We are less than a week away from the first match of IPL 2018, as defending champions Mumbai Indians will host the returning CSK at a sold out Wankhede stadium.
The excitement and anticipation is building up for the new season, as this edition of the Indian Premier League is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.
The mega auction back in January provided a clean slate to all eight teams, as every franchise built their squad from scratch. The likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Manish Pandey and KL Rahul drew huge amounts, with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Chris Lynn also going for massive amounts of money.
Although the exclusions of Steve Smith and David Warner will be a blow to the competition, there is enough star power to attract crowds into the stadiums.
All eight sides have launched their respective jerseys, as the CSK and MI ones have already garnered a lot of positive reviews. Let’s look at the eight jerseys!
Chennai Super Kings
The returning yellow army will be waiting to light up the IPL, as MS Dhoni will once again don the captaincy hat for CSK this year. The vintage yellow jersey is back!
With the returning Gautam Gambhir at the helm, Delhi will fancy their chances on finally having a really good IPL season. They have opted for their traditional dark blue with a little red border.
Kings XI Punjab
Ravi Ashwin will skipper KXIP this year, as Preity Zinta will hope her team lifts the title for the very first time in their history. Their jersey remains akin to the classic pink and white.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik will lead KKR in his very first stint with the side, as he will call upon the likes of Lynn, Uthappa and Narine to inspire this popular side. Their jersey remains pretty much the same as last year’s purple and gold.
The defending champions will look to make it two out of two, as Rohit Sharma will have the backing of the Wankhede stadium when the IPL returns on April 7th. The blue and gold continues to be lucky for MI.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli will hope that this is the year that the extremely popular franchise finally lifts it’s maiden IPL title. The red and black army will surely be in full voice in Bengaluru.
Kane Williamson will now lead the side, as the Kiwi will try to inspire one of the most pleasing and consistent IPL sides in history. The orange army will back the Kiwi, as he tries to fill the void left by David Warner.
The absence of Steve Smith means Ajinkya Rahane will finally get the captaincy role that he deserves, as the Royals hero will look to bring glory to the inaugural champions of the IPL. They are expected to wear the vintage Royal Blue jersey.