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IPL 2024 is expected to be the most interesting one of all time. This was proven during the trade window, where players like Hardik Pandya and Cameron Green got traded. The IPL 2024 auction also hinted that the upcoming season would be the most dynamic when all the records were broken while Mitchell Starc was on the auction table.
All these things show that the coming season will be the most exciting one, and here in this article, we have five big things for the upcoming season.
5 Big Things in IPL 2024
|5 Big Things in IPL 2024
|MS Dhoni’s Last Season
|Mitchell Starc Returns to the IPL in 2024
|Hardik Pandya as Mumbai Indians Skipper
|Rishabh Pant’s comeback is on the card
|Homecoming of Gautam Gambhir
MS Dhoni’s Last Season
Chennai Super Kings‘ skipper (Thala Dhoni) is all set to contain his prestigious career in the IPL 2024. He has been one of the most successful captains in the history of the Indian Premier League because he led his team to glory five times (2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023) and also qualified into the playoffs for the most number of times along with the most appearances in the finals. He has been the boss of CSK since the initial addition of the IPL.
In the very first season, he helped his team reach the finals of the tournament and, in addition, eventually emerged victorious in two consecutive seasons (2010 and 2011). The popularity of MS Dhoni around the globe made the Yellow Army the most loved team in the Indian Premier League. He took the yellow army to different levels of fanbase. Even though he retired from the international area in 2019, he still continued to display himself as the skipper of CSK and won two titles (2021 and 2023).
Everybody was anticipating the last season as the end season of Thala, but he decided to participate in the IPL 2024 and hinted that the season would be his last appearance in the yellow outfit as a player and captain.
Mitchell Starc Returns to the IPL in 2024
The most-awaited player of the IPL, Mitchell Starc, is finally all set to make his presence in the tournament after eight long years. He will be playing for KKR for the upcoming season as the team purchases the big left-arm fast bowler for a record-breaking amount of 24.75 crore. With this, the 33-year-old also becomes the most expensive player in the history of the league.
He last played in the tournament when he was a part of RCB in 2015, where he performed exceptionally well, picking up 20 wickets in just 13 matches alongside an economy rate of 7.49. His overall stats are also mind-blowing, and KKR will be hoping for him to repeat the same performance for them. It will be interesting to see how he deals with his high price tag as he is all set to make his return.
Hardik Pandya as the Skipper of Mumbai Indians
Hardik Pandya’s trade from the Gujarat Titans to the Mumbai Indians was the most exciting in the history of the IPL trade window because he was the skipper of the Gujarat-based franchise, and he led them to glory. After some days of his trade, he was appointed as the new skipper of the Blue Army for the IPL 2024. Hardik Pandya replaced Rohit Sharma as captain of the MI for the coming edition.
He was released from the Mumbai Indians, and after that, he was drafted by GT for INR 15 crore for the 2022 edition. He was also offered the leadership of the team, and he bagged that opportunity with both hands. In the very first season, the 30-year-old allrounder assisted his team to glory. Hardik Pandya displayed great leadership qualities while captaining the Gujarat Titans, and now he will be the captain of the Mumbai Indians.
Rishabh Pant’s Comeback is on the Cards
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant missed last season due to his accident, but now he is all set to make a comeback in the IPL 2024, not as a captain but as a player. Right one year back, he got engaged in a serious car accident, and his serious injuries forced him to miss the whole last edition, but now he is looking in proper share, and reports are claiming that he has attained proper match fitness, which means the dynamic wicketkeeper will surely start in the playing eleven for his respective team.
Without his services, Delhi Capitals struggled throughout the season to find their right combination. Their middle order was the primary concern for the team the whole season because of his absence. They tried many options but nothing went well for the team, which resulted in the worst season ever for DC. They finished at number one and only managed to win five games out of 14.
Now Rishabh Pant will be a major addition to the team middle order, which was their major area of concern, and we hope the left-hander fully repeats his brilliance as ever.
Homecoming of Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir returned to Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2024 in an emotional homecoming, taking on the role of team mentor. His previous tenure from 2011 to 2018 had a significant impact on the franchise, guiding them to two IPL titles with his passionate and aggressive leadership. This approach endeared him to the Kolkata fans, and the team enjoyed considerable success. Gambhir aims to recreate his prosperous mentoring stint with Lucknow Super Giants, where the team reached the playoffs in their initial two seasons.
As the calendar transitions to the year 2024, the cricket enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the start of the 17th edition of the IPL. The 10-team league has undoubtedly gained immense popularity, making it one of the most widely followed sporting tournaments, not just in cricket but globally. Cricket enthusiasts expect IPL 2024 to achieve resounding success, generating numerous topics of discussion and excitement.