IPL 2019

All you need to know about IPL 2019

The 2019 season of the Indian Premier League will be the 12th season of the IPL. Here’s all you need to know about this season’s IPL before it starts from 23rd March.

On 8 January 2019, the BCCI confirmed that the tournament will start on 23 March and take place entirely in India. At one point, other countries were considered as host due to the Indian general elections. On 19 February 2019, the BCCI released the time table of first 17 matches and rest of the schedule will be announced after the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. All teams will play a minimum of 4 matches while Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will play 5 matches. Similarly, all teams will play two home and two away matches while DC will play three home matches and RCB will play three away matches.

Delhi Daredevils have been renamed as the Delhi Capitals, the franchise announced on 4th December, 2018. During the function for the announcement of their new name, the franchise also released a new logo.

The schedule of the 1st 17 matches of IPL 2019:

You can book the match tickets of your favourite team from IPL’s official website.

Let’s have a look at the 8 IPL teams:

CSK

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings have retained the bulk of the squad beforehand, so CSK had a minor role to play during the latest auction. However, they did bring in a valuable addition to their Indian pace arsenal in the form of Mohit Sharma. He had essayed key roles for the team in the past.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs 8.4 crore
Players bought in the auction: 2
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 3.2 Crore
Squad strength: 25

Squad:
Retained: MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, 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, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Bought: Mohit Sharma (Rs 5 crore), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 lakh)

DC

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals have retained 14 of their previous players and acquired Shikhar Dhawan during the transfer window. Delhi’s auction outing was all about filling the gaps. They had let go of overseas names like Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett. They made up for it by roping in solid options like Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Colin Ingram, which blends well with the young Indian names in the setup.
Ishant Sharma’s presence also provides an experienced lending hand to the pace department, which has talented domestic pacers like Nathu Singh and Bandaru Ayyappa along with big overseas names like Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult. Overall, a balanced squad which should hold Delhi Capitals in good stead to set their poor record in the IPL straight.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs 25.50 crore
Players bought in the auction: 10
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 7.7 Crore
Squad strength: 25

Squad:
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
Bought: Hanuma Vihari (Rs 2 crore), Axar Patel (Rs 5 crore), Ishant Sharma (Rs 1.10 crore), Ankush Bains (Rs 20 lakh), Nathu Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Colin Ingram (Rs 6.40 crore), Sherfane Rutherford (Rs 2 crore), Keemo Paul (Rs 50 lakh), Jalaj Saxena (Rs 20 lakh), Bandaru Ayyappa (Rs 20 lakh)
Traded: Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem

KXIP

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab were heavily dependant on the top order in IPL 2018, especially KL Rahul. Their shortcomings with the middle order eventually cost them a spot in the playoffs. In order to address the imbalance, they chose to refurbish their squad by only retaining10 players before the auction. They have let go several Indian names, including Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma.
Having secured Mandeep Singh via a transfer, KXIP concentrated on acquiring finishing options – Moises Henriques and Sam Curran being a couple of them. In Nicholas Pooran, an explosive batsman, they also got a ‘keeping option and by getting Varun Chakaravarthy, they also went for an extra mystery element to complement Mujeeb. Hardus Vilojen and Mohammed Shami bring their experience to the pace department.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs. 36.30 crore
Players bought in the auction: 13
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 3.7 Crore
Squad strength: 23

Squad:
Retained: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin
Bought: Moises Henriques (Rs 1 crore), Nicholas Pooran (Rs 4.2 crore), Varun Chakaravarthy (Rs 8.4 crore), Sam Curran (Rs 7.2 crore), Mohammad Shami (Rs 4.2 crore), Sarfaraz Khan (Rs 25 lakh), Hardus Viljoen (Rs 75 lakh), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Darshan Nalkande (Rs 30 lakh), Prabhsimran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore), Agnivesh Ayachi (Rs 20 lakh), Harpreet Brar (Rs 20 lakh), Murugan Ashwin (Rs 20 lakh)

KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders had a lot of work to do going into the auction. They had lot of loopholes to fill – carrying forward from the disappointing returns of their last year’s auction. Yet again, like they do in a lot of auctions, made some surprise buys. It is a testimony to their strategy team as to how they manage to deliver results with some surprising picks. While Shrikant Mundhe and Nikhil Naik were outright surprising picks, they managed some good foreign picks – a department that needed serious loading – in Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje and Joe Denly. Going for two outright quicks could also be an indication of how they could be planning for the upcoming season.
While they got most of their foreign picks easy and cheap, they got into an intense tussle for Carlos Brathwaite. Having paid Rs. 5 Crore for the Windies all-rounder, it remains to be seen if he can find a place in the starting XI. While KKR strengthened their pace and all-round department, they probably missed a batsman, going home with more than Rs. 6 Crore in their purse.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs. 15.20 crore
Players bought in the auction: 8
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 6.05 Crore
Squad strength: 21

