2BET2 brings you the IPL

Updated: April 4, 2012

It is the season of fours and sixes and quick fixes as the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets under way in Chennai today.

Over the next 54 days, a huge collection of international stars will be engaged in a battle of wits in an Indian domestic tournament, which has caught the imagination of the sporting world for all the right reasons.

The success story of the IPL has spawned similar leagues in Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, but none has matched the IPL in terms of money or popularity.

Two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings play Mumbai Indians in the season-opener in Chennai on Wednesday. The fifth edition comprising nine city-based franchises will feature 76 matches and will run till May 27 and 2BET2 will be with you throughout the showpiece.

The IPL has given cricket an even higher profile, with billionaires and Bollywood beauties falling over each other to buy stakes in the teams, which feature players from around the world. Franchises clamored for players during the 2012 player auction in February and during the preceding month-long trading window.

Last year’s runner-up Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to retain West Indian Chris Gayle, who joined them as an injury replacement and emerged player of the series last year, while Pune Warriors last week signed up Australia captain Michael Clarke, who will make his IPL debut during the second half of the season after Australia’s tour of the Caribbean.

India’s Rahul Dravid, one of only six international batsmen to have scored over 10 000 runs in both test and one-dayers and who announced his retirement from international cricket last month, will lead Rajasthan Royals after Australia leg-spin great Shane Warne retired from IPL.

Sachin Tendulkar, who became the first batsman to achieve the milestone of a 100 international centuries last month, has given up captaincy and Mumbai Indians will now be led by India offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who led the team to victory in the Champions Trophy last year.