The 13th season of the IPL starts on March 29 this year. The schedule of knockout matches has also been released. This time also, 8 teams will compete for the title. All double header matches of the tournament are held on Sunday. A total of 60 matches will be played in this tournament lasting 57 days. The finals will be played on May 24 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The first match of the season will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede. In the 2020 auction, Kolkata Knight Riders have included Australia's Pat Cummins with the highest amount of Rs 15.5 crore in their team. The team winning the tournament will get a prize money of Rs 20.83 crore.
Of the 8 teams in the IPL, 6 are headed by Indian players, while Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have captained foreign players. Dhoni, Virat and Rohit will once again be don the captain's hat on ground. Shreyas Iyer and Lokesh Rahul will also try their hand among these giants.
Chennai, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has strengthened its bowling this time by buying players like Piyush Chawla for Rs 6.75 crore, Sam Karan of England for Rs 5.75 crore and Josh Hazlewood of Australia for Rs 2 crore. The biggest strength of this team is Indian players like Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja. Foreign bowlers like Dwayne Bravo and Tahir will once again expect Chennai to perform well. Plessis and Watson will once again have the responsibility of getting off to a good start. Last year, Chennai lost the finals by just 1 run in a thrilling match. Earlier, this team has won the title 3 times.
During the auction this year, Delhi has bought 8 players and has also added Ashwin and Rahane during the video trading. Delhi, formerly filled with young players, now looks balanced. After spending Rs 7.75 crore, this team has added Caribbean batsman Simran Hetmeyer to the team. Rahane and Dhawan will handle the opening for Delhi, while captain Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Hetmyer will handle the opening for Delhi, while captain Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Hetmyer will be seen playing in the middle order. South Africa's Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra will lead the bowling attack.
After spending Rs 10.75 crore, Punjab has added Glenn Maxwell of Australia once again to his team. Sheldon Cottrell of West Indies has also been bought by this team for Rs 8.50 crore. Punjab has added 9 players in total this year. The captaincy of the team has been handed over to Lokesh Rahul, initially held by from R Ashwin. Rahul, Gayle and Maxwell will have the responsibility of scoring runs, while Shami and Afghanistan's Mujir ur Rehman will take over the bowling. Punjab has not won any title so far. Lokesh Rahul will be seen in the captaincy role for the first time.
Kolkata has bought Pat Cummins of Australia for Rs 15.50 crore by making the most expensive deal of IPL auction 2020. England captain Ain Morgan has also been included in the team for a price of Rs 5.50 crore. A total of 9 new players have joined KKR this year. Dinesh Karthik is also the captain of the team this time. Kolkata has won the IPL title in the years 2012 and 2014.
Mumbai, who won the IPL 4 times, bid on 6 players this time. The team's mistress Nita Ambani bought Australia's Nathan Coulter Nile for Rs 8 crore and Chris Lynn for Rs 2 crore. Rohit Sharma is the captain of the team. Players like Bumrah and Bolt will lead the bowling attack. This team has a gamut of stars with players like Malinga, Pollard, Hardik and Jicock.
Rajasthan has changed its entire team by adding 11 new players to its team. In lieu of Ajinkya Rahane, the Royals have picked up 2 players from Delhi and bought Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat for Rs 3 crore in the auction. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored the most runs in the Under-19 World Cup in February 2020, is also with this team. After winning the first season, this team never made it to the finals.
Bangalore bought Chris Morris of South Africa for Rs 10 crore. Rs 4.40 crore has included Aron Finch of Australia. The captain of this team, which has not won a single title in 12 years, is Virat Kohli. This year 7 new players are associated with the team.
Hyderabad has bought 7 players in the 2020 auction. Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has bought for Rs 2 crore and Under 19 team captain Priyam Garg for Rs 1.90 crore. Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, David Warner and Johnny Bairstro are strong aspects of the team. Hyderabad, who first joined the IPL since 2013, won the tournament in 2014.