured that KKR overcame the early rattles and progressed to a rightful win. © BCCI In what was a dramatic, rain-affected Eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders nearly shot themselves in the foot before Gautam Gambhir prevented the panic attack from spreading through and took his team to victory. The win ensured that KKR…