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This season’s IPL has seen many changes in teams. The Kochi team has been disbanded and its players have joined other teams. The Hyderabad team has a new owner and a new logo to boot.
During the last two seasons, IPL 2012 and IPL 2011, The Kings XI Punjab was not able to fly quite high due to various reasons. This year, the team has been successful in pulling in Michael Bevan, one of the most capable coaches. Ms. Priety Zinta is sure to thank the heavens for this. A lot of fireworks are also expected from the captain, Gilly, and the cream of the crop, Hussey and Shaun Marsh.
As far as the Kolkata Knight Riders are concerned they are banking on Pathan and Gambhir, the two big ticket buys. On paper, the team list appears quite impressive, but Saurav Ganguly, Dada, will be missed in the game at Eden. But having won the previous IPL, they will be high on confidence.
Pune Warriors have the batman, Robin worth $2 million by their side and also a captain, in form. Even if the fitness levels of Mathews and Nehra is in doubt, many of the bowlers are surely going to spout considering their batting strength. The team of yellows is being led by a captain who is truly fantastic.
Many of the T20 stalwarts are in the Chennai Super Kings team currently. At the core of the team are M. Vijay, Raina and Dhoni and in the mix is also Mike Hussey. They are all great at batting. The powerplay professional, Ashwin also is expected to deliver well. When the team is in full flow, it is simply unbeatable.
Some wise decisions have been made by the Royal Challengers during the last auction. The best was purchased by them, then. Bangalore retained the World cupper, Kohli only. The team also has players like Dan Vettori, Nanes and Dilshan playing this IPL 2013. They can have a truly successful story with Zak on their side.
A whole new look has been sported by the Daredevil team. It has taken them $1.9 million to purchase top player Irfan Pathan. Hopes are being pinned on Hopes, Finch and Ingram who have to still learn the ropes apart from the newbies from Delhi. Warner and Viru make up the opening pair. They are great at intimidating new ball bowlers straight in the corner.
The runners up of last year, Mumbai Indians are also playing in the IPL 2013. They are proud to boast of at least two players who have been lifting the IPL cup. To keep toes of the rest of the players on guard, there is Malinga, the Yorker man, Pollard the big hitter and Symonds the big man.
The captain, Ricky Pointing has expressed his concern over the top order batting of the team and expects to relook at this order. So far 5 matches have been played and just 250 runs have been made by the opening pair of Mumbai Indians. In the opening over itself, the first wicket was lost on three occasions so far in the IPL. The captain expects a lot from himself and the players of the team.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad crown has been accepted graciously by the gentleman captain Kumar Sangarkara from Sri Lanka. Three batsmen, Cameron White, Duminy and Shikhar Dhawan are expected with their mightiest batting. It does not matter what kind of batting attack they have to face, Steyn, Amit Mishra and Ojha and Ishant Sharma can drive any attack insane for sure. As the league winds on, the excitement is only going to increase by several notches.