The first match of the world’s most celebrated Cricket festival – the IPL 2019 is about to begin in less than 6 hours. Get used to the trumpet sound that plays in between every over. It’s that time of the year, when people shun all other activities and remain glued to their television sets immersed in this carnival, oblivious to what happens in the outside. It’s also the time when the fans shift their allegiance from the country to their respective states or teams where their favorite starts feature.
IPL creates a carnival-like atmosphere everywhere with stadiums packed with devoted fans sporting their favorite team’s jerseys and screaming and cheering for their teams with blow horns, trumpets and what not. Cricket icons all over the world get a rapturous welcome here. Not even in their wildest imagination, they would have received these kinds of adoration and love even in their home towns. Recall the number of times the boisterous crowd blew the roof off the stadium with their chants.
CSK vs RCB – the perfect start
And what better way to open the ultimate carnival of cricket than having the most decorated teams in the league clash against each other. Yes, it’s CSK vs. RCB that’s going to be the inaugural match this season. To put it more precisely it’s Thala Dhoni vs. King Kohli that’s going to set the house on fire. Social Media is already exploding with the way they have the organizers have promoted the first ad in a novel way insisting cricket is going to be the winner with their “game more than the name” slogan. But for the enthusiastic fans, It’s their state, and their hero is what that counts! It can be seen from the rapturous welcome MS Dhoni received during a practice session.
RCB vs. CSK on CSK’s home turf is undoubtedly exciting for any follower of the game. CSK did the unthinkable last year by clinching the title in what may be considered as vengeance for banning them for two years. The kind of unconditional love and adoration CSK has managed to receive over the years is something incomparable. While CSK had a dream run, RCB has a disastrous outing last year, something the King want to forget.
Add to the fact that RCB is one of the three to have never won the IPL. Despite getting close so many times, they couldn’t get win one thus earning them the tag of being the “New South Africa” of cricket after choking so many times. Carrying this dubious tag for too long, they want to relieve it and what better way to do so than to have a perfect start by demolishing their arch-rivals in the opening match on their home turf.
Predict & Win double
As a cricket fan, you are in for a visual treat for sure! How about adding a tinge of more excitement on this awesome day? Hey! We are talking about the Rummy Fantasy League which is all set to begin along this carnival. Just like cricket fans, rummy players are excited about this league, which comes with a massive prize pool of Rs. 1 Lakh. Pick your choice between RCB and CSK and start playing the RFL match No 1 for a prize pool of Rs. 16000. Just play with the nominal buy-in of Rs. 10. Registration has already begun and the tournament begins at 9:00 PM. Time for you to hit out of the park with your prediction!
If your prediction comes true, get the double of what you win! Sounds good, eh? Come and electrify our tables like ABD!
Dhoni – the Thala of Chennai
No other franchise has been able to create such a loyal and frantic fan base. And a large part of it owes to the peerless MSD, who is undoubtedly the unrivaled king of Chennai. Chennai’s love for their “Thala” Dhoni can be witnessed from the huge placards and signboards that have been erected in the city. MSD appears extremely happy in his yellow jersey than what he had to sport for the last two years. And there’s Suresh Raina, who is the second most loved guy in Chennai after MSD.
Head to head record
Though CSK has a 14-9 head-to-head advantage over RCB, it’s worth noting that things have changed a lot in the past year. Kohli’s captaincy has improved by leaps and bounds. Registering wins in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Kohli at the helm is a different man now. And they have Mr. 360, AB De Villers. Wherever he plays in India, he is greeted with loud chants of “AB! AB! AB!” – No other foreign player evokes such a passion as much as ABD does. Chepauk has a history of cheering for players despite being on the opposite side; they have the reputation of being the most knowledgeable crowd in Chennai. With this being the case, we are in for a cracker of a contest!