The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is scheduled to be commencing on March 26 with the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Shreyas Iyer’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Mumbai. The tournament this year sees an addition of two new franchises; Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans. The players have begun to arrive in India ahead of the scheduled start of the tournament; all matches in the group stage will be played across four stadiums in Mumbai and Pune.
The IPL is the second major T20 league of 2022 after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was conducted between January 27-February 27, with Lahore Qalandars lifting a maiden league title.
Ahead of the start of the IPL, a journalist from Pakistan tweeted a comparison between two leagues and while he admitted that there is “no comparison” between the two, the journalist stated that PSL grew pretty quickly in an era where other nations had also been hosting their respective T20 leagues.
The veteran Indian batter, Robin Uthappa, who is set to appear for the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of IPL, had a four-word reply to the tweet from the journalist. Uthappa wrote, “IPL created the market!!”
IPL created the market!!
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) March 19, 2022
The journalist also came up with the reply as he wrote: “IPL created the market…?” Market of what? betting?matchfixing?spotfixing?The market where cricketers got suspended due to involvement in fixing. The market where Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years for involvement in fixing. What a market!!”
"IPL created the market…?" Market of what? betting?matchfixing?spotfixing?The market where cricketers got suspended due to involvement in fixing. The market where Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years for involvement in fixing. What a market!!👏👏
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) March 19, 2022
Robin Uthappa had played a key role for the CSK during the later stages of the IPL 2021, as MS Dhoni’s side lifted its fourth title. In the mega auction, the Super Kings management placed their faith in the veteran India batter as they bought him back for INR 2 crore.
Earlier, CSK skipper, MS Dhoni was among a host of players who began training ahead of the new season of the tournament. The franchise is currently taking part in its first phase of training in Surat. Ruturaj Gaikwad, the CSK batter who was the highest run-getter last season, joined the team earlier this week.