Why IPL 2022 Is Bigger, Better, and More Exciting
IPL 2022 comes back with a bigger pool of skilled players in different sports, new rules, and more. This year’s Indian Premier League, starting 2nd April, is the most evolved League promising to be bigger than ever. The game witnesses some changes in format, rules, and captains, giving the world a healthier competition to look forward to.
However, for those who are new to watching the IPL or making predictions on it, it is normal to see them surprised at the growth of the IPL since its inception. Like other sports, the IPL has had its share of a roller coaster – days where only a few supported the games, days when the superstars of today were rising stars, and days when there was no IPL app.
What are some of the major reasons why IPL 2022 is bigger, better, and more exciting than ever?
There’s a New Format
Former IPL games have always had sixty games and eight teams; this year’s edition, its fifteenth, features a new format. There will be ten teams and seventy-four games spread across sixty-five days this season. The matches per league stage side will still be fourteen, but the ten teams will be grouped into two. The ten teams will receive seedings and be placed in two virtual groups during the tournament’s league face.
The first group will be led by five-time Mumbai Indian champions, while the second group will be led by four-time Chennai Super Kings. Group A will consist of Mumbai Indians, Lucknow SuperGiants, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals. Group B will be led by Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Titans, Sunrise Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This new format changes things for teams; they’ll be forced to adopt new ideas and game plans against their opponents. This new format is different from what fans and players have experienced over the years making it a league to be excited about.
There Are New Rules
The IPL 2022 will see significant changes in-game rules concerning Covid-19 teams’ allowances, DRS, the newly-introduced MCC laws, and Super Over. While Covid-19 is less of a threat than even a few months ago, it’ll still affect the game’s rules. For instance, the game cannot field a playing XI to avoid a virus situation in any team during the IPL. The change in rule says the board will attempt to reschedule the match for later, or the franchise will forfeit the match.
Another change in rules is concerning the DRS or number of referrals, which has been increased from one to two. Finally, the Marylebone Cricket Club recently suggested that the new batsman will take the strike even in the middle crossover. This change comes into effect for international cricket later this year in October, but the IPL decided to enforce it right away.
The rule states that the incoming batsman will take the strike upon a catch dismissal. This happens irrespective of whether the batsmen they’ve crossed over, except it is the last ball of the over. The final change in the rule is concerning the Super Over. It states that if, for some reason, the Super Over cannot be staged after regular playtime, the team with the highest points is declared the winner. The rule also covers if the Super Overs cannot be staged to break the tie.
The Game Features New Captains and Skippers
Some teams in the game will have new captains, including the RCB, CSK, KKR, LSG, GT, and PBKS. The RCB has a newly-appointed South African, Faf du Plessis as its new skipper, succeeding Virat Kohli. The CSK appoints Ravindra Jadeja, a star all-rounder who’s been an integral part of the team since 2012. The KKR appoints Shreays Iyer as its skipper this year, replacing Eoin Morgan.
The LSG is a new franchise that’ll make its debut in this season’s IPL with its new Indian opener K. L. Rahul. The GT is another new franchise; it has appointed Hardik Pandya, a star Indian all-rounder, as captain. Finally, the PBKS has Mayank Agarwal as its new captain; this will be Mayank’s first stint as a captain in the League.
While you may still be seeing some faces you have seen in previous editions of the IPL, the 2022 edition will showcase new faces and skippers you will love to watch.
The tagline of the IPL for this season is – Talents Meets Opportunity – as it unveils some amazing young prospects. IPL 2022 will be a blockbuster clash between the CSK and KKR at the Wankhede Stadium, but they’ll miss a few key players during the opener. If you’re eagerly waiting for the game, you’ll be pleased to know you are in for a treat. It is not enough to just be a spectator, you can also predict and win on Parimatch. You can play these games on the go when you download the Parimatch app to access all the amazing features provided.