IPL 2018, the 11th edition of the T20 extravaganza, begins on April 7 with the fans keenly waiting in anticipation. This season sees the return of two franchises, namely the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, following the completion of their two-year ban.
The 11th Edition of IPL sees a total of 60 matches being played over the span of 51 days. IPL Schedule is made keeping viewers convenience as priority. There will be 2 matches during the weekend while only 1 match on weekdays. Most of the IPL games are scheduled for 8 PM IST while on weekend, the games are scheduled at 4 PM and 8 PM respectively.
Additionally, all eight teams have been completely overhauled. A fresh auction took place on January 27 and 28 for the teams to choose the best of cricketers from across the globe.
The Rising Pune Supergiant and the Gujarat Lions, who plied their trade for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, have been replaced by CSK and RR. All the sides almost entirely revamped their squads, with the auction rules permitting them to retain at most three players while utilising the Right to Match (RTM) card for a maximum of two others.
Expectedly, the Chennai Super Kings chose to keep captain MS Dhoni with them, along with IPL's most prolific run-getter, Suresh Raina, and India's spin-bowling all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja. In addition to retaining these three, they bolstered their squad with the on-boarding of big names like Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis.