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Updated on September 28, 2013

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Top 25 most valuable “Young” players - (as on 15-May-2012)

Top 25 most valuable âYoungâ players
Top 25 most valuable âYoungâ players

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Top 25 most valuable âOldâ players
Top 25 most valuable âOldâ players

Top 25 most valuable “foreign” players - players (as on 15-May-2012)

Top 25 most valuable âforeignâ players
Top 25 most valuable âforeignâ players

Top 25 most valuable "Indian" players - (as on 15-May-2012)

Top 25 most valuable "Indian" players
Top 25 most valuable "Indian" players

Top 25 most valuable “Low Cost” players - players (as on 15-May-2012)

Top 25 most valuable âLow Costâ players
Top 25 most valuable âLow Costâ players

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Top 25 most valuable âHigh Costâ players
Top 25 most valuable âHigh Costâ players

Key players in IPL 5

Team wise

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel, Mike Hussey, Sudeep Tyagi, Dwayne Bravo, Scott Styris, Joginder Sharma, Francois du Plessis, Wriddhiman Saha, Nuwan Kulasekara,Ben Hilfenhaus, Suraj Randiv, George Bailey

Deccan Chargers Hyderabad

Ishant Sharma (doubtful), Manpreet Gony, Cameron White, Kumar Sangakkara, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Dan Christian, Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Darren Bravo, Michael Lumb, Daniel Harris

Delhi Dare Devils

Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, David Warner, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Colin Ingram, Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Umesh Yadav, Venugopal Rao, Andre Russell, Aaron Finch, Naman Ojha, Ajit Agarkar, Matthew Wade, Varun Aaron, Doug Bracewell

Kings XI Punjab

Adam Gilchrist, Abhishek Nayar, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Stuart Broad, Ryan Harris, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Azhar Mahmood, Ramesh Powar

Kolkata Knight Riders

Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Jacques Kallis, Brad Haddin, Shakib Al Hasan, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Brad Haddin, James Pattinson

Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, James Franklin, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha, Thisara Perera, RP Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Davy Jacobs, Clint McKay, Robin Peterson, Herschelle Gibbs, Aiden Blizzard

Rajasthan Royals

Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson, Johan Botha, Brad Hodge, S Sreesanth, Shaun Tait, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Brad Hogg, Shoaib Khan, Dinesh Chandimal, Kevon Cooper

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB De Villiers, Daniel Vettori, Dirk Nannes, Charl Langeveldt, Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mohammad Kaif, Andrew McDonald, Luke Pomersbach, Rilee Rossouw

Pune Warriors India

Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke, Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra, Murali Kartik, Graeme Smith, Tim Paine, Angelo Mathews, Nathan McCullum, Wayne Parnell, Jesse Ryder, Ashok Dinda, Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Marsh, Luke Wright, Steven Smith, Alfonso Thomas, Marlon Samuels, Rahul Sharma

Shane Watson returns to Rajasthan IPL 5

Shane Watson returns to Rajasthan IPL 5
Shane Watson returns to Rajasthan IPL 5

Presence of Australian all-rounder Shane Watson in the Rajasthan Royals' playing XI will make a massive difference to the struggling side.

Shane Watson, who is coming to IPL-5 after their series against West Indies, would surely make his presence felt.

Watson would make a massive difference with his all-round capabilities

Accumulating a lot of praise on Ajinkya Rahane soon Shane Watson will also join

Virender Sehwag turns on the heat in IPL 5

Virender Sehwag in IPL 5
Virender Sehwag in IPL 5

As IPL 2012 went past its halfway stage in the previous week, the focus was clearly on the form of Delhi Daredevils. Delhi Daredevils have displayed consistency with both bat and ball.

Among the batsmen, Virender Sehwag, who is one of the leading run scorers across the five seasons, has hit a rich vein of form, scoring four consecutive half-centuries.

Sehwag, who became only the fourth player to score four consecutive half-centuries in Twenty20 matches, cracked 87 against Pune Warriors to enable Daredevils to win the return fixture after Warriors had won the first game by 20 runs.

In a comfortable eight-wicket win, Sehwag scored his runs off just 48 balls (strike rate 181.25) while the other batsmen scored at a strike rate of only 116.07. Cameron White, who recently lost his place as Australia's Twenty20 captain, set up Deccan Chargers' first win with 78 off 46 balls (strike rate 169.56) in a game where the other batsmen scored at a strike rate of 122.68.

Michael Clarke makes debut in IPL 5

Michael Clarke makes debut in IPL 5
Michael Clarke makes debut in IPL 5

Australia captain Michael Clarke made his debut in the Twenty20 tournament

Clarke, who had ignored the four previous editions of the cash-rich tournament, signed up with the Pune Warriors this year for an undisclosed amount to play after Australia's recent tour of the West Indies.

Clarke has six more league games to help Pune, under former India captain Sourav Ganguly, finish among the top four in the nine-team competition and qualify for the play-offs

Sachin Tendulkar nominated to Rajya Sabha - 'Man of the century' Tendulkar becomes first active sportsman MP

Sachin Tendulkar nominated to Rajya Sabha
Sachin Tendulkar nominated to Rajya Sabha

Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's nomination for a seat in India's upper house of parliament has been approved.

A Bharat Ratna might still be a little distant, but cricket icon Sachin Tendulkarwill soon is an MP.

Sachin's nomination to the Rajya Sabha took political circles by surprise, even though it was in the works for a while.

President Pratibha Patil has validated his admission to the Rajya Sabha and Tendulkar becomes the first active sportsman in parliament.

Official sources said the home ministry has sent the name of Tendulkar under the "social service" category as sports is not specifically listed in fields eligible for nominations. Although he is yet to take the oath, his has accepted the nomination that has been approved by President Pratibha Patil.

IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians will be the first time a Rajya Sabha member will play an IPL match

Delhi and Mumbai lock horns tonight at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi in Match 36 of the IPL 5. Delhi captain Virender Sehwag, in a lighter vein, tweeted: "My first ipl game against a rajya sabha member ;) Hope the weather holds n we get a full game today."

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar turned 39 on 24th April 2012 with an impassioned plea from his childhood coach to carry on playing cricket for India since he is ‘far from finished’.

May this Rajya Sabha member is the birthday gift for Legendary Indian cricketer

I am in prime form: Virender Sehwag

I am in prime form: Virender Sehwag in IPL 2012
I am in prime form: Virender Sehwag in IPL 2012

As he led Delhi Daredevils to a dominating win against Mumbai Indians with a blistering 73, Virender Sehwag on Friday said he is in prime form and it is team's strategy that either he or Mahela Jayawardene stays at the crease at least till the 15th over.

"I have scored about 150 runs in the last three games, so yes, I am in prime form," Sehwag, who was also man-of-the- match, said.

Sehwag is only the third player in the history of IPL to score three consecutive half-centuries. Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis are the other two.

On Friday, Sehwag and Jayawardene rattled up 135 runs for the first wicket in 13.1 overs to lay the foundation for the comprehensive win.

"We discussed in the team meetings that one of me and Mahela has to stay until the 15th over, today both of us did and we had a very good partnership," Sehwag said.

Sehwag also said he has asked his players to just focus "on process and not the result" and that's key to their success as they sit on top of the table.

Mumbai skipper Harbhajan Singh said Delhi outplayed them. "We didn't get the result we were looking for. Delhi played fantastic, they batted too well. Credit goes to Delhi, they outplayed us," he said.

Harbhajan also said there was a risk in asking Delhi to bat but he took the gamble.

"They like to chase, with their batting line-up, they can chase down any total. We did not bowl good enough to restrict them to under 170," he said.

Asked since he has seen so much Sehwag, what else he could have done to stop Sehwag, Harbhajan said, "You can only wish that he misses the ball and gets out."

Yuvraj Singh meets Pune Warriors team-mates in IPL 5 match

Yuvraj Singh meets Pune Warriors team-mates in IPL 5  match
Yuvraj Singh meets Pune Warriors team-mates in IPL 5 match

It was good to see India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh practices some shots at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Thursday.

Yuvraj Singh, captain of Team Pune before cancer hit him, walked into the ground to get a feel of stadium atmosphere and support his team members. There was genuine warmth on display. Yuvraj, who captained Pune Warriors last season, thanked the fans, friends and well-wishers for supporting him in his hour of crisis

Captain Sourav Ganguly hugged him and put his hand over Yuvraj's bald head with affection. He was clearly happy to see him coming out a winner from life's big battle. Robin Uthappa and other teammates embraced him. Pune captain Ganguly said: “It's good to see him, he's in the dug out.”

Yuvraj, who returned to the country earlier this month after treatment in the United States for more than two months, was seen waving to the crowd at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium and talking to his teammates.

He hinted that he is eager to return to action in two-three months but added there's no time-frame for his recovery.

Pune skipper Ganguly, meanwhile, was happy that Yuvraj came here to boost the morale of the team.

If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle." by lee

IPL 2012 - Opening ceremony

IPL5 Captians
IPL5 Captians

Actors Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan performed during the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

U.S. singer Katy Perry also performed at the star-studded event. Actor Amitabh Bachchan recited a poem on cricket during the opening ceremony. The poem was written especially for the IPL opening ceremony by lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

Percussionists performed at the IPL opening ceremony. 'Colonial Cousins' Hariharan and Leslie Lewis get on with some electrifying performance with the number 'Krishna Begane Baro.'

This season could be make or break for IPL, which has had its share of controversies in the last 12 months. In 2011, the television ratings fell, Kochi Tuskers were expelled after their owners failed to pay the bank guarantee and then Sahara, the owners of Pune Warriors and chief sponsor of the Indian cricket team, threatened to severe its ties with the Indian cricket board in February.

IPL's newly appointed chairman Rajeev Shukla, who took over last year, attributed the dip in last year's TV ratings to "cricket fatigue".

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ipl-2012-opening-ceremony-all-star-studded-see-pics/1/182948.html

The Great Game Called "Cricket"

old is Gold
old is Gold

Older players have become a fortune of the Indian Premier League.

Sourav Ganguly, nearing his 39th birthday and three years retired from the international game, has been tapped to rescue the Pune Warriors' indisposed season.

While he isn't likely to make much of an impact with his bat, his name alone will bring fans to stadiums. Ganguly hardly looks like the ideal solution and chances of him rescuing the team's season with feats of derring-do at the crease look slim

Sachin Tendulkar, 38 he provides the team with a distinctive identity and team branding

Warne, 41 years old and four years out of the international game, is the oldest player in the league. The old magician still has 'magic' left in him. He was caption and coach for the first four IPL seasons. Warne molded the team in his own image He's also bowling like a dream, though he recently announced his plan to retire at the end of the season.

Adam Gilchrist (39), who lead Kings XI Punjab, earlier he lead the Deccan Chargers inspired comeback with Adam Gilchrist as caption and won 2009 the second IPL season

Andrew Symonds (35), playing for Mumbai Indian, one of the important player in the team. Earlier Symonds was Deccan Chargers a key player of those seasons.

Mahela Jayawardene nearing his 34th birthday was the caption of debut team of IPL 4 Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Formerly he played for Kings XI Punjab and he was the 6th highest run scorer for the tournament and highest in his team.

Michael Hussey nearing his (36) is playing for Chennai Super Kings Hussey chose to play for his Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings instead of his Australian state side Western Warriors in the inaugural Champions Twenty20 League. He reverses the fortunes of the side to win the title that year.

Jacques Kallis (35) opener in Kolkata Knight Rider. He was leading run getter in previous IPL season and proud to hold the Orange cap. This season also he was in form to conquer the orange cap.

Rahul Dravid, 39 , now playing for Rajasthan Royals. He was the caption of Royal Bangalore Challengers in first season of IPL. Dravid was called back to the Indian ODI team following his good show at that year IPL 2009.

V.V.S. Laxman at 36 playing for 4 Kochi Tuskers Kerala. .He was the captain of the Deccan Chargers team in the Indian Premier League in its first year before being replaced by Adam Gilchrist for the next year.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin

A tall off spinner who bowls with a high-arm action

Ashwin used to be up and ready before we could do anything for him.

Near-perfect performance in the 2010 Champions League where his Man-of-the-Series performance helped Chennai lifts the big prize.

Ashwin's growing confidence and widening repertoire of tricks will keep him in the frame for a consistent run for India in the shorter formats.

Ashwin is taking his first steps in Ranji Trophy cricket. He was impressive the following the season with both bat and ball before a wrist injury unfortunately forced him out for four weeks in the middle of the season. Under his captaincy Tamil Nadu were crowned Indian domestic one-day champions in 2009

“Ravichandran Ashwin is a precious asset of Indian cricket” in the words of Stephen Fleming, coach for Chennai Super Kings described.

The bowling attack of CSK has been quite impressive and the bowling enabled the fielders exert more pressure on the batsmen of the rival team.

Ravichandran Ashwin have ensured that CSK could be depended upon him.

Ravichandran Ashwin will get an opportunity in the forthcoming matches against South Africa and West Indies.

Ambati Rayudu, Rising star of India - Batsman plus handy wicketkeeper

Ambati Rayudu, Rising star of India
Ambati Rayudu, Rising star of India

The 25-year-old batsman Ambati Rayudu, the prolific run-getter of Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy and South Zone in Duleep Trophy has been cherishing his dream to represent India someday.

He is one of the highly talented players of this team who hails from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and that is the gifted young cricketer Ambati Rayudu.

Early as in 2005, the then coach of the Indian team Greg Chappell the Australian, in his notes, recorded that Ambati Rayudu is an immensely gifted cricketer and wicketkeeper.

His performance in IPL 4 won many matches. He was pushed as a big name to be watched for IPL seasons through.

Sachin Tendulkar praised for young Ambati Rayudu “"It was a brilliant innings from the young man Rayudu. It was a special stuff," the maestro lavished praise on his young teammate.

He is cherishing every moment by partnership with Sachin Tendulkar to develop a special bond with the legend.

