When does it start and how long does it go for?
Eight teams from around the cricket world's most populous nation will battle it out in the highest-profile domestic T20 tournament on the planet. The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League gets underway on April 5 (12.30am on April 6 for those on Australia’s eastern seaboard) with a rematch of last year’s decider between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. This year’s final will be played on May 21 (that’s May 22 at 12.30am AEDT). All up, the six-and-half-week tournament will feature 60 games including the four playoff matches for the top-four placed teams at the end of the regular season.
How can I follow it?
No Australian television broadcaster has bought the rights for the IPL, meaning the tournament won’t be available on either free-to-air or subscription TV. Fear not, cricket.com.au will have you covered with live scores, news and video highlights from every match.
What happened last year?
David Warner led the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the side’s first-ever title, beating out the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in a thrilling final. We’ve compiled a full recap of how every Australian fared in the 2016 edition of the IPL here.
What happened in this year’s auction?
Pace trio Pat Cummins (sold for AUD$875k), Nathan Coulter-Nile ($680k) and Mitchell Johnson ($375k) led the way for Australia with three sizeable deals in the auction in February. But it was a couple of Englishmen who spectacularly stole the show at what has fast become the most lucrative day on the cricketing calendar. England pair Ben Stokes ($2.8million) and Tymal Mills ($2.3million) each found themselves in bidding wars, with quite incredible results. The other Australians to get picked up in this year’s auction were Dan Christian ($194k), Billy Stanlake ($58k) and Ben Laughlin ($58k), while 15 other Aussies were retained. You can catch up on the full auction-day recap here.
Full squads and where the Aussies are
Aussie watch: Pat Cummins will get his third taste of the IPL with his new side Delhi having been picked up for a cool six-figure deal in the auction. The tearaway played four games for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 and 2015, while he impressed with both bat and ball during the summer’s KFC Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder. Cummins has gotten through an entire season unscathed after a succession of injury-plagued summers and will likely spearhead a Daredevils attack alongside fellow speedster Kagiso Rabada.
Full squad: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.
Aussie watch: There’s a strong Australian contingent at Gujarat, who were a last-over defeat away from playing in last year’s final in their first season in the tournament. Aaron Finch, James Faulkner and Andrew Tye all return for a second season with the side, while former Australia batsman Brad Hodge again takes the reins as coach. Given the depth of international talent at the Lions, both Finch and Faulkner spent time out of the side during last year’s IPL, while Tye rode the bench for the entirety of the competition. Finch could again face competition from the likes of Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum and new recruit Jason Roy for a spot at the top of the order. But the continued absence of Finch’s Melbourne Renegades teammate Dwayne Bravo with an injury picked up in the BBL could mean an extended run for Faulkner, while Tye is the only specialist overseas bowler on Gujarat’s books.
Full squad: Suresh Raina, Akshdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shibil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brendon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Shelley Shaurya, Nathu Singh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andrew Tye.
Kings XI Punjab
Aussie watch: Kings XI Punjab sprung a surprise when they named Glenn Maxwell as their skipper for the IPL season last month. The allrounder has little captaincy experience outside of a handful of Futures League and club matches, but will take the reins of a franchise intent on improving on a bottom-of-the-table finish last year. Fellow Australia Test squad members Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis join Maxwell in a squad stacked with international batting talent. How the Victorian handles his first leadership challenge will undoubtedly be a major sub-plot of the tournament.
Full squad: Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, Thangarasu Natarajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Aussie watch: A couple of Australians on the path back from injury feature in Kolkata’s squad for this year’s IPL, with six-hitting sensation Chris Lynn returning and Nathan Coulter-Nile crossing from Delhi after the Knight Riders forked out a hefty price for the fast bowler. After a remarkable BBL campaign that saw him awarded Player-of-the-Tournament honours despite playing just five games, Lynn looks set to be one of the players to watch in this year’s IPL, having only played five matches in three previous editions of the tournament. The powerful right-hander made his first-class return in Queensland’s final Sheffield Shield match of the summer and Kolkata fans will be praying the neck injury that’s plagued him this season remains under control.
Full squad: Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajput.
Aussie watch: Former Test star Mitchell Johnson earned a sizable pay cheque from his new side at the auction and the left-armer could form a fiery bowling partnership with former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Johnson returns for his second stint with Mumbai, having had the best of his four IPL seasons with the Indians back in 2013 when he snared 24 wickets in 17 games. The 73-Test quick has nonetheless gone for more than nine runs per over in his last two IPL campaigns with Punjab and will be set on rediscovering his hostile best.
Full squad: Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, A Gunarathna, K Khejroliya, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jithesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia.
Rising Pune Supergiant
Aussie watch: No less than four men from Down Under feature for Pune this season, with Australia skipper Steve Smith,along with Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa and new recruit Dan Christian all on the books. Smith will take the captaincy reins after legendary gloveman MS Dhoni was moved aside, as the Supergiants aim to improve on their second-from-bottom finish last season. The No.1 ranked Test batter will not have India star Ravichandran Ashwin at his disposal however, after the BCCI announced the spin wizard will miss the whole tournament after a marathon Test season. But Smith will likely have Ben Stokes for the majority of the competition after the England allrounder was picked up for a record fee.
Full squad: MS Dhoni, Steve Smith, Ravi Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Dan Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Milind Tondon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Aussie watch: The trio of Shane Watson, Travis Head and Billy Stanlake might have worried when Virat Kohli suggested he’d severed his Australian friendships in the wake of a fiery Test series India won 2-1. But the firebrand has since clarified he remains on “good terms” with the Aussies he knows from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli’s men were overpowered in last year’s IPL final but RCB will again be a force with the likes of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, not to mention Kohli himself, all set to feature again. Kohli will miss the beginning of the tournament, paving the way for Watson to take the captaincy and possibly for Head to nail a spot down in the top order. Stanlake is set to embark on his first IPL campaign having made his one-day and T20 international debuts this summer but the side will miss the firepower of Australia's Mitchell Starc, who has opted out of this season with the club splurging on England quick Tymal Mills in a bid to fill that void.
Full squad: Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Aussie watch: The reigning champions welcome back three Australians from their title-winning side in captain David Warner, Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting. Hyderabad have also picked up death-bowling specialist Ben Laughlin, potentially an opportune replacement for star quick Mustafizur Rahman, who is yet to receive permission from the Bangladesh Cricket Board to play. Warner holds the record for the most half-centuries in the tournament’s history and will be keen to take the Sunrisers to glory again.
Full squad: Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.