From IPL to ISL, sports leagues in India to watch – Marseille News

Sports leagueSports leagueThe sports league format was introduced in India in 2005 with the Premier Hockey League

By Reya Mehrotra

The sports league format was introduced in India in 2005 with the Premier Hockey League, which ended in 2008 and paved the way for the IPL in the same year. Without a doubt, cricket is the most beloved sport in India and every victory, controversy or defeat in this sport makes national headlines. With the IPL underway, the excitement levels of cricket fans are at their peak. We bring you more short form sports leagues in India to watch.

Pro Kabaddi League
The pro-level Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) was launched in 2014. Its format, again, is inspired by the IPL and uses the franchise model. Its teams include Jaipur Pink Panthers, Bengal Warriors, U Mumba, UP Yoddha, Gujarat Giants, Tamil Thalaivas, Puneri Paltan, Telugu Titans, Patna Pirates, etc. Like IPL and ISL, PKL teams also have celebrities and influential businessmen as owners like Abhishek Bachchan and Gautam Adani.

Indian Super League
In the Indian football system, ISL is one of the two highest level leagues, the second being the I-League. It is organized by All India Football Federation and sponsored by Hero Motocorp. India’s first national football league started in 1996 with the National Football League. The Indian Super League was officially launched in 2013 by Reliance, Star Sports and All India Football Federation. ISL has a similar ownership model to IPL. Its teams have owners like Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, MS Dhoni, Rakesh Jhunjhujwala, Tata Group and Allu Aravind, among others.

Professional volleyball league
The PVL is an initiative of Baseline Ventures India and the Indian Volleyball Federation. This is a professional indoor volleyball league for men. The teams include U Mumba Volley, Chennai Spartans, Ahmedabad Defenders, Black Hawks Hyderabad, Calicut Heroes and Kochi Blue Spikers. International players like Rudy Verhoeff, Ruslans Sorokins, David Lee, Andrej Patuc, Carson Clark and Alexander Bader are among them. Each team has 12 players and a reserve of two players.

Professional wrestling league
PWL was created in 2015 by the Wrestling Federation of India and ProSportify. It has six franchises representing Indian cities and formed through auctions. The teams include Delhi Sultans, MP Yodha, Haryana Hammers, Mumbai Maharathi, NCR Punjab Royals and UP Dangal. In 2019, Haryana Hammers defeated the Punjab Royals and won the title. The squad included players like Anastasia Nichita from Moldova, Tayana Omelchenko from Azerbaijan and Seema from India, Parveen Rana, Ravi Kumar and Rajneesh. Each team is made up of nine players. The mascot of the league is Faulad Singh, who encourages participants to compete with honesty and integrity. In its three editions, 51 Olympians have participated.

Indian Premier League
The Twenty20 Cricket League is played by eight teams from eight different Indian cities. It was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2007 and the first edition of IPL was held in 2008. According to BCCI, IPL contributed $ 160 million to India’s GDP and it is also the world’s busiest cricket league. world. By 2022, IPL is expected to have 10 teams. Currently, the 14th edition of the IPL is being held in the United Arab Emirates. In the history of IPL matches, the Mumbai Indian team owned by Reliance Industries is the most successful team with five wins.

Professional badminton league
PBL started in India in 2016 and is one of the best badminton leagues in the world. Indian and international badminton players, including Olympic medalists, participate in the league. The league has helped popularize the sport even further with a large audience across multiple platforms. PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Lee Chong Wei, Carolina Marin, Victor Axelsen, Tai Tzu Ying and Lee Yong Dae participated in the league. Franchises from Mumbai, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Guwahati are part of the league. The PBL have had five successful seasons so far. The names of the teams are Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Chennai Team, Pune 7 Aces, Mumbai Rockets. Last year, the Bengaluru Raptors won the league title by beating the North Eastern Warriors.

Ultimate table tennis
India’s premier table tennis league, UTT started in 2017 with six franchises in which 36 players played for 18 days. The best athletes and coaches from India and abroad, including Olympic, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medalists, form the heart of the league. The Indian Table Tennis Federation is a stakeholder in UTT. The teams include Chennai Lions, Puneri Paltan, Goa Challengers, U Mumba, Dabang Delhi and Mavericks Kolkata. In 2019, the Chennai Lions emerged victorious by beating Dabang Delhi.

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