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IPL 2019 - Indian Premier League - Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Tournament Predictions

IPL 2019 - Indian Premier League - Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Tournament Predictions
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The 12th season of the Indian Premier League will start in India from March 23 amid a lot of parallel activity.

Initially, it was not certain for a long time whether the tournament would be held in India as UAE and South Africa were the other possible venues because of the impending General Elections in the country.

The proximity to the 2019 ODI World Cup has further given context to the league. While all teams have mostly zeroed down on their 12-13 players, there are still a couple of fringe spots that are up for grabs in almost all teams.

IPL being the only tournament and that too of some repute in the entire world which will precede the World Cup, performances in the league should not only be taken on face value but they might also have an impact on the selection of players in their national World Cup squad.

Another major point of attraction would be the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, both of whom would be a part of the league after serving their one-year ban in the aftermath of the ball-tampering controversy last year in South Africa. Both of them are also recuperating from elbow injuries and are short of match practice. Their performance in the IPL would be make or break for them as far as their chances for the World Cup are concerned.

Let's have a look at the team squads and tournament predictions of IPL 2019:

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings are the joint most successful team of the league and have won the title three times. They are also the defending champions because of which the inaugural match will also be played at their home ground in Chennai. They would be led by the legendary MS Dhoni.

Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu would be the leading batsmen while Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi will shoulder the bowling attack. The team also has good all-rounders in Shane Watson, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo and Mitchell Santner.

Top run-getter – Ambati Rayudu

Top wicket-taker – Lungi Ngidi

Purse: Rs 8.4 crore

Spent: Rs 5.2 crore

Left: Rs 3.2 crore

Bought (2): Mohit Sharma (Rs 5cr), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 lakh) 

Earlier retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi

Squad strength: 25

 

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals has been one of the most underperforming teams over the years and this year also they have made stock changes in a bid to turn around their fortunes.

The team has traded in Shikhar Dhawan who will open the batting. Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw are expected to be the other main batters of the side. The team has bought Colin Ingram and Hanuma Vihari. Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris are their main bowlers.

Top run-getter – Prithvi Shaw

Top wicket-taker – Sandeep Lamichhane

Purse: Rs 25.50 crore

Spent: Rs 17.80 crore

Left: Rs 7.70 crore

Bought (10): Colin Ingram (Rs 6.4cr), Axar Patel (Rs 5cr), Hanuma Vihari (Rs 2cr), Sherfane Rutherford (Rs 2cr), Ishant Sharma (Rs 1.1cr), Keemo Paul (Rs 50 lakh), Jalaj Saxena (Rs 20 lakh), Ankush Bains (Rs 20 lakh), Nathu Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Bandaru Ayyappa (Rs 20 lakh)

Earlier retained: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Shikhar Dhawan

Squad strength: 25

 

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab had got off to a great start in the last season but just could not win the second half of league matches and fell short of qualification. Ravichandran Ashwin led the side in the last season and would continue to wear the skipper's hat.

KL Rahul and Chris Gayle will open the batting for the side and remain their biggest threats with the bat. The team has bought mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy and would be banking on him to make an impact. English all-rounder Sam Curran, pacer Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Moises Henriques have also been purchased by the side.

Top run-getter– KL Rahul

Top wicket-taker – Varun Chakaravarthy

Purse: Rs 36.20 crore

Spent: Rs 32.50 crore

Left: Rs 3.70 crore

Bought (13): Varun Chakaravarthy (Rs 8.4cr), Sam Curran (Rs 7.2cr), Mohammed Shami (Rs 4.8cr), Prabhsimran Singh (Rs 4.8cr), Nicolas Pooran (Rs 4.2cr), Moises Henriques (Rs 1cr), Hardus Viljoen (Rs 75 lakh), Darshan Nalkande (Rs 30 lakh), Sarfaraz Khan (Rs 25 lakh), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Agnivesh Ayachi (Rs 20 lakh), Harpreet Brar (Rs 20 lakh), Murugan Ashwin (Rs 20 lakh)

Earlier retained: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin, Mandeep Singh

Squad strength: 23

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Despite not having a great squad last season, Kolkata Knight Riders did quite well for themselves and made it to the playoffs. They are led by Dinesh Karthik who has come a long way as a cricketer and has blossomed as a finisher.

Robin Uthappa has been designated as the vice-captain. Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell form the overseas core of the side. However, all of these are prone to injuries and this would be the major factor that will decide KKR's fate this season.

Top run-getter– Chris Lynn

Top wicket-taker – Kuldeep Yadav

Purse: Rs 15.20 crore

Spent: Rs 9.15 crore

Left: Rs 6.05 crore

Bought (8): Carlos Brathwaite (Rs 5cr), Lockie Ferguson (Rs 1.6cr), Joe Denly (Rs 1cr), Harry Gurney (Rs 75 lakh), Nikhil Naik (Rs 20 lakh), Shrikant Mundhe (Rs 20 lakh), Prithvi Raj Yarra (Rs 20 lakh), Anrich Nortje (Rs 20 lakh)

Earlier retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Squad strength: 21

 

Mumbai Indians

Apart from Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians are the only team to win the IPL title thrice. Rohit Sharma has grown by leaps and bounds as a leader and now has the captaincy prowess to influence the match.

