So Indian Premier League is here again! It’s just a few days away, starting on April 7, 2018. IPL is the most celebrated, talkative and glamorous kind of tournament enjoy by not only common peeps but the celebrities from the business world to Bollywood too.
From the tiffs on the field, kissing moments and other controversies, IPL provides all that Masala that stays fresh in the mind for years and entertains at its best. With the advent of the game, there are several things that you need to know if you are a fan of IPL. Here is the list of the things that you probably didn’t know about IPL 2018.
Strongest team after IPL 2018 Auction
Which team has the best squad after the IPL 2018 auction? Perhaps the question every fan wants to know. During IPL 2018 player’s auction on January 27-28, a total of 169 players were sold among 8 franchises in Bengaluru. Team owners spent Rs 431.7 crore in total during the mega event. Depending on the players, it seems Royal Challengers Bangaluru and Sunrisers Hyderabad made the best deal out of the auction.
RCB, this time will come up with a hardcore batting line-up including players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Sarfaraz Khan, etc with a gang of stupendous all-rounders – Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar and Colin de Grandhomme. Their bowling squad is also no less and is garnered by Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tim Southee, and Navdeep Saini.
On the other hand, SRH’s pace attack will be spearheaded by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who won the purple cap. He will be assisted by an arsenal of pacers – Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Siddharth Kaul, Syed Khaleel Ahmed and Billy Stanlake. It has ace all-rounders – Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Jordan too. But as one of the main players of the team, David Warner is out due to ban in ball tampering case chances of RCB turning out to be the strongest have increased.
Weakest team after IPL 2018 Auction
Rajasthan Royals is seeming the weakest team in 2018’s IPL. Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler in their side.
However, all the pressure will fall on Unadkat, when it comes to bowling. Steve Smith who will not be the part of IPL2018 due to ban in ball tampering case, made the team weakest with his absence.
Most expensive Indian Player
Guess who was the most expensive Indian player in 2018 auction? It was Jaydev Unadkat, he sold at Rs 11.5 crore and became the most expensive player at Rs 11.5 crore. He also became the most expensive Indian fast-bowler in the history of IPL. Manish Pandey and KL Rahul were the most expensive Indian batsmen at Rs 11 cr each.
Record of the youngest person to ever sit at an IPL auction table
Jhanvi Mehta the daughter of Juhi Chawla and industrialist Jay Mehta, co-owners of Kolkata Knight Riders, made a record on the IPL auction table. She is the youngest person to ever sit at an IPL auction table. She is just 17-year-old.
Indian Billionaire’s son is featuring in IPL not as an owner but as a player
Guess what! Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla’s 20 years old son Aryaman Birla is featuring in this season of IPL. He is purchased by Rajasthan Royals for 30 Lakhs.
Nepalese and Afghan Players in IPL
Sandeep Lamichhane mentored by Michael Clarke is the first player from the Himalayan country of Nepal to play in the Indian Premier League. He is 17-year old leg spinner who made history when he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for 20 lakhs.
Talking about the Afghans, Mujeeb Zadran who was bought by Kings XI Punjab for 4 crores became the third Afghan player to be bought by an IPL franchise. He is 16 years old off-spinner and is one of the youngest players in tournament’s history.
Ban on Cheerleaders, they can’t meet cricketers during after-match parties
The beautiful cheerleaders who cheer for their team by bust-popping and booty-shaking on every four and six will remain banned from meeting the cricketers in this season too. The skimpily-dressed exotic cheerleaders, both of foreign and Indian origin, are set to be banned by the BCCI following reports of wild after-match parties and links to crime barons.
So these were some interesting facts about the upcoming season of IPL. Are you ready for IPL2018? Buck up and support your team!