Indian Premier League 2023: Which Teams Are Participating In The IPL And How To Follow Cricket Competitions?
THE MEGABUCKS The Indian Premier League begins on Friday and could have a major impact on the Ashes.
Several of England’s likely sides to face Australia this summer are taking part in the tournament – and that means praying they’re staying fit.
Head coach Brendon McCullum may be a cool guy, but even he will be watching the progress of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood with trepidation.
Jonny Bairstow and Will Jacks have already been ruled out of the IPL due to pre-existing injuries.
Stokes features in the opening match between champions Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings.
Archer and Wood are England’s two fastest bowlers but their careers have been riddled with injuries. Archer has just returned from a two-year absence with back and elbow problems, while Woods Winter was cut short with a hip injury.
And Stokes won’t be rolling for the first few weeks of the IPL to protect his wobbly left knee. He had a cortisone shot in the joint earlier this month.
Joe Root makes his IPL debut to prove he can be an effective T20 batsman on the global stage. The tricks and ingenuity required in T20 could also help his “Bazball” in Test cricket.
Players insist that the IPL will broaden their experience and horizons. But let’s face it, it’s all about the money.
And some of the numbers attracted by top English players are stunning – at least for cricket.
All-rounder Sam Curran, who was named Player of the Tournament and Player of the Final in England’s T20 World Cup triumph in November, has been signed by the Punjab Kings for a record £1.85million.
And the hammer fell on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s offer for Harry Brook, England’s star of the winter, at £1.325m. Stoke’s deal with Chennai Super Kings is worth £1.625million.
After a hectic winter and a big summer ahead, these players would be enjoying time at home with their families. But no one can fault them for making money when careers can be so short.
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Chennai Super Kings
England fans will be hoping Ben Stokes’ knee survives unscathed as his fitness is key to the Ashes. There’s earlier – he suffered a broken finger at IPL 2021 which left him physically and mentally disabled for months. Moeen Ali is a teammate at CSK.
captain -MSDhoni (Ind)
Coach – Stephen Fleming (NZ)
other stars – Ravi Jadeja (Ind), Devon Conway (NZ)
Preferably – Quadruple champion
Capitals of Delhi
Phil Salt endured a poor end to the English winter with several low scores and a golden duck in his final innings. He could keep wicket for Delhi. Dynamic coach and communicator Ricky Ponting could help restart an international career that seems to be fading.
captain -David Warner (Aus)
Coach – Ricky Ponting (Aus)
other stars – Mitch Marsh (Australia), Anrich Nortje (SA)
Preferably – Runner-up 2020
The reigning champions have no England players, although Irish left arm Josh Little is in their squad. Former England white-ball batsman Vikram Solanki is Director of Cricket. Gujarat, one of two new teams in an extended IPL last year, won outright.
captain -Hardik Pandya (India)
Coach – Ashish Nehra (India)
other stars – Rashid Khan (Afg), Kane Williamson (NZ)
Preferably – Winner 2022
Kolkata Knight Riders
Brendon McCullum was KKR manager until he was lured by England. Within weeks, “Bazball” had transformed Test cricket. KKR have no England players but ex-Essex and Holland all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate is field coach.
captain – Shreyas Iyer (Injured – Substitute for Nitish Rana, both Ind)
Coach – Chandrakant Pandit (Ind)
other stars -Andre Russell (WI), Sunil Narine (WI)
Preferably -Winner 2012, 2014
Lucknow Super Giants
Mark Wood was outstanding in England’s successful T20 World Cup campaign until a hip injury ruled him out in the semi-finals and final. He’s played sporadically since then, but when he’s fit his 90+ mph lightning bolts will be a crucial Ashes weapon.
captain – KLRahul (Ind)
Coach – Andy Flower (Zim)
other stars – Nicholas Pooran (WI), Quinton de Kock (SA)
Preferably – Fourth in 2022 (her only season)
After two years struggling with elbow and back problems, Jofra Archer bowled with mounting fire in Bangladesh earlier this month. But he faces the demanding task of directing Mumbai’s attack in the absence of injured Indian star Jasprit Bumrah.
captain – Rohit Sharma (Ind.)
Coach – Mark Boucher (SA)
other stars – Cameron Green (Australia), Dewald Brevis (SA)
Preferably – Five times champion
Jonny Bairstow’s broken leg playing golf last year rules him out. He hopes to play some games for Yorkshire. Sam Curran, the most expensive purchase in IPL history at £1.85m, and Liam Livingstone make up a strong England contingent.
captain -Shichar Dhawan (India)
Coach -Trevor Bayliss (Aus)
other stars – Kagiso Rabada (SA), Matthew Short (Aus)
Preferably – Second in 2014
Royal family from Rajasthan
After a decade as one of the world’s top batsmen, Joe Root is in the IPL for the first time and determined to show he can be a powerful T20 force. But Jos Buttler, who scored four centuries at IPL 2022, remains the Royals’ main English star.
captain – Sanju Samson (Ind.)
Coach – Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
other stars – Trent Boult (NZ), Jason Holder (WI)
Preferably – Winner 2008
Royal challengers Bangalore
RCB have two English white-ball bowlers on their left arm – Reece Topley and David Willey – with Topley likely getting the nod for the starting XI. Surrey’s hard-hitting Will Jacks is out with a hamstring injury.
captain – Faf du Plessis (SA)
Coach -Sanjay Bangar (Ind)
other stars -Virat Kohli (Ind), Glenn Maxwell (Aus)
Preferably – Three times runner-up
Harry Brook is one of the most anticipated players after his productive winter with the racquet, who has earned a £1.325m deal with Sunrisers. Veteran leggie Adil Rashid, a key player for England, is also making his IPL debut.
captain -Aiden Markram (SA)
Coach -Brian Lara (WI)
other stars – Heinrich Klaasen (SA), Marco Jansen (SA)
Preferably – Winner 2016
How to see IPL
You can watch IPL matches live on DAZN or Sky Sports, all matches are available through a standard DAZN membership which costs just £9.99 per month for an annual subscription. Or you can just sign up for a one-month pass.
Fans can also tune in to Sky Sports Cricket for just £18 a month or multiple channels for £25 a month.
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