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Spring is in the air, summer is around the corner, and the world’s best annual T20 league is about to kick-off once again. The Indian Premier League, now entering its 8th year, is set to be more action packed than ever: the World Cup is over, we’ve had a fresh round of player auctions, and there is more sponsorship and prize money than ever before.

There’s a lot of cricket to be played before 24th May, and there have been a number of comings and goings throughout the league. If you want to keep tabs on each game, join a fantasy league, follow your heroes on Twitter and watch what they eat via Instagram, then you’ve come to the right place. There’s more at stake than ever, and MakeUseOf have got you covered.

Watch the Action

Depending on what time zone 10 Ways to Visualize Time Zones Around the World & Be on Time 10 Ways to Visualize Time Zones Around the World & Be on Time Read More you’re in watching each game can be tricky. Luckily, we have the Internet to ease our woes. There is a massive spectrum of sites dedicated to your IPL viewing pleasures, but which one should you choose?

IPLT20

The official site of the IPL is an excellent place to start. Once the league commences you’ll be able to watch each and every game free through the site, giving you unprecedented access to the best of the league action.

IPL Chennai Super Kings

Not only that, but the site’s Video section contains highlights of almost every game played over the past 7 years, meaning you can relive last year’s awesome finale, or the nail-biting finishes throughout the 2012 season.

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Finally, the IPLT20 site is one of the major hubs for the league. It’s not only videos – there are schedules, photos, team rundowns, venue explorations, and of course, mountains of stats.

IPL on YouTube

Another awesome resource for matches past, with a plethora of team videos to help raise your anticipation level. Each team featured in the IPL has its own YouTube channel, and most of them regularly post training videos, in-depth player interviews, interviews with the usually unseen and unheard coaching staff, and plenty more.

Outside the official team channels, you should take a look at the #IndianPremierLeague video selection. It’s absolutely massive and features old adverts, amazing IPL moments, and interviews with IPL fans from around the world. The gocricket channel is another IPL gem, again featuring thousands of highlights, team interviews, and individual player “best of” moments.

Outside YouTube

If you leave the confines of YouTube, you can find a massive amount of IPL video content on Dailymotion, featuring game highlights and interviews en masse.

StarSports is another handy site. It features the full IPL schedule live, and at the moment is offering a run down on individual players who’ll likely influence the outcome of the IPL come the end of May, as well as a feature on potential unsung heroes.

Live on TV

While this is an article dedicated to digitally imbibing the IPL, we feel it prudent to inform you of your offline viewing choices. This list of current IPL broadcasters isn’t comprehensive, but does cover most countries where the IPL has some following.

IPL Broadcasters

Follow Your Heroes

The bounty of globalized digitization and social media enterprise is instantaneous connection with our sporting heroes. You no longer have to spend hours waiting outside the locker room waiting for a tantalizing glimpse of the best of the best – you can just stalk their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

N.B: Please do not stalk anyone.

Twitter

Twitter’s list feature was an outstanding introduction for exactly this moment. You no longer have to trawl Twitter’s millions of accounts 20 Essential Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow 20 Essential Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow Twitter is only as good as the people you follow. Literally. Thankfully, there are at least 20 essential Twitter accounts everybody should follow. Read on to find out what they are. Read More – you can find a list with each account already added. Here are a few of the best:

There are several other nations represented in the Indian Premier League this year, but these nationalities form the majority – aside from England, without a single player this year…roll on WC2019 England?

Facebook

Check the Official IPL Facebook page for score updates, interviews, team news, coaching advice and interviews, and a whole lot more. It has over 12,000,000 likes, so you’re bound to find someone you agree with – or not, as the case may be.

Instagram

Each team has an official Instagram account New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More enabling you to keep tabs on your favorite players (honestly it’s not stalking) throughout the season. Watch them joke, train, play, eat, and more through the eyes of Instagram.

Each official page features a number of links to players with active Instagram accounts allowing you to get closer to the action than ever before.

Wallpapers

While I’m not sure if people regularly change their desktop wallpaper Need A New Wallpaper? These 5 Awesome Sites Will Get You There Need A New Wallpaper? These 5 Awesome Sites Will Get You There Your choice of desktop wallpaper says a lot about who you are. So, if your wallpaper is an expression of who you are, where can you find wallpapers that fit your personality? Read More anymore, I know passionate sporting fans can be somewhat different. The Tottenham Hotspur forums I participate in always have a dedicated section for images, and the IPL is no different. There’s a whole ream of HD wallpapers available for free download here, while this Google shortcode will search for HD Indian Premier League wallpapers.

IPL Swapnil Asnodkar

Build a Community

Yes, I’m sure building a community isn’t exactly what you want from the IPL – but it can be done. Just think: there are literally billions of people around the world watching, engaging with, loving the Indian Premier League – couldn’t you all love it together?

Fantasy Leagues

One of the easiest and most immersive IPL experiences you can enjoy as part of a wider community is by competing in one of the myriad IPL Fantasy Leagues. The official IPLT20 hub has its own fantasy league section. You can chose a name, motto, logo, and of course your best attempt at a league winning team handpicked from each of the current franchises.

IPL Fantasy League Prizes

This officially sponsored fantasy league 8 Android Apps Every Sports Lover Needs 8 Android Apps Every Sports Lover Needs If you love sports and have an Android phone or tablet, you need these apps! Read More comes with a few added bonuses, too. If your IPL fantasy team is absolutely ravaging the league table there is a chance you’ll feature during one of the games – so choose your team name wisely! The overall winner of the IPL Fantasy League will win an Official Signed Team Jersey, a Special Cricket Bat signed by players of the winning team, plus a massive hamper stuffed full of IPL goodies.

A nice haul for a little time commitment.

Bonus: Official IPL Twitter queries account if you get stuck at any point.

/r/ipl and /r/cricket

The Indian Premier League has its own subreddit. To my knowledge it isn’t moderated by any direct affiliate of the IPL, and there are only some 200-odd subscribers. As the IPL is very clearly upon us the subreddit is becoming busy with new videos, interviews, and opinions threads appearing each day.

/r/cricket is the well-established big brother to its IPL specific counterpart. With over 20,000 subscribers the subreddit has a constant flow of cricketing information, media, and debate, though it isn’t all IPL focused. This is slowly changing as WC2015 finishes and the world looks to the next big tournament.

On the Go

Now where would be with all this digital media if we couldn’t access it all on the go. Well, nowhere, that’s for sure. The tournament organizers have released an official IPL app for each of the major mobile platforms: iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones, with an additional feature for feature phones.

You can access the full gamut of IPL through your social media apps via the links above, so you really won’t miss a thing while on the move. Every sports lover 8 Android Apps Every Sports Lover Needs 8 Android Apps Every Sports Lover Needs If you love sports and have an Android phone or tablet, you need these apps! Read More uses a specific sports app I am sure.

I hope you enjoy what is shaping up to be an outstanding IPL season. The World Cup has finished, but the cricket never ends. Best of luck to whomever you are supporting this year.

Excited for IPL2015? Who will take the crown? Who are you supporting and how will you engage with them? Let us know below!

Image Credits: Chennai Super Kings, Television Broadcast List, and Swapnil Asnodkar all via Wikimedia Commons. Fantasy League Prizes via IPLT20. Eden Park Kolkata via Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Jawwad Jafri
    April 10, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hey Gavin,

    That`s very very resourceful. We have also launched a unique IPL app for android called Cricly. Cricly turns your lockscreen into live scorecard so you dont have to open an app everytime you want to check the score. I would love your opinion on it.

    • Gavin
      April 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Hey Jawwad - cool little IPL tool. Be good if you could integrate it fully with the Android Lock screen so it doesn't jump between the two, but I realise that is more time consuming. Perhaps in a later iteration of the app. I also saw the full screen ad appear a couple of times - might want to work on some less obtrusive ads when it is obscuring the lock screen, people get funny about that.

      Good luck, Jawwad, thanks for reading and enjoy the season!

  2. Rob
    April 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I've been in India the past two months and have been amazed by just how big cricket is here. Everyone sitting on the train streaming to their phones, practicing in their gardens. Can't say I know anything at all about cricket really, but to see how it impacts a country so positively is great, as opposed to how soccer/football is little more than a blight for the UK society...

  3. Aaron
    April 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Great ! Article thanks bro :)

    • Gavin
      April 10, 2015 at 8:57 am

      No worries man, glad you enjoyed it. Who do you support?

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