With the anticipation reaching its peak, the stage is set for the grand finale of IPL (Indian Premier League) 2023, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 28. But before you witness the clash of the titans, why not indulge in some exhilarating cricket-based series that will leave you craving for more?
Here’s a list of five gripping series and audio series that will ignite your passion for the game and set your pulse racing. From thrilling matches to behind-the-scenes drama, these series encapsulate the essence of cricket and promise to keep you on the edge of your seat. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and let the cricketing extravaganza begin.
‘Inside Edge’ (2017) on Amazon Prime Video takes you behind the scenes of the glamorous cricket world, revealing the gritty truth beneath the surface. With a captivating storyline centred around the Mumbai Mavericks, a T20 cricket franchise, this fictional series exposes the intertwining realms of money, power and politics in sports. Starring Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Tanuj Virwani and a talented ensemble cast, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Each episode directed by different directors added a unique flavour to the narrative. If you crave drama, suspense and a glimpse into the hidden side of cricket, ‘Inside Edge’ is a binge-worthy choice.
‘Cover Drive’ (2022) is a must-listen audio series of Pocket FM that takes you on an emotional journey through the world of cricket. Meet 13-year-old Sooraj, a passionate cricket lover with a dream to join the Indian Cricket Team. But his path is riddled with challenges. Orphaned at a young age and surrounded by difficult circumstances, Sooraj’s determination is tested. With his mother gone and his father behind bars, how will he overcome these obstacles to fulfill his cricketing aspirations? Explore the highs and lows of Sooraj’s life, his love for the game and the resilience that drives him forward. Tune into Pocket FM to and listen to ‘Cover Drive’ to witness an inspiring story of hope, courage, and the pursuit of dreams amidst adversity.
‘Selection Day’ (2018) on Netflix hits a six with its heartfelt story of dreams, family and the game of cricket. It revolves around a determined father who pushes his two sons to excel in the sport. While one son embraces the passion, the other treads a different path. This compelling web series, starring Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye and Rajesh Tailang, beautifully captures the complexities of ambition and the sacrifices made for success. With direction by Udayan Prasad and Karan Boolani, it strikes a perfect balance between emotional depth and thrilling cricket moments. Whether you’re a cricket enthusiast or simply appreciate a moving tale, ‘Selection Day’ will leave you cheering for the players both on and off the field.
Roar Of The Lion Dhoni
‘Roar Of The Lion Dhoni’ (2019) on Disney+ Hotstar is a phenomenal docu-series that chronicles the inspiring journey of the Chennai Super Kings in their comeback to the IPL in 2018 after a two-year ban. Led by the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the series provides an intimate and candid look into his life and the challenges he faced during the darkest phase of his career. Witness the resilience and determination of both the team and their leader as they strive for redemption. With Dhoni’s heartfelt revelations, this series offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a cricketing legend. So, celebrate Thala and his leadership with the series and relive his magic.
‘Sixer’ (2022) is a cricket series that packs a punch! Watch as a diverse bunch of players unite for an ultimate goal, winning a local tournament. From quirky characters to intense matches, this web series delivers excitement in every over. With captivating performances by Shivankit Singh Parihar, Badri Chavan, Rahul Tewari, Karishma Singh, Vaibhav Shukla and Brij Bhushan Shukla, it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As they tackle personal challenges and team dynamics, you’ll find yourself cheering for their triumphs. Directed by Chaitanya Khumbakonum, ‘Sixer’ on Amazon miniTV is a must-watch for cricket enthusiasts and fans of heartwarming camaraderie. Get ready for a gripping journey on and off the pitch.