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Indian Premier League 2018 - A Brief

The day is finally here. We have been waiting for the Indian T20 League to begin for a while now. The excitement, the passion, and the tension in the air are almost palpable. This league has been successful from day one. It might be a surprise to a few cynics here and there. Here’s a list of reasons as to why even on the cusp of the eleventh edition, the event is just as popular. Probably more.
In India, Cricket is like a religion. We have our own Gods in Sachin Tendulkar and the likes. Sachin Tendulkar has his own temple. This league is a way to celebrate the religion. Something like what Diwali is to the Hindus.



The creation, innovation and the magnitude of the game only get bigger and better. The money involved. Oh, the money. I think that pretty much sums it all, doesn’t it?
One change though. IPL 2018 will have just a single opening ceremony unlike last year, where one was held in each of the eight home venues of the franchises. Believe it or not, even IPL has budget cuts. The opening has been rescheduled. It has been postponed from April 6th to April 7th at Wankhede before the 2018 IPL opener. The schedule for the rest of the tournament, though, remains unchanged. The final, as scheduled earlier, will be played on May 27 at the Wankhede.
The rules are exciting.  The game is challenging. A lot is at stake.

We, Fantain, want you fans also to win something out of all this as well. We have our Fantasy App that lets you, the fans, pick your dream team. It doesn't matter who your idol is and which country he plays for. If you like him,and if you think he can score; he is on your team. Isn’t that really something?

As always, this season also has so much more to look forward to. It is two months of non-stop action. Some of the greatest players in the world come together to play. The opening ceremony involves several big Bollywood stars. There is no shortage of action or drama in the world of T20 League.
Even the cynics cannot refuse now, can they?
The auction is just over. Let's take a look at the top trivia of the sale.
Trivia
·        Jaydev Unadkat became the most expensive Indian player at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction when he was bought by Rajasthan Royals in Bengaluru on Sunday. He was bought for the price of Rs.11.5 crore. They beat KKR, KXIP and CSK.
·        Manish Pandey (SRH) and KL Rahul (KXIP)  ruled the opening day with a price of 11 crore.
·        Ben Stokes (12.5 C) became the most expensive player at the IPL auction for the second year running as he was taken by RR.
·        RR also took claim on Aussie Pacer Andrew Tye. With a base price of 1 crore, he was eventually bought for a cool 7.2 C. Nice shooing.
·        RR also took over off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs.6.2 Crore. Another expensive bid.
Let’s take a look at the teams and the players in each team.

Kolkata Knight Riders:
Captain - Dinesh Karthik
Coach - Jacques Kallis
Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhede, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Mitchell Johnson, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Javon Searles

Rajasthan Royals:
Captain - Steve Smith
Coach - Shane Warne
Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson , Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D'Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkar, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan, Shreyas Gopal, MS Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Dushmantha Chameera, Jatin Saxena

Chennai Super Kings:
Captain - MS Dhoni
Coach - Stephen Fleming
MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Asif KM, Lungi Ngidi, Kanishk Seth, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Dhruv Shorey

Mumbai Indians:
Captain - Rohit Sharma
Coach - Mahela Jayawardhane
Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Jason Behrendorff, Tajinder Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nideesh M D Dinesan, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah

Kings XI Punjab:
Captain - R Ashwin
Coach - Brad Hodge
Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pradeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Chris Gayle, Manzoor Dar, Javon Searles

Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Captain - David Warner
Coach - Tom Moody
David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natrajan, Basil Thampi, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammad Nabi, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Sreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehedi Hasan

Delhi Daredevils:
Captain - Gautam Gambhir
Coach - Ricky Ponting
Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh

Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Captain - Virat Kohli
Coach - Daniel Vettori
Virat Kohli, Sarfaraz Khan, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin De Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Anirudha Joshi, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Pavan Deshpande

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