Squad:
Retained: 
Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Bought: Carlos Brathwaite (Rs 5 crore), Lockie Ferguson (Rs 1.60 crore), Anrich Nortje (Rs 20 lakh), Nikhil Naik (Rs 20 lakh), Harry Gurney (Rs 75 lakh), Yarra Prithviraj (Rs 20 lakh), Joe Denly (Rs 1 crore), Shrikant Mundhe (Rs 20 lakh)

MI

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians had little work to do at the auction as they have retained their core group of players. Two of their biggest investments were in the old warhorses – Lasith Malinga and Yuvraj Singh. While the Sri Lankan slinger slots in directly as the death bowling specialist for Mustafizur Rahman, who was released, Yuvraj Singh might struggle to find a place in the starting XI.
All the other buys, barring Barinder Sran, are young players – most promising of them being Punjab’s Anmolpreet Singh. As is the case with MI in the past, majority of the newcomers are unlikely to fit into the XI but Anmolpreet and Sran are good additions as backups. The squad didn’t need much, and as such there will be no reason for them to feel disappointed.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs. 11.15 crore
Players bought in the auction: 6
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 3.55 Crore
Squad strength: 24

Squad:
Retained: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff
Bought: Lasith Malinga (Rs 2 crore), Anmolpreet Singh (Rs 80 lakh), Barinder Sran (Rs 3.40 crore), Pankaj Jaiswal (Rs Rs 20 lakh), Rasikh Salam (Rs 20 lakh), Yuvraj Singh (Rs 1 crore)
Traded: Quinton de Kock from RCB (for Rs 2.8 crore)

RR

Rajasthan Royals

Jaydev Unadkat once again became the biggest buy of the auction, as Rajasthan Royals bagged him for Rs. 8.4 Crore which was Rs. 3.1 Crore lesser than what they paid last time around. Pace continued to be on their agenda even after that as they got Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron for a total of Rs. 3.5 Crore.
While that makes for an impressive pace roster, in addition to the spin talent already in the team, some other gaps were not plugged as efficiently. With Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and possibly Jofra Archer available for only a part of the 2019 season, the lack of powerful back-up options could hurt the Rajasthan Royals. They will depend on their late picks such as Ashton Turner and Liam Livingstone to come good when that time arrives.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs. 20.95 crore
Players bought in the auction: 9
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 7.15 Crore
Squad strength: 25

Squad:
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
Bought: Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 8.4 crore), Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4 crore), Oshane Thomas (Rs 1.1 crore), Shashank Singh (Rs 30 lakh), Liam Livinstone (Rs 50 lakh), Shubham Rajane (Rs 20 lakh), Manan Vohra (Rs 20 lakh), Ashton Turner (Rs 50 lakh), Riyan Parag (Rs 20 lakh)

RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore

As with several other IPL auctions, RCB went after the flavour of the season, but this time managed to land Shimron Hetmyer and big-hitting all-rounder Shivam Dube at a combined cost of Rs. 9.2 crore. This pair, they hope, will be key to answer one eternal question – Who after Kohli and de Villiers
While RCB spent much of the auction picking up future prospects – teenaged leggie Prayas Barman (Rs. 1.5crore), Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal (20L), Delhi batsman Himmat Singh (65L) and Akshdeep Nath at a curiously high Rs. 3.6 crore, they made no attempt to address their death bowling woes. Nathan Coulter-Nile, who missed last season with a stress injury, could only play a bit-part if he’s called up for national team duties for the Pakistan series, leaving Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav to bear the burden of the Chinnaswamy once more.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs. 18.15 crore
Players bought in the auction: 9
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 1.8 Crore
Squad strength: 24

Squad:
Retained: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme
Bought: Shimron Hetmyer (4.2 crore), Devdutt Padikkal (20 lakh), Shivam Dube (5 crore), Heinrich Klassen (50 lakh), Gurkeerat Singh (50 lakh), Himmat Singh (Rs 65 lakh), Prayas Ray Barman (Rs 1.5 crore)
Traded: Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis

SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their prudent ways at the player auctions, picking up just three players to complete their squad. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who fetched a winning bid of Rs. 5 crore in last year’s auction, went for just Rs. 1.20 crore this time around. SRH also added a foreign wicketkeeping option in Jonny Bairstow. The two can share wicketkeeping and top-order duties over the season as Bairstow is expected to be unavailable for the second half. Shreevats Goswami is the other option.
It was clear that SRH came armed with the idea of finding an able top-order back-up for the swashbuckling David Warner, who like Bairstow, will leave midway for World Cup preparations. Once SRH failed to secure their first-choice targets in Hetmyer and Ingram, they swooped for the New Zealand opener, Martin Guptil – getting him for his base price of Rs. 1 crore.

Purse at the start of the auction: Rs. 9.7 crore
Players bought in the auction: 3
Purse at the end of the auction: Rs. 5.3 Crore
Squad strength: 23

Squad:
Retained: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan
Bought: Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.20 crore), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2 crore), Martin Guptill (Rs 1 crore)

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