The 2019 Indian Premier League, which is the 12th edition of the Twenty20 league, begins in grand style with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings, the three-time and current champions taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium. Chennai Super Kings have won their last six encounters against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The tournament will hold the first double-header on Sunday with Kolkata Knight Riders taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens while Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede stadium. The league stages will end on May 5 while the final will be played on May 12 at the MA Chidambaram stadium. Here is a lowdown of all the team compositions and the players in the eight franchises.
Chennai Super Kings
Captain: MS Dhoni
Update: Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the tournament and no replacement has been named yet.
Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, David Willey, Mitchell Santner, Sam Billings, N Jagadeesan, Dhruv Shorey, KM Asif, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Ruturaj Gaekwad
Kolkata Knight Riders
Captain: Dinesh Karthik
Update: Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the IPL due to injury and no replacement has been named. Sandeep Warrier and KC Cariappa replaced Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Nikhil Naik (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier
Captain: Ajinkya Rahane
Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Captain: Virat Kohli
Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Shimron Hetmyer, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Heinrich Klaasen, Milind Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel (wk), Prayas Ray Barman, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav.
Captain: Kane Williamson/Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Update: Kane Williamson suffered a shoulder injury in the Tests against Bangladesh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be in the mix for captaincy
Martin Guptill, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Mohammad Nabi, T Natarajan, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Billy Stanlake, Deepak Hooda, Basil Thampi, Ricky Bhui, Sreevats Goswami (wk)
Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Bandaru Ayyappa, Sandeep Lamichhane, Colin Munro, Ishant Sharma, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Shikhar Dhawan, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Ankush Bains, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Hanuma Vihari, Amit Mishra, Jalaj Saxena
Kings XI Punjab
Captain: R Ashwin
Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Sam Curran, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Update: Lasith Malinga has said he might miss the entire tournament as he wants to play in the Sri Lanka domestic league in order to be selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Jasprit Bumrah, Quinton De Kock (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Pankaj Jaiswal, Siddesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rasikh Salam, Anukul Roy, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh