Indian Premier League would be stepping on its 7th edition this year. After much controversy on the spot fixing menace that has been stalking the tournament since last year, IPL is all set to amuse everybody once again since April 16. The tournament would be hosted in UAE and then India given the Lok Sabha elections in India in April. The post here jots down some important facts about IPL. The Indian Premier League
2014 would involve 8 teams this time. Here goes the name of respective captain of each team.
IPL T20 Team Captains
Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli
Kolkata Knight Riders - Gautam Gmabhir
Rajasthan Royals - Shane Watson
Chennai Super Kings - M.S. Dhoni
Sunrisers Hyderabad - Shikhar Dhawan
Delhi Daredevils - Kevin Pieterson
Kings XI Punjab - George Bailey
Held in February 2014, the IPL 2014 auction bought around 154 players, of which 50 were overseas cricketers. Yuvraj Singh received the highest bid while Kevin Pietersen earned the maximum bid among foreign players. This is the first time in IPL auction that the biddings were decided on INR instead of USD. 66 players would be representing their previous teams this IPL and this auction also witnessed the introduction of Joker Card.
The IPL 2014 matches are to be played in 3 major stadiums across UAE- Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium), Dubai (Dubai International Cricket Stadium) and Sharjah (Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium).
IPL 2014 Venue (Stadium)
In regards to the Indian venues, 10 esteemed and latest stadiums have been selected for the IPL 2014 matches. Here goes the details of them,
Wankhede Stadium - Mumbai
Feroz Shah Kotla- DelhiPunjab Cricket Association Stadium - Mohali
Eden Gardens – Kolkata
JSCA International Cricket Stadium - Ranchi
Sardar Patel Stadium - Ahmedabad
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium - Bangalore
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium - Hyderabad
Barabati stadium - Cuttack
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium - Chennai
Indian Premier League 2014 would kick off from April 16 with a match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders- it would be hosted at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The match would start from 14:30 GMT. The last UAE match is to be hosted by the same stadium on April 30- it would be played between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
IPL 2014 would have its first Indian match on May 2 with a game between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders- at JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi. The final of the group match is scheduled for May 25 which is to be played between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, at Wankhede Stadium. The 4 playoffs- Qualifier (May 27), Eliminator (May 28) would be hosted at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai) and Qualifier 2 (May 30) and the final IPL 7 match (June 1) are to be hosted at Wankhede Stadium.
The cost of IPL 7 tickets are AED20 (Abu Dhabi), AED30 (Dubai) and UED30 (Sharjah) for single matches AED30 (Abu Dhabi), AED50 (Dubai) and UED40 (Sharjah) for double-headers. The ticket can be bough online.
Mumbai Indians would be certainly expecting to defend the winning title this time as well. If Chennai Super Kings get to win this time, it would create the record of highest time winners. Given Kohli’s fantastic form of late, RCB can be expected to be a strong scorer this time.
In India, Pepsi IPL 2014 will be live telecasted on Starsports.com.