Rayudu speak about his 'mentor' Tendulkar "To keep it simple and just stick to the basics. That's one thing I have learnt from him. Just to watch the ball and play on its merit,"

Rayudu’s style of batting has been widely admired. His batting comes across as spicy. He is an entertainer!

Ambati Rayudu has been a revelation for the Mumbai Indians in his pivotal No 3 position.

Rayudu admitted that he is determined to continue to do well as a batsman, improving with each outing at the crease.

Ambati Rayudu, once a bright rising star, was lost to Indian cricket for reasons most intriguing.

Unfortunately Rayudu, he could not get a berth in the national team so far… There was hope.

Team Chennai coach Stephen Fleming stands by uncertain over MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming feels that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is "not under any kind of pressure" despite his woeful batting form and the scratchy performance of the defending champions in their three IPL matches so far.

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has said he believes the pressure of expectation, which comes from winning two successive IPL titles, contributed to his team's defeats against Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.

CHENNAI VS BANGALORE LIVE SCORE

13th Match : Chennai Vs Bangalore at MA Chidambaram Stadium,Apr 12, 2012

Chennai squad

MS Dhoni(c & wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, George Bailey, Srikkanth Anirudha, Faf du Plessis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh, Abhinav Mukund, Wriddhiman Saha, Scott Styris, Sudeep Tyagi, K Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh, Doug Bollinger

Bangalore squad

Daniel Vettori(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, Raju Bhatkal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muralidharen Gautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew McDonald, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Harshal Patel, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Vijay Zol, Karun Nair

Dada will help Pune return to winning ways

Ganguly  in IPL4
Ganguly in IPL4

Ganguly would be available for the next match, against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday, onwards.

Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday welcomed Sourav Ganguly's inclusion to the squad.

They are now looking forward to former India captain Sourav Ganguly to restore some pride in their Indian Premier League campaign.

With the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman featuring in the IPL, Yuvraj said there was no reason why Ganguly should not be part of the lucrative Twenty20 league.

Gayle slams 2nd IPL 100 - A record only batsmen to score double century in IPL matches

Gayle slams 2nd IPL 100
Gayle slams 2nd IPL 100

RCB's opener Chris Gayle opens his IPL in style by hitting a ton in debut match 102 against his former side Kolkata Knight Riders of this season

He his big hitter referred as 'Gayle storm', the Jamaican picking up yet another man of the match award that followed his second century as also a three-wicket haul

The giant left-hander Gayle exhilarating all-round performance in the Indian Premier League

With three wins on trot after losing three games consecutively earlier,

102 against Kolkata Knight Riders (his former side)

26 against Delhi Daredevils

49 against Pune Warriors

107 against Kings XI Punjab

A record only batsmen to score double century in IPL matches

2012 IPL players auction register - Bangalore's ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel on February 4

2012 IPL players auction register
2012 IPL players auction register

England offspinner Graeme Swann has attracted the highest reserve price of $400,000 ahead of the IPL players' auction

James Anderson and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, were placed in the $300,000 bracket

Peter Siddle, Matt Prior, Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright, Rikki Clarke and Vernon Philander were all valued at a reserve price of $200,000.

Former Australian spinners Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill and former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood , Hogg, MacGill and Mahmood , Xavier Doherty, Adam Voges, Jade Dernbach, Simon Jones, Kyle Mills, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Alviro Petersen, Morne van Wyk, Imran Tahir, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Darren Bravo, Brendan Taylor, and the uncapped Ben Cutting and Tom Maynard will be joined in the $100,000 bracket

Australia's Usman Khwaja, Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis, Zimbabwe's Tatenda Taibu and big-hitting Ireland allrounder Kevin O'Brien fetched a reserve price of $50,000

$400,000

Graeme Swann (England)

$300,000

James Anderson (England) and Mitchell Johnson (Australia)

$200,000

Peter Siddle (Australia), Matt Prior Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright, Rikki Clarke (England); Vernon Philander (South Africa)

$100,000

Capped: Xavier Doherty, Adam Voges(Australia); Jade Dernbach, Simon Jones (England); Kyle Mills (New Zealand); Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Alviro Petersen, Morne van Wyk, Imran Tahir (South Africa); Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Darren Bravo (West Indies); Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe).

Uncapped: Ben Cutting (Australia) and Tom Maynard (England).

$50,000

Capped: Jason Krejza, Ben Laughlin, Graham Manou, Luke Ronchi, Shane Harwood, Usman Khawaja (Australia); Mal Loye (England); Lou Vincent, Jamie How, Ian Butler, Kane Williamson, Andy McKay, Rob Nicol, Doug Bracewell, Reece Young (New Zealand); Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa); Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedera, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedara (Sri Lanka); Carlton Baugh, Nikita Miller, Lendl Simmons, Suleiman Benn, Andre Russell, Devendra Bishoo, Adrian Barath, Sunil Narine (West Indies); Tatenda Taibu, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Vusi Sibanda, Chris Mpofu, Chamu Chibhabha, Ed Rainsford, Charles Coventry, Keith Dabengwa, Craig Ervine, Forster Mutizwa, Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe).

Uncapped: Lee Carseldine, Brendan Drew, Ben Dunk, Ben Edmondson, Peter Forrest, Daniel Harris, Jayde Herrick, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Neser (Australia); Jason Roy (England); Tom Cooper (Netherlands); Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (Ireland); Ahmed Amla, Dillon du Preez, Robert Frylinck, Richard Levi (South Africa).

$20,000

Capped: Josh Hazlewood, Trent Copeland, Peter George (Australia); Daniel Flynn, Adam Milne (New Zealand); Jacques Rudolph, Justin Ontong, Paul Harris, Gulam Bodi, Vaughan van Jaarsveld, Andrew Puttick (South Africa); Thilina Kandamby, Thilan Thushara, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva (Sri Lanka); Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Carlos Brathwaite, Garey Mathurin, Krishmar Santokie (West Indies); Malcolm Waller, Regis Chakabva, Keegan Meth, Timycen Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, Brian Vitori, Tino Mawoyo, Natsai Mushangwe, Njabulo Ncube, Tendai Chatara (Zimbabwe).

Uncapped: Burt Cockley, Scott Coyte, Adam Crosthwaite, Tim Cruickshank, Luke Doran, Theo Doropoulos, Chris Hartley, Aaron Heal, Ashton May, Alister McDermott, Aaron O'Brien, Steve Paulsen, Kane Richardson, Ben Rohrer, Chris Simpson, Daniel Smith, Jonathan Wells (Australia); Gareth Andrew, Steffan Piolet (England); Neil Wagner, Kyle Abbott (New Zealand), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Ethan O'Rielly, Daryn Smit, JJ Smuts, Jean Symes, Craig Thyssen, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Shaun von Berg, David Wiese (South Africa); Kusal Perera, Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka); Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, Kevon Cooper, Kelbert Walters (West Indies); Neville Walters, Richard Muzhange (Zimbabwe).

It is understood that Ganguly was signed for $400,000, Gayle's price perhaps would have touched $2 million.

Sehwag the best ever in IPL - Sehwag's cricket has been always fearless

Sehwag first century in IPL
Sehwag first century in IPL

The Delhi skipper sized up the opposition and figured out the best way.

