Eight teams, sixty matches and two months of cricket bonanza. Gather your friends, call in some food, booze and prepare to glue your eyes on your telly for this year’s IPL.
We’ve gathered a list of everything you need to stock up on before the IPL season takes off. From the best streaming essentials to catching up on commentary if you happened to miss a match.
Mark your calendars from March 23 to May 19 and prepare your ears for that annoying IPL trumpet going off whenever the ball’s in the sky. Here are the six things you need to know...
*Additional words: Khumail Thakur, Ali Akbar Merchant, Burhanuddin Kapasi
1) Download Hotstar
IPL is no excuse to skip workday and sit at home even though it’s a plausible reason (maybe) to give your boss. So here’s where Hotstar saves you from missing out on any action. Commuting to work? Get the live broadcast right on your phone. The Hotstar app will live stream the game, let you chat with your buddies and even order food from Swiggy right from the Hotstar app. Best part, you can live stream for free. There’s also an option to pay ₹999 annually for premium membership that will grant you access to exclusive movies and TV shows but priority of March - IPL. Don’t show it to your wife or else she’ll find out that you can stream Game of Thrones as well. Download Hotstar app for Android
2) Pick up a power bank
Stay a step ahead and make sure you don’t ruin your mood by watching either your favourite player or your smartphone run out of juice. The Urbn power bank holds a 20,000mAh battery to charge your phone multiple times so you don’t ever need to be tethered to a plug point. There’s even a 1000mAh version for ₹8,999 and a 2.1 amp output capacity for faster charging. Oh and there’s a M S Dhoni edition with the maestro’s autograph at the back. Howzat for a powerbank?
3) Test yourself
So you have watched every match since you could spell the word cricket. Yes, we get it. Cricket is a religion for you. Wouldn't it be nice if that hobby could earn you a bit of dough on the side? That database of knowledge you have gathered over years of intensely watching the matches can be useful in this little game of fantasy cricket on Dream11. All you need to do is register on Dream11, select a match, create your team and join the contest. And if you wish to just test yourself without the risk of losing some dough, Dream11 also offers a free mode. So go ahead and satiate that unending Cricket fever.
4) Catch live updates and news on Cricbuzz
If you peep into any cricket fan’s smartphone, we’re sure you’d spot the hazy-green coloured CricBuzz app. This is the all-in-one cricket app for all you geeks out there. It’s got live score updates, breaking news about players and teams, ball-to-ball commentary, match stats, pre and post match analysis, team schedules, team ranking and much more. It’s also got a special IPL tab so you don’t get all confused with other cricket matches taking place all over the globe. If you don’t mind, it’s even got a widget to place on your homescreen too. Better yet, you can follow them on Twitter for extra gossip and thrash talk between celebrities, plastic fans and hardcore deities.
If you don’t like this one, there’s always the official IPL app to crave your cricket needs.
5) Sachin Saga VR (₹1,499)
Best way to truly immersive yourself into cricket and also feel like the Master Blaster is to wear the VR headset and play a game of cricket as Sachin Tendulkar himself. This limited edition headset supports all of Google cardboard VR games and most importantly, the Sachin Saga game. Afraid your buddy might fall asleep looking at you having all the fun? We’ll stick another VR headset on them and join a multiplayer action. Along with a really comfortable mobile VR headset, you even get a controller inside the box to make gaming easy and simple.