IPL Teams 2020
The auction for the IPL teams 2020 took place on 19 December 2019 in Kolkata. A total of 73 slots were required to be filled which is still less compared to previous editions of IPL. 29 of these slots were reserved for overseas players.
Here are the IPL Teams 2020 –
Starting out as one of the original eight teams when the IPL was first announced, Rajasthan Royals is owned by Manoj Badale. Other investors that have stake in the franchise include Aditya S Chellaram, Suresh Chellaram and Lachlan Murdoch.
The Rajasthan Royals is also considered as the ‘moneyball’ team of the IPL. The name is given due to their ability to acquire and use unknown cricketers, both domestic and foreign. Their lack of spending towards high profile players also makes them the least expensive franchise in the IPL. The group of investors initially put in $67 million to acquire the rights of the franchise and made a pre-tax profit of $7.5 million in 2009.
The franchise has become notorious for their frugal spending with players acquired at extremely low prices. Some of their players have never even played first class cricket whereas some have gone to become leading international cricketers due to their strong performances in the IPL.
Two such superstars who have gone to make a name for themselves on the international circuit include Taruwar Kohli (who was acquired under the Under-19 quota) and Yusuf Pathan.
You will certainly be familiar with the latter who is also the elder brother of seamer Irfan Pathan. Yusuf Pathan made a name for himself in the IPL as a powerhouse hitter which earned him a place in the Indian squad that went onto to win the ICC World Cup in 2011.
The Rajasthan Royals had the perfect start to their IPL by as they went onto lift the trophy in the inaugural season of the tournament. Australian leg spinner, Shane Warne captained the side in 2008 but unfortunately the team were unable to repeat this feat in the next two seasons. In fact, both 2009 and 2010 were dismal years for the franchise as they finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Things continued on a downward trend for the Rajasthan Royals as they finished sixth in the league in 2011 and in 2012, they again slipped down to the seventh spot. 2013 saw them qualify for the playoffs but they were once again unable to lift the trophy and finished third overall.
2014 saw them finish in fifth position but what followed next was even more disastrous. They were suspended from the IPL for two years after the 2014 season due to the spot fixing scandal.
In 2018, the team finally returned to the IPL circuit but once again were hit with yet another controversy. This time their captain, Steven Smith was banned from international cricket due to ball tampering and Ajinkya Rahane was given the responsibility to lead the side. The Royals finished fourth in the 2018 season.
2019 saw the return of Steven Smith however the results were similar to their previous IPL outings and the team finished in 7th position. Despite having legends such as Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson associated with the team, the franchise has yet to make an impact on the IPL tournament. Will 2020 fare any better for this troubled team?
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One thing that is quite commendable with regards to the franchise is its loyal fan base. The fans are enthusiastic and continue to support the team despite the less than stellar results. This is evident from the social media pages of the Royals which are always buzzing with user comments and also the reception the team gets when they play in Gujarat and Mumbai.
IPL Team Mascot
Lion named ‘Moochu Singh’
IPL Team Anthem
Their first anthem ‘Halla Bol’ was sung by Illa Arun followed by Sunidhi Chauhan in the second season. Their latest anthem was released in 2018 and titled ‘Phir Halla Bol’.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata franchise was bought by Red Chillies Entertainment, a company owned by both Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. A price of $75.09 million, equal to approximately ?2.98 billion was paid in 2008 and the team was captained by Sourav Ganguly.
The name of the team is in reference to the hit TV series of 80’s Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff. In June 2015, the Knight Riders brand ventured into the Caribbean Premier League where the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel was renamed as Trinbago Knight Riders.
Eden Gardens serves as the home ground for the Kolkata Knight Riders which is also the world’s second largest stadium.
Kolkata Knight Riders despite the firepower in their squad were unable to leave a lasting impression in the first season. However, they did give the fans some tremendous highlights including Brendon Mccullum’s 158 runs off 73 balls. Their bowling attack was also bolstered by Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar was wreaked havoc on the opposition’s batting line up.
2011 saw the team show glimpses of being capable of lifting the trophy as they qualified for the playoffs for the first time. This was partly due to a massive overhaul in their squad which saw the likes of new players such as Sunil Narine, Manvinder Bisla and Manoj Tiwary being added.
The performances were also improved due to the inclusion of more experienced players such as Brett Lee, Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis. The additions were worth the money as KKR managed to defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the tournament in 2011.
They repeated the feat in 2014 followed by reaching the playoff stages in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2019, the finished 5th overall and were unable to make the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders has tremendous brand value especially since they are backed by Bollywood royalty. Their fan base is truly global with the Twitter page having an excess of 4.11 million followers. KKR’s net income has grown substantially and was recorded at $1.657 billion.
IPL Team Mascot
Upon conception, the logo of KKR was made of a golden Viking helmet against a black background. At the time, Khan said that “golden symbolizes spirit of life and black presents the Goddess Kali”.
The black background was ultimately changed to purple in the third season. In 2012 the logo was given an overhaul and the purple Corinthian helmet trimmed with gold was introduced with the words Kolkata Knight Riders written within a shield.
IPL Team Anthem
The duo of Vishal-Shekar was responsible for creating the main theme called ‘Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo’ (we will act, fight and win). This was followed by a music album comprising of several prominent singers and music composers such as Bappi Lahiri and Usha Uthup. As of 2019, the team’s anthem has changed from ‘Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo’ to ‘Run Run Run’.
As one of the eight founding teams of the IPL, the Mumbai Indians is owned by Reliance Industries through its subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. Considered as the most valuable IPL team, the Mumbai Indians were successful in crossing the $100 million mark in terms of brand value in 2017. At present the brand value of the Mumbai Indians stands at an eye watering $115 million (roughly ?809 crore).
As the name suggests, the franchise is based in Mumbai with home games being played at the Wankhede Stadium. The Brabourne Stadium is used as their secondary home ground. The team is currently coached by Sri Lankan batting ace, Mahela Jayawardene.
The coaching team is further bolstered by Robin Singh and Shane Bond as the batting and bowling coaches respectively. The franchise is also mentored by undoubtedly the greatest Indian batsmen ever, Sachin Tendulkar.
With such a bombastic coaching staff and a squad that could decimate any opposition, the Mumbai Indians were a bit slow to get off the ground when it came to the IPL. They failed to make the playoffs in the first two seasons finishing fifth and seventh.
The following season they certainly found their mojo and reached the finals only to lose to the Chennai Super Kings. Similarly, they reached the playoffs in 2011 and 2012 but were once unable to make the leap to the next stages. They did however end up winning the Champions League t20 title in 2011.
In 2013 they won both the IPL and Champions League t20 before crashing out of the playoffs in 2014. This was followed by title victories in 2015, 2017 and was most recently in 2019. They were unable to even make the playoffs in 2016 and 2018 which highlights the inconsistency they have shown in their IPL career. Despite this, they are regarded as the most successful team in the IPL and will be a force to be reckoned with in 2020.
IPL Team Mascot & Logo
The team was set to be called ‘Mumbai Razors’ based on the team logo which is the Sudarshan Chakra (or Razor). However, this was later changed on the recommendation of Sachin Tendulkar who preferred the name Mumbai Indians.
IPL Theme Song
‘Duniya Hila Denge’ serves as the theme song for the Mumbai Indians. Also with every wicket taken or boundary hit by the team members the stadium blares out the fan made song titled ‘Akkha Mumbai Khelega’.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are a franchise cricket team based in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu and is named to honour the rulers of the Tamil Empire.
Coming in as the fourth most expensive team in the IPL, the Chennai Super Kings was sold for $91 million to India Cements. Former ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan was declared the de facto owner of the franchise by means of his position as the vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements Ltd.
However, the rights of the franchise were transferred to a separate entity after the Supreme Court put a stop to a controversial amendment to the BCCI constitution’s clause 6.2.4. This clause allowed board officials to have a commercial interest in either the now defunct Champions League t20 or the Indian Premier League. This came into effect in 2015 after which the rights of the league were transferred to a separate entity Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd.
The home matches for the Chennai Super Kings are played the Chepauk Stadium, also known as the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The franchise has always been captained by former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni and has a star-studded line up of coaches including Stephen Fleming (Head Coach), Michael Hussey (Batting Coach) and Lakshmipathy Balaji (Bowling Coach).
Chennai Super Kings started their IPL season in style by reaching the finals of the tournament. However, they ended up losing to the Rajasthan Royals, a team which on paper was considered to be weaker than the Super Kings. The following year saw the squad put on a valiant effort to reach the semi-finals only to be beaten by Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets.
In 2010, Chennai Super Kings got off to a shaky start but ultimately clawed their way to the finals where they defeated tournament favourites Mumbai Indians by 22 runs. This gave them their first IPL title which certainly set a precedence for the future. This also allowed them to qualify for the Champions League T20 where they reached and won the final becoming the first IPL team to do so.
They reached the final of the IPL in 2011 yet again and were able to defeat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets. This was mainly down to a fantastic batting display by Suresh Raina who scored an unbeaten 73.
In 2012, they reached the IPL final and set the Kolkata Knight Riders a mammoth total of 191. Against all odds KKR were able to chase down the total with two balls to spare denying a hat-trick of titles for the Super Kings.
In 2013, the Super Kings showed their class once again and reached the IPL final for the fourth consecutive time. Their opponents, the Mumbai Indians posted a reachable total of 148 but things for the Super Kings got off to a disastrous start as they were reduced to 39/6 at an early stage of the game. Despite MS Dhoni’s best efforts, the Super Kings were unable to lift the trophy for the fourth time.
The Kings XI proved to be a stumbling block as the Super Kings were eliminated in the 2014 season of the IPL. Expectations were high from the Super Kings in 2015 and they did not disappoint as they reached the IPL final of 2015. The Mumbai Indians once again stood in their way of glory and were able to defeat by a margin of 41 runs.
For both 2016 and 2017 seasons, the Chennai Super Kings were unable to compete as they were serving a two-year suspension. They made their return in 2018 much to the delight of their fans and were victorious, lifting the trophy for the third time. 2019 saw a repeat of the 2015 final between the Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Fate was on the side of the Mumbai Indians who defeated the Super Kings by just one run.
Chennai Super Kings are regarded as the most successful side in the IPL. Despite serving a two year suspension, the franchise has won the title three times and the defunct Champions League Twenty20 twice (2010, 2014). They are also the first side to successfully defend their IPL title (2010 and 2011)
IPL Team Mascot & Logo
The logo for the Super Kings features a roaring lion in orange. The team name appears in blue while a crown sits above that. Eagle eyed viewers will be quick to note that the crown is the same as the one used for the brand Coromandel King.
IPL Theme Song
The duo of Aravind-Shankar are the creative geniuses behind the theme song for the Super Kings called ‘Whistle Podu’. The song was first introduced on YouTube in 2008 and depicts the street dance form of ‘Dappan Koothu (also known as Dappanguthu, or simply koothu)’ which is very popular among certain communities in Tamil Nadu. It is also a regular feature in Tamil folk dance and cinema.
Delhi Capitals is a team that represents the city of Delhi and was one of the eight teams that was introduced in the inaugural edition of the IPL. The team is jointly owned by Kiran Kumar Gandhi (GMR Group) and Parth Jindal (JSW Group). The franchise has the dubious distinction of being the only team to have never appeared in the IPL final and generally regarded as one of the weaker teams in the tournament.
In December 2018, the name of the franchise was changed from Delhi Daredevils, a name they had kept for 10 years to Delhi Capitals. Parth Jindal gave the following rationale behind changing the name of the franchise “Delhi is the power centre of the country, it is the capital, therefore the name Delhi Capitals”
Feroz Shah Kotla serves as the main ground for Delhi Capitals while Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur serves as the secondary home ground.
Delhi Capitals started off their IPL journey by finishing in the fourth position of the inaugural tournament. In 2009, they were favourites having dominated the league stages by finishing at the top of the table. Their batting line up was generally regarded as the best in 2009 and contained power hitters including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, AB de Villiers and Dilshan.
Despite such a formidable batting attack the team were unable to stop the onslaught brought on by Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist was in ruthless form and ended up hitting the joint fastest fifty in IPL history, taking only 17 balls to reach the milestone. Despite not winning the IPL final in 2009, Delhi Capitals did manage to qualify for the now defunct Champions League T20.
In 2010 and 2011 Delhi Capitals were knocked out of the round robin stage. In 2012, further editions were made to the squad and even more firepower was added to the batting line up. Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor were added.
As a result, Delhi Capitals finished at the top of their pool table. Once again, they were unable to replicate their dominance in the pool table when it came to the qualifier stage and Delhi Capitals failed to make it to the finals.
In 2013 and 2014, they were once again unable to progress from the round robin stage and finished last on the standings. In 2015 while their performance was marginally better compared to the year before, they once again were unable to progress beyond the round robin stage and finished the IPL season on seventh position.
2016 saw a clean up of some sorts when it came to the squad including the release of their most expensive purchase Yuvraj Singh (?16 crores). The owners decided to add previously untested players including players from the Under-19 squad.
The services of Gary Kirsten were also terminated and were replaced by Paddy Upton as the head coach. It seemed as if the Capitals were finally ready to lift the trophy this year as they won five of their first seven matches. However, they stumbled along the way and ultimately finished sixth in the table.
2017 and 2018 once again proved to be testing times for the Capitals squad as they failed to make it to the qualifying stage. Sourav Ganguly was brought in as the official advisor in 2019 and the Capitals reached the playoffs after a wait of seven years. Luck was not on their side as they were unable to thwart the mighty Chennai Super Kings and finished as second runners up in the playoffs.
