The Indian Premier League or IPL is a seasonal celebration of cricket. The Men’s Twenty-20 cricket is held annually in India and various matches are played amongst 10 city-based teams owned by various business groups, celebrities etc. These teams consist of both Indian players and International players that are chosen through a bidding system. Starting in March/April, IPL now has become a summer staple for Indians.
Whose ‘Stats’ are in favour?
Since its beginning on 31st March, 2023, 23 IPL matches have been played including the KKR versus MI and the GT versus RR matches that were played yesterday. Both of these matches have been a nail-biting experience making it an eventful Sunday for cricket fans across the country.
KKR versus MI
Between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, MI won the match with 5 wickets and 14 balls left. The match was held at Wankhede Stadium and a home-ground victory for the MI came as a delight to the fans. Ishan Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav were the top scorers for Mumbai Indians, Ventakesh Iyer from KKR scored a century and won the player of the match despite the team’s loss. Hritik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla and Suyash Sharma were top bowlers for their respective teams.
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GT versus RR
The second match for the evening was played between Gujarat Tigers and Rajasthan Royals and RR won the match with 3 wickets and had 4 balls left in their kitty. The top scorers for GT were David Miller and Shubman Gill scoring 46 and 45 runs respectively. Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer got RR closer to victory with their 60 and 56 runs contributions respectively. Mohammed Shami did a stellar job for Gujarat by taking 3 crucial wickets.
A turn of events
Today is a very interesting day for IPL fans as the two popular teams RCB and CSK are scheduled to play a match. Both of these teams are neck to neck on the points table. Chennai and Bangalore are both at 4 points each but seeing MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli face each other will be a dream of many. Former captains, Virat is called the Fire whereas Dhoni is the Ice, have a deep affinity towards each other.
IPL has always been a starry event having the big names adorn the game. While two teams are owned by Bollywood celebrities- KKR is owned by the King Khan of Bollywood and Preity Zinta is a part-owner of Punjab Kings, many celebrities are also seen at the game. The rising star Rashmika Mandana and Tamanna Bhatia were seen performing and enjoying themselves at the opening match. When the song Swami played at the stadium, the crowd went wild and joined Rashmika for the hook step.
Bollywood and Cricket also have a romantic angle as many actresses from Bollywood are married to top cricketers and when these women come out in support of their loved ones, it’s an added feather of glamour for the IPL. Anushka Sharma was recently spotted cheering for Virat Kohli who is the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The lady in white looked charming and soon became the headline for many. As reported by Filmfare, there has been news making rounds that Salman Khan will be promoting his upcoming release, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, at an IPL game.
Influencers have an influence on IPL too
Many of our favourite Instagram influencers have also been following the game closely and have their set of favourites. Viraj Ghelani is one such influencer who is seen cheering for Mumbai Indians. Whether a win or a loss, Viraj shows his unwavering support to the team.
Shubham Gaur is another Instagram Content creator who has been enjoying the game. His favourite team for the season is Lucknow Super Giants and he has extended full support to the team. He is also seen making some fun content with the team players as well as for the team.
The IPL game is not limited to the teams playing but also between the fans. Our influencers have picked the side. Tell us in the comments which team you are supporting and who is likely to win the trophy.
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