Indian Premier League (IPL) is a major cricket event and a league everyone is looking forward to. Last year, 2021, came as a big surprise, not only due to the world circumstances but also as we had an unexpected champion, the underdog team Chennai Super Kings – whose poor 2020 season didn’t suggest such a turnaround.
IPL 2021 Was Surprising: Highlights
Chennai Super Kings clinched their fourth IPL title when they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the final at the Dubai International Stadium. It was a major comeback for MS Dhoni and his team, considering they failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2020 season. CSK posted 192 for three, and despite having a few lucky reprieves, KKR managed 165/9 in their 20 overs and fell well short of the target. The man with the golden arm for CSK was Shardul Thakur, who struck twice in an over which started the downfall of KKR.
What sent CSK on their way was Shardul ending up with three wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja took two. Another brilliant player was the Australian pacer Josh Hazelwood, who took 2 wickets for just 29 runs off his four overs.
On the other hand, KKR’s chase got off to a good start, with MS Dhoni dropping a sitter in the second over to give Venkatesh Iyer a lifeline. Shubman Gill also played some fine shots. Iyer was a man on a mission and smashed three sixes and five fours. What made a very bizarre moment in the IPL 2021 was when Gill went for a big hit against Jadeja. But he ended up skying his shot and the ball hit the spider cam cable. Ambati Rayudu kept his cool and completed the catch, but the ball was declared dead.
Another highlight of the IPL 2021 was the director of IPL cricket – Sri Lankan batting great Sangakkara was made director of cricket in February. In the end, the last season held a standard of 8 great teams who battled against each other, which is going to be changed in 2022:
- Chennai Super Kings
- Delhi Capitals
- Punjab Kings
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Mumbai Indians
- Rajasthan Royals
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
IPL 2022: Bigger, Better, Stronger
The IPL 2022 season promises to be a lot better, brighter, bigger, and stronger than last year’s. The mega-auction will be held on February 12 and 13, and Bengaluru will be the host. There are new things coming up this season, including new teams and their lineups, new coaches, and a new director.
This year’s IPL will be a 10-team affair, with two new additions – Lucknow and Ahmedabad are joining the previous season’s teams. This means that IPL 2022 is going to be bigger, better, and more exciting than ever before.
What is more, these two new franchises will completely change the dynamics of the IPL. Because the RPSG Group picked Lucknow as their home base with a Rs 7,090 winning bid, and Irelia Company Pvt Ltd opted for Ahmedabad with a bid of Rs 5,625 crore.
This new season is really promising, with the new dynamics being fully anticipated by both players and fans. All fans are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the mega-auction, not to mention how excited they are to see the season finally start. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is not only the most popular cricket league in India, but it is also the top T20 club league in the world. And one of the most exciting tournaments for fans and bettors. Each year, 8 teams have been on the table, playing from March to May, drawing together the best Indian cricket betting sites to offer various betting markets. With two additional teams added to the pool, the upcoming season will surely ignite the atmosphere.
As mentioned, the mega-auction will take place on February 12 and 13, and it will be in Bengaluru. This auction will decide the fate of players, and it will dictate how teams will shape up in the future. Many say that half the battle in IPL is generally won on auction days. The players picked by the franchise here play a major role in building the strength of the team. With 10 teams in the line, and many good players free for auction, no wonder why 2022’s auction will be big.
Since this season will have 10 teams and 74 games, the new format is bound to happen. Last year, we had 8 teams and 60 games. This time the numbers are higher. And the BCCI has discussed the length of the season to be over 60 days.
Each team will have 14 league games with the current format (7 home and away games). But there is a chance for the format to revert to the group system. IPL 2022 is more likely to use the model from the 2011 season where they also had 10 teams which they split into two groups.
This new format will bring new challenges to the franchises. They will have to adopt new game plans and ideas in order to go for the win.
New Stars Are on the Rise
Every IPL season brings new trends and surprises, such as a subtle evolution of T20 cricket and new Indian talent. The last couple of seasons brought us big names like Devdutt Padikkal, Ravi Bishnoi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Umran Malik, and many others. For the new season, the scouts of teams are keeping their eye on the star performers of last season, including Vijay Hazare Trophy and U-19 Asia Cup.
Return to India
Lastly, IPL 2022 will go back home to India. During the speech in Chennai, BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that IPL will be returning to India. But due to the Omicron threat, BCCI is going to think over their decision and alternate plans will be discussed. However, the option of going back to the UAE is off the board. And the organizers are exploring the idea of organizing the entire tournament in Mumbai and Pune only, or in the Gujarat cities of Ahmedabad, Baroda, and Rajkot.
Also, let’s not forget that the new director of cricket will be Vikram Solanki, who is also excited for the new season to start. IPL 2022 will certainly be super exciting, and it holds some great promises for the new teams, players, coaches, and the director.