Despite being regarded as the worst team in the tournament, the fans continue to come out in droves for their matches. This is evident by packed stadiums and their large social media accounts such as Facebook which has 5.3 million followers.
IPL Mascot & Logo
The logo of the Delhi Capitals has changed from a fiery cricket ball to three tigers. The colour scheme for the franchise has also changed going from a predominantly red theme to a more blue one.
IPL Theme Song
The first theme song for the franchise was sung by Bollywood playback artist Kailash Kher and was titled ‘Khel Front Foot Pe’ (Play on the front foot). A new anthem was unveiled in 2012 on Youtube and was called ‘Munday Dilli Ke’ (guys from Delhi). A third anthem was released for the 2016 season, sung by legendary singer Sukhwinder Singh called ‘Dhuandaar Dilli’. The last season saw the release of yet another new song called ‘Roar Machaa’.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) is a cricket franchise based in Mohali, Punjab. The franchise was bought by the Dabur group’s Mohit Burman (46%), the Wadia group’s Ness Wadia (23%), Preity Zinta (23%), and Saptarshi Dey of the Dey & Dey Group (minor stake). A total of $76 million were paid to own the rights of the franchise.
Home games are played at IS Bindra Stadium but a secondary stadium in the form HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala is also used by the franchise.
Things got off to a slow start for Kings XI Punjab with the team losing their first two games of the IPL. However, the team was able to bounce back and win nine of their next ten matches. What is equally impressive is that they managed to achieve this feat without their star bowlers Brett Lee and Simon Katich.
Their improved performances allowed them to set up a semi final showdown with Chennai Super Kings where they were unfortunately beaten by nine wickets.
In 2009, a new sponsor in the form of Emirates Airlines came onboard and it seemed as if the side would lift the trophy this season. However, they were without most of their Australian players and experienced what can only be described as a rollercoaster season winning and losing in equal measure. This season they were unable to reach the semi-finals as they were defeated by none other than the Chennai Super Kings once again.
2010 was a forgettable season for Kings XI Punjab as they slumped to the bottom of the table and were unable to make it to the playoffs. It was also the year of controversy for the IPL as it was announced on 10 October 2010 that the contracts of Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals would be terminated.
Both teams vowed to take legal action against the decision but initially tried to negotiate a solution with the league. When talks between the two sides broke down, Kings XI Punjab proceeded to file a case in Mumbai High Court.
They accused the IPL of removing the two teams so that the bidding process would be initiated once more and eventually the teams would be sold off to a higher bidder. With the involvement of the High Court, Kings XI Punjab were reinstated and were able to participate in the 2011 season.
In 2011, the team missed the playoffs by a mere two points and finished fifth overall. 2012 and 2013 proved to be disastrous as they failed to reach the playoffs on both occasions.
2014 was their most successful year as under the guidance of George Bailey, Kings XI Punjab were able to make it to the IPL final. Glenn Maxwell was a welcome addition to the side as he powered his hard hitting and made scores of 95, 89 and 95 in his first three innings.
Their superior batting line up allowed them to set up a showdown with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Batting first, they set KKR a formidable target of 199 but were unable to hold them off as KKR won in the final over of the match.
2015 to 2019 were quite unforgettable for the Kings XI Punjab as they became a regular feature at the bottom of the points table. This gives them the dubious honour of a team that has finished the highest number of times at the bottom of the points table, a feat no doubt they will be looking to avoid for IPL 2020.
Despite their underwhelming performances in the IPL, Kings XI Punjab have a loyal fan base. The fans have continued to support the team and are proud of their team’s playing style which they describe as bold and fearless. The social media accounts are always buzzing with Twitter amassing more than 2 million followers and Facebook currently sitting at 8.5 million. In 2010, a fan club of the Kings XI Punjab named Lion’s Den was created which has become extremely popular.
IPL Mascot & Logo
The logo of the Kings XI Punjab is a silver crest with the name of the team in red flanked by red roaring lions on each side.
IPL Theme Song
Their official anthem for IPL 2019 was titled ‘Sadda Song’
A relative newcomer when compared to the original eight that were introduced in 2008, Sunrises Hyderabad are a franchise team based in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The franchise is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network and serves as a replacement to the now defunct Deccan Chargers.
As of last year (2019), the franchise was estimated to have a brand value of $68 million (?483 crore). Tom Moody served as the first head coach whereas the current line up is coached by Trevor Bayliss. David Warner was appointed captain but his involvement in the ball tampering controversy caused him to step down and be replaced by Kane Williamson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad made their debut in 2013 retaining 20 players from the Deccan Chargers. 13 new players were brought to bolster their batting and bowling attacks which included Darren Sammy, Nathan McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara. The team was successful in reaching the playoffs but were unfortunately eliminated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Things took a turn for the worst in the 2014 IPL season as they failed to make the playoffs and ended on position six in the points table. In 2015, Shikhar Dhawan was replaced by David Warner as captain who was unable to take his side to the playoffs stage. The team found themselves at position six once again despite Warner being awarded the orange cap for the season.
In 2016, Sunrisers Hyderabad had a reversal of fortune and were dominant in the round robin stage, eventually reaching the IPL final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. SRH scored an impressive 208 in 20 overs while RCB could only manage 200. This was the best IPL season for the Sunrisers and saw Bhuvneshwar Kumar earn himself a purple cap as he took a total of 23 wickets.
In 2017 the team were unable to defend their IPL title and eventually finished third. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was able to retain the purple cap amassing a total of 26 wickets while David Warner was awarded an orange cap for his batting prowess.
2018 saw the Sunrisers reach yet another IPL final against the Chennai Super Kings. However, they posted a subpar total of 178 which the Super Kings were able to chase with 9 balls to spare. Warner was no longer part of the squad due to his involvement in the ball tampering controversy. Kane Williamson was requested to leave the team and eventually ended up with the purple cap scoring 735 runs.
In 2019, David Warner made a comeback into the team and with Williamson on board fans were convinced that the duo would lead them to another victory. As fate would have it, Williamson would be unable to continue this IPL season due to an injury and the Sunrisers crashed out of the eliminator stage, losing to the Delhi Capitals.
Popularly known as the “Orange Army”, the SRH fan base is extremely loyal as seen by their jam-packed home matches.
IPL Mascot & Logo
The Sunrisers logo consists of an eagle and the rising sun. The idea behind the logo being that the flight of the eagle would depict their trajectory in the tournament.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers also known as RCB was founded in 2008 by United Spirits. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore serves as its home ground and the team is currently led by captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli. Despite having Kolhi at the helm, the franchise has had poor showings at the IPL and is yet to lift the title.
In 2008, things got off to a rocky start for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as they failed to make the playoffs and finished at seventh. A change of leadership in the way of Kevin Pietersen injected a much-needed boost into the franchise. In 2009, Pietersen was able to take RCB all the way to the finals where they finished in second place.
2010 saw Anil Kumble become the captain where the team played very well yet was unable to lift the trophy ultimately finishing in third place. In 2011 all players from the team were released into the auction player while Virat Kohli was the only retained. The aim was to build the squad from the ground up yet once again in hopes for a better result.
High profile overseas players were included in the squad including Dilshan, Zaheer Khan and AB de Villiers. Chris Gayle was added to the squad as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and with Daniel Vettori taking up captain duties many believed the team would be unbeatable. Once again they came close to winning but ultimately finished in second place.
In 2012, the team saw a change in leadership with Vettori handing over the captaincy duties to Virat Kohli. However, the change in leadership only served to further worsen their performance as they finished fifth overall. Unfortunately, the next season of the IPL saw them finishing in the same position in the table.
The squad was changed yet once again in 2014 with Mitchell Starc , Ravi Rampaul, Parthiv Patel, Ashok Dinda, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nic Maddinson, , Varun Aaron, Vijay Zol, Yuvraj Singh Albie Morkel and Harshal Patel being added. The results turned out to be even worse as RCB finished seventh. The following season in 2015, the team played significantly better and finished in the third position.
Perhaps the most heart-breaking moment of their IPL career saw RCB finish as runner ups in 2016. This was despite Virat Kohli’s blistering form which saw him hit four centuries in the tournament.
2017 and 2018 have seen the team fall well below in table as they finished on eight place sixth respectively. The bad performances continued in 2019 and they were outclassed by all other teams in the IPL to land at the bottom of the table.
Despite the horrific performances of late, RCB has a rabid fan following. Many can attribute this to the inclusion of Virat Kohli in the team who is considered to be the most accomplished skipper of the Indian national cricket team. The Chinnaswamy stadium is always overflowing with the red colour and fans make it a point to turn up to support their team, no matter the results
The fans of RCB are affectionately referred to as the ‘Bold Army’ and the official Instagram account of RCB has over 3.3 million followers. Other social media accounts such as Youtube have a good following as well with over half a million subscribers along with a fairly active Facebook page.
Which of the IPL teams 2020 will reach the finals? Will Mumbai Indians be able to lift the trophy for a record fifth time or will Delhi Capitals finally rise to the occasion to stop them!