The Indian Premier League has metamorphosed into a gigantic sporting phenomenon, and the ambit of the games has increased with each passing year. The much awaited ipl 2018 auction is finally over, and this time the franchisees have put their bet on lesser-known players. One one hand we have players who have been bought for mind-boggling sum while some other players have been left in the lurch.

The extravaganza will start from April 7 and this year two teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals making a comeback into the IPL after their suspension. There are many surprises also, and the major one is the parting ways of Gautam Gambhir and KKR.

The gutsy skipper has led the KKR team over the finishing line a couple of times. However this year KKR has increased its bowling strength with the addition of adding two U19 speedsters, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi.

The nursery of future players

The IPL auction 2018 saw many greenheads go under the hammer. The IPL continues to throw up young talent who find a way into the national team.

Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah are some examples. One of the players who are in good form in the domestic cricket is Dhruv Shorey. With an average of 60.60 and a strike rate of 141.58 in the recently concluded local T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, while playing for Delhi, he could tear apart any bowling attack.

IPL 2018 to Be Live Streamed in VR by Hotstar

Star India has announced that it will stream live all the IPL T20 matches on its digital platform in virtual reality form. Star India has set a target to reach 700 million viewers for the IPL 2018.

Fans will be able to choose different camera angles. Star India also plans to stream the matches in six different languages.IPL will be a two-month carnival, but Star India plans it to milk it commercially for at least six months starting with the retention event.

Mumbai Indians who are the reigning champions will be taking the comeback giants, Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural match in Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium.

CSK will be making a comeback after two years ban for involvement in corruption.

The second fixture is between Delhi Daredevils playing against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi. Kings Punjab will play three matches in Indore and the other four in Mohali. The IPL 2018 will be held at nine different venues and will stretch across 51 days.

There will be 48 evening matches and 12 matches that will start in daylight. The opening ceremony will take place in Mumbai on April 6. The double fixtures will be held on April 8and will take place between Delhi Daredevils/Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders / Royal Challengers.

Like the Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals will be playing after a two years ban for being involved in corruption. RR will be playing their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad capital on April 9.

Women IPL next year?

With Women Cricket coming of age, BCCI is planning to start an IPL for women next year. As a preparatory move, it will be holding some exhibition matches this year. This was revealed by the Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai to the Times of India. IPL Governing Council (GC) is also reported to have discussed the matter in October last year.

The Indian team is just back after a good tour of South Africa where they lost the Test series 2-1 but won the ODI series (5-1) and the T20 series by a margin of 2-1. The players will now head to Australia to play a full-fledged series before getting ready for the IPL grind in April. Fans are looking forward to Chennai Super Kings to be led by MS Dhoni.