Indian Premier League

cricket batsman swingThe IPL (Indian Premier League) is the premiere T20 tournament held in India. It is widely considered the best among tournaments that are held of all the cricket competitions around the world, and it certainly is the biggest with regards to attendance and TV viewers. Being head sponsored by Pepsi as of writing this, it is no wonder that it has garnered so much success as businesses are flocking to get their market share in this sought after tournament.

But there is a reason for all these people rallying to the TV sets and stadiums in order to watch these games. They feature the top players from around the world which have gathered in India in order to duke it out in the swift cricket format that is the Twenty20. As it holds so much money and attention, you know the players are bringing their A-game. All of this makes IPL betting quite popular as well.

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Betting Options

There are plent of options when it comes to betting on the IPL. Bets are offered on all of the IPL matches at most all of the online bookmakers, so no matter which you choose, you will find the standard offers available.

In addition to the regular bets, you will also find variations of these, as well as different prop bets you can wager on if you like something more exotic or specific. Here are a few examples:

  • Match Winner
  • To Win the Toss
  • Match Handicap
  • Man of the Match
  • Top Team Batsman
  • Top Team Bowler
  • Highest Opening Partnership
  • 1st Over Total Runs
  • 1st Innings Score
  • Total Runs in Match
  • Total Match Sixes
  • Most Match Sixes
  • Player Performance
  • Fall of 1st Wicket
  • 1st Wicket Method
  • Race to 10 Runs
  • Batsman Matches

And many more. Check your preferred online bookmaker for a full list of bets they offer on IPL matches.

IPL 2018 Points Table

Team Played Wins Losses Points Net Run Rate
Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 9 5 18 0.284
Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 18 0.253
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 8 6 16 -0.070
Rajasthan Royals 14 7 7 14 -0.273
Mumbai Indians 14 6 8 12 0.317
Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 6 8 12 0.151
Kings XI Punjab 14 6 8 12 -0.502
Delhi Daredevils 14 5 9 10 -0.222

IPL 2018 Schedule

About the IPL

Although it holds a great deal of respect and has enjoyed plenty of success lately, the Indian Premier League is still quite young. It was formed back in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and has mostly been credited with the reason for T20's rise in popularity over the later years.

As of the IPL 2013, there were 9 teams competing for the elusive title and a chance to compete in the Champions League Twenty20. Given that there are a lot of money sloshing around and plenty of money to win if you get the title, many teams have tried pouring a lot into a team, without much result and thus ending it quickly. After only 6 seasons, three teams have fallen under to the tough competition, but we are likely to see new ones emerge in the future and the competition intenify even more!

Tournament Format

The IPL is played using a double round-robin format. This means that each team plays against each other twice, once home and once away. The teams receives points based on winning or losing where the winner receives 2 points and the loser gets 0 points.

After all the games have been played, the top 4 teams are determined according to the amount of points that they have received. The winner plays against the team that came in 4th, and the 2nd place and 3rd place finishers play the second playoff game.

In the event of a tie in the standings, the NRR will determine who has the highest ranking.

After the first playoff games have been played, the highest ranked team that won its playoff game advances directly to the finals, the lowest ranked team that loses is eliminated and the final two teams left standing are playing another game to determine who reaches the final game.

IPL Teams

chennai super kings

Chennai Super Kings

Captain
MS Dhoni
Coach
Stephen Fleming
Founded
2008
Stadium
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
Website
www.chennaisuperkings.com
Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals

Captain
Ajinkya Rahane
Coach
Paddy Upton
Founded
2008
Stadium
Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Website
www.rajasthanroyals.com
mumbai indians

Mumbai Indians

Captain
Rohit Sharma
Coach
Mahela Hayawardene
Founded
2008
Stadium
Wankhede Stadium
Website
www.mumbaiindians.com
sunrisers hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Captain
Kane Williams
Coach
Tom Moody
Founded
2012
Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi Stadium
Website
www.sunrisershyderabad.in
royal challengers bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Captain
Virat Kohli
Coach
Daniel Vettori
Founded
2008
Stadium
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Website
www.royalchallengers.com
delhi daredevils

Delhi Daredevils

Captain
Gautam Gambhir
Coach
Ricky Ponting
Founded
2008
Stadium
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Website
www.DelhiDaredevils.com
delhi daredevils

Kings XI Punjab

Captain
Ravichandran Ashwin
Coach
Brad Hodge
Founded
2008
Stadium
PCA Stadium, Mohali
Website
www.KXIP.in
delhi daredevils

Kolkata Knight Riders

Captain
Dinesh Karthik
Coach
Jacques Kallis
Founded
2008
Stadium
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Website
www.KKR.in

Sponsorships

As we talked about earlier in this article, the IPL has had continous growth in its viewer numbers and thus success, which in turn has made businesses all over the world interested in getting a piece of the pie. Up untill 2012, DLF was the main sponsor of the IPL and paid $50 million for being so. Pepsi took over in 2013, and will be the head sponsor for the next five years, paying a little over $60 million for that right.

This is not to mention all the lucrative deals all the individual teams have and the fat salaries you can see the players get. Money is pouring into this tournament, and it does not looks like it is about to stop!

Scandals surrounding the IPL

This tournament has had its share of controversies during its short lived life. This included tax scandals, spot fixing allegations, betting, media restrictions, suspensions and several conflicts with other cricket tournaments. If you would like to read more, wikipedia has a page on most of them here.

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