The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be the 12th season of the professional Twenty20 Cricket League inaugurated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. The IPL which is the world’s most popular and competitive T20 Tournament will be held in India from March 23 to May 12, 2019. Read last years IPL season betting prediction.
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the curtain raiser match of the tournament on March 23 in Chennai. Meanwhile, Mumbai will launch their IPL campaign with a home game against Delhi on March 24 in the evening while Kolkata takes on Hyderabad on the same day in the afternoon. Rajasthan and Punjab clash in Jaipur on March 25 to begin their campaign.
The home venues of the eight participating teams have been selected for the fixtures and matches will be held in New Delhi (Delhi Capitals), Mohali (Kings XI Punjab), Mumbai (Mumbai Indians), Hyderabad (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Kolkata (Kolkata Knight Riders), Bengaluru (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Jaipur (Rajasthan Royals) and Chennai (Chennai Super Kings).
A total of eight franchise teams will participate in this 62-match extravaganza played in a double round-robin format followed by the knock-outs. Each team will play every other team twice on a home and away basis with the top four teams based on aggregate points and Net Run Rate (NRR) qualifying for the playoffs. The VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction was
held on December 18, 2018, in Jaipur and a total of 60 top players were signed by the eight franchises with 32 of them being uncapped.
The biggest payoff went to Tamil Nadu’s young mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for a sum of INR 8.4 crore (approximately USD 1.17m). Earning the same figure was Jaydev Unadkat, who became an IPL millionaire for the second time as the left-arm seamer was sold for a sum of INR 8.4 crore (approximately USD 1.17m) to Rajasthan Royals. Meanwhile, Sam Curran, the 20-year-old England fast bowler, became the highest priced overseas player this year, when he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a sum of INR 7.2 crore.
The eight franchise teams participating in this edition of the IPL are: Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH).
Chennai and Mumbai are the most successful teams in the history of the IPL Tournament with three titles each. Kolkata has lifted the coveted Trophy twice while Hyderabad and Rajasthan have one IPL title each together with the now defunct Deccan Chargers.
The IPL has always produced some fascinating batting and RCB has done more than that for sheer entertainment in the recent past. In fact, RCB holds the record for the highest team total when they amassed a massive 263 for five wickets from their 20 overs against the Pune Warriors in 2016 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. In the 2016 edition, RCB batsmen produced a similar performance as they rattled up a formidable 248 for three wickets against Gujarat Lions at the same venue. Even then, RCB also has the ignominy of being bowled out for the lowest total of the tournament when they were skittle out for a paltry 49 runs against KKR in 2017 at Kolkata.
Suresh Raina, who turned out for Gujarat Lions before moving to CSK is the highest run-getter in the IPL history. The 32-year-old left-hander in on the threshold of a unique milestone as he is just 15 runs away from completing the magical 5,000-run mark. He has so far accumulated a total of 4,985 runs at an average of 34.37 with one century and seven half-centuries.
T20 cricket is all about batting and Chris Gayle has justified it by hoisting a record number of 292 sixes from 112 matches while turning out for Kings XI Punjab, KKR and RCB. No batsmen have really dominated T20 cricket than Virat Kohli and A. B. de Villiers have done for RCB with two double century partnerships for the second wicket. The pair put on a record 229 runs against Gujarat Lions in 2016 at Bengaluru after having figured in an unbroken stand of 215 runs against Mumbai Indians in the previous year in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians is still the leading wicket-taker with a tally of 154 wickets to his name. The 35-year-old right-arm fast bowler has maintained an average of 19.01 and an economy rate of 6.86. The best bowling figures in an innings were recorded by Sohail Tanvir of Rajasthan Royals against CSK in 2008 at Jaipur. The 34-year-old left-arm fast bowler returned magnificent figures of six wickets for 14 runs from his four overs.
In addition to the IPL Trophy, there will be several other top individual awards as well. The team that conducts themselves in the best possible way on the field will be awarded the Fair Play Award. In addition, the highest run-scorer of the tournament will be awarded the Orange Cap and the highest wicket-taker will be presented with the Purple Cap. The Maximum Sixes Award will be presented to the batsman who hoists the most number of sixes in the tournament. The Player-of-the-Match Award in the final and the Most Valuable Player Award is presented in recognition of the performances on the day of the final. Meanwhile, the Emerging Player-of-the-Year Award is presented to the Best Under-23 player of the Tournament.
