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ICC World CUP 2019:
In a nail-biting finish, England won the world cup 2019 at the Lord’s. After the scores were tied in the Super Over too, England won by virtue of scoring more boundaries (26-17).

The Word 'Sport' comes from the old French word called Desport which means "Leisure", but this word has changed its connotation with the passage of time. Now sports is longer believed to be an activity to be practiced only in leisure time. Today sports is one of the major parameters to judge a country's development and growth, and is fast becoming a great career option for the future generations.


Cricket, the most popular game in Indian subcontinent is the National Game of England. It is believed to have been invented in around 16th century. The earliest recorded evidence of existence of Cricket is the mention of the sport called "Creag" played by Prince Edward. Today, Cricket is played at the International level by 11 major countries. It is played in three formats; the Tests, the ODI's (one day International's) and the more recent Twenty-20. The craze for this game in the Indian Subcontinent is such that people worship the cricketers when they win matches, but on the flip side they are severely criticized for bad performance whenever they lose. The ICC (International Cricket Council) is the governing body for cricket and it has 104 member countries. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the new craze among the cricket lovers. Since 2008, IPL is earning big bucks for BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).

Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule, Time Table & Match Details

IPL 12 (Indian Premier League 2019)

The Indian Premier League, also known as Vivo IPL 12, is ready to launch its Eleventh edition, which will be held from 23 March 2019 to 12th May 2019. The Twenty20 cricket tournament is organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and follows the regulations of the IPL Governing Council. Read More

The Indian Premiere League 2019 is being headed by Rajeev Shukla, Chairman of the league.

Indian Premier League

Indian Premier League (IPL) is a famous domestic tournament of cricket, which is widely watched by cricket fans throughout the country. IPL is also known as a professional Twenty20 cricket league, and is usually contested in the months of March or April. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) founded this league in 2008. Since then, it has become the biggest domestic cricket league in the world. Every year, around eight teams/ franchises participate in the IPL tournament, and these teams represent different cities of India. Matches are played on home and away basis. Each team can play a maximum of 4 overseas players in the 11 member squad. Players are acquired through auctions. In 2010, this league became one of the first sporting tournaments throughout the world to be broadcast live on YouTube. Nowadays, fans can also watch it on the streaming platform Hotstar. Moreover, IPL is known for having an exclusive window in ICC Future Tours Programme. As per Duff & Phelps, the net brand value of IPL as in 2018 was US$6.3 billion. Since 2008, twelve IPL seasons have taken place. In 2019, the winners of the 12th IPL season are the Mumbai Indians. The current IPL teams include Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals.

YearWinnerRunner up
2008Rajasthan RoyalsChennai Super Kings
2009Deccan ChargersRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2010Chennai Super KingsMumbai Indians
2011Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2012Kolkata Knight RidersChennai Super Kings
2013Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings
2014Kolkata Knight RidersKings XI Punjab
2015Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings
2016Sun Risers HyderabadRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2017Mumbai IndiansRising Pune Supergiant
2018Chennai Super KingsSun Risers Hyderabad
2019Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings


Popularly known as soccer, Football is the most popular sport in the world. It is played across 93 countries in the world and has 208 member nations. FIFA (The International Federation of Association Football) World Cup is the largest and most glamorous sporting event in the world. It is largely played in the European Sub-Continent. 21 editions of the Football World Cup have been played until now, out of which Brazil has won maximum five World Cups. The craze of football is such in Europe that the whole nation seems to come to halt when ever there is a Football tournament. Not many people know that this much loved European game is Chinese in Origin. A Chinese document compiled between 3rd and 1st century BC mentions a practice known as 'Cuju' meaning Kick Ball. It later got popularized from China to Japan and Korea.


Basketball is one of the most popular games in USA, China, Russia, Canada, Argentina and Spain. The ruling body for the game is FIBA (International Basketball Federation). The NBA (National Basketball Association) is the richest and most popular basketball leagues in the world. NBA has close to 30 teams. Wining Olympics is considered to be the highest honor in International Basketball like any other sporting event. USA holds record for maximum number of Gold Medals in Olympics. Basketball is said to have originated in North America.


Played on the natural grass with a hard ball, Hockey is largely played and popular in Asian subcontinent though Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa also are known for hockey. Hockey is the National Game of India and its neighbouring country, Pakistan. The ruling body for the game is FIH (International Hockey Federation). Other than the most popular Field Hockey, the other forms of the game are Ice Hockey, Inline Hockey, Roller Hockey, Sledge Hockey and Street Hockey. The game of hockey finds mention as early as 600 BC in Greece.


Baseball is relatively less popular game as compared to Soccer, Hockey and Cricket. The governing body for Baseball is IBAF (International Baseball federation). New York Yankees are the most known club in the domain of Baseball. Baseball is also called National Pastime Game in US (United States). MLB (Major League Baseball) is the one of the premier Baseball leagues in the World. The game of Baseball owes its origin to North American Continent and is considered to be a development from the older game of Rounders popular in the Great Britain and The Flanders.


The most watched sport on television in Australia, Rugby Union is believed to have been originated in England in the early 19th century. The governing body for Rugby is IRB (International Rugby Board). 115 nations are members of IRB. The 6-nations are the most popular championship in Europe and Tri-Nations in the Southern Hemisphere. The Rugby World Cup is held every four years.


Volleyball is the National Sport of Sri Lanka and is very popular in United States, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Philippines, Russia and Poland. It is also a popular sport in southern India, North America, Eastern Europe and Brazil. The game of Volleyball is said to have been originated in Holyoke city of United States (US). Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is the major body governing the game. FIVB organizes FIVB World League and the World Grand Prix (Women's Volleyball) championships.

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