The 2018 IPL will be the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Indian cricket fans will be happy to see that the tournament has been given a much needed makeover. Fans have been accustomed to seeing the usual franchises and team captains take part for over a decade and as a result, some of the fizz has faded over the years.
New Captains And Old Franchises Return
The biggest boost that the 2018 IPL will see is the return of the popular Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise which is led by MS Dhoni. Rajasthan Royals (RR) will also return to the 2018 IPL and Aussie captain Steven Smith will lead the team and Shane Warne will serve as coach. The two franchises were suspended for the last two years and are eager to make an impact during this IPL.
However, there have been a number of changes to the CSK and RR team line-up. R Ashwin who is from Chennai will no longer be a part of the CSK franchise as he has been selected to captain the Kings XI Punjab franchise. D Karthik who is also from Chennai has been selected to captain the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Gautam Gambhir who captained KKR for a number of years was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils and he will captain the side.
Most Squads Will Have A New Player Line-up
CSK will have several new faces in their line-up. Harbhajan Singh who played for the Mumbai Indians will now wear CSK colours along with Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav and Shane Watson.
Delhi Daredevils will see new faces in KG Rabada, Colin Munro and Jason Roy while Kings XI Punjab will see the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye and Mohit Sharma in uniform.
KKR has a great line-up and will hope that M Starc can play the full tournament. They will also see the return of Andre Russel and Chris Lynn. Rajasthan Royals will be counting on their English players to fire as they have Ben Stokes and Jos Butler as their overseas players. Steven Smith will also be relying on A Rahane, S Samson and J Unadkat to live up to their reputations.
RCB has always threatened but rarely delivered over the years. Virat Kohli will once again lead the side and AB De Villiers will most like be vice-captain. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Quinton de Kock will most likely be the overseas players to make the final eleven.
IPL fans will be interested to see how each team settles in with their new captains and players. The 2018 IPL will start on 7th April with the first match taking place between the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.