In the league matches and during the playoffs, the Man-of-the-Match will receive a trophy and a cash award. In addition, a trophy and a cash award will be presented to the player who takes the best catch in each match as selected by the television commentators. A trophy and a cash award will be awarded to the player who has the highest batting strike-rate in a match. To be eligible for this award, the player must have faced a minimum of six balls and scored a minimum of 15 runs per match.
Meanwhile, a cash award and a trophy will be presented to the Stylish Player of the Match. The most stylish player of the match will be selected by the commentary panel who will award points to players based on the combination of performance and style.
The defending champions under the ownership of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited will be once again captained by the charismatic wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has a win percentage of 61.80 having led CSK on 145 occasions. Mohit Sharma returns to the side as CSK’s most expensive buy at a cost of INR 5 crore and will spearhead their pace attack along with Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, and Lungi Ngidi. But the disappointment for CSK is that they have failed to secure a left-arm fast bowler and a back-up off-spinner for the experienced Harbhajan Singh.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise is owned by Sun TV Network. Opener David Warner will lead the last year runner-up but is likely to miss the first week and the last week matches of the tournament due to National commitments. Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Shaha was bought for INR 1.20 crore and the Sunrisers also added Jonathan Bairstow and Martin Guptill to their squad. Altogether Sunrisers have secured the services of eight overseas players including Bangladesh’s dynamic all-rounder Shakib al Hasan.
The former champion franchise owned by Indiawin Sports (Pvt) Limited has regained the services of veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga following a stint as a mentor during last year’s tournament. Mumbai led by Rohit Sharma also added fast bowlers Barinder Sran and Rasikh Salam, in case injured Jasprit Bumrah is not available for the whole season. But they have retained the services of mystery spinner Mayank Markande who turned out to be a major sensation during last year’s tournament with a rich haul of 15 wickets from 14 outings. IPL betting tips predict that Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya will once again hold the key for the Mumbai Indians.
The new-look franchise owned by GMR Sports (Pvt) Limited has packed their side with plenty of young talent including left-arm spinner Axar Patel who became their most expensive Indian at INR 5 crore. West Indian hard-hitting batsman
Sherfane Rutherford and Kerala all-rounder Jalaj Saxena are the key players in the squad along with pinch-hitting Guyanese fast bowler Keemo Paul. In addition, T20 specialist Colin Ingram will add variety to their middle order which is mainly composed of young Indian batsmen.
Kings XI Punjab under the ownership of KPM Dream Cricket (Pvt) Limited successfully overcame four other franchise teams to secure the services of mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy for a sum of INR 8.40 crore. They also claimed England star all-rounder Sam Curran for a sum of INR 7.20 crore. The other top player in the squad is Australia’s Moises Henriques, who will be available for the whole tournament. Meanwhile, South Africa’s Hardus Viljoen who was the most successful bowler in the recent T10 League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will spearhead the attack along with Mohammad Shami. Seventeen-year-old Prabhsimran Singh was also added to their squad mainly because of his outstanding performances with India’s Emerging Squad in the recent Under-19 Asia Cup.
The franchise is owned by Knight Riders Sports (Pvt) Limited. The biggest influence in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Team would be the celebrated West Indies’ all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite who has been bought for a sum of INR 5 crore. The KKR have also found suitable replacements for their overseas stars which they lacked last season and have also strengthened their pace attack. KKR has also added South African pace sensation Anrich Nortje who came into the limelight by bowling at a speed of 150kph during the Mzansi Super League. The 25-year-old right-arm fast bowler will feature in franchise cricket outside South Africa for the first time having made his domestic debut in February 2013. Nortje is in tremendous form having claimed 19 wickets in 12 T20s at an impressive average of 13.73 and an economy rate of fewer than 6.5 runs per over. The speedster, with raw pace in his arsenal, has been making a name for himself in the cricketing world, and could easily become the cynosure of all eyes in the Vivo IPL 2019. KKR has also added New Zealand’s right-arm fast bowler Lockie Ferguson to their overseas bowling team along with England’s Joe Denly as possible replacements for an injury-prone Andre Russell.
The franchise is owned by Royal Multisport (Pvt) Limited. The key performers for Rajasthan Royals (RR) this season could be Perth Scorcher’s Ashton Turner, former Lancashire Captain Liam Livingstone and West Indies paceman Oshane Thomas. Turner, the 26-year-old right-hand middle-order batsmen, of course, has limited experience in franchise cricket but has made a fine impact while representing the Scorchers in the recent Big Bash League. Livingstone, the 25-year-old all-rounder is currently enjoying a great amount of success for his franchise Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League worked off in the UAE. With every franchise looking for bowlers who clock more than 140kph, the promising Thomas could be the ideal selection for the RR in this year’s IPL. The 22-year-old right-arm pacer troubled the Indian batsmen during last year’s ODI
series and has captured 28 wickets from 20 T20s at an economy rate of 8.83. With Varun Aaron, Jofra Archer and
Jaydev Unadkat also making the line-up RR can be pleased of having one of the best bowling line-ups in the IPL. In fact, Unadkat was the most expensive Indian in last years IPL and has been bought back for INR 8.40 crore. The 27-year-old left-arm paceman is fresh after a highly successful campaign for Saurashtra in the recently concluded Syed Mustaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy Tournament. Unadkat best performance was when he captured three wickets for 19 runs in the match against Madhya Pradesh. His skillful bowling also helped Saurashtra to restrict Madhya Pradesh for just 138 runs in 20 overs. In addition, he grabbed three wickets for 30 runs to restrict Punjab for just 122 runs. Meanwhile, Mahipal Lomror has also
struck form in the Syed Mustaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy Tournament as he warmed-up for the IPL with some splendid contributions for Rajasthan. The 19-year-old promising left-hander smashed an unbeaten 78 runs off 52 balls with a strike-rate of 150 against Tamil Nadu as Rajasthan posted 181 for four and went on to win the match by 53 runs.
The franchise is owned by Royal Challengers Sports (Pvt) Limited. The two high profile purchases for RCB this season are Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube (INR 5 crore) and West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer (INR 4.20 crore). Dube, the 25-year-old dashing left-hander came into the limelight when he hoisted five sixes in successive deliveries in a Ranji Trophy encounter for Mumbai against Baroda. This was of course not the first time that Dube came close to hitting six sixes in an over as earlier he had smashed another five in a Mumbai T20 league match. Dube has also shown that he is more than a slogger as he scored a sparkling 110 from 128 deliveries against Gujarat in the first innings and then followed it up with a patient 55 from 155 balls in the second innings to win the Man-of-the-Match Award. Meanwhile, Hetmyer, the 22-year-old left-hand top-order batsman had a successful ODI series against India where he amassed a total of 259 runs at an average of 51.80 and at a strike-rate of 140. Before the India tour, he also had a very good season in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he scored 440 runs from 12 innings at an average of 148.14. RCB have also sorted out their wicket-keeping issue with the inclusion of Heinrich Klaasen following the exit of Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock. Klaasen, the 27-year-old right-hander, a clean hitting wicket-keeper batsman has impressed for South Africa and look set to continue with his excellent form. RCB also boosted their batting department by purchasing Milind Kumar who was the fastest to reach 1,000-runs in the Ranji Trophy Tournament last year. However, RCB failed to solve their issue with the opening combination with only Parthiv Patel as their most senior opening batsman. As a result, the RCB middle order could be exposed very early and the pressure will be on the two most experienced players Skipper Virat Kohli and A. B. de Villiers.
All competing eight teams have now finalized their squads and we are set for another enthralling season of IPL Twenty20 Cricket Tournament. The significant feature in this year’s IPL is the fact that all franchises have focussed more on the selection of promising youth players which argues well for the future. Even then, the question is whether youth could dominate and conquer this high-profile IPL or whether the experienced players will have the final laugh in the end.
The defending champions CSK have this knack of always making a good start to their campaign. IPL betting tips predict that CSK will start off as the favorites to retain the title they won last year. Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Rajasthan Royals may be the most consistent teams in the history of the IPL. The Mumbai Indians have always been slow starters and they have this habit of coming into their own during the latter stages of the tournament. Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab will start their campaign as the underdogs but both teams are capable of defeating any side on their day. It is also important to note that we feel that the Sunrisers Hyderabad will provide the real value for money for the punters as we fancy them to win the most number of matches during the league stage. But the team which would overcome all pressure and the obstacles both on and off the field will certainly emerge victorious in this year’s Vivo IPL.
So, tune in from the 23rd of March onwards as we provide match-by-match IPL betting tips on another spectacular IPL season where we could see a brand new set of stars being born into the world. For more cricket tips go to our cricket betting tips page!