Since 2008, many of the top cricketers have been taking a break from domestic and international cricket to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL, which happens mostly in a two-month window between March and May, is the most-attended cricket league in the world. An eye-watering total of 411 million users watched the first four weeks of the tournament in 2019, and 45% of IPL viewers were women.
The first reason for the popularity of the IPL has been the factor of timing. In the early 2000s, the game of cricket had started witnessing low spectatorship. Especially, millennials were preferring to adopt other sports in favour of cricket. Soon after, most nations started playing the T20 format, drawing a mix of curiosity and excitement among cricket fans.
Another factor that has contributed to the unprecedented growth of the IPL is online cricket betting. Today, there are thousands of online betting sites that cover almost all markets and major events across the globe. Also, there are a plethora of betting apps that players can use to start betting online. What’s more, Cricket Betting Tips and other online resources offer the best tips to improve your odds of winning.
The 13th season of the IPL would have been in its final week by now if it had started in March. But the coronavirus crisis has disrupted everything and all the major cricket events around the world have been cancelled. Most players are spending time at their home with their families, and some of them have resorted to Instagram live to interact with their colleagues and fans.
Last year, on May 12, Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to win the fourth IPL title. On the same day, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma went live on Instagram to discuss various aspects of the game and also recalled their memories when they played together for India.
Rohit chose to be the assistant coach and asked Raina to be the fielding and batting coach
During the chat, the two cricketers also rekindled the MI-CSK rivalry over the last 12 years. Both CSK and MI have had some best high-scoring players while some of them have been playing for the same franchise since the first season. With a lot of players picking best XIs these days, even Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina decided to do the same.
While picking the combined XI for the MI and CSK, the duo decided that they will be the part of coaching staff for the team. While Rohit Sharma took over the assistant coach’s role, Suresh Raina decided to be the batting and fielding coach.
<h3>Sachin and Hayden to be the openers
Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden were chosen as the openers of the team. They selected Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis for the middle-order slots with Kieron Pollard and MS Dhoni to follow. While Dhoni and Du Plessis have always been with CSK, Pollard has been the part of MI since making his debut in 2010.
It’s interesting to note that Ambati Rayudu has played for both teams and is currently a part of CSK. The bowlers are Dwayne Bravo, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja with Harbhajan Singh being the other spinner. Hardik Pandya is another all-rounder in the team who will bat at seven.
As only four overseas players are allowed in the playing XI, Lasith Malinga was left out of the team.
Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma’s Mi-CSK combined playing XI
Sachin Tendulkar, Matthew Hayden, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah.