The IPL starts today with the opening match between the defending champions & 3-time winners Mumbai Indians and 2-time winners Chennai Super Kings, who are returning to the IPL after a 2-year ban.

What’s in store this IPL:

cricketball icon 60 thrilling matches will be played in 51 days.
cricketball icon 3-time winners Mumbai Indians and the most successful IPL side will be looking to increase their winning count to 4.
cricketball icon 2-time winners Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will be playing to win this time.
cricketball icon 1-time winner Rajasthan Royals back from a 2-year ban will be looking at ending their losing streak at the trophy
cricketball icon Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad & Kings XI Punjab will be looking to win their first IPL trophy this year.
cricketball icon Qualifier 1 will be played on May 22 at Wankhede, Mumbai
cricketball icon Eliminator will be played on May 23 in Pune
cricketball icon Qualifier 2 will be played on May 25 in Pune
cricketball icon Final will be played on May 27 at Wankhede, Mumbai

Heavy Weights in IPL:

cricketball icon Suresh Raina has scored the most runs 4,450 & has also played the most matches 161 in IPL
cricketball icon Lasith Malinga has the highest wicket taker record with 154 wickets taken
cricketball icon Chris Gayle has the record of top scorer in a match with 175* in 2013 against Pune Warriors

Stars to Watch Out for this IPL:

cricket_bat_icon Virat Kohli RCB’s captain is the only player to have spent 11 years with one franchise, has been very close to winning the title once but still looking for his first IPL title

cricket_bat_icon M S Dhoni CSK’s captain, back to CSK after 2 years with Pune franchise. Would he be able to come back to his explosive yet cool form that he is known for is what needs to be seen

cricketball icon R Ashwin KXIP’s captain currently out of India’s ODI side will be eager to prove a point

cricket_bat_icon Andre Russell West Indies allrounder will be a key player for KKR though he is back from a doping ban