I am here with this podcast covering the cricket activities of the week, Sanjay Banerjee ka Namaskar- Suno Dil Se. The world’s biggest cricket league – IPL is starting today. The league is in its 16th year, obviously the youth of the league is now at its peak. In this league of 10 teams, people are keeping an eye on foreign players along with Indians. The defending champions Gujarat Titans will start the 16th year of the league against four-time former champions Chennai Super Kings from Ahmedabad. Obviously, the next two months are going to be very interesting in the entire cricket world.
Due to Kovid and some other reasons, the full spread of IPL could not be seen in the last four seasons, but this time the story is different. ‘Home and Away’ matches will happen again, whereas in the last few seasons it was held at neutral venues. This time, in this league of ten teams, spectators can enjoy the matches on a total of 12 grounds. The Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati will host these games for the first time. Apart from this, Dharamshala will be used as a neutral ground. All the teams have been placed in two groups of five each.
Teams from the same group will face each other once, while five teams from other groups will face each other twice. On this basis, after 70 league matches are played, there will be four more playoff matches. In this way, each team will get to play 14-14 matches in the league stage. Teams in Group A are Mumbai, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Delhi and Lucknow while Group B includes Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Punjab and Gujarat.
As far as the teams are concerned, almost all of them have tried to include better informed players from their side. But due to injury even before the start of the league, some had to withdraw their names. This mainly includes Jaspreet Bumrah of Mumbai Indians and Rishabh Pambha of Delhi Capitals. Apart from this, Shreyas Iyer of Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajat Patidar of Royal Challengers Bangalore will also not play in the initial round.
In the last season, two new teams Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants impressed, obviously this time also better performance is expected from these two. The presence of Kane Williamson in Gujarat Titans, captained by Hardik Pandya, will strengthen the batting a bit. Apart from this, David Miller, Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade will also be there. Apart from Rashid Khan, the bowling will be handled by Mohammed Shami, Shivam Mavi and Alzarri Joseph.
The team of Chennai Super Kings will enter with the charismatic hopes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With the inclusion of Ben Stokes of England in this, a wonderful combination has been created in the team. Stokes’ role in making England two-time World Cup champions cannot be underestimated, while Dhoni himself is the captain of many ICC trophies for India. It would be really thrilling for Mahi to play another season for CSK. This team includes match winning players like Ajinkya Rahane, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner.
The credibility of Mumbai Indians, the most successful team of IPL, is at stake this time. Last time he did not even get an entry in the playoffs, in such a situation, the out-of-form captain Rohit Sharma himself will have to exert his strength. The form of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishaan Kishan can also trouble the team. In the absence of Bumrah, the burden of Mumbai’s entire bowling will be on Joffra Archer.
Last year, Royal Challengers Bangalore reached the playoffs after Virat Kohli left the captaincy. Nevertheless, under the captaincy of Faf du Plessis, RCB will have to depend on Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Siraj to win the title for the first time. With Rajat Patidar returning fit, RCB may get a chance to improve further in the later few matches.
Lucknow Super Giants, playing in the playoffs in their very first attempt, have big name players. Apart from captain Lokesh Rahul himself, Manan Vohra, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Quinton Dickock, Nicholas Pooran, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi will definitely try to do better this time.
Rajasthan Royals has never been a title favorite at the beginning of the season. This time also there is a similar feeling, but it should not be forgotten that this team, which won the title in the very first season, had traveled till the finals in the last season. Sanju Samson will again have to improve his batting skills along with captaincy.
Despite losing to Gujarat in the final, the Rajasthan team’s focus will be towards winning the trophy. In this work, he has the bench strength of better players. Options like Joe Root, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Jos Buttler, R Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa will strengthen the team. In the last season, Jos Buttler also became the player of the tournament due to his batting.
Two-time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders will have to land without captain Shreyas Iyer. In such a situation, Nitish Rana will take over the reins of the team till his return. KKR has excellent cricketers like David Weiss, Shakib Al Hasan, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shardul Thakur and Lockie Ferguson.
Shikhar Dhawan is probably one of those players who never got respect according to his merit. Despite this, he does not miss to do better continuously. This time, Dhawan will make full use of the rest of the players to make Punjab Kings the champion. Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Sam Curran, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada and death overs expert Arshdeep Singh are present to support them. But the team will definitely miss Johnny Bairstow.
Australian opener David Warner will be with Prithvi Shaw and Manish Pandey to sail the Delhi Capitals. Along with Mithun Minhas, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Enrique Nokhia and Kuldeep Yadav will also be there. There will be pressure on Delhi due to the absence of Rishabh Pant, but this team has already won the title and this time also it has the potential.
Sunrisers Hyderabad can bring more excitement in IPL this time, as Aidan Markram is taking charge of the team. The presence of another South African player Heinrich Klaasen will strengthen the team’s batting. Apart from Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar, Adil Rashid, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umran Malik, the one name that scares all the teams is Harry Brook. It is also to be seen what Harry can give to the team after joining at a huge cost. By the way, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will captain the Hyderabad team due to Markram not being in the first match.
Here the first season of Women’s Premier League-ie WPL was strong. Mumbai Indians, captained by Harmanpreet Kaur, won this league in the very first attempt. In the final, Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals, who topped the points table, by seven wickets.
The way the first season of WPL was successful, now a new way has been opened for women’s cricket around the world. Foreign players also made a strong presence felt in this league with their performance. Take the champion Mumbai Indians only, West Indies all-rounder Hayley Mathews became the Player of the Tournament for her outstanding performance. Similarly, Nat Seaver Brunt of England gave an amazing performance. Especially in the Eliminator and Finals.
She was the player of the match in both and played a tremendous role in making Mumbai the champion. Harmanpreet Kaur herself won everyone’s heart among the Indian players. He scored 281 runs with three half-centuries. Be it top five run getters or top five wicket takers – foreign players won in all. One name in bowling was India’s Shaika Ishaq, who proved herself to be the discovery of the league by taking 15 wickets.
By the way, in batting, Australian captain Mag Lanning of Delhi Capitals and Australian Tahilia McGrath of UP Warriors impressed everyone. Whereas in bowling, English cricketer Sophie Eccleston of UP Warriors, Australian Amelia Kerr of Mumbai and Isi Wong dominated. This Wong also scored the only hat-trick.
This time Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore disappointed. Both the teams were out of the playoffs after winning only two out of eight matches.
The Indian player who disappointed the most was Smriti Mandhana. As the captain of RCB, his bat could not cross 35 even once and perhaps this also contributed to the poor performance of the team.
And finally international cricket. India won the four-Test series against Australia 2-1, but the Kangaroos won the three-match ODI series 2-1. During this, the pitch of Indore’s Holkar Ground, which was given a poor rating by the ICC, has now been changed to below average. With this, India will now get one demerit point instead of three. It was a podcast based on the cricketing activities of the week – Suno Dil Se. Hello Sanjay Banerjee.