It has hardly been a week since the West Indies whooped England in the ICC World t20 Final and fans are gearing up for the next major cricketing event. The VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 is coming on the 9th of April with even more passion, more excitement and more ‘Cricket’ than any other cricket tournament.
The ninth edition of IPL kicks off on 9th April with the first match between the defending Champions Mumbai Indians and new comers Rising Pune SuperGiants. The Mumbai Indians will bring solid inclusions inform of Rohit Sharma and Correy Anderson in the squad, while the Rising Pune Super Giants have included iconic players including MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Australian Captain Steven Smith in their ranks.
How to Watch IPL Live Streaming on HotStar
Being India’s flagship t20 cricket league, broadcasting rights of the VIVO IPL 2016 are limited to official broadcasters only. This means if you’re located outside India, you will not be able to stream IPL 2016 matches, due to geo-restrictions on the official SonySix, SonyMax and SonyESPN websites.
However, there is also another way which we prefer, you can watch the live coverage of IPL 2016 on HotStar for free. But unfortunately HotStar app does not work outside India. So far all the fans who don’t want to miss the IPL 2016 action live can use a VPN and change their IP to an Indian IP and get instant access to IPL 2016 on Hotstar.
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matches of IPL. Not only is the pricing too high but the package that it comes with also appears to be a rip-off to many.
If you are looking for IPL cricket live streaming in the US, we would suggest you to get a VPN service, and then connect to SonySix, SonyMax, SonyESPN or you can watch all of the IPL 2016 games online on Hotstar (website and app) for Free.
Teams of IPL 2016
All the teams participating in the IPL 2016 have been equally matched with the inclusion of the best international players. Even though some teams might appear a bit strong on paper but on-field performances will separate the best from the rest. With world class names featuring in IPL 2016, we believe that the Royal Challengers Bangalore featuring Virat Kohli(Captain), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, and Indian starlet Sarfaraz Ahmed are our favorites for the 2016 IPL.
The event is now into its ninth season and the Royal Challengers are yet to lift their maiden IPL trophy. Then again, IPL has been a tournament that has largely been dominated by the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Kings XI Punjab has done well, but is yet to win the tournament too.
1) Kolkata Knight Riders
Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has come a long way. The first three years were nightmarish for his team. But off the last three tournaments, KKR has won two and has equaled CSK’s record of two IPL wins. We are expecting some great moments from both the Bollywood superstar and his team of world class crusaders.
2) Royal Challengers Bangalore
The RCB is a true reflection of South African sportsmanship, brilliant throughout the tournament but crack in pressure situations. RCB has been the runner-up twice and semifinalist once in previous seasons. Even though they have Kohli, Gayle, Starc and AB De Villiers in their ranks, it is a mystery as to how the IPL trophy evades them.
3) Gujrat Lions
Gujrat Lions are the new franchise featuring team in the VIVO IPL 2016. The Lions replace Chennai Super Kings in the league due to Chennai’s 2 year ban. The team boasts top class talents including Suresh Raina, Ravindra, Jadeja, Brendom McCullum, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo. Having Faulkner and Bravo being the best all-rounders in whole IPL, Gujrat Lions are set to rock the IPL tournament with some cracking batting & fiery bowling. Brad Hodge has been appointed as the head coach of Gujrat Lions.
4) Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils have been pretty average performers so far in the IPL. They were impressive in the first two seasons and then lost the plot somewhere after the second season. They have a decent squad this season, with Zaheer Khan and Chris Morris. They will look to improve their record this year and will be licking their lips now that they have finally got a strengthened squad.
5) Kings XI Punjab
The fans of Kings XI Punjab will be praying that their team repeats the heroic performances of last year. Kings XI Punjab finished semifinalists in the first season and runners-up in the last IPL season. With Miller, Vohra, Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson at their disposal there is no reason why they cannot go on to win the IPL this year.
6) Rising Pune Supergiants
Rising Pune Supergiants comes as the replacement of Rajasthan Royals also due to the 2 year ban. The team features a group of legendary players up till now. Their roster includes Indian captain MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin. We will also see Australian captain Steven Smith and Faf Du Plessis, giving the Supergiants a SUPER batting lineup.
7) Mumbai Indians
Winners of the 2015 IPL, the Mumbai Indians have had the services of hall of famer Sachin Tendulkar as opening batsman. There came a time when Sachin and Ricky Ponting came out to bat together, a historic day for cricket fans. Perhaps that was the best sight for the Mumbai fans after they won their first IPL tournament in 2013. This year a talented roster featuring Pollard, Anderson, Rohit Sharma and Malinga will look to bring the IPL Cup again to Mumbai in IPL 2016.
8) Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad played their its first season in 2013 and upset the best teams to reach the playoffs. The season that followed was pretty average for the Sunrisers when they failed to shine. This year Yuvraj, Warner, Dhawan and Henriques will definitely give hope to the Hyderabad loyal for a showdown with destiny.
Check out the latest fit promo of VIVO IPL 2016 below: