Indian Premier League 2019

Indian Premier League 2019

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Am I the only one or does it feel like this year’s IPL is lacking a certain level of enthusiasm that we have become accustomed to over the years? If you think so too, much of the blame can be accredited to the fact that this is the first time in its 12-year history that the IPL, the ICC Cricket World Cup and India’s General Elections are occurring in the same year. Therefore, a set of daunting challenges have presented themselves to the BCCI – to try and conduct the whole of IPL in India, as opposed to shifting it abroad like in 2009 and 2014; and to attempt, if not guarantee, to deliver an IPL-esque atmosphere that has always gripped the country in the last 11 years.

Owing to these challenges, several announcements by the BCCI were ad-hoc in nature. The auction was announced only when it was nearer to its date of conduct. By this time of the year, we get to see IPL advertisements in all its glory – on TV channels, on advertisement hoardings, on digital media. And that’s with an April start-date. This time around, with uncertainty still looming over the dates of the General Elections of India, nothing is set in stone, not even the schedule of the first two weeks released by BCCI.

Having the IPL immediately before the World Cup means that it’s almost certain that players won’t give their 100% for the franchisee. Consequently, having the IPL immediately after the World Cup means that players arrive into the IPL fatigued – mentally and physically. In both the cases, “immediately” is the key word. Yet, it doesn’t mean that there is an automatic solution; it is very difficult and I repeat, very very difficult for BCCI to obtain a window other than the April-June window which would attract the same kind of international-player participation. However, that’s not to say that BCCI should looking for solutions all together and hope for the best in a World-Cup year or an Election year.

As we approach of point of no return, certain elements start becoming inevitable, the roster of each team, for example. That is why we, at Cricket in Progress! took the liberty of manufacturing some consumable content for you. We haven’t done anything different; we have just done the same things differently. We have done a team-wise division of the content, we have a better SWOT and most importantly though, the playing XI for each team is suggestive rather than predictive. Here goes.

Chennai Super Kings
Delhi Capitals
Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians
Rajasthan Royals
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad

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