A swashbuckling 119 off just 56 balls by skipper Virender Sehwag scripted a sensational win for Delhi Daredevils

"It was one of the best innings I played in T20s because I never got a hundred."

Sehwag justified why he is called the one man army for Delhi Daredevils

He didn't set off like a house on fire, though he helped Delhi Daredevils rise off the foot of the Indian Premier League table with a 38-run victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala on Saturday.

IPL 5 Players Confirmed

IPL 5 Players Confirmed list
IPL 5 Players Confirmed list

Yuvraj Singh doubtful for IPL 5

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India's World Cup star Yuvraj Singh will not be available for Indian Premier League (IPL) season 5 2012

Yuvraj is the star player for Pune.

Delhi Daredevils get Kevin Pietersen in IPL 5

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The Delhi Daredevils announced that they had acquired the services of former England captain Kevin Pietersen for the fifth edition of the tournament. Pietersen, 31, said he was excited at the prospect of joining a team that includes the likes Virender Sehwag and Australian opener David Warner

RCB retain Chris Gayle

for IPL 5

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The explosive Chris Gayle has retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their squad for the upcoming fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gayle was the most destructive batsman in the league last year

Pune Warriors retain Ganguly for IPL-5

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been retained by Sahara Pune Warriors for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Dinesh Karthik moves to Mumbai for IPL-5

Dinesh Karthik will join the Mumbai Indians from the Kings XI Punjab as the first transfer of the 2012 IPL trading window.

England's Bopara rejects Tendulkar's IPL offer

Bopara keen on test team
Bopara keen on test team

Tendulkar wanted Bopara to step in for four matches

Tendulkar approached Bopara after South African Davy Jacobs was ruled out of the IPL with a finger injury for remaining four matches for Mumbai Indians

England and Essex cricketer Ravi Bopara has snubbed a second offer to play in the Indian Premier League.

Earlier Bopara rejected a 150,000-pound payday from the Rajasthan Royals since he wants to concentrate on securing a Test spot in England team.

After the retirement of Paul Collingwood at the end of the Ashes series created a gap in the middle order that pitches Bopara and Eoin Morgan in direct competition

His chances of create his way back for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Sourav Ganguly in Pune Warriors - The news came as a biggest joy for the fans in Kolkata

Sourav Ganguly in Pune Warriors
Sourav Ganguly in Pune Warriors

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly made a dramatic return in the cash-rich league on Tuesday signing for Pune Warriors India in place of an injured Ashish Nehra.

Pune Warriors team director Abhijit Sarkar said that roping in Ganguly was not a gamble and he would prove his worth with the former India captain being the "best cricketing brain" in the country.

There is no disputing the fact though that Ganguly is the master of comebacks and the Warriors' will also benefit from his experience and cricketing acumen.

Hugely popular figure in his hometown Kolkata the Prince of Kolkata, will too late play in this year’s Indian Premier League after being signed by Sahara Pune Warriors who is placed bottom in the points table. Ganguly will strengthen the under-performing Pune Warriors' batting order

IPL 5 auction: 144 players feature in final list - The auction list

IPL 5 auction: 144 players feature in final list
IPL 5 auction: 144 players feature in final list

Players auction for the fifth edition 2012 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is held in Bangalore's ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel on February 4

Indian Players

Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman, paceman S Sreesanth, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, RP singh, Parthiv Patel, Ramesh Powar, R Vinay Kumar and VRV Singh

Brad Hogg, Richard Madley, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Usman Khawaja, Luke Ronchi .

are among the 16 players from Australia who will be up for sale.

James Anderson, Ian Bell, Owais Shah, Ravi Bopara, Graeme Swann and Chris Tremlett .

will be up for grabs from England side

19 South Africa cricketers including Johan van der Wat and 10 New Zealand cricketers 10 players

Glitzy opener Tamim Iqbal will be the lone cricketer from Bangladesh

Sri Lanka will have as many as 18 cricketers which includes All-rounder Sachithra Senanayake.

West Indies with 16 players

From Zimbabwe will have seven players.

Tom Cooper a player from Holland,

Niall O'Brien and Kevin O'Brien - from Ireland

The auction will begin at 11 am and will be broadcast live.

The league will kick off on April 4 with the Chennai Super Kings-Mumbai Indians match in Chennai.

UP’s and Down of Pune Warriors - Sourav Ganguly is now the greatest comeback kid in the history of cricket

Sourav Ganguly is the greatest
Sourav Ganguly is the greatest

Ganguly will add value to Pune Warriors

Ganguly will be vice-captain at Pune Warriors, one of two new IPL franchises this year. Pune Warriors, who are led by Yuvraj Singh

The reason that the Warriors find themselves in their current position is because they haven't performed as a unit after the first two matches; if the batsmen fire, the bowlers have had a bad day and vice-versa. Sloppy fielding and dropped catches at crucial intervals have also added to the Warriors' woes as has been the failure of Jesse Ryder,Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey to play any knocks of substance and support their skipper Yuvraj Singh. Ryder has not been among the runs in the last couple of games; Uthappa has not converted his quick 30s into 60+ scores and Pandey has found the going tough. Their bowling unit too with the exception of Alfonso Thomas and Rahul Sharma has failed to impress with the experienced Murali Kartik being the biggest disappointment.

The return of Sourav Ganguly to IPL brings more flavors to the ongoing IPL...

The May 19 clash between Pune Warriors and KKR will assume greater significance as Ganguly is a certainty for that particular match.

Schedule of IPL matches:

IPL 5

April 4 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

April 5 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

April 6 Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

April 7 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings

April 8 Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India vs Kings XI Punjab

April 9 Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

April 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils Chennai Super Kings

April 11 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

April 12 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India

April 13 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

April 14 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors India vs Chennai Super Kings

April 15 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals

April 16 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils

April 17 Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India

April 18 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

April 19 Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India

April 20 Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 21 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors India.

April 22 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

April 23 Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 24 Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers

April 25 Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

April 26 Pune Warriors vs India Deccan Chargers

April 27 Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

April 28 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 29 Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers

April 30 Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 1 Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils

May 2 Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

May 3 Pune Warriors vs India Mumbai Indians

May 4 Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers

May 5 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals

May 6 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers

May 7 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 8 Pune Warriors India vs Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab

May 9 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 10 Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

May 11 Pune Warriors India vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 12 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

May 13 Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers

May 14 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

May 15 Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

May 16 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 17 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 18 Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

May 19 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 20 Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians

Play offs:

May 22 Qualifier 1: First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team

May 23 Eliminator: Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team

May 25 Qualifier 2: Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier1

May 27 Final: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2.

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Gayle in the Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad - Gayle in 2011

Gayle in IPL IV
Gayle in IPL IV

Gayle as a replacement for injured Australian left-arm pacer Dirk Nannes

The WICB on Wednesday confirmed that it had granted No Objection Certificate to Gayle to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL after "he had officially notified the board of his decision not to make himself available for selection for the Pakistan leg of the Digicel Series."

The WICB does not accept Gayle's reason for making himself unavailable but as he has already clearly made his choice and has travelled to India, the WICB does not wish to stand in his way.

Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener, has joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the 2011 season as a replacement for injured Dirk Nannes, Vijay Mallya, the owner of the franchise has confirmed.

Gayle will also be useful at the top of the batting order as Tilakratne Dilshan may have to leave the squad in the first week of May due to international commitments as the newly appointed Sri Lankan captain

At last ,

Chris Gayle in the Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad

Chris Gayle in IPL Fourth Edition

Chris Gayle in 2011 IPL

Chennai back in IPL final with a bang

CSK in final
CSK in final

Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the 1st qualifier at Wankhede stadium and enter the IPL final for the second successive year and third final in four IPL tournaments,

Raina and Morkel changed the script with an undefeated 46-run stand off 18 balls.

The turning point of the match came in the 19th over when Morkel clobbered Sreenath Aravind for two successive sixes and Raina hit the third over mid-wicket.

Morkel signalled CSK’s stunning win by hitting left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori over mid-wicket for a six. Badrinath enhanced his reputation as a run-machine

Earlier Virat Kohli resurrected RCB with a 44-ball 70 (5x4, 3x6) with Pomersbach stepped in to strike lusty blows, displaying his value as a hard-hitter (29, 18b, 2x4, 2x6) to take them to a formidable 175 for 4 in 20 overs.

But Gayle’s fastish off-spin and the guile of skipper Vettori put the brakes on Raina’s aggressive batting ploy to leave CSK gasping for breath.

It took a heroic effort from Chennai’s batsmen to overcome the odds and beat the in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings will be resting and preparing with only one match on their mind. Now that’s a nice position to be in.

IPL 4 New Format

Each team will play 14 matches. It means each team will play 5 teams twice say, 7 matches at home and 7 matches away and 4 teams only once as hosting 2 matches and 2 matches away. In Semifinal, the 1st and 2nd placed teams will play only one match say 'A', while 3rd and 4th seeded teams will play another say 'B'. The winner of 'A' will go to final, and the loser of 'A' will play the winner of 'B' for the final match

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

The former West Indies captain was surprisingly not taken by any franchisees during the auction in January 2011. He came to IPL 2011 on replacement for New Zealand Dirk Nannes.

RCB have not lost a match since his arrival, the Caribbean took his second chance and delivered

He was the highest run getter with the average of 99 and strike rate more than 199.

Gayle, base price of US $400,000, was bought for US $650,000 (as that was Nannes's purchase price).

MUMBAI INDIANS

Key Players

Sachin Tendulkar

Harbhajan Singh

Andrew Symonds

Kieron Pollard

Lasith Malinga

Rohit Sharma

David Jacobs

Coach

Robin Singh

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)

Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)
Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)

Mr. Cricket though has proved that he is an invaluable addition to his team.

An aggregate of 388 runs (@ 55.42) in nine matches means he is second in the race for the Orange Cap and his side very much in contention to defend their title.

One of the best batsmen ever to have graced the game, Michael Hussey fetched a surprisingly low price of US $425,000 -- against a base price of US $200,000 -- in the auction.

The Australian has so far registered three fifties and two 40-plus totals and been named the man-of-the-match in three of the nine matches he has played in.

Mumbai Indians

India

Sachin Tendulkar (C)

Harbhajan Singh

Munaf Patel

Rohit Sharma

Abu Nechim

Aditya Tare

Ali Murtaza

Ambati Rayudu

Dhawal Kulkarni

Pawal Suyal

R.Satish

SK Sarul Kanwar

T Suman

Yuzvendra Chalal

Australia

Adien Blizzard

Andrew Symonds

Moises Henriques

New Zealand

James Franklin

South Africa

David Jacobs

Sri Lanka

Dilhara Fernando

Lasith Malinga

West Indies

Kieron Pollard

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)

Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)
Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)

The Orange Cap winner in the inaugural edition, Shaun Marsh paid the price for poor form in subsequent editions.

Nonetheless, his original team, Kings XI Punjab, retained him at his base price (US $400,000) and the Australian has expressed his gratitude with a slew of good efforts with the blade.

An aggregate of 324 runs in nine innings, with three half-centuries, marks a return to form for the 27-year-old.

DELHI DAREDEVILS

Key Players

Virender Sehwag

Irfan Pathan

Ashok Dinda

Aaron Finch

David Warner

Morne Morkel

Coach

Greg Shipperd (Australia)

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - Daniel Vettori (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Daniel Vettori (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Daniel Vettori (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

The former New Zealand skipper , who shows his performance in with both ball and bat, went for only US $550, 000 -- against a base price of US $400,000 -- in the auction.

Named captain of RCB, Daniel Vettori has thus far led his team admirably and kept them in contention for a last four berth.

He also happens to be their most economical bowler, capturing seven wickets (@ 5.58).

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - James Hopes (Delhi Daredevils)

James Hopes (Delhi Daredevils)
James Hopes (Delhi Daredevils)

James Hopes, purchased for US $350,000 only, is the most impressive of the lot.

The 32-year-old has so far aggregated 181 runs in six innings, inclusive of two fifties, and also claimed seven wickets.

Suffice to say, if there is a second player, besides skipper Virender Sehwag, who has impressed for Delhi this season, it is the Australian.

He has been selected as captain of the Daredevils - with Sehwag ruled out with an injury - for the remainder of the tournament.

Delhi Daredevils

Virender Sehwag (C)

India

Irfan Pathan

Naman Ojha

Ajit Agarkar

Ashok Dinda

Umesh Yadav

Venugopal Rao

Aavishkar Salvi

Prashant Naik

Rajesh Pawa

Robin Bist

S.Sriram

Tejaswi Yadav

Unmukt Chand

Varun Aaron

Vikas Mishra

Vivek Yadav

Yogesh Nagar

Shahbaz Nadeem

Australia

Aaron Finch

Andrew McDonald

David Warner

James Hopes

Matthew Wade

Travis Birt

South Africa

Morne Morkel

Roelof van der Merwe

Colin Ingram

Robert Frylinck

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Key Players

MS Dhoni

Anirudha Srikkanth

Suresh Raina

Michael Hussey

Albie Morkel

Dwayne Bravo

Doug Bollinger

Ben Hilfenhaus

Nuwan Kulasekara

Murali Vijay

Subramaniam Badrinath

Scott Styris

Coach

Stephen Fleming - New Zealand

Steve Rixon - Australia

Andy Bichel - Australia (Bowling)

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - Alfonso Thomas (Pune Warriors India)

Alfonso Thomas (Pune Warriors India)
Alfonso Thomas (Pune Warriors India)

The find of the tournament, as far as the Pune Warriors is concerned.

An unknown entity coming into the tournament, Alfonso Thomas was purchased for just US $100,000 -- as opposed to a base price of US $50,000.

The South African has been impressive with the ball for Pune thus far, picking 10 wickets in nine matches.

In what has otherwise been a disappointing inaugural campaign, if there is a player on whom captain Yuvraj Singh can bank upon, it is Thomas.

Chennai Super Kings

2010 Champions

Overseas players performance in the IPL 2011 - Ryan Harris (Kings XI Punjab)

Ryan Harris (Kings XI Punjab)
Ryan Harris (Kings XI Punjab)

Again a bright spot in an otherwise dull campaign.

Ryan Harris followed compatriot Adam Gilchrist from Deccan Chargers to Kings XI Punjab and settled down quickly.

The 31-year-old, bought for US $325,000 -- against a base price of US $200,00, has repaid in the same coin, picking nine wickets thus far.

Suffice to say he has been the best bowler for the Punjab side, picking up 10 wickets thus far.

In the final analysis, names like Brendon McCullum (Kochi Tuskers Kerala for US $475,000, Morne Morkel (Delhi Daredevils for US $475,000), Brad Hodge (Kochi Tuskers Kerala for US $425,000) and Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders for US $350,000) could have also made it to this list had they been a tad more consistent.

However, their only had sporadic success.

Chennai Super Kings Squad

India

MS Dhoni (C)

Suresh Raina

Srikkanth Anirudha

Ravichandran Ashwin

Badrinath.S

Murali Vijay

Jogindar Sharma

Shadab Jakati

Yo Mahesh

Abhinav Mukund

Wriddhiman Saha

Sudeep Tyagi

Ganapathi Vignesh

Sri Lanka

Nuwan Kulasekara

Suraj Randiv

Upal Tharanga

Australia

Doug Bollinger

Michael Hussey

WestIndies

Dwayne Bravo

South Africa

Albie Morkel

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New Zealand

Tim Southee

Scott Styris

Chris Gayle, one of the top hitters in the tournament.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

Gayle has exploded with a spectacular outburst of attacking batsmanship to become one of the top hitters in the tournament.

Royal Challengers Bangalore jumps to the second spot in the points table with sixth consecutive win.

Gayle opened in this IPL 2011 with a century. The left-handed former West Indian captain Gayle has slammed two centuries.

Gayle then took his team in his shoulder. He has brought new life into the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He single-handedly has transformed his team’s fortunes. Since Gayle’s arrival, Bangalore has won all their six matches. A lot of the credit has to go to him as he has provided them with four brilliant knocks

He wasn’t picked by any franchise in the auction and also left out by the West Indies selectors just for the ODI series against Pakistan, whose extravagant hitting and mean spin bowling are made for the quick-fire Twenty20 format of cricket, was one of the bigger shocks of the lance-style player auction for the 2011 Indian Premier League tournament. It looks like he took this up as a challenge

KOCHI TUSKERS

Key Players

Mahela Jayawardene

VVS Laxman

Owais Shah

Parthiv Patel

Ravindra Jadeja

Brad Hodge

John Hastings

Brendon McCullum

Muttiah Muralitharan

RP Singh

Vinay Kumar

Sreesanth

Ramesh Powar

Coach

Geoff Lawson (Australia )

VVS Laxman - Batting (India)

Venkatesh Prasad - Bowling (India)

Sehwag has played his last game this IPL

Virender Sehwag is oot of IPL  2011
Virender Sehwag is oot of IPL 2011

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag has decided to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder.

He will be leaving for London immediately for the surgery

The team is virtually out of the race for a spot in the play-offs.

Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag had a word with BCCI and it was decided that he needs to undergo surgery as soon as possible

The injury puts Sehwag's participation in the West Indies tour in doubt and also possibly casts a shadow on his availability for the England tour in July.

Australia all-rounder James Hopes will lead Delhi in their remaining IPL games

Virender Sehwag's performance in IPL 4:

Matches: 11, Runs: 424

100s: 1, Average: 38.54

Kochin Tuskers Squad

India

S Sreesanth

VVS Laxman

RP Singh

Partiv Patel

Ravindra Jadeja

Ramesh Pawar

Vinay Kumar

Raiphi Vincent Gomez

Kedar Jadhav

Tanmay Srivastava

Deepak Chougule

Sushant Marathe

Balachandra Akhil

Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene (C)

Muttiah Muralitharan

Thisara Perera

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum

Australia

Brad Hodge

Steven Smith

Stephen O'Keefe

Michael Klinger

John Hastings

England

Owais Shah

Ganguly steals the show

Ganguly in the limelight, stealing the show
Ganguly in the limelight, stealing the show

In a match that generated interest as well as anticipation for the former India skipper's Ganguly return to the highly popular tournament, who stole the limelight with a fluent unbeaten knock which contained three boundaries and a six remained unbeaten on 32

Even as all eyes were on Ganguly, Pandey managed to play an innings which was as important as the one played by Ryder.

Sourav Ganguly silenced his critics

Perfect combo of age and youth

The leading run scorers are the timeless Sachin Tendulkar and newcomer Paul Valthaty.

The leading wicket-takers are style icon Malinga and old fox Shane Warne.

The contrasts continue as Kumar Sangakkara and Robin Uthappa effected the most dismissals as wicketkeepers.

There was talk of spinners being taken to the cleaners earlier on, but that has also been not the case.

Young or old, pace or not, technique or on-the-spot improvisation, everything is welcome at the IPL!

Sahara Pune WARRIORS

Key Players

Yuvaraj Singh

Robin Uthappa

Ashish Nehra

Murali Karthik

Mitchel Marsh

Nathan McCullam

Jesse Ryder

Graeme Smith

Angelo Mathews

Coach

Geoff Marsh (Australia )

Praveen Amre (India)

Dermot Reeve (England)

New nicknames for the 10 IPL captains

Captians of IPL 4
Captians of IPL 4

Adam Gilchris is the captain of Kings XI Punjab and known as Gilly. In IPL 2011, he is performing well as a keeper so a mix of old and new name for this fine captain is "Gilly Singh".

Daniel Vettori is the captain of Bangalore Royal Challengers and a pinch hitter and is a cunning captain. Nowadays, he is one of the best spinners and his quality of spinning seems more like a trusty physician and less like a sportsman so his nickname is "Spin doctor". He looks like more like a surgeon who bang on diagnosis

Gautam Gambhir is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and provided with nickname as the "Laughing Buddha" because he does not smile much.

Kumar Sangakkara is the captain of Deccan Chargers as well as the best wicket-keeper and batsmen. He is also a smoother speaker (Studied to be a lawyer) and on the basis of this quality, he is provided with the nickname "Right Said Fred".

Mahela Jayawardene is the captain of Team Kochi and known for silk like stroke making. He is provided with nickname "Mighty Mahela" for his respectfulness and soft spoken.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings and known as Capt Fantastic, Mahi, and MSD. In IPL 2011, he comes with a new fully shaven look, so the 'Bald and the Beautiful' nickname is given him that could suit him. He is also called as "Stoney Dhoni" for his performance or his cool calm exterior, even when under pressure...for never giving anything away

Sachin Tendulkar is the captain of Mumbai Indians and known as the Little Master but his greatness is described as the biggest Legend and he is also recognized as "the Ageless Miracle" for India.

Shane Warne is the captain of Rajasthan Royals and provided with the nickname "Hurley Burly" for his qualities that brings him in some character and color.

Yuvraj Singh is the captain of Sahara Pune Warriors and he is provided with nickname "Groovy Yuvi" because he is a party boy and also other name "Captain Kamaal" for his son of the soil nature and captaincy.

