Five big transfers, team changes ahead of IPL 2019

The 2019 Indian Premier League gets underway this weekend, with a cracking South Indian derby, as Chennai Super Kings begin their title defence against Royal Challengers Bangalore at home on Saturday, 23 March.

Chennai shocked all observers when they lifted the trophy for the third time, in their return season in 2018, despite possessing the oldest squad in the league. How has the dynamic changed this year? Who are the new entrants? And who benefitted the most from the transfer window?

A total of INR 1,06,80,00,000 (approx. 15.5 million USD) was spent on the day of the auction in Jaipur in December 2018. How do the teams stack up at the end of it? We take a look at the five biggest transfers and changes ahead of the league’s 12th season.