IPL is an Indian cricket clash that takes place in March, April and or May with eight teams contesting in the league, since it was founded in 2008. The most exciting thing about the tournament is that these eight teams each represent a different city in India. IPL was started because of the popularity boom of the Twenty20(T20) cricket form; but more specifically because the Indian national team won the 2007 T20 world cup. T20 is a shortened form of cricket that is limited to twenty overs per gameplay and 80 minutes per inning, with a thirty-minutes break between consecutive innings.
The Indian Premier League lasts for an approximate time of seven weeks, though the 2020 edition was delayed until April 15 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. When the league was founded, an auction was held to determine the cities in which the teams would be based in, and also who would own the teams. The first IPL season constituted of teams situated in Mumbai, Mohali, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata and Delhi. Due to various financial and match-fixing sanctions inflicted on some of these teams over time, there have been various amendments in the league. The 2020 list, though, includes teams from the same eight cities that were there in 2008.
How exactly are the team players selected? There are basically three ways in which a team in the IPL can get players. Like in all other sports, there are trading windows in a league where a team can acquire players from other teams. IPL is no different from other sports as players can be traded in specific trading windows, making it the first way a team can acquire players. The second way is through the annual player auction where the teams are allocated a bidding budget. Majority of the Indian Premier League signings take place in the auction where players set a base price on themselves and join the team that bids most for them. Finally, teams can acquire players by signing those that were not picked up in the annual auction.
Deciding the winning team is a process that happens in two stages: the league phase and the knockout phase. In the league phase, each of the eight teams face each other, both home and away, just like in other sports. Basically, the points allocation system of the IPL follows this format; two points for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. The league phase takes a double round robin format instead of an elimination format since each team faces another twice(home and away). At the end of the league phase, the four teams at the bottom of the table are eliminated. On the opposite side, their four counterparts at the top enter the elimination phase, popularly known as the playoffs.
Now, it is time to decide which teams play in the IPL finals among those four best teams in the league, all happening in the knockout phase. In this phase, the two top teams in the league battle one another in a game is known as qualifier 1. The team that wins in qualifier 1 directly enters the final, but it's not yet over for the losing team. Remember that there were four teams in the knockout phase? The remaining two teams, the ones that finished third and fourth in the league, tussle out in the eliminator match. Just as the name sounds, the loser of this game is eliminated and the winner now gets to face the loser of qualifier 1. This game is called qualifier 2 and it decides on which team will enter the final, that is, against the team that won qualifier 1.
Due to the format of the IPL, it is very likely to find the losing team of qualifier 1 in the final against the team that beat it. These are the kind of matches that the IPL fanatics look forward to, as it gives them much excitement and thrill. Most fans of the league look forward to the playoffs since they are the most interesting part of the league; it is the epitome of all the league action. The way the IPL is structured makes it one of the most entertaining leagues in the world. This league is already popular and will get even more famous as time goes by because it is simply exciting to watch. Hopefully, this article has shown you how the Indian Premier League works in good detail if you did not already know.