Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL- 14)


Are you a fan of cricket and waiting to watch the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket league then this article will surely help you gain some more information about this year's IPL? The article includes details about the 8 franchisees, the team members, the prize money and different awards, the venues of the game, and also the rules of IPL.

The 14th season of the much-awaited and liked Twenty20/T20 Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket league that was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 13 September 2007 will kick off from Friday, the 9 of April 2021 at Chennai's M. A. Chidambaram Stadium and the finale of the 14th edition will be on Sunday, the 30 of May 2021 at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. The main sponsor of the 14th season is Vivo. As reported earlier of the two additional teams in the list to make it to a total of 10 teams but BCCI in their 89th AGM announced, the presence of the two new teams will be only possible in the next season. A franchise has renamed their team name i.e. from Kings XI Punjab to Punjab Kings along with a new logo as declared by the franchise on 17th February 2021. Now, due to the pandemic situation in the country, BCCI has narrowed down five locations along with an additional spot which are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and the additional Mumbai, its sixth venue to hold the tournament matches. As these six venues are selected by the BCCI, there will be no home or away games as it was in the earlier editions of IPL and so no teams will be timetabled to compete at their home venue. The announcement of the released players by their franchise was announced on 20th January 2021 and the auction for new players was held in Chennai on18th February 2021.

Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket league - 2021
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About Stadium or Venues of IPL- 14 season

  1. MA Chidambaram Stadium-Chepauk - Chennai: The stadium is better known as the Chepauk stadium and is the home ground of its state team Tamil Nadu and the IPL franchise the Chennai Super Kings(CSK). It was formerly known as Chepauk and Madras Cricket Club Ground since its existence. It has a seating capacity of 39,000 people. It hosts floodlight games since the 1996 world cup.

  2. Arun Jaitley Stadium – Delhi: It is known as Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium for being near the Kotla fort and is the second oldest international cricket stadium which was established in 1882. It has a seating capacity of 41,000 and is equipped with all the latest amenities needed for international cricket matches.

  3. Eden Gardens – Kolkata: It is the oldest and the second biggest stadium in the world. It was the first cricket stadium designed and built by the British in 1841 and became operational in 1864. It has a seating capacity of 68,000 people.

  4. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium – Bangalore: It is the house of India's National Cricket Academy as chosen by BCCI and is located at the which is center of the city i.e. Cubbon Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka. It has the capacity to house nearly 35000 spectators. The pitch of the ground is extraordinary with bounce and Pace.

  5. Narendra Modi Stadium – Ahmedabad: Formerly known as Motera Cricket Stadium, has a seating capacity of 132,000 with 76 corporate boxes, four-team dressing rooms, and bowl design i.e. round. The open stadium providing 360-degree views of the field and pitch for its spectator from every angle.

  6. Wankhede Stadium – Mumbai: It is known as Sheshrao Krushnarao Wankhede Stadium and is one of the famous stadiums situated in the city of Mumbai that has suspended cantilever roofs and accommodates about 45,000 people. It was built in 1974 within a period of 6 months.

Teams and their players list:


  • Chennai Super Kings:
    Home Ground: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Owner of the franchise:N. Srinivasan
    The title won in the year and the Captain:2010(MS Dhoni), 2011(MS Dhoni) & 2018(MS Dhoni)

    CSK Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: MS Dhoni (Captain/Keeper), KM Asif (Bowler), Bhagath Varma (Right-hand bat), Deepak Chahar (Bowler), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Right-hand bat), Krishnappa Gowtham (All-rounder), C Hari Nishaanth (Left-hand bat), Ravindra Jadeja (All-rounder), Narayan Jagadeesan (Opening batsman), Cheteshwar Pujara (Top-order batsman), Suresh Raina (Middle-order batsman), Ambati Rayudu (Middle-order batsman), Harishankar Reddy (Right-hand bat), Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore (Bowler), Karn Sharma (Bowler), Shardul Thakur (Bowler) and Robin Uthappa (Batsman)
    Overseas Players: Moeen Ali (all-rounder), Dwayne Bravo (All-rounder), Sam Curran
    (All-rounder), Faf du Plessis (Middle-order batsman), Josh Hazlewood (Bowler), Imran Tahir (Bowler), Lungi Ngidi (Bowler), and Mitchell Santner (All-rounder).

  • Delhi Capitals:
    Home Ground: Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
    Owner of the franchise: Gandhi Mallikarjuna Rao and Sajjan Jindal
    The title won in the year and the Captain:Still waiting to register their win in IPL

    DC Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players:Shreyas Iyer (Captain & Top-order batsman), Ravichandran Ashwin (All-rounder), Avesh Khan (Bowler), Shikhar Dhawan (Opening batsman), Praveen Dubey (Bowler), Lukman Meriwala (Left-hand bat), Amit Mishra (Bowler), Rishabh Pant (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Axar Patel (All-rounder), Ripal Patel (Right-hand bat), Ajinkya Rahane (Top-order batsman), Ishant Sharma (Bowler), Prithvi Shaw (Opening batsman), Manimaran Siddharth (Bowler), Vishnu Vinod (Right-hand bat), Lalit Yadav (All-rounder) and Umesh Yadav (Bowler).
    Overseas Players: Sam Billings (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Tom Curran (All-rounder), Shimron Hetmyer (Top-order batsman), Anrich Nortje (Bowler), Kagiso Rabada (Bowler), Steven Smith (Middle-order batsman), Marcus Stoinis (Middle-order batsman) and Chris Woakes (All-rounder).

  • Kolkata Knight Riders
    Home Ground: Eden Garden Stadium
    Owner of the franchise:Sharukh Khan, Jay Mehta, and Juhi Chawla
    The title won in the year and the Captain: 2012(Gautam Gambhir) & 2014(Gautam Gambhir)

    KKR Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: Vaibhav Arora (Bowler), Harbhajan Singh (Bowler), Venkatesh Iyer (All-rounder), Sheldon Jackson (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Dinesh Karthik (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Kuldeep Yadav (Bowler), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Bowler), Karun Nair (Top-order batsman), Pawan Negi (Bowler), Prasidh Krishna (Bowler), Nitish Rana (Middle-order batsman),
    Overseas Players:Eoin Morgan (Captain & Middle-order batsman), Pat Cummins (Bowler), Ben Cutting (All-rounder), Lockie Ferguson (Bowler), Sunil Narine (All-rounder), Andre Russell (All-rounder), Tim Seifert (Wicketkeeper-batsman) and Shakib Al Hasan (All-rounder).

  • Mumbai Indians
    Home Ground: Wankhede Stadium
    Owner of the franchise:Mukesh & Neeta Ambani
    The title won in the year and the Captain:2013(Rohit Sharma), 2015, 2017, 2019 & 2020

    MI Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: Rohit Sharma (Captain & Top-order batsman), Anmolpreet Singh (Batsman), Jasprit Bumrah (Bowler), Rahul Chahar (Bowler), Piyush Chawla (All-rounder), Ishan Kishan (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Dhawal Kulkarni (Bowler), Mohsin Khan (Bowler), Hardik Pandya (All-rounder), Krunal Pandya (All-rounder), Anukul Roy (All-rounder), Aditya Tare (Wicketkeeper), Arjun Tendulkar (Batsman), Saurabh Tiwary (Top-order batsman), Jayant Yadav (Bowler), Suryakumar Yadav (Batsman) and Yudhvir Singh (Batsman).
    Overseas Players:Trent Boult (Bowler), Nathan Coulter-Nile (All-rounder), Quinton de Kock (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Marco Jansen (Batsman), Chris Lynn (Batsman), Adam Milne (Bowler), James Neesham (All-rounder) and Kieron Pollard (All-rounder).

  • Punjab Kings(PK):
    Home Ground: IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali - Punjab
    Owner of the franchise:Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, and Karan Paul
    The title won in the year and the Captain: Still waiting to register their win in IPL

    PK Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: KL Rahul (Captain/Keeper & Opening batsman), Mayank Agarwal (Batsman), Arshdeep Singh (Bowler), Murugan Ashwin (Bowler), Harpreet Brar (Bowler), Deepak Hooda (All-rounder), Sarfaraz Khan (Middle-order batsman), Mandeep Singh (All-rounder), Mohammed Shami (Bowler), Darshan Nalkande (Bowler), Ishan Porel (Bowler), Prabhsimran Singh (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Ravi Bishnoi (Bowler), Saurabh Kumar (All-rounder), Jalaj Saxena (All-rounder), Shahrukh Khan (Batsman) and Utkarsh Singh (All-rounder).
    Overseas Players:Fabian Allen (All-rounder), Chris Gayle (All-rounder), Moises Henriques (All-rounder), Chris Jordan (Bowler), Dawid Malan (Top-order batsman), Riley Meredith (Bowler), Nicholas Pooran (Wicketkeeper-batsman) and Jhye Richardson (Bowler).

  • Rajasthan Royals(RR):
    Home Ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Owner of the franchise:Manoj Badale, Amisha Hathiramani, and Lachlan Murdoch
    The title won in the year and the Captain:2008(Shane Warne)

    RR Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: Akash Singh (Batsman), Anuj Rawat (Wicketkeeper-batsman), KC Cariappa (Bowler), Shivam Dube (All-rounder), Shreyas Gopal (Allrounder), Yashasvi Jaiswal (Opening batsman), Kartik Tyagi (Bowler), Mahipal Lomror (All-rounder), Mayank Markande (Bowler), Riyan Parag (Top-order batsman), Chetan Sakariya (Bowler), Sanju Samson (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Rahul Tewatia (Bowler), Jaydev Unadkat (Bowler), Manan Vohra (Opening batsman) and Kuldip Yadav (Bowler).
    Overseas Players: Eoin Morgan(Captain and Top-order batsman), Jofra Archer (Bowler), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Liam Livingstone (Batsman), David Miller (Middle-order batsman), Chris Morris (All-rounder), Mustafizur Rahman (Bowler), Ben Stokes (All-rounder) and Andrew Tye (Bowler).

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB):
    Home Ground: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Owner of the franchise:Vijay Mallya
    The title won in the year and the Captain:Still waiting to register their win in IPL
    RCB Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: Virat Kohli (Captain & Top-order batsman), Srikar Bharat (Batsman), Yuzvendra Chahal (Bowler), Pavan Deshpande (All-rounder), Mohammed Azharuddin (Batsman), Mohammed Siraj (Bowler), Devdutt Padikkal (Top-order batsman), Harshal Patel (Bowler), Rajat Patidar (Batsman), Suyash Prabhudessai (Batsman), Sachin Baby (Batsman), Shahbaz Ahmed (All-rounder), Navdeep Saini (Bowler) and Washington Sundar (All-rounder).
    Overseas Players:Dan Christian (All-rounder), AB de Villiers (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Kyle Jamieson (Bowler), Glenn Maxwell (All-rounder), Kane Richardson (Bowler), Daniel Sams (All-rounder), Adam Zampa (Bowler) and Josh Philippe (Wicketkeeper-batsman - Withdrawn Player due to personal reasons on 10 March 2021 and replaced with Finn Allen (Top-order batsman)

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad(SH):
    Home Ground: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad - Telangana
    Owner of the franchise:Kalanithi Maran
    The title won in the year and the Captain: 2016(David Warner)

    SH Squad / Players for IPL-14 Edition:
    Indian Players: Abdul Samad (Batsman), Abhishek Sharma (Bowler), Khaleel Ahmed (Bowler), Basil Thampi (Bowler), Priyam Garg (Top-order batsman), Shreevats Goswami (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Kedar Jadhav (All-rounder), Siddarth Kaul (Bowler), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Bowler), Shahbaz Nadeem (Bowler), T Natarajan (Bowler), Manish Pandey (Top-order batsman), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Sandeep Sharma (Bowler), Vijay Shankar (All-rounder), Jagadeesha Suchith (Bowler) and Virat Singh (Top-order batsman).

    Overseas Players:David Warner (Captain & Opening batsman), Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper-batsman), Jason Holder (All-rounder), Mitchell Marsh (All-rounder), Mohammad Nabi (All-rounder), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Bowler), Rashid Khan (Bowler) and Kane Williamson (Top-order batsman).

Guidelines and new rules for IPL 14 :

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, BCCI has put in some rigid measures to keep the tournament successful. Some of the rules are as follows :

  • Every match will be of a total of 180 minutes i.e. 90 minutes duration per inning if there is no stoppage or delay due to rain, poor light, etc. It means that every inning should be completed in 85 minutes and the balance of five minutes is for timeouts.

  • The 3rd umpire can correct the on-field umpire's decision on a Short run by the batting side if needed.

  • The much talked and debate soft-signal is considered in this edition by BCCI. The on-field umpire can give a soft signal but it will not affect the decision taken by the third umpire.

  • For any franchise, the maximum number of players is set to 25 and a minimum to 18 players respectively. It is also to be noted that in a 25 member team, a maximum of 8 foreign players is allowed whereas there is no limit for Indian players. It also means that a team can completely be of Indian players but is not practical.

  • As there was no mega auction slot due to pandemic, the franchises could purse 85 crores only and every franchise needs to spend at least 75% of the 85 crores. The money left from the 75% will go to the governing body i.e. BCCI. It was also mentioned that no franchise will be allowed to use their Right to Match (RTM) card wherein they can get their released players from other franchise as till earlier edition of IPL.

  • Every team will play 14 matches i.e. 2 matches with each team in the league stage but due to covid-19 situation, there won't be any home ground matches as in the earlier season and every match will be an away match for all teams.

  • The team winning the match gets 2 points and if there is a tie or the match get canceled due to any reason, both team will share 1-1 points each.

  • The top 4 team on the point table goes to the play-offs stage where the top 2 spots, where the winner of the two gets into finals & the loser will play in the qualifier 2 spot. The third and fourth position will play the eliminator and the winner of it will play against the qualifier 2 team. The winner of qualifier 2 will meet the qualifier 1 winner in the finals of the IL-14.

Prize Money & Other Awards :

Due to the current pandemic situation, the prize money of the 14 season is reduced than the earlier editions. The winner of the IPL-14 season will receive INR 10 crores, the runners-up will take away INR 6.25 crores while the third and fourth position team will get INR 4.375 crores each. There are other awards and the winner will receive INR 5 lakhs for each category. The category and its details are given below.

Orange Cap: As we see that this is for the most run-scorer and the winner wears the Orange Cap throughout the tournament while in the field until the final game. The person winning the award in the finale keeps the cap for the season. In case if there is a tie in the total runs, the batsman with a better strike rate will take away the prize. If the orange cap winner while on the field is overtaken by the runs of the orange cap winner, he still can wear on the field until the award is announced at the end of the match. The winner of the Orange Cap in the IPL-13 season was K.L Rahul.

Purple Cap: This award is given to the bowler with the most wickets in the edition. As Orange cap, this award is also an ongoing award that keeps on changing as, after each match, the winner may change according to the total wickets taken. The bowler winning the award can wear the cap on the field and in case of a tie, the bowler with the best economy rate will be selected and keep the cap for the season. The winner of the Purple Cap in the IPL-13 season was Kagiso Rabada.

Most sixes: This is known as the "Unacademy Let's Crack It Sixes" Award after the sponsors intervene and are awarded to the player with the most sixes in the current IPL season. The winner of the Maximum Sixes Award in the IPL-13 season was Ishan Kishan.

Emerging Player of the Year: This award has undergone many names changing from "best under-19 player", "best under-23 player", "Under-23 Success of the Tournament", "Rising Star of the Year", "Best Young Player of the Season" and from 2014 is called the Emerging Player of the Year. This award is given by the BCCI who shows their potential through their performances in the season and can be the emerging player for the country. They have kept some criteria under which the committee review the contenders and they are: they should be born after 1 April 1994, must have played up to 20 ODIs, up to 5 Test matches, 25 or fewer IPL matches, and should not have won the said award in the past. The winner of the Emerging Player of the Year in the IPL-13 season was Devdutt Padikkal.

Fair play: This award is given to the team that has played fairly the entire IPL tournament which is chosen by the two on-field umpires, and the third umpire based on points accumulated at the end of the season as given after every match played by that team. Every team is given 10 points per match out of which 4 points are based on their adherence to the spirit of the game and 2 points for each criterion i.e. following the law of cricket, respect towards the umpire, and respect towards the opposition team. On this basis, every team will get "good" – 2 points, "Average" – 1 point, and "bad" for zero points. The winner of the Fair play Award in the IPL-13 season was Mumbai Indians.

Player of the match: This award is given to the winning team player who has contributed to the winning of the team. It can be a batsman for his runs that helped the team to win the match, bowler for his wickets, maiden over or super economy rate, wicketkeeper for catches or stumping that changed the match, or for a fielder that took some spectacular catch, saves runs, a direct hit or good fielding that saved crucial runs for the team. The winner of the Player of the match (final) Award in the IPL-13 season was Trent Boult.
Most Valuable Player (MVP): We all know this award by the name "man of the tournament" but since 2013, it is called the "Most Valuable Player" award. This is given at the end of the season and is based on the total point collected by a player. The points are given accordingly i.e. 3.5 points each for every six-hit and wicket taken, 2.5 points each for every four-hit, catch taken and stumping is done, and 1 point for every dot ball. The winner of the "Most Valuable Player" Award in the IPL-13 season was Jofra Archer.

Results of the IPL tournament seasons :

Since the inauguration of the IPL tournament in 2008, a total of thirteen teams have participated in the Indian Premier League out of which Mumbai Indians is the most successful team by winning the competition five times i.e. in the year 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 & 2020, the Chennai Super Kings have won thrice i.e. in the year 2010, 2011 & 2018, the Kolkata Knight Riders have won twice i.e. in the year 2012 & 2014 and one by the Deccan Chargers in 2009, Rajasthan Royals in 2008 and Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016. Let us wait and watch the winner of 2021 or IPL-14 winners.

[Enjoy your IPL-14 season and do comment on your favorites team, player, catches, shots, etc.]


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