Who will Win Indian Premier League 5 – Part 1

The last 4 editions of Indian Premier League passed by and 5th Edition is about to begin.  The founder of IPL has absconded and almost bankrupt. Kochi fans have lost their team thanks to non Keralite owners who jumped into the IPL bandwagon without a bank balance.

But cricket is a religion in India and fans are smart enough to choose the best teams they are support. Finally cricket is a medium that unites  diverse nation like India. So who do you think will be the winner of IPL 2012

With Australia , West Indies, Sri Lanka and England busy in their international teams, some of the IPL players will be joining late, but that gives opportunity for other IPL players to impress their pay master. Also with the T20 World Cup about to begin, all the players get good practice in subcontinent wickets.

Chennai_Super_Kings

Indian Cricket Team Captain , Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leads the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Last year CSK was on roll.Under the captain Indian Won the ODI world cup and then CSK won the IPL title . What a roller coaster ride. Among the previous editions the teams in last tournament looked in good shape and the topper chart always remained going up and down.

In each addition of IPL, CSK have crossed the initial hurdles. Runners-up, semi-finalists, champions, champions reads CSK track record across the first four seasons of the IPL. CSK  play the IPL 2012 opener against Mumbai Indians(MI).

  • MS Dhoni (Captain, who had a bad outing against national team)
  • Srikkanth Anirudha (Son of Indian Cricket Team selector)
  • Ravichandran Ashwin (Indian National Squad Player who delivers. Definitely good choice on subcontinent pitches)
  • Subramaniam Badrinath (Experienced local Chennai lad. Good Player)
  • George Bailey
  • Doug Bollinger
  • Dwayne Bravo (West Indies all rounder)
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Ben Hilfenhaus(led the wicket-takers’ charts in the Australia-India Test series. Good Australian Fast bowler)
  • Michael Hussey
  • Ravindra Jadeja(He better perform. Costliest buy in auction)
  • Shadab Jakati
  • Joginder Sharma
  • Suraj Randiv
  • Nuwan Kulasekara
  • Yo Mahesh
  • Albie Morkel
  • Abhinav Mukund
  • Suresh Raina     (Leading run-getter in the IPL’s short history and plays well)
  • Wriddhiman Saha
  • Scott Styris
  • Sudeep Tyagi
  • Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas
  • Ganapathi Vignesh
  • Murali Vijay (Experienced local Chennai player)

With all Team’s strong on paper and looking for better return on Investments, this season is going to be challenging for CSK who have tasted few setbacks.  Will CSK be the first team to win hat tricks IPL trophy needs to be seen
Deccan-Chargers.
Deccan Chargers(DC) are a strong squad on paper. But they  have not been able to put a credible performance that will delight their fans. In this season Ishant Sharma will not be playing due to Ankle injury. Parthiv Patel joins the squad and some changes are there. But the team management will have to work out on how to utilize the best from all individuals and deliver a performance that can bust the opponents.

Having won the 2009 IPL season and reaching the semi-finals of IPL 2010. Sangakkara will have to lead the way in setting up the wins in this season.

  • Kumar Sangakkara (former SL captain leading DC. Lot of responsibilities to turn around a team filled with players but team work needed)
  • Ashish Reddy
  • Anand Rajan
  • Ankit Sharma
  • Tekkami Atchuta Rao
  • Akash Bhandari
  • Darren Bravo(Not a costly purchase for DC, but WI batsmen is a strong off side plater. Definitely an asset for DC batting lineup)
  • Bharat Chipli
  • Daniel Christian (the Australian all rounder brings his experience to the DC squad which has more new faces)
  • Kedar Devdhar
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Jean-Paul Duminy
  • Manpreet Gony
  • Daniel Harris
  • Ishank Jaggi
  • Abhishek Jhunjhunwala
  • Chris Lynn
  • Amit Mishra
  • Tanmay Mishra
  • Parthiv Patel
  • Veer Pratap Singh
  • Syed Quadri
  • Dwaraka Ravi Teja
  • Akshath Reddy
  • Biplab Samantray
  • Ishant Sharma (ruled out due to IPL injury)
  • Sneha Kishore
  • Sunny Sohal
  • Tanmay Srivastava
  • Dale Steyn
  • TP Sudhindra
  • Rusty Theron
  • Cameron White (The former Australian Twenty20 captain is a powerful middle order batsman and right-arm leg-spin bowler)
  • Arjun Yadav

Will DC perform this season. It can. A good day on ground can turn around the fortunes and charge up for the remaining season. Rajasthan Royals(RR) showed that in Initial season. It is up to the individuals to give their best and hope for the best
Delhi-Daredevils
With the like of Sehwag, Sri Lankan Captain Mahela Jayawardene, David Warner and the newly acquired Kevin Pietersen in the list of Delhi Daredevils (DD) arsenal, DD has one of the most formidable lines of big hitting batsmen. Sehwag lead team hopefully leaves the inconsistency of last season behind them in the present season.

It time for DD players to be on the same page and enjoy the roller coaster ride of  IPL with consistency.

  • Virender Sehwag(Captain. Was in news for sitting out of national team due to injury but declared fit for IPL. Dangerous player to be watched. When he hits ballers are helpless)
  • Manprit Juneja
  • Varun Aaron
  • Ajit Agarkar(An experienced bowler who can do well with the bat too)
  • Puneet Bisht
  • Robin Bist
  • Gulam Bodi
  • Doug Bracewell
  • Unmukt Chand
  • Aaron Finch
  • Mahela Jayawardene(New Recruit from closed Kochi franchise is a good addition. His form and performance speak about his abilities. Definitely a good buy by DD management)
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Morne Morkel(The south african right-arm fast bowler will have to adjust to subcontinent conditions. Also his international experience will be asset to local players)
  • Shahbaz Nadeem
  • Yogesh Nagar
  • Prashant Naik
  • Pawan Negi
  • Naman Ojha(With one eye on national squad, its time to perform)
  • Irfan Pathan(With one eye on national squad, its time to perform)
  • Kevin Pietersen(the new addition to DD. His IPL stint and his innings do not need any description. Has done well for RCB)
  • Kuldeep Raval
  • Andre Russell
  • Aavishkar Salvi
  • Ross Taylor
  • Roelof van der Merwe
  • Venugopal Rao
  • Vikas Mishra
  • David Warner
  • Tejashwi Yadav
  • Umesh Yadav
  • Zafir Patel
  • Travis Birt
  • Colin Ingram

DD have been inspiring by their play every time IPL season begins. But as the season progress , somewhere the whole unit is not able to click. It is time for Sehwag to be a role model and show the Indian Team Management what he is capable off. His form has been questioned and also his selection of shorts. But IPL gives him a chance to prove his leadership skills also. Can DD make it to the next around. It is tough to tell. But they have the potential which if utilized properly can entertain IPL fans.

Kings-XI-Punjab

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and leading industrialist Ness Wadia  supported, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), is lead and coached by Australian Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist opened his season with KXIP last season and he has been source of inspiration to the team. Probably for the same he was awarded the coaching role in addition to leading the Punjab team. KXIP has managed to remain in IPL though their contract were terminated along with RR in previous editions.

Gilchrist has been commended for this ability to identify and bring about the best from each individual. Out of the 14 games in last season they lost their first match and then won three matches back to back. After that they lost their next 5 matches in a row. Then they won 4 matches and lost their next match to the Deccan Chargers which crashed their dream to make it the playoffs and gave the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders a chance.

  • Adam Gilchrist     (former DC Captain and Australian player has been an inspiring leader)
  • Parvinder Awana
  • Love Ablish
  • Amit Yadav
  • Azhar Mahmood
  • Bhargav Bhatt
  • Bipul Sharma
  • Stuart Broad (Injured Stuart Broad uncertain for IPL 5)
  • Piyush Chawla(It was his good performance in IPL3 that paved the way for his selection in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies. Time to impress again to make it to Indian Team)
  • Siddharth Chitnis
  • Paras Dogra
  • James Faulkner
  • Gurkeerat Singh
  • Harmeet Singh (Returning after having a three-year stint with Deccan Chargers)
  • Ryan Harris
  • David Hussey(Younger brother of Australian cricketer Michael Hussey, he is a right-handed batsman and can also bowl right-arm offbreaks)
  • Praveen Kumar
  • Vikramjeet Malik
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Shaun Marsh
  • David Miller
  • Abhishek Nayar(formely playing for Mumbai Indians, come in the middle order and is a good addition)
  • Ramesh Powar
  • Nathan Rimmington
  • Nitin Saini
  • Rajagopal Sathish
  • Shalabh Srivastava
  • Sunny Singh
  • Paul Valthaty(outstanding game in the 2011 Indian Premier League against the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. Valthaty raced to 120 not out in 63 balls as the Kings XI Punjab chased down the mammoth 189-run target with six wickets and five balls to spare at Mohali. It was the first hundred of IPL 2011 and 13th overall and this century is his first fastest century)

Can KXIP deliver the much-needed break to Punjab fans depends on the magic of Gilchrist.  Unfortunately it is too much for Wicketkeeper batsmen. But Gilchrist has handled pressure and knows how to deliver in tight situations. Wishing KXIP all the best.

Others Contenders for IPL 2012 trophy are :

  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Pune Warriors
  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore

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