Indian Premier League

Sport: Cricket
Country: India India
Founding year: 2008
Teams: 8
Teams promoted / relegated: 0

The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the top eight teams in the country face off in what has often been described as the biggest league in the world. Chennai Super Kings will start off the defending champions after having won their first title last season with a finals win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. And you can get all the Indian Premier League information, including its live streaming options, predictions, squads and schedule for this 12th season below. Also, if you are interested in the Indian Premier League tickets, we will update that before the competition begins.

History of Indian Premier League:

The IPL was founded by the Indian cricket board, the BCCI in 2007 with the first ever season that was played in 2008. It is the only cricket league in the world to now have a cricket window on the ICC Futures Tour Programme. With a brand value that runs into billions of dollars, the IPL is quite easily the biggest cricket in the world, and one of the top 25 sports leagues in the world by revenue - some of the others been played over 10 months in a year as opposed to the IPL which is played over just two months.

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have both won the IPL title three times with the Super Kings having also been runner-up on four different occasions. Among other winners, the Rajasthan Royals won the title in the first season, beating Chennai in the final before Deccan Chargers were the 2009 winners against Royal Challengers Bangalore in season 2. Kolkata Knight Riders have won it twice while Sunrisers Hyderabad were other winners in 2016. Hyderabad had replaced the Deccan Chargers as one of the teams in the tournament when the latter failed to pay their bank guarantee.

Currently, the teams that feature in the IPL include

  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Delhi Daredevils
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Kings XI Punjab
  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad

Teams that had participated in the past:

  • Rising Pune Supergiant
  • Gujarat Lions
  • Deccan Chargers
  • Pune Warriors India
  • Kochi Tuskers

What Happened in the previous IPL season:

The Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals returned to the IPL competition after having been suspended for two years and replaced the Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant. The Sunrisers Hyderabad finished the league stage of the tournament at the top of the table while Chennai, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals were the other sides to qualify for the playoffs. Defending champions Mumbai Indians bit the dust with six wins from the tournament, one short of making it to the playoffs.

Chennai made it to the final by beating Hyderabad in the first Qualifier before Kolkata knocked Rajasthan out in the Eliminator. This meant Hyderabad and Kolkata met yet again and a 3/19 from Rashid Khan helped the Sunrisers make it to the final by beating the Knight Riders in that game. In the final, the Chennai Super Kings chased down 179 to beat Hyderabad and win the title thanks to a Shane Watson century.

Kane Williamson finished the tournament as the best batsman, scoring 735 runs followed by Rishabh Pant (684), KL Rahul (684) and Ambati Rayudu (659). Among bowlers, Andrew Tye’s 24 was the best effort in the tournament which was followed by Rashid Khan, who grabbed 21, and Sid Kaul who did the same too. Umesh Yadav bagged 20.

Winners of Previous IPL Season:

2008: Rajasthan Royals Beat Chennai Super Kings in the final

2009: Deccan Chargers Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final

2010: Chennai Super Kings Beat Mumbai Indians in the final

2011: Chennai Super Kings Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final

2012: Kolkata Knight Riders Beat Chennai Super Kings in the final

2013: Mumbai Indians Beat Chennai Super Kings in the final

2014: Kolkata Knight Riders Beat Kings XI Punjab in the final

2015: Mumbai Indians Beat Chennai Super Kings in the final

2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad Beat Royal Challerngers Bangalore in the final

2017: Mumbai Indians Beat Rising Pune Supergiant in the final

2018: Chennai Super Kings Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final

Current IPL Format & Schedule

There have been a couple of seasons in which more than eight teams had featured in the IPL but this time around, much like the previous season, only eight teams will continue participating in the tournament. What that means is the eight sides face off against each other on a home and away basis, making it a total of 14 games for each side and 56 matches in all during the league stage of the tournament.

This is followed by four playoffs matches, including two Qualifiers and one Eliminator followed by the grand final. The tournament schedule for the 2019 edition of the IPL will be released in 2019 with the competition expected tor be played partly in an overseas country like UAE or South Africa.

Indian Premier League Schedule for 2019 (all local timings)

More information on the IPL schedule for the 2019 edition will be released towards the start of the competition. For now, it seems the tournament will be played, in part, in either UAE or South Africa.

How to watch the 2019 Indian Premier League Live Streaming & other Broadcast Options?

The IPL had a deal with Sony TV for the first 10 seasons of the tournament for its live TV broadcast before it changed hands for the period between IPL 2018-2022 with Star Sports. Star Sports’ cutting edge technology and innovation makes it a brilliant watching experience for Indian viewers. You can also watch the IPL live streaming online with a Hotstar subscription.

Here’re the other countries and how you can watch the Indian Premier League live streaming and on TV:

India: Star SportsNew Zealand: Sky SportBangladesh: Sony TEN2Pakistan: PTV SportsSouth Africa: SuperSportSri Lanka: Sony Six, Sony ESPNUK: BT SportCanada: CBN & ATN CricketUSA: Willow, ARY Digital Network

The live telecast details of the Indian Premier League for the other countries will be updated as and when we get more information on it.

Indian Premier League Tips & Predictions

We will update the match by match tips and predictions for the eighth season of the Indian Premier League here before the start of and during the tournament.

Indian Premier League Squads

The IPL squads for the 12th edition of the competition will be finalised at the end of the IPL auction that will be held during December 2018. However, before that, the IPL teams were asked to name their retained players, traded players and released players and they have come up with the following squads for now. We will update the IPL squads at end of the IPL auction as well.

Mumbai Indians:

Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff.

Rajasthan Royals:

Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan

Chennai Super Kings:

MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi

Kings XI Punjab:

Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya,

Kolkata Knight Riders

Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Delhi Daredevils

Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult

Indian Premier League Tickets

Since this tournament is a franchise-based one, all the franchises have the option to sell their respective home game tickets using their own methods. Different teams adopt different online methods to allow fans to buy their tickets online and here’re the options available for different sides.

Chennai Super



Kolkata Knight

Kings XI


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