After loads of controversies and lots of hue and cry, IPL is finally back. Yes, it’s time to cheer for your favourite teams. This is the 5th season of IPL since the launch in 2007. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The tournament will begin on April 4 and end on May 27 2012. This season the number of teams in the league went from ten to nine with the termination of Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
Who will you be cheering this season !! Chennai Super Kings / Deccan Chargers / Delhi Daredevils / Kings XI Punjab / Kolkata Knight Riders / Mumbai Indians / Rajasthan Royals / Royal Challengers Bangalore or Pune Warriors India 😉 Thanks to Sahara, Pune has been renamed as Pune Warriors India.
Recently the 2012 auctions were held and there were some players that have recently entered the “MILLION” league of players. 23-year-old Ravindra Jadeja, whose base price was $100,000, went to Chennai after the tie-breaker between the two teams – CSK and Deccan Chargers. He was sold for a staggering amount of $2 million (approx. Rs 9.72 crore) .Crazy right !!! And the second most expensive player was Mahela Jayawardene (SL) with 1.4 Million, bought by Delhi Daredevils. Well that’s not all as some of you might be surpried when you see the players that went unsold at this years auction. Those include – VVS Laxman (Ind), Ajantha Mendis (SL), Mark Boucher (SA) Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI ), Ravi Rampaul (WI), and 7 other England cricketers. Strange but true 😉
IPL has somehow always lived up to the expectations and sometimes beyond it. Not many sports have an event where you can enjoy a specialized T20 game like cricket which already calls for a lot of entertainment with the bat and bowl, along with cheerleaders dancing to your entertainment at every fall of a wicket or score of a boundary. And not to forget the Bollywood stars cheering their franchise with the crowd. Overall, it adds color to the event which makes it more of a festival than just a game.
So are you ready to be a part of the Cricket’s biggest Carnival !! Do let us know your favourite Team and Players.