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INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

New season of IPL kicks off




Chennai Super Kings

The defending champions have managed to retain the crux of their side. They were one of the few sides to retain their maximum quota of four players which included MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and Albie Morkel.

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 984, 565

Biggest signings:


R Ashwin ($850, 000) and S Badrinath ($850, 000)

New faces:


Suraj Randiv ($80, 000), Francois Du Plessis ($120, 000)

Deccan Chargers


The 2008 winners have been dealt a major blow even before the tournament gets underway. England's Kevin Pietersen, bought for $650, 000, will miss the entire IPL-4 since he's undergoing surgery for hernia. The team looks light in the Indian players department but Dale Steyn, Cameron White, Kumar Sangakkara and JP Duminy can make up with their star quality.

Total salary cap spent:


$7, 505, 435

Biggest signings:


Dale Steyn ($1. 2 million), Cameron White ($1. 1 million)

New faces:


Dan Christian ($900, 000) and Chris Lynn ($20, 000)

Delhi Daredevils


The exodus of home players and international stars has severely depleted the GMRowned franchise. Irfan Pathan, bought for a mindboggling $1. 9 million, was one of the major surprises at the IPL auction in January. Virender Sehwag returns as skipper of the side after a gap of one year.

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 815, 217

Biggest signings:


Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav ($750, 000) and David Warner ($750, 000)

New faces:


Colin Ingram ($100, 000), Travis Birt ($20, 000) and Aaron Finch ($300, 000)

Kings XI Punjab


The Mohali-based franchise spent very conservatively at the auction. The departure of Yuvraj Singh and the Sri Lankan pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will weaken the side. Kings XI look to start afresh under the leadership of Adam Gilchrist.

Total salary cap spent:


$7, 531, 957

Biggest signings:


David Hussey ($1. 4 million), Piyush Chawla ($900, 000), Adam Gilchrist ($900, 000) and Praveen Kumar ($800, 000)

New faces:


Ryan Harris ($325, 000) and Nathan Rimmington ($20, 000)

Kolkata Knight Riders


Shah Rukh Khan is going all out to turn his fortunes around in IPL. After dropping the Prince of Kolkata from the side, SRK has replaced him another southpaw - Gautam Gambhir - as the skipper. The addition of big players like Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis and Brett Lee might help them write a new chapter.

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 966, 304

Biggest signings:


Gautam Gambhir ($2. 4 million), Yusuf Pathan ($2. 1 million) and Jacques Kallis ($1. 1 million)

New faces:


Ryan ten Doeschate ($150, 000), Brad Haddin ($325, 000) and Shakib al Hasan ($425, 000)

Kochi Tuskers Kerala


The IPL newcomers have stacked their side with all-rounders but look a little thin when it comes to Indian batting stars. VVS Laxman and Parthiv Patel are their top Indian batters, not quite T20 stars!

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 398, 696

Biggest signings:


Mahela Jayawardene ($1. 5 million) and Ravindra Jadeja ($950, 000)

New faces:


Steven Smith ($200, 000), Thisara Perera ($80, 000), Steve O'Keefe ($20, 000), and Michael Klinger ($75, 000)

Mumbai Indians


Last year's finalists were the only team apart from CSK to retain four players - Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard. The Mukesh Ambani-owned outfit have built on their strengths with the addition of Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds from Deccan Chargers.

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 988, 261

Biggest signings:


Rohit Sharma ($2 million), Andrew Symonds ($850, 000) and Munaf Patel ($700, 000)

New faces:


Davy Jacobs ($190, 000), Moises Henriques ($50, 000), James Franklin ($100, 000), Clint McKay ($110, 000) and Aiden Blizzard ($20, 000)

Pune Warriors


IPL's costliest franchise went all out to catch the prize buy, Yuvraj - the man of the moment for the nation after the World Cup. The side will be strong competitors with good Indian players in Robin Uthappa and Ashish Nehra. Former South African skipper Graeme Smith will be an important member, but Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Matthews' absence will be felt.

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 852, 609

Big signings:


Robin Uthappa ($2. 1 million), Yuvraj Singh ($1. 8 million) and Ashish Nehra ($850, 000)

New faces:


Tim Paine ($270, 000), Nathan McCullum ($100, 000), Alfonso Thomas ($100, 000) and Callum Ferguson ($300, 000)

Rajasthan Royals


The inaugural IPL champions were handicapped after a court order tied their purse strings ahead of the January auctions. In-form Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor will be a major player in the Shane Warne-led side. Warne was one of two players retained along with Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson.

Total salary cap spent:


$7, 238, 478

Big signings:


Ross Taylor ($1 million) and Johan Botha ($950, 000)

New faces:


Rahul Dravid ($500, 000)

Royal Challengers Bangalore


The Vijay Mallya-owned outfit will look to replicate the success of the last couple of years and finally bring home the title. Delhi's loss is Bangalore's gain as AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dirk Nannes and Daniel Vettori shift base. Vettori will be leading a side high on Indian talent with the likes of Virat Kohli (retained) and Saurabh Tiwary.

Total salary cap spent:


$8, 944, 348

Big signings:


Saurabh Tiwary ($1. 6 million), AB de Villiers ($1. 1 million), Zaheer Khan ($900, 000), Cheteshwar Pujara ($700, 000), Dirk Nannes ($650, 000), Tillakaratne Dilshan ($650, 000) and Daniel Vettori ($550, 000)

New faces:


Johan van der Wath ($50, 000), Charl Langeveldt ($140, 000), Nuwan Pradeep ($20, 000), Jonathan Vandiar ($20, 000) and Rilee Roussow ($20, 000)

- Compiled by Devadyuti Das


THE NEW FORMAT:

Each of the 10 teams will play 14 league matches, with each playing five other teams twice (home and away) and 4 others once, hosting two and visiting the other two. That's a total of 70 league matches decided by a draw of lots. Instead of a straight semifinal, the 1st and 2nd placed teams will play one match, and the 3rd and 4th will play another. The winner of team 1 vs 2 will go straight to the final, while the loser will play the winner of team 3 vs 4 for the second final spot. The loser of this match, in turn, will be the 3rd Indian team to play in the Champions League.

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