IPL returns to India bigger than ever, as TATA IPL takes its big

KKR will take on CSK in the season opener tomorrow, in the brand new TATA IPL 2022. With 2 new teams it will be tough for every team to make it to the top of the table.

Indian cricket’s crown jewel, the IPL, is back home: bigger, better, and longer. It will be the first time since 2011 that 10 teams be fighting it out for the most coveted T20 trophy in world cricket. Two new entrants, Lucknow Supergiants and Gujarat Titans fetching a combined price of approximately USD 1.7 billion show that brand IPL keeps getting bigger. It took 14 years but the league has now well and truly gone global.

The owners of the iconic Manchester United also wanted a slice of the IPL pie but lost to the RPSG Group and Britain-based CVC group on the bidding table. With the Covid-19 situation under control in the country, the board’s top-brass can breathe easy and after a two-year gap, IPL is set to be held in India in its entirety with at least 25 percent capacity of crowd allowed in stadiums this season. The number of games has been increased to 74 from 60 with the addition of new teams, extending the IPL window to over two months.

TATA IPL 2022 set to welcome fans back to the stadiums
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All teams however will play 14 games each like in the past but will a longer tournament impact the intensity and quality of cricket, only time will tell. The board has learnt from the harsh lessons of the 2021 edition when the tournament had to be suspended midway due to the raging pandemic and could only be completed in the UAE four months later. No air travel will be required this season with all the league games to be organised in four venues in Maharashtra (three Mumbai and one in Pune). For curators, maintaining the trueness of pitches over two months will be a challenge but at least the half of the tournament is set to be a high-scoring affair.

One can expect more bounce on the red soil pitches of Wankhede, CCI and D.Y. Patil while the black soil surface in Pune is expected to offer more turn. With Supergiants and Titans building their teams from scratch and the existing franchises having to release a chunk of their players before the mega auction, the 2022 edition can well be one of the most competitive in tournament history. Ahead of the World Cup to be played in Australia later this year, the IPL will also decide fate of a few Indian players.

No home advantage for MI?

Rohit Sharma has insisted that there will be no home advantage for Mumbai Indians but he and the likes of Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishan Kishan won’t certainly mind playing in their own backyard. Having let go of Pandya brothers and Trent Boult, the team doesn’t look the same formidable outfit at least on paper. At Royal Challengers Bangalore, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli like usual, though, he has happily relinquished the captaincy.

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With the burden of leading the side off his shoulders, the former India skipper is expected to come back to his batting best and play an important role in taking the team to its elusive title. Longtime CSK batter Faf du Plessis has been given the captaincy with a hope that he would be able to do what has not been done before at RCB.

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The farewell IPL season for Dhoni?

Dhoni has done a Dhoni by giving up CSK captaincy three days before their opening game. While his decision did not come as a shock, it has fuelled speculation whether he would feature in all the games. The 40-year-old stepping aside has also put the spotlight on Ravindra Jadeja, who will be captaining a high-profile team for the very first time. Jadeja’s stellar form in international cricket over the last couple of years would surely give him the confidence to lead from the front and in times of crisis, he will anyway have Dhoni by his side.