IPL Pune team named as Sahara Pune Warriors

 The name and the logo of the new IPL Pune team owned by the corporate house Sahara India Parivar was unveiled in a grand ceremony held at the S.P.College ground in Pune on Saturday. The team has been christened to be known as the 'Sahara Pune Warriors'. The logo of the team, which is believed to have been taken after the great Maratha warrior Shivaji, is a warrior mounted on a horse along side the shades of the Indian flag. The official website of the Sahara Pune Warriors is declared to be www.saharapunewarriors.com which is expected to in full swing within a couple of month’s time. The team shall make debut at the fourth edition of the IPL tournament in 2011 along with the other new and already controversial franchise team, the Kochi IPL team. The Chairman of the Sahara Group, Mr. Subroto Roy, expressing his fondness for the city of Pune at the event said, “It is a moment of great happiness for us to announce the name of the Pune IPL team for the people of the city and cricket enthusiasts across the world.” He further added, "We have just started journey and in the short span the support and affection received from the people here is very heartening and makes me feel that Pune is my second home". Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar and director Mahesh Manjerakar were the co-host for the event which was marked by the stunning performance by the Shaimak Davar dance group. As a part of its promotional activities in the field of sports, Mr. Roy announced financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 for State level players, Rs.10,000 for National level players and Rs. 20,000 for International level players from the city. He further made declarations regarding the various medical and financial support schemes to be extended by … [Read more...]

IPL Teams and Bollywood ownership – Jinxed

 Things just don’t seem to be working out for IPL teams owned by Bollywood actors, a fact very noticeable in the 3rd edition of the Indian Premier League. Is it just a coincidence that all the 3 teams languishing at the bottom of the points table have Bollywood stars as owners/stake holders or are such teams jinxed? Sure, the stars have added glitz and glamour to the tournament. But they have not succeeded in ensuring positive results. One cannot dismiss this as a one-off case which has occurred only in IPL-3. Shahrukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders has never been a contender for the top four slots in any IPL season. The deepening worry lines on his face when the team loses makes one feel sorry for him. In the case of team Kings XI Punjab, actor Preity Zinta may have become a co-owner by virtue of being the beau of industrialist, Ness Wadia. In the first season of IPL, they ranked 2nd in the points table. In IPL-2, when there were rumours of a split between Preity and Ness, they slipped to 5th position. And in the current season, the official split seems to have affected the team's morale and the results are there for all to see. The team is at the bottom of the score ladder notwithstanding Preity Zinta’s cheering and her dip in the holy Ganga at Hardwar. The Rajasthan Royals, remember, won the cup in the 1st edition ; and then Shilpa Shetty (who suddenly was in the limelight due to the 'Big Brother' show ) purchased a stake along with business partner, Raj Kundra. Things have been going steadily downhill for the team since then. Last year they were at number 6 and as of now they are but one step away from the bottom. Being brand ambassadors for teams is a better way of association with the IPL with no risk involved. This has … [Read more...]

IPL brand Valuations

 IPL Teams & Brand Valuations: S.NoIPL TeamFranchisee feeBrand Valuation IPL Tournament $3670 Million 1.  Chennai Super Kings $91 Million $48.4 million 2.  Mumbai Indians $111.9 Million $40.8 million 3.  Royal Challengers $111.6 Million 4.  Kolkata Knight Riders $75.09 Million $46 million  5.  Kings XI Punjab $76 Million $36.5 million 6.  Rajasthan Royals $67 Million $45.2 million 7.  Deccan Chargers $107 Million $34.4 million 8.  Delhi Daredevils $84 Million $40.5 million 9.  Pune Warriors  $370 Million  IPL Brand value: 1. 2011: $ 3670 Million 2. 2010: $4130 Million 3. 2009: $ 2010 Million.  Average TV Ratings for IPL Tournaments: S.NoYearTournamentChannelTV Rating 1.  2008  IPL 1  Sony Set Max  5.39 2.  2009  IPL 2  Sony Set Max  4.66 3.  2010  IPL 3  Sony Set Max  5.51 4.  2011  IPL 4  Sony Set Max  3.91 5.  2012  IPL 5  Sony Set max  … [Read more...]

Team Analysis: Bangalore Royal Challengers

 Royal Challengers Bangalore: Team Analysis: Royal Challengers Bangalore also referred to as RCB is a franchise, cricket team based in the city of Bangalore. Indian Premier League The team is owned by the business magnate Vijay Mallya, through his flagship firm UB Group. Brijesh Patel is the CEO of the RCB and Anil Kumble is the captain. Rahul Dravid is the team's Icon Player, while Ray Jennings, the former South African coach, is the coach.  Players’ Profile: 1. Anil Kumble:No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble, and there probably hasn't been a harder trier either. Like the great tall wristspinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble traded the legspinner's proverbial yo-yo for a spear, as the ball hacked through the air rather than hanging in it and came off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink.2. Mark Boucher: A man to go to war with, but never against, Mark Boucher packs all the archetypical attributes of the South African cricketer into his short, stocky frame. He is relentlessly competitive, invariably aggressive, and as hard and uncompromising as the new ball. He makes a point of, in his own words, "walking onto the field as if you own the place". 3. Rