The Indian Premier League (IPL) has just commenced for its twelfth edition and early indications show it is going to be as action packed as always. The Chennai Super Kings will be seeking to repeat last season’s performance and breakaway as the most successful team in IPL history by notching up their fourth title.
56 matches of round-robin action followed by finals of daily T20 action including the best players from around the world is sure to get any cricket fan’s juices flowing. We will see the West Indians Gayle, Russell, Narine and Bravo who always come to put on a show. Watson is back for another season and Warner is finally back following his 12-month suspension for his role in the ball tampering saga.
It’s been a whirlwind 12-24 months for Jasprit Bumrah and he will be looking to further consolidate his position as one of the most damaging fast bowlers in the world while his fellow Indian teammates Sharma, Dhoni and of course the Indian captain Kohli will be looking to pile on runs as they search for success.
The Mumbai Indians will be battling with Chennai to prove themselves as the most dominant IPL team in history as they also search for their fourth title. The recruitment of the baby-faced South African Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is sure to only improve their chances as he will look to add aggression to their top order.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping for an improvement in fortune after signing big-hitting Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Along with de Villiers, Kohli, Hetmeyer, Ali and even Tim Southee in the lower order, expect to see some bombs hit with an aggressive batting lineup.
There’s so much more to talk about for this season but let’s get to the reason why you would have clicked on the article. How to actually watch the cricket matches if you find yourself overseas and unable to access the action.
How to Stream the IPL
The IPL is being broadcast all over the world. Here is a link to the broadcasting rights. For a lot of you, you may have subscription services to watch the IPL but may find yourself in an area where you are unable to watch the action due to geo-blocks. You will receive a message similar to: “You can not access broadcasting rights in your region.”
Some broadcasters only have rights to stream the IPL in their country. For example, Star Sports, through Hotstar streams only to India and Sky Sports only to the United Kingdom. There is a way around this though and that is through the use of a VPN.
If you have a subscription to YuppTV, Hotstar (India), Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Aus) or any other streaming services provided by broadcasters you should be able to watch the IPL unless you find yourself in a different country.
By using a VPN you can change the location of your IP address back to your country.
What if I am not Currently with One of These Streaming Services?
If you are not with one of the above-mentioned streaming services, for the purpose of watching the IPL, I recommend signing up with Hotstar India. It is the cheapest of the streaming services with complete accessibility to the IPL and comes with a 7-day money back guarantee.
You will need to use a VPN connection to an Indian server in order to access the Hotstar website.
Where to Get a VPN?
There are many different VPNs available online, however, they all don’t work equally well. Hotstar and Sky Sports are becoming particularly vigilant when it comes to blocking VPNs so finding one with more servers which are constantly updating puts you in a better position to always have access.
Lesser VPNs often find their servers blocked and don’t update and produce new servers quickly enough to satisfy customers. For the case of the IPL, these are the VPNs I recommend the most.
These VPN providers are constantly updating their range of available servers staying ahead of broadcasters, therefore you will always be able to enjoy and view all the games without issue.
Here is a link to the IPL schedule so you do not miss out on a single moment.
To watch the IPL abroad you can combine your streaming service with a VPN, then connecting to a server in your country of origin. If you are not currently with a streaming service, go with Hotstar India as it is the cheapest and has a 7-day money back guarantee.
So, what are your thoughts on this season’s edition of the IPL? Early season performances have Chennai once again in the box seat for victory but I feel they will be strongly challenged by Kolkata’s all-round side featuring big hitters such as Chris Lynn and those with all-round capabilities including Carlos Brathwaite and Sunil Narine. Top it off with the tricky wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav and you’ve got yourself a well-balanced team.