Having just had a great time watching the Twenty 20 World Cup (other than my team losing in agony in the final!), now it's time to settle back and enjoy the IPL! Yea! I'm a Kolkata Knight Riders fan but I don't think we have the strongest team in the league, which concerns me. I hope to be proved wrong in their first game Sunday night.
The two new teams are going to be worth watching by the look of it especially the Pune batting line up. Now THAT is scary! It's shaping up to be quite exciting as there are a LOT of top international players taking part. Will it be as good as the Big Bash was during the winter? I hope so!
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Corey Anderson, Unmukt Chand, Shreyas Gopal, Kishore Kamath, Mitchell McClenaghan, Parthiv Patel (wk), Deepak Punia, Ambati Rayudu, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Vinay Kumar, Marchant de Lange, Siddhesh Lad, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana, Jitesh Sharma, Nathu Singh, Suchith, Akshay Wakhare.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Stuart Binny, Kedar Jadhav, David Wiese, Yuzuvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Arvind, Adam Milne, Parvez Rasool, Kane Richardson, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdulla, KL Rahul, Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Vikas Tokas, Akshay Karnewar, Praveen Dubey, Sachin Baby, Vikramjeet Malik, Samuel Badree(!), Mitchell Starc (!).
Squad: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Quinton de Kock, Akhil Herwadkar, Shreyas Iyer, Chama Milind, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Pawan Negi, Sanju Samson, Jayant Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Billings, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jean-Paul Duminy,Imran Tahir, Mahipal Lomror, Chris Morris, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Pawan Suyal, Amit Mishra.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Squad: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin Munro, Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, John Hastings, Jason Holder, R Sathish, Manan Sharma, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot.
Kings XI Punjab
Squad: David Miller (Captain), Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Abbott, Anureet Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Sandeep Sharma, Pradeep Sahu, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra.
Squad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Ricky Bhui, Mustafizur Rahman, Trent Boult, Moises Henriques, Abhimanyu Mithun, Siddarth Kaul, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma, Tirumalsetti Suman, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ashish Reddy, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Eoin Morgan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare.
Squad: Suresh Raina (c), Brendon McCullum, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dale Steyn, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Andrew Tye, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Shadab Jakati, Paras Dogra, Ishan Kishan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Shival Kaushik, Sarbjit Ladda, Umang Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Jaydev Shah, Amit Mishra.
Rising Pune Supergiants
Squad: MS Dhoni (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Irfan Pathan, Kevin Pietersen, Ishant Sharma, Adam Zampa, Ankit Sharma, Murugan Ashwin, Ankush Bains, Scott Boland, Ashok Dinda, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, RP Singh, Baba Aparajith.