On Friday, the Indian Premier League announced the format for IPL 2022. Considering the arrival of two new teams, a change in the format was on the cards. As per the format, two virtual groups have been formed and five teams each have been assigned in it. Back in 2011, as well, when there were two new teams, IPL had adopted a similar format. In this article, we take a look at the list of teams that were part of Group A and Group B in IPL 2011.
Groups announced for IPL 2022
The groups for IPL 2022 have been decided based on the number of titles won and final matches played by the teams. Hence, in Group A, we have Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants. Group B consists of Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.
Each team in a group will play twice against the other teams in the same group. While one game each will be played against every team in the opposite group, there will be an additional game against the franchise from the same row in the opposite group. With this, each team will play 14 league games. All these matches will happen across Mumbai and Pune starting from March 26th.
Group A and Group B in IPL 2011
Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were the new franchises then. Hence, BCCI had to plan with a new format. They had the same format that has been replicated again for IPL 2022. However, back then, there was a random draw to determine the groups.
Group A had Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India. The Group B consisted of Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chennai Super Kings won the season. A few seasons later, the two new teams had to leave and since then, IPL has had only eight franchises.