Mumbai: The much-awaited 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to kick off here on Saturday, with the first match between hosts Mumbai Indians and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings.
The eight-team event will go for over a month, with the final, too at Wankhede Stadium here on May 27.
Last year in September, Star Sports had bagged the broadcast rights for the IPL till 2022, buying them for a mammoth amount of Rs 16, 347.5 crore and thereby beating rivals Sony Pictures Network.
This season too, Hotstar, Star network’s digital online streaming site will stream its matches live.
While the English commentary team includes the likes of Harsha Bhogle, Michael Clarke, Danny Morrison, Michael Slater among a few others, the hindi commentary team consists the likes of Aakash Chopra, Vivek Razdan, Murali Karthik, RP Singh among a few more.
In addition, this year, fans can enjoy customised content through a special Super Fan feed. Former cricketers like Brett Lee, Jonty Rhodes and Michael Hussey be a part of this team along with a few more.
Ahead of IPL 2018, here is the entire list of commentators who will entertain fans during the cricket extravaganza.
English commentators: Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Pommie Mbangwa, Sanjay Manjrekar, Murali Karthik, Danny Morrison, Michael Vaughan, Graeme Smith, David Lloyd, Ian Bishop, Lisa Sthalekar, Isa Guha, Michael Slater, Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar, Mel Jones, Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke, Kevin Pieterson and Rohan Gavaskar.
Hindi commentators: Aakash Chopra, Vivek Razdan, Nikhil Chopra, VVS Laxman, Jatin Sapru, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Murali Karthik, Mohammad Kaif, RP Singh, Abhishek Nayar, Rajat Bhatia, Irfan Pathan and Pragyan Ojha.
Bangla commentators: Ashok Dinda, Ranadeb Ranjit Bose, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Sourav Ganguly, P. Roy, Saradindu Mukherjee and G. Bhattacharya.
Kannada commentators: Sunil Joshi, Vijay Bharadwaj, Sujith Somasundar, Akhil Balachandra, Gundappa Viswanath, Srinivas Murthy, GK Anil Kumar and Chandramouli Kanavi.
Telugu commentators: Venkatapathi Raju, Venugopal Rao, Kalyan Krishna, C Venkatesh and Sudheer Mahavadi.
Tamil commentators: Hemang Badani, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, VB Chandrasekhar, Abhinav Mukund, Subramaniam Badrinath and K V Sathyanarayanan.
World feed commentators
India: Sanjay Manjrekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Rohan Gavaskar. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Harsha Bhogle, Deep Dasgupta, Murali Karthik and Anjum Chopra.
Zimbabwe: Mpumelelo Mbangwa
South Africa: Graeme Smith
West Indies: Ian Bishop
New Zealand: Simon Duoll, Danny Morrison
Australia: Brett Lee, Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Michael Clarke, Lisa Sthalekar, Melaine Jones.
England: Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pieterson, David Llyod, and Isa Guha.
Super fan feed: David Hussey, Brett Lee, Jonty Rhodes, Michael Clarke, Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan, Scott Styris, Anil Kumble, Dean Jones, Nasser Hussain, Mark Waugh, Kumar Sangakkara, Mike Hesson, Graeme Smith and Darren Sammy.