The Indian Premier League (IPL), officially Vivo Indian Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during April and May of every year by teams representing Indian cities.The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues.
Total players: 25
Overseas players: 8
Batsmen: Murali Vijay, Sam Bilings (O), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis (O), Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu
Bowlers: Mark Wood (O), Imran Tahir (O), Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi (O), Deepak Chahar, Asif KM, Monu Kumar, Kanishk Seth
Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni, Narayan Jagadeesan
All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo (O), Shane Watson (O), Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner (O), Kshitiz Sharma
Ideal playing XI:
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson (O), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis (O), MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood (O), Lungi Ndigi (O) Shardul Thakur
Key signings at IPL 2018 auctions: Faf du Plessis (1.6 cr), Imran Tahir (1 cr), Mitchell Santner (50 lakhs).
The IPL’s broadcast rights were originally held by a partnership between Sony Pictures Networks and World Sport Group, under a ten-year contract valued at US$1.026 billion. Sony would be responsible for domestic television, while WSG would handle international distribution. The initial plan was for 20% of these proceeds to go to the IPL, 8% as prize money and 72% would be distributed to the franchisees from 2008 until 2012, after which the IPL would go public and list its shares. However, in March 2010, IPL decided not to go public and list its shares. As of the 2016 season, Sony MAX, Sony SIX, and Sony ESPN served as the domestic broadcasters of the IPL; MAX and SIX aired broadcasts in Hindi, while SIX also aired broadcasts in the Bengali, Tamil, and Telugu languages. Sony ESPN broadcast English-language feeds.