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Who will win it this time?

Insurance against injury for overseas players? You bet!

With foreign players raking in the money in the Indian Premier League, many players have turned to insurance companies in order to secure their finances, reports The Guardian.

The players are assured of 50% of their fee for the IPL if they turn up fit and ready to play for their respective franchises. With the risk of injury constantly surrounding players these days - Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje were injured and ruled out of the tournament days before it began - they have walked into deals with insurance companies to make sure they do not lose out on their income. With the amount of money in question, there's little reason to blame them too.

Here's an excerpt from the Guardian article: IPL players earn more for one match than in any other sport in the world - with the recent global sports salary survey suggesting they receive a pro-rated GBP 274,624 per game on average, far ahead of the NFL (138,354) and the Premier League (78,703).

However, with players' payments structured so they get 50% of their salary merely for showing up fit for the tournament, several players from England, South Africa and the West Indies have recently taken out personal insurance against injury in other matches that would jeopardised their IPL income.

The full piece can be read here

The big face-off tomorrow

Elite panel

For those of you how wondering how professional betting works during the IPL, our correspondent Vithushan has shed some light on it by interviewing a professional trader based in London. Check it out here. And then, ahead of the first game, Kaushik and Prakash list out all you need to know about this year's edition over here.

Build up

It is that time of the year. The T20 frenzy is upon us and even though the nation's attention has been on the World Cup for a while, it is time to set that aside and focus on the world's most famous T20 tournament. And for a change, the frenzy has set in early because of the general elections and the 50-over World Cup. Is anyone complaining? Definitely not.

So what has changed this time? Kings XI Punjab for instance will be playing all seven home games at Mohali. The players will be delighted with that. No more expanding the home fan base to Indore or Dharamsala. And then there are the Rajasthan Royals who will turn out in pink this time, not only in pink city Jaipur but throughout the tournament after ditching the blue jersey.

And then, what remains the same? RCB's death bowling woes perhaps? They haven't really strengthened on that front. KKR have stuck with their policy of having a relatively smaller group. CSK's squad has remained almost the same as well. Will that ageing squad retain it this year? Can Mumbai Indians pip their rivals and bag that fourth title? Or will there be a new champion? That would be interesting. A lot will also depend on the overseas players leaving their teams early in order to prepare for the World Cup.

Welcome to the blog for the 2019 IPL. From on-field action to the off-field stuff to revisiting old memories, we bring everything to you right here.

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