2015 Indian Premier League-A Review
The brand new Indian Premier League cricket season is set to get under way on Wednesday April 8th, at the conclusion of the Cricket World Cup. This will be the eight time that the tournament has taken place, and year on year, the Indian Premier League continues to grow in terms of both popularity and standing and will no doubt provide us with a superb six weeks of Twenty20 action. The odds compilers over at betfair.com have priced the Chennai Super Kings up as the 7/2 favourites to win the 2015 Indian Premier League title, and the two time winners are sure to be a popular choice with cricket punters in the build up to the competition. Founded in 2008, Stephen Fleming’s side are the most successful team in IPL history, and are also the most valuable franchise. Chennai have never finished worse than semi finalists in any of the seven Indian Premier League seasons that have taken place thus far, and last year’s Champions League Twenty20 winners looks set for another exciting campaign.
A total of 60 matches are due to take place throughout the course of the IPL season, with the eight sides competing in a double round robin format, which is then followed by the playoffs. The matches will take place across 12 venues, with the grand final set to be staged in Kolkata on May 24th. Girlfriend of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma, has been booked to perform at the op2015 Indian Premier League opening ceremony, and with Kohli having been in such fine form for the national side in recent times, Bangalore should be one of the leading contenders for this season’s Indian Premier League crown. While they did finish as runners up in both 2009 and 2011, Daniel Vettori’s team have made very little impact in the IPL in recent season, but a number of cricket pundits fancy the Royal Challengers Bangalore to make a better fist of things in 2015. With players such as AB De Villiers, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli in their ranks, Bangalore should really be challenging for top honours, and maybe this will finally be the year where Bangalore are able to fulfil their undoubted potential.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad are arguably one of the outsiders as far as this year’s Indian Premier League title is concerned, but should they manage to reach the playoffs, the Sunrisers have come to an agreement with Kevin Pietersen that will mean he will take part in the latter stages of the competition. Pietersen has asked to be released during the lengthy league period of the IPL as he wishes to concentrate on domestic cricket in England, with a view to regaining a place in the national side. Kevin Pietersen has very recently re-signed for Surrey, and if he can perform well with the bat for that county, he looks likely to be given another opportunity for England. Pietersen appears to be targeting a place in the England squad which will face Australia this summer, and it will be interesting to see whether he achieves that, and also how much he will feature during the 2015 Indian Premier League season, if at all.