Much to the excitement of cricket fans, the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is back after a one-year hiatus. The district-based state T20 tournament had to be cancelled last year due to COVID-19 pandemic but is now back amid a great sense of anticipation.
The TNPL 2021 will see eight teams – Chepauk Super Gillies, Lyca Kovai Kings, Dindigul Dragons, Trichy Warriors, iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans, Siechem Madurai Panthers, Salem Spartans and Nellai Royal Kings – facing each other once, before the top 4 sides make it through to the playoffs.
Chepauk Super Gillies are the defending champions of TNPL 2021, having clinched the coveted title back in the 2019 edition where Dindigul Dragons finished runners-up. The Super Gilles also won the TNPL trophy back in 2017.
The TNPL 2021 kicked off on Monday (July 19) with an opening day fixture between Lyca Kovai Kings taking on Salem Spartans, followed by the clash among Chepauk Super Gillies and IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans the next day. Unfortunately, however, both the fixtures were marred by bad weather and had to end in no results.
Tournament organisers, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), will be hoping for some respite from the weather so that the rest of the tournament fixtures aren’t spoiled by the ongoing monsoons in India.
Star Sports will be televising the TNPL 2021 live in India, with its digital app ‘Hotstar’ providing the live stream for the same.
Young promising batsman Shahrukh Khan, whom Indian Premier League (IPL) fans will know of after his exploits for Punjab Kings (PBKS) earlier in the year, is the captain of team Lyca Kovai Kings in the TNPL 2021. Another young Tamil Nadu talent Daryl Ferrario is the skipper of Salem Spartans.
Defending champions Chepauk Super Gillies are led by Kaushik Gandhi, while previous season runners-up Dindigul Dragons are captained by R Srinivasan. Madurai Panthers have NS Chaturved as their leader for the TNPL 2021, with Rahil Shah handling the captaincy duties for Trichy Warriors. Baba Aparajith is the captain of Nellai Royal Kings, while IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans will be led by M Mohammed.
Chepauk Super Gillies
B Arun, S Vijayakumar, Rajagopal Sathish, R Ram, Arvind, RS Jaganath Srinivas, V Santhana Sekar, Manimaran Siddharth, S Sujay, S Harish Kumar, V Arun Kumar, H Prasidh Akash, *R Sai Kishore, Narayan Jagadeesan, V Sai Prakash, M Kaushik Gandhi, R Alexander, U Sasidev, Sonu Yadav, Rahul D, Sandeep Warrier, Radhakrishnan S
Siechem Madurai Panthers
R Mithun, V Gowtham, PS Nirmal Kumar, NS Chaturvedi, P Praveen Kumar, B Anirudh Sita Ram, KB Arun Karthik, R Rohit, R Aushik Srinivas, J Kousik, DT Chandrasekar, V Aaditya, R Silambarasan, M Shahjahan, K Deeban Lingesh, Varun Chakravarthy, J Subramanyam, Rajkumar K, Sughendiran P, Saravanan PK, Aaditya V, Sunil Sam and L Kiran Akash.
Ruby Trichy Warriors
B Rahul, Akash Sumra, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, S Aniruda, M Poiyamozhi, Rahil S Shah, S Santosh Shiv, W Antony Dhas, Aditya Ganesh, Nidhish S Rajagopal, R Ganesh, Sumant Jain, Muhammed Adnan Khan, P Saravana Kumar, VP Amith Sathvik, G Hemanth Kumar, K Mukunth, G Karthick Shanmugam, Mathivanan, Karthik R and Murali Vijay.
Lyca Kovai Kings
P Shijit Chandran, J Suresh Kumar, J Gowjith Subash, K Vignesh, GR Manish, R Kavin, G Aravindh, V Ganga Sridhar Raju, U Mukilesh, Abhishek Tanwar, MA Atheeq Ur Rahman, N Selva Kumaran, Ashwin Venkataraman, B Sai Sudharsan, Nishanth Kumar Alwar, Shahrukh Khan, Srinivasan E, Thangarasu Natarajan, Kiran Kasshyap, Yudheeswaran V, Anandakumar S and S Ajith Ram
B Praanesh, S Abishiek, Akshay V Srinivasan, Murugan Ashwin, S Boopalan, Daryl S Ferrario, M Ganesh Moorthi, Gopinath KH, TD Lokesh Raj, G Periyasamy, S Shubham Mehta, U Sushil, M Vijay Kumar, Vijay Shankar, Kishoor G, Aarif A, Suganesh M, Abhinav Vishnu, Rathnam AVR, R Karthikeyan and Washington Sundar.
Nellai Royal Kings
H Trilok Nag, CH Jitendra Kumar, Sanjay Yadav R, V Athisayaraj Davidson, T Ajith Kumar, M Abhinav, NS Harish, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, S Sharun Kumar, Baba Indrajith, Baba Aparajith, Ashwath Mukunthan, L Suryap Prakash, S Senthil Nathan, Jitendra Kumar CH, Rohit Ram R, Sathraj A, Veeramani T, Sri Neranjan R, Vivek R, Suresh C and Arjun P Murthy.
K Vishal Vaidhya, S Arun, Advaith Sharma, R Suthesh, S Swaminathan, L Vignesh, R Srinivasan, RS Mokit Hariharan, S Lokeshwar, C Hari Nishaanth, C Ashwin, MS Sanjay, V Lakshman, K Mani Bharathy, AR Siva Murugan, Gurjapneet Singh, R Vimal Khumar, Kishan Kumar S, Vigneshwaran S, Ravichandran Ashwin, R Vivek and M Silambarasan.
iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans
S Dinesh, S Manigandan, RI Raajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, S Siddharth, S Aravind, Maan K Bafna, P Francis Rokins, K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, Aswin Crist A, Tushar Raheja, A Karuppusamy, C Shriram, M Mohammed, Mohammed Ashik N, Affan Khader M, Adithya Giridhar, Saathiyaannaryan L, M Rooban Raj, Mohan Prasath S, Maan K Bafna, R Rajkumar, Natarajan ST, Ashwin Balaji S, and Dinesh Karthik.
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