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Teams will be seen in a new style in the 15th season of IPL, starting with the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders


Mumbai: A boy with roots in Kerala, born in Mumbai and will now take charge of Kolkata. The second boy who reached Chennai from Gujarat and became a beloved there. He will now come on the field as the ‘Thala’ (leader) of the Super Kings. Shreyas Iyer will play in his hometown but his allegiance will always be towards Kolkata. Ravindra Jadeja will be seen doing ‘Visilpodu’ when he comes against Gujarat, will fight for Chennai. This is the specialty of IPL and for this reason it is the most unique cricket league in the world. Today, when the first match of IPL-15 will be played, it will also be a test of the captaincy of Iyer and Jadeja.

10 teams after 11 years
The IPL, which has given a hefty price and a new identity to Indian cricket, is ready to spread its color at home with 10 teams. Today will be played between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and last year’s runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). This will be the first time since 2011 that 10 teams will clash for the trophy. This time two new teams will make their IPL debut in the form of Lucknow Supergiants and Gujarat Titans.

Test of multiple captains
This could be the last season of the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the IPL. He left the captaincy before the first match and handed over the command to Jadeja. All eyes will be on Jadeja as he has to lead a team that Dhoni has been leading since 2008 which is a four-time champion. This time the leadership skills of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal will also be tested. Iyer will lead KKR while Rahul will take charge of Lucknow and Hardik Gujarat. Agarwal has been made the captain of Punjab. Iyer has previously captained Delhi Capitals while Rahul has captained Punjab Kings. For Hardik, this will be his first experience of captaincy in the IPL.

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claim for world cup
It will be a challenge for the pitch curators to keep the pitches alive for two months but there is every possibility of big scores in the tournament. The T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia this year and in such a situation, the IPL will also decide the fate of some Indian players. Mumbai Indians team will play at their home ground but its captain Rohit Sharma has made it clear that he will not get any extra benefit from it. At Royal Challengers Bangalore, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli who has stepped down as captain. Faf du Plessis, who was associated with CSK for a long time, has been given the captaincy of RCB. It remains to be seen whether the fate of the team turns upside down under his leadership.

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audience will return
After the situation of Covid in the country is under control, cricket fans will get a chance to enjoy the matches by visiting the stadium for the first time since 2019. All IPL matches will be played in India and 25 percent of the stadium’s capacity will be able to see the spectators in the stadium. With the addition of two new teams, the total number of matches has increased from 60 to 74, taking the tournament to more than two months. All the teams, however, will play only 14 matches in the league stage. The Indian cricket board had a tough lesson in 2021 when it had to postpone the tournament midway due to the outbreak of the pandemic and later complete it in the UAE. Keeping this in mind, at present the league stage matches will be held at three locations in Mumbai and Pune so that there is no need to travel by air.

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