The IPL, arguably the biggest cricket bonanza apart from the ICC World Cup, a mega event to beat all domestic ticket cricket tournaments is here again in its 12th avatar. In addition to Indian biggies, the top international cricketing giants are also here. Your evenings from now on till May are not going to be the same anymore.

To get you pumped up for the mega sporting event, here are all the details you need to know.

Cricket fans, cutting across national loyalties are going to be avidly supporting their favourite teams & favourite players. Kohli pitted against Dhoni, Rohit against Tim Southee, Bumrah against ABD -makes for a heady mix, likely to get the cricket aficionado punch drunk.

The add-ons of IPL - the flashy dresses, the cheer girls, the coloured smoke generators, attractive prizes after each game and so on are here to make the tourney all the more exciting.

The IPL will be kicked off from today, with the inaugural ceremony beginning at 6:00 PM. It will then be followed by one of the most anticipated matches- Chennai Super Kings versus Royal Challengers Bangalore. At its core, fans will be eagerly waiting to see Virat Kohli pitted against M.S Dhoni. Surely, the event will kick off with a blast.

Schedule for the first two weeks

Some of the biggest and boldest teams you have to look out for this season are Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. These teams have some of the most consistent performers not only from the Indian team, but also from the international cricketing scene. Though these teams have some of the best players, do not undermine the other teams. IPL is one cricketing event where a single match can change the course of the entire tournament, which is why it is so exciting.

The IPL is the most inclusive sports event in the country and if you wanna get in on the action in an even bigger way, you’ve got to try out the fantasy league. This is one place where you can form your own teams, devise strategies and if the players you chose perform well, you can even win some money.

The best part is that all you have to do for this is download the mobile app or log in to one of the many trusted sites that host the event, make a team of the players you think will perform the best and you’re all set. It’s as simple as that. It keeps the excitement high and the tension throbbing.

If you’ve got a couple of friends who are interested, you all can have your own mini tournament and play an active role in the IPL. The IPL Fantasy Tournament can be played on Cricbattle.com. The official fantasy this season is powered by Dream11 and it is not quite the same like last year. Having said this, the Dream 11 tournament mode requires less time and the round system will interest many.

With the IPL around the corner, it’s the best time to gather around the television with some friends and family. Since the sporting event lasts till May, that’s your evening plans sorted.

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