IPL 2019 : What Makes this Season Different from its Previous Ones

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The heart-throb of the country, Indian Premier League Season 12 will begin from 29 March to 19 May 2019. IPL is the grandest domestic tournament that the field of sports has ever encountered.

Started in Kolkata in 2008 in a very subdued manner, it has become the world’s most watched league with a huge fan base and million followers across the world. Right from the 1st season till now, IPL has seen a big growth curve. But IPL 2019 season is witnessing some never-seen-before action and moments that will be forever etched in the history of IPL.

Here are the few reasons enlisted below that would make the 2019 IPL different from the previous seasons

Location change due to clashed dates

The IPL season would be held in South Africa or UAE, as there would be a change in location due to elections clashing on the same date, Also, a recommended break of 15 days between the conclusion of IPL and any international fixture was required to maintain the essential gap.

Hence, the onset of IPL 2019 would be early because of ICC Cricket world cup 2019.

Technology update due to VR introduction

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Hotstar this year is hosting the Virtual Reality show alongside competing with STAR India for the IPL rights. With this new feature, the viewers will have the convenience of pausing at any definite time and readjusting the screen at a 360-degree view as per comfort.

The change in the Auction game

The transfers and the retention lists for the IPL 2019 season were announced in November 2018. The player auction IS scheduled on the 18th of December 2018 at Jaipur.

This league brings in a change of perspectives with a lot of lower ranked players given a chance to boost their positions. Players from test playing nation are given an opportunity to test their skills on the ground. The IPL team is looking forward to letting these players gain a name and looks forward to picking them in the coming auctions.

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The statistics show that 130 players which include 44 overseas stars are to be retained by the eight IPL franchises ahead of next month’s IPL auction.

Chennai Super Kings made the least amount of cut and just released three players, defending their positions. Kings XI Punjab went for a big drill, releasing 11 players including Yuvraj Singh.  Steve Smith and David Warner are set to make their IPL comebacks after being retained by their respective franchises.

Quinton de Kock is transferred to Mumbai Indians (previously Royal Challengers Bangalore). Shikhar Dhawan shifted to Delhi Daredevils (previously Sunrisers Hyderabad). Mandeep Singh shifted to Kings XI Punjab (previously RCB). Marcus Stoinis shifts to RCB (previously KXIP)Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma moved to Sunrisers Hyderabad (previously Delhi Daredevils).

Additionally,  Delhi Daredevils has been renamed as Delhi Capitals, as announced on 4th of December,2018.

Mid-season transfer to be made compulsory

What happens when cricket adapts the techniques of football? It just makes it more technical and strong. The fresh season of IPL brings with it mid-season transfer window, would ensure that teams have enough time to change the tournament picks midway and change the strategies, as well as giving a chance to the players on the waiting arena.

The transfer window will be 5-day long, where teams would be enabled to select uncapped players who have played two or fewer games.

The last innings for some old favourites

Here is an enlisted sequence of players playing their innings for the last time:

Harbhajan Singh

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This efficient player who kicked off the IPL leagues since the first season is all set to make an exit after the 2019 season. He is currently retained by the Chennai Super Kings after 2018 campaigning.

Yuvraj Singh

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Released by his team due to poor performance in the last innings, he is presumed to be auctioned. This phenomenal striker couldn’t make a great mark in the peak periods as well.

Shane Watson

This well-built Australian all-rounder could be on the exiting mode after the upcoming edition of IPL 2019. He has been all the way consistent in knocking the runs for his side across the globe. He has been the wrecker-in-chief when CSK knocked out SRH in IPL 2018 final as well.

Chris Gayle

Bagged in by a  last-minute buyer in the IPL 2018, when Preity Zinta took him for his base price of INR 2 Crores. His comebacks repaid them brilliantly by scoring well on a regular basis, which made them retain him for IPL 2019. Considering his age and fitness, it would be the last of his series.

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