Virendra Sahwag is the captain of Delhi Daredevils and known as Viru or the Nawab of Najafgarh. He is provided with the nickname, "Loose Kartoos" for his unpredictability and his unbridled fire power.

Sahara Pune Warriors Squad

India

Yuvraj Singh (C)

Ashish Nehra

Robin Uthappa

Murali Kartik

Manish Pandey

Abhishek Jhujhunwala

Mohnish Mirshra

Kamaran Khan

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Rahul Sharma

Shreekant Wagh

Ganesh Gaikwad

Harshad Khadiwala

Shrikant Mundhe

Sachin Rana

Harpeet Singh

Dheeraj Jadhav

South Africa

Graeme Smith

Wayne Parnell

Alfonso Thomas

Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews

Australia

Tim Paine

Mitchell Marsh

Callum Ferguson

New Zealand

Nathan McCullam

Jesse Ryder

Jamaica

Jerome Taylor

Chris Gayle Records in IPL 2011

As on 14 May 2011

Most Runs: 398 (second in a row)

Most Six: 30

Most Centuries: (in an IPL season)

Highest averages: 99.5

Highest strike rates: 195.09

Most fifties: 2

Best Bowling Figure: 3/21 with Economy 6.55

Wickets: 6

Man Of the Match: 3 times

Chennai Super Kings LOGO
Chennai Super Kings LOGO

Chennai Super Kings - Players List

CSK

MS Dhoni Retained

Suresh Raina Retained

Murali Vijay Retained

Albie Morkel Retained

Wriddhiman Saha $ 100,000 (middle-order bat, Wicket keeper)

Dwayne Bravo $ 200,000

Michael Hussey $ 425,000.(retained by Chennai)

Dirk Bollinger $ 700,000 (Fast Bowler)

R Ashwin $ 850,000 (costliest buy )

S Badrinath $ 800,000

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Key Players

Daniel Vettori

Virat Kohli

Zaheer Khan

Ab DE Villiers

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Saurabh Tiwary

Coach

Ray Jennings (South Africa)

Anil Kumble (India)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad

India

Virat Kohli

Saurabh Tiwary

Zaheer Khan

Cheteshwar Pujara

Mohd. Kaif

Abhimanyu Mithun

CM Gautham

Sreenath Aravind

Mayank Agarwal

KB Arun Karthik

Asad Khan Pathan

Abrar Kazi

Ryan Ninan

Bharath Narayan

New Zealand

Daniel Vettori (C)

Sri Lanka

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Nuwan Pradeep

South Arifca

AB De Villiers

Charl Langeveldt

Johan van der Wath

Rilee Rossouw

Jonathan Vandiar

Australia

Luke Pomersbach

Multiplexes gear up to screen live IPL matches - Theatre owners are gearing up to finalise plans for live screening of the matches.

Leading multiplex chains like PVR Cinemas and Big Cinemas that had shown interest to telecast live fourth season IPL matches They are much like the last year is keen to screen IPL matches.

On the costs involved, for consumers the tickets will be priced like film-tickets.

sahara pune warriors logo
sahara pune warriors logo

Sahara Pune Warriors

Yuvraj Singh $ 1.8 mn

Robin Uthappa $ 2.1 mn

Tim Paine $ 270,000 (the Australian keeper bat and their T20 vice-captain)

Angelo Mathews $ 950,000 (Sri Lankan all-rounder)

Ashish Nehra $ 850,000

Callum Ferguson $ 300,000

Nathan McCullum $ 100,000

Bangalore Royal Challengers logo
Bangalore Royal Challengers logo

Bangalore Royal Challengers - Player List

RCB

Virat Kohli Retained

Tillakaratne Dilshan $ 650, 000

AB de Villiers $ 1.1 mn

Zaheer Khan $ 900,000

Daniel Vettori $ 550,000

Saurabh Tiwari $ 1.6 mn

Dirk Nannes $ 650,000

Cheteshwar Pujara $ 700,000

Delhi Daredevils logo
Delhi Daredevils logo

Delhi Daredevils - Player List

DD

Virender Sehwag Retained

Irfan Pathan $ 1.9mn

David Warner $ 750,000 (the big-hitting Australian opener)

Naman Ojha $ 270,000

James Hopes $ 350,000 ( Australian all-rounder )

Morne Morkel $ 475,000

Aaron Finch $ 300,000

Afridi
Afridi

No berth for Pakistani cricketers

Pakistan players are omitted from the auction list for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League

For successively second year, Pakistani cricketers have been sidelined for Fourth edition of rich Twenty20 league. IPL officials have shown little interest in Pakistani players.

Pakistan' cricket stars were not included in the auction of 416 players for next year's edition of the IPL. Though Pakistani cricketers took part in the first season IPL in 2008, in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks they were forced out in 2009 due to security concerns and were ignored for this season also.

IPL committee has declared that PCB did not inform them whether any of their players were interested in the featuring in the league. The board said, "The rules stipulate that a player must apply through his home board if he wanted to be put up for the auction. No names were received from Pakistan." . Some members in PCB claimed that IPL never kept them informed that banned is lifted. A lack of communication between the PCB and IPL has deprived Pakistan's players of an excellent platform to exhibit their skills

Pakistan has entered in two finals of the three ICC World Twenty20 championships held so far.

Some of the Pakistani players said that "the IPL will certainly miss exciting players"

IPL Auction Date
IPL Auction Date

Player's Base price ranging from $20,000 up to $400,000.

Top Bracket Base Price ($400,000)

India: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman

England: Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad (First time in IPL), Luke Wright, Michael Yardy

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum

Australia: Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, Brett Lee

South Africa: Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.

Sri Lanka: TM Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Brian Lara

First Time in IPL

West Indies: Brian Lara

England: Stuart Broad, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Luke Wright

Second Band: $300,000 bracket

South Africa: Jacques Kallis

Sri Lanka: Muthiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews.

India: Zaheer Khan and Yusuf Pathan

England: Andrew Symonds and Shaun Tait

Third Band: $200,000

India: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa

Australia : Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger

New Zealand: Dirk Nannes,

England: Eoin Morgan

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya

Fourth Band: $100,000

Remaining Eighty-seven players are in this slab, Some names are Tamim Iqbal, R Ashwin, Morne Morkel and Ben Hilfenhaus

Team Kochi Not To Play Sourav Ganguly In IPL 4

Sourav Ganguly In IPL 4â
Sourav Ganguly In IPL 4â

Team Kochi denied, "It's not true at all. We are not in talks with Ganguly, so the question of his involvement with the side does not arise," co-owner of the Kochi team Satyajit Gaekwad said.

Kings XI Punjab - Players list

Adam Gilchrist $ 900,000 Captain of Deccan Chargers

David Hussey $ 1.4 mn

Dinesh Karthik $ 900,000 A good Wicket keeper

Stuart Broad $ 400,000 A fine all-rounder

Abhishek Nayar $ 800,000

Shaun Marsh (Retained

Praveen Kumar $ 800,000 (Upcoming Bowler)

Ryan Harris $ 325,000

Kochi - Players List

Mahela Jayawardene $ 1.5 mn (The highest paid foreign player is Mahela Jayawardene)

VVS Laxman $ 400,000 ( Base price )

Brendon McCullum $ 475,000

S Sreesanth $ 900,000 ( His own team)

Parthiv Patel $ 290,000 (Wicket Keeper)

Ravindra Jadeja $ 950,000

Steven Smith $ 200,000 (Upcoming leg-spinning all-rounder from Australia)

Muttiah Muralitharan $ 1.1 mn "OLD is GOLD"

Romesh Pawar $ 180,000

Brad Hodge $ 425,000

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kolkata knight riders logo

Kolkata Knight Riders - Players List

KKR

Gautam Gambhir $ 2.4 mn (Highest paid IPL player)

Yusuf Pathan $ 2.1 mn

Jacques Kallis $ 1.1 mn (Million-dollar buys from South Africa, All rounder with excellent form.)

Brad Haddin $ 325,000 (Haddin is in form during Ashes.)

Shakib-al-Hasan $ 425,000 (Bangladesh captain)

Brett Lee $ 400,000 (Very nice buying)

Manoj Tiwary $ 475,000

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mumbai indians cricket logo

Mumbai Indians - Players List

MI

Sachin Tendulkar (Retained)

Kieron Pollard (Retained)

Lasith Malinga (Retained)

Harbhajan Singh (Retained)

Rohit Sharma $ 2 mn

Andrew Symonds $ 850,000 (Same team were Harbhajan Singh is)

Davey Jacobs $ 190,000

James Franklin $ 100,000

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rajasthan royals logo

Rajasthan Royals - Players List

RR

Shane Warne (Retained)

Shane Watson (Retained)

Ross Taylor $ 1 mn (big-hitting batsman)

Rahul Dravid $ 500,000 (half of Icon player had been earlier paid.)

Johan Botha $ 950,000

Paul Collingwood $ 250,000

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

2.4 million dollars, or 11.04 crore rupees Gautam Gambhir becomes the highest paid IPL player!

Gambhir has a base price of a mere $200,000

Sachin Tendulkar

the highest run-scorer of the 2010 season

Volkswagen India

In recognition of its efforts in India

Retention Players by their franchises

List of Players retained by the Franchises

Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, with Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Andrew Symonds and Virat Kohli.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab have decided not to retain any of their players.

Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the 2010 finalists, have retained the maximum of four players each.

Mumbai, as expected, held on to Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of the 2010 season, offspinner Harbhajan Singh, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga.

Chennai took the Indian trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and M Vijay> out of the auction, in addition to South African allrounder Albie Morkel, their regular opening bowler.

Delhi Daredevils retained only Virender Sehwag.

Royal Challengers Bangalore retained onlyVirat Kohli.

Kings punjab retained their team caption Share Warne and all-rounder Shane Waston

IPL 4 , Sachin looks forward
IPL 4 , Sachin looks forward

Factor to retain the players

The key factors to retained and released the players seem to be form, brand appeal and age. There is no common thread running through the choices of players retained between the franchises.

Age is not a universal disqualification. It didn't count in Tendulkar's case, nor in that of Shane Warne, Rajasthan's coach and captain, who was retained by Rajasthan Royals, along with Shane Watson, a day ahead of the deadline. One franchise official explained the difference: "Warne is a global brand so that only helps to promote the franchise."

If Rajasthan opted for Warne because they have always viewed the IPL as a global brand, Mumbai went with Tendulkar and Harbhajan for their popularity. Pollard and Malinga may have made the cut on account of being impact players, who have backed up their strong Twenty20 credentials with consistent performance.

Sehwag's match-winning abilities, coupled with his rapid emergence as a brand, clearly had a say in Delhi's decision to retain him. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina must have been shoo-ins for Chennai following their compelling IPL and international form. Vijay's performances, coupled with his potential to attract a strong local fan-base, must have tilted the scales in his favour, while Morkel's proven all-round skills were always going to be an asset. If there is a stranger in this crowd, it could be Kohli. His recent performance, Kohli is still work in progress. But he is young, ambitious and has the youth appeal.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the top-bracket of cricketers

Auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Base price Slabs for auction

Around 62 Indian cricketers will be up for auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) withIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the top-bracket of cricketers valued at Rs 1.84 crore.

However, Tendulkar and Dhoni are likely to be retained by their respective franchises - Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

Former India captains Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid along with VVS Laxman are in the third bracket which has a base price of Rs 92 lakh.

The cricketers who will command the highest base price of Rs 1.84 crore are Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.

The second bracket is that of Rs 1.3 crore where Twenty20 specialist Yusuf Pathan finds a place alongside speedster Zaheer Khan and the talented Suresh Raina.

Similarly stand-in ODI captain Gautam Gambhir, who didn't have a great IPL 2 and 3, has been priced in the third bracket at Rs 92 lakh along with the likes of Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and veterans such as Ganguly, Kumble, Dravid and Laxman.

The fourth bracket is of Rs 46 lakh which consists of domestic cricketers and the fringe India players who have represented the country since 2005.

Bengal players Wriddhiman Saha, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda along with Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara are some of the players in the fourth bracket.

The fifth and final bracket is of Rs 23 lakh where there are India discards such as Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Sridharan Sriram to name a few.

The five brackets of base price: 1st: Rs 1.84 crore; 2nd: Rs 1.3 crore; 3rd: Rs 92 lakh; 4th: Rs 46 lakh; 5th bracket: Rs 23 lakh

New play-off format, SF format changes

IPL Season IV

In 2010 season there are 10 – team competition, in season 2011, the competition which is scheduled to take place immediately after the ICC World Cup in April – May next year, but with two teams scrapped, it would now be an eight – team affair.

The BCCI is keen on having eight teams in IPL 4. The number of teams would automatically impact the number of matches and the television revenue to be earned by the IPL, a percentage of which is distributed among the franchises, forming a bulk of their annual revenues.

The date of the next player auction is yet to be decided, and unless the teams are decided the players cannot be picked. The auction was first expected to take place first in August and later in November, but it now appears likely to be postponed again IPL Governing Council disclosed that the fourth edition of the league will have eight teams and the auction of players will take place in Mumbai on 8th and 9th January of next year.

Initially, the BCCI had drawn up a new IPL schedule involving ten teams and 74 matches with play – offs but in just over a month, terminated the Rajasthan Royals and King’s I Punjab franchises. The league governing council has announced it will be eight teams playing 60 matches in this tournament. The tournament will start on April 8 to May 22.

Each of eight sides will be playing 14 games. There has been a slight change in the semi final format with the top two teams clashing in the first semis and the third and fourth placed team will take on each other in the second semi finals.

According to the new format, based on the league standings there will be two play-offs

Play off 1: Team 1 vs. Team 2

Play off 2: Team 3 vs. Team 4

The winner of play-off 1 will automatically qualify for the grand final.

However, the losers of play-off 1 will get a second chance as they will take on the victorious team of play-off 2 in a prelim final, winner of which will progress to the grand final.

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