It is the time of the year to celebrate the best festival of summer cricket! April and May are full of joy for cricket fans that will see the IPL action culminate in the Final on 21st May at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The stadium is also hosting the tournament opener match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challengers Bangalore on 5 April.
Over the years, Hyderabadis basically supported Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore with all the festive fervour, just because of the legendary players who appear for those teams. The local flavour, Sunrisers Hyderabad, is slowly building its fan base as well. After all, the Sunrisers, defending champions, is not just a collection of superstars with dollars splashed in frenzy, but one that is a great combination of pieces which can work together perfectly.
IPL is the only place where Indian fans get to see all the stars of cricket galaxy at a time. They’ll get the hotness of India’s fiery skipper Virat Kohli, who set last year’s IPL on fire with four centuries, apart from becoming the tournament’s most prolific run-getter, is a colossal reason. Then there is Mr. 360, AB de Villiers. One may ask any cricket lover if he still loves ABD and the answer would be, ‘Always’!
Chennai Super Kings isn’t playing in this IPL due to suspension, and Royal Challengers Bangalore might miss out on the services of its talismanic skipper, Kohli for a few games at least, because of a shoulder injury he sustained during the recent Test series against Australia. That could be a huge boost for the home team, Sunrisers, who is playing RCB in their first match.
Kohli, the run-machine, is also a style icon, thanks to perfect grooming, umpteen brand endorsements and a fan following that cuts across genders. After Kohli, the attention of the fans is reserved for Captain Cool, MS Dhoni, who this year will appear for the first time as a regular player, Steven Smith taking over the captaincy of Pune Rising Supergiant.
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians skipper, and IPL’s third highest run-getter.
IPL is being supported from various parts of the world and the crowd is not one-sided. There will be both cheerings and booings from every corner of the country.
As the sun of IPL rises, there would be teeming with sports, fans that plan on beating the heat by chilling out with friends over a game of T20 cricket, the perfect combination of adrenaline and skill – ideal for a cricket-mad nation.