The IPL 2016 is all set to begin on April 9, with Mumbai Indians hoping to retain the title
The IPL 2016 is all set to begin on April 9, with Mumbai Indians hoping to retain the title

The IPL fever begun in Raipur as fans witnessed the VIVO IPL trophy tour come to their city. The trophy was displayed at the City Center Mall on March 26 for the mad fans to witness. The trophy tour started of from Pune, going to Hyderabad before coming to Raipur. Around 500 fans were witnessed in this event, which also included few sports activities, contests and clicking selfies with the trophy. There contests winners received goodies and tickets to brand events from the title sponsors, VIVO.  The next destination for IPL trophy is the capital city, Delhi, on March 27 at Select City Walk. It will then be displayed at Kolkata, before signing off in the current IPL holders city, Mumbai on April 3.

The VIVO Indian Premier League will kick-off on April 9, with current holders Mumbai Indians taking on one of the new entrants, Rising Pune Supergiants at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. This season will be the ninth edition of IPL, which started back in 2008. Two new teams, Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants, will be witnessed in this season’s IPL, in the absence of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, who are suspended for 2 years. Only 5 teams have won the IPL since its inception, with Rajasthan Royals winning the inaugural season in 2008. Deccan Chargers(Sunrisers Hyderabad) won in 2009.

Since 2010, only three teams have won the IPL, with Chennai Super Kings winning in 2010 and 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014 and Mumbai Indians in 2013 and 2015. The title sponsor for IPL this season is VIVO, which is global phone manufacturer. It entered India in late 2014 and it has managed to reach 200 cities. It is one of the fastest growing companies in India, and also on the top 10 smartphone brands in the world