The big daddy of all matches is back! “IPL” is back for the fifth successive time and this time it brings with it more goodies and entertainment. The IPL season five kick starts on April 4 and the pulse seem to be already on the rise. More than a month long tournament, created quite a buzz in past for corruption, drew criticism for disintegrating the interest of international players amongst others.
IPL has been instrumental in helping the country find new talents and did throw limelight on some of the budding talents of the country such as Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Vinay Kumar amongst other. With mood all set and the country is ready yet again for one more gala season.
Here is an anticipated list of as to which four teams are likely to reign in the IPL this year:
Chennai Super Kings: Defending champions and two time consecutive winners and the 2011 T20 Champions league winner, they may start as a clear favourite again in this season. They apparently have all the ingredients to make a good team and their biggest strength is their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni has done terrific job with the Chennai team and has immense trust on his players.
Mumbai Indians: The fact is that the biggest name in the World cricket Sachin Tendulkar is the captain of the team. Mumbai Indians have the perfect amalgamation of experience, young blood and the aura of the great man Sachin. Ideally it should have worked for them but they chocked at crucial time and have been able to make it to the finals of the event once in 2010 where they lost to the Chennai outfits.Some of the key players they would b banking on turn around their fortune this time would be Sachin, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard and Herchelle Gibbs amongst others.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Runners up of the last edition, Bangalore arguably has the best team, but lack of consistency caught them on the wrong foot in the previous occasions. They made it to the finals twice and did lose twice once in the year 2008 when they lost of Deccan Chargers and last year they lost again in the finals against the Super Kings.
Their team boasts of two of the biggest hitters of the game, Chris Gayle who single handedly took them to the finals of the last season, and Virat Kohli the king of run chases. And both are going through a purple patch with Gayle excelling in BPL and Kohli taking the international arena by storm. If they can keep it up in IPL this time, then definitely there no one would have enough power to counter their blitzkrieg.
Delhi Daredevils: The biggest underachievers of the league, could be also called as the under dogs. Despite being a good outfit they faltered in earlier four editions as their players could live up to their reputation. This made the management think over it seriously and this time around they have selected a team tailor made for the shorter format of the game. Led by the dashing Virender Sehwag and followed by Kevin Pieterson, Ross Taylor, David Warner, Andre Russel, Mahela Jayawerdene, Morne Morkel amongst others, things can seriously turn around for the Delhi provided they play to their capabilities
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