Indian all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya are the backbone of the team. MI also boasts of Jasprit Bumrah who is arguably the best limited-overs bowler of our times.

Top run-getter– Rohit Sharma

Top wicket-taker – Jasprit Bumrah

Purse: Rs 11.15 crore

Spent: Rs 7.60 crore

Left: Rs 3.55 crore

Bought (6): Barinder Singh Sran (Rs 3.4cr), Lasith Malinga (Rs 2cr), Yuvraj Singh (Rs 1cr), Anmolpreet Singh (Rs 80 lakh), Pankaj Jaswal (Rs 20 lakh), Rasikh Dar (Rs 20 lakh)

Earlier retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Quinton de Kock

Squad strength: 24

 

Rajasthan Royals

It was due to consistent performances from opener Jos Buttler that the team was successful in somehow scraping their way to the knockouts last year. All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal were revelations for the side.

The team also has Jofra Archer who is being slated to be a part of the English World Cup squad. In all likelihood, the team would be led by Ajinkya Rahane. Steve Smith is all set to make a comeback and his role will have a huge bearing on the performance of the team.

Top run-getter– Jos Buttler

Top wicket-taker – Shreyas Gopal

Purse: Rs 20.95 crore

Spent: Rs 13.80 crore

Left: Rs 7.15 crore

Bought (9): Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 8.4cr), Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4cr), Oshane Thomas (Rs 1.1cr), Ashton Turner (Rs 50 lakh), Liam Livingstone (Rs 50 lakh), Shashank Singh (Rs 30 lakh), Riyan Parag (Rs 20 lakh), Manan Vohra (Rs 20 lakh), Shubham Ranjane (Rs 20 lakh)

Earlier retained: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror

Squad strength: 25

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore had a very disappointing season last year and were not able to make it to the playoffs. The team depends a lot on batting talismen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Marcus Stoinis has been traded in from Kings XI Punjab and is expected to be a big part of their campaign. Umesh Yadav was good for the side with the new ball last year. The onus of death bowling would be on Nathan Coulter-Nile and Tim Southee.

Top run-getter– Virat Kohli

Top wicket-taker – Umesh Yadav

Purse: Rs 18.15 crore

Spent: Rs 16.35 crore

Left: Rs 1.80 crore

Bought (9): Shivam Dube (Rs 5cr), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 4.2cr), Akshdeep Nath (Rs 3.6cr), Prayas Barman (Rs 1.5cr), Himmat Singh (Rs 65 lakh), Gurkeerat Singh Mann (Rs 50 lakh), Heinrich Klaasen (Rs 50 lakh), Devdutt Padikkal (Rs 20 lakh), Milind Kumar (Rs 20 lakh)

Earlier retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis

Squad strength: 24

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad is the most intelligent team of the Indian Premier League. Although, they do not have a lot of star power, they have players who fit into particular positions. The team knows how to extract good performances from their players.

Kane Williamson, who was given the reins of the team last year, did a brilliant job both as a captain and as a batsman, opening the batting and ended up as the highest run-scorer.

Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the leading bowlers. The team also has two world-class all-rounders in Mohammad Nabi and Shakib Al Hasan.

Top run-getter– Kane Williamson

Top wicket-taker – Rashid Khan

Purse: Rs 9.70 crore

Spent: Rs 4.40 crore

Left: Rs 5.30 crore

Bought (3): Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.2cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1cr)

Earlier retained: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem

Squad strength: 23

 

Tournament Predictions IPL 2019

Winner - Chennai Super Kings

Runner Up - Royal Challengers Bangalore

Top Run Scorer - Jos Buttler

Top Wicket Taker - Sandeep Lamichhane

Here's the part of the IPL 2019 scheduled that has been released:

Mar 23 Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai 2:30 PM

Mar 24 Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata 10:30 AM

Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals Mumbai 2:30 PM

Mar 25 Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab Jaipur 2:30 PM

Mar 26 Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings Delhi 2:30 PM

Mar 27 Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab Kolkata 2:30 PM

Mar 28 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Bengaluru 2:30 PM

Mar 29 Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals Hyderabad 2:30 PM

Mar 30 Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians Mohali 10:30 AM

Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders Delhi 2:30 PM

Mar 31 Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore Hyderabad 11:30 AM

Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals Chennai 3:30 PM

Apr 01  Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Capitals Mohali 3:30 PM

Apr 02 Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur 3:30 PM

Apr 03 Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings Mumbai 3:30 PM

Apr 04 Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad Delhi 3:30 PM

Apr 05 Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders Bengaluru 3:30PM

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