The IPL 2022 season is set to get underway. The 15th season of the Indian Premier League will kick off on March 26 with a rematch of last year’s finals, while the will take place on May 29. The defending champs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will clash horns with the runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the season opener.
What to expect from IPL 2022?
As ever, the IPL Auction 2022 threw up some interesting surprises. There were some real bargain buys, some examples of properly wasted money, some smart purchases and a few big names who went unsold.
The Tata IPL, as it has been dubbed for sponsorship reasons, will be played with a new format that adds two more teams, increasing the number of matches and betting activity. With the new league structure, ten teams are divided into two groups based on past performance in the tournament, much like a seeding system.
In light of this, Group A and Group B are respectively headed by five-time champion Mumbai Indians and last year's finalist Chennai Super Kings.
The league will host 70 matches in total and four playoff matches. They’ll take place across four venues in Mumbai and Pune.
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Chennai Super Kings - CSK IPL 2022 Squad
Chennai Super Kings are the reigning champions and one of the most successful IPL teams with four titles. They’re placed in Group B for the upcoming IPL 2022 season, alongside Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, and Gujarat Titans.
CSK Auction 2022 saw some notable additions to the team. Chennai Super Kings fans will be glad to hear that the team has kept most of its core. They retained Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, and the legendary MC Dhoni, who’ll likely retire after the season.
During the auction, CSK went all-in to acquire former member Deepak Chahak and spent INR 14 crore on the talented bowler. Currently, out of 11 CSK players who won the title in 2021, 8 are back on the roster.Join Now Join Now
Delhi Capitals - DC IPL 2022 Squad
DC are an emerging force in the IPL, having made the playoffs in three of their previous campaigns and reaching the finals in 2020 before losing to the Mumbai Indians. A strong season start saw them finish at the top of the table, but they lost to CSK and KKR in the knockout rounds.
Delhi Capitals auction 2022 ended with the team buying 20 players to complement the existing core of Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje, and the youngster Prithvi Shaw who can be a nightmare for bowlers when he's on.
The New Delhi-based team has assembled a strong roster. Among the prominent DC players joining the squad are David Warner, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and Mustafizur Rahman.
Coach Ricky Ponting remains the head coach, which was expected after its remarkable run the past few years.
In IPL 2022, DC will be in Group A along with RR, MI, KKR, and LSG.Join Now Join Now
Kolkata Knight Riders - KKR IPL 2022 Squad
A powerhouse of the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders possesses two championship trophies with two titles to their credit. They are one of only a few teams to have won more than one title. Based in Kolkata, the franchise is owned by Bollywood actors Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh Khan, and Jai Mehta.
KKR recovered from a dreadful start of the season by winning the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 and reaching their first final since 2014. They were beaten by MS Dhoni’s CSK by 27 runs in the final.
In Kolkata Knight Riders Auction 2022, the team spent big bucks (34 crores in total) only to keep their four-star players - Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, and Sunil Narine. They’ve made some valuable buys in the auction, most notably the batsman Shreyas Iyer auctioned for INR 12.25 crore. Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, and one of India's best fast bowlers Shivam Mavi, were among the marquee KKR players picked up in the auction.
Mumbai Indians - MI IPL 2022 Squad
With five titles in IPL history, Mumbai Indians are the most dominant team in the league. They won their most recent trophy in 2020 when they beat DC in the final. By doing so, they broke the odds-year win pattern.
In 2021, they were eliminated from the playoffs after failing to keep Sunrisers Hyderabad under 65 runs.
In the Mumbai Indians auction 2022, the 5-time champs did quite well. They retained four players - Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav. MI will welcome Ishan Kishan back to its lineup after purchasing his services for a whopping INR 15.25 crores, making him the most expensive player at the 2022 mega auction. A few other high-profile MI players were bought in the auction, including Tim David, Jofra Archer, and Murugan Ashwin.Join Now Join Now
Punjab Kings - PBKS IPL 2022 Squad
Punjab Kings is a Punjab-based franchise that has yet to breakthrough in the IPL. They finished the season in 6th place in 2021, failing to qualify for the playoffs. They hoped to rebuild their squad from scratch as part of the Punjab Kings Auction 2022. The PBKS squad had the largest purse going into the auction because they kept only Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh from the old roster.
At the auction, key acquisitions included South African pacer Kagiso Rabada and former Lancashire star Liam Livingstone for whom the team spent INR 11.5 crore. The auction brought in new PKBS players like Kaagiso Rabada and Johny Bairstow.
For the upcoming season, Mayank Agarwal is expected to assume captaincy.
India Test bowler Umesh Yadav also comes in and he could be important for them.Join Now Join Now
Rajasthan Royals - RR IPL 2022 Squad
Founded in 2008, the Rajasthan Royals is one of the most renowned IPL franchises and one of the eight original teams. Since winning the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2008, when they defeated CSK by three wickets in the final, they haven't achieved much success. With only five wins, RR placed 7th in the 2021 season.
Rajasthan Royals Auction 2022 included 21 signings on the team's roster. RR added top-tier players, like Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin, Devdutt Padikkal and the Guyanese prodigy Shimron Hetmyer. Three RR players were pre-auction locks for next season - Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Jashasvi Jaiswal.Join Now Join Now
Royal Challengers Bangalore - RCB IPL 2022 Squad
Royal Challengers are a top-tier IPL team based in Bangalore. RCB failed to get past the hump on each of their three finals appearances. Their elimination from the playoffs came at the hands of KKR in the IPL 2021 Eliminator.
Virat Kohli's squad was strengthened by 19 players during the Rajasthan Royals 2022 Auction. Some key RCB players picked in the auction include Wanindu Hasaranga, Faf du Plessis, Josh Hazlewood, and Harshal Patel. The franchise retained Mohammed Siraj, Glenn Maxwell, and Virat Kohli for a hefty cost of INR 35 crores.
Faf du Plessis will probably take over the captain's role in the 2022 IPL season from Virat Kohli, who chose to step down following last year's playoff elimination.
Sunrisers Hyderabad - SRH IPL 2022 Squad
Sunrisers Hyderabad made their debut in the IPL in 2013 after succeeding Deccan Chargers as the new representative from Hyderabad. In a short period, SRH achieved great success, winning the league title in 2016 and making the finals in 2018.
Sunrisers Hyderabad auction 2022 went down with 22 players added to the mix, including Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, and Nicholas Pooran. In the auction, Sundar and Pooran were among the two most expensive SRH players with bids of INR 10.75 crores and 8.75 crores, respectively. SRH retained three players from the previous campaign - Abdul Samad, Kane Williamson, and Umran Malik.
Simon Katich had resigned as the assistant coach and was replaced by Simon Helmut.
Lucknow Super Giants - LSG IPL 2022 Squad
Lucknow Super Giants will join from the 2022 season as part of the league's expansion. The new IPL team is owned by Sanjeev Goenka's RPSG Group, which bid INR 7,090 crores - the highest IPL bid in history - to purchase the team.
LSG has put together a cast of versatile talent from the get-go. Ahead of the LSG auction 2022, the team had signed Marcus Stoinis, KL Rahul, and Ravi Bishnoi. Then, it followed it up with acquisitions of all-rounder Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, and Jason Holder from West Indies
The LSG players were brought in for a combined total of INR 90 crores, making it the only team to spend its entire budget during the mega auction. They are seen as a prime contender in the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
Gujarat Titans - GT IPL 2022 Squad
GT is the new kid on the block. Based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the new IPL team will join the league from the 2022 season onward. CVC Capital Partners, a British company, had bid 5.625 crores for the franchise in the 2022 buyout.
Hardik Pandya was named the team's captain. Before the Gujarat Titans auction 2022, the franchise had a purse of INR 52 crores, having selected three draft players for a total of INR 38 crores - Rashid Khan, Hardik Pandya, and Shubman Gill.
Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, and Jason Roy are the top GT players picked at the 2022 auction.
Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra were appointed as the batting and bowling coaches, respectively.
IPL 2022 Most Anticipated Matches
There is no shortage of fierce rivalries in the IPL and that is, of course, one of the many things to look out for when the season gets underway.
One fixture to look out for is Mumbai v Delhi (MI vs DC). With the two matches between the teams Delhi Capitals won two times. This year afrer the good auction Mumbai Indians are determened to change that.
Another big game involving the Mumbai Indians is their clash against CSK.> As the IPL’s two most successful sides, they’ve played plenty of big matches over the years and it’s generally been Mumbai who have had the upper hand, something CSK will no doubt want to change.
As for Chennai, they also always have a big game against RCB. It pits former India captain (in all three formats) MS Dhoni against India’s current skipper (also in all three formats), Virat Kohli. There’s huge respect between Dhoni and Kohli, mutual admiration and it’s worth remembering they scored 100s of runs batting together for India. But it also means that they’re both desperate to get one over each other.
For very different reasons, Rajasthan v Punjab Kings is always a big game. Many a season they’re both trying to avoid finishing last and at least a win over their lowly rivals gives them a chance of not finishing bottom.Join Now