Indian Premier League (IPL), the most famous cricket T20 league in the world is going into a new edition (XIth edition) and will start from April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. IPL 2018 will include a total of 60 matches which will be played at nine venues and guarantees cricket entertainment for 51 days. Last year champion Mumbai Indians will take on the reintroduced Chennai Super Kings in the opening match. For some senior, aging and struggling players IPL 2018 will be the last season and we have the list here.
Chris Gayle: The six machine as everyone calls him, Chris Gayle has been a sheer entertainer and the most feared batsman in the IPL but he struggled in the last season where he was with Bengaluru Royal Challengers franchise. He was unsold in the first round of the IPL- 2018 auction and got pickedup by the Kings XI Punjab for just 2 crores in the second round. His strike rate and six hitting abilities won’t be matched with anyone in IPL and fans got their money worth watching him play. This might be the last season for the 38-year-old Gayle in his IPL career based on his age and his fading form.
Shane Watson: The big-built 36-year-old allrounder played for Rajasthan Royals and Bengaluru Royal Challengers in his IPL career and will be playing for Chennai Super Kings this season. One of the clean hitters of the ball, Shane Watson is handy with ball. He is retired from international cricket but is playing a key hand in the Big Bash League. If he fails to contribute to the team in this IPL he will be shown the
Mitchell Johnson: Known for his raw pace, Mitchell Johnson was with Mumbai Indians since his IPL debut in 2013 and continued to play with them for till 2017 and he will be playing for Kolkata Knight Riders this season. Retired from international cricket, Johnson is still playing in the Big Bash League and is having a successful stint in T20 leagues. Johnson may not be on any franchise’s plans next season looking at his age and fitness.
Other players like Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir can also be included into the list. The cash-rich league is growing day-by-day and has a lot of impact on the cricketing nations, ICC, players lifestyle etc.
Star Sports got the broadcast rights for live coverage of IPL– 2018 in India and its neighbouring cricket countries. Cricket fans living outside Indian can watch IPL 2018 live streaming in Europe, South East Asia, South America, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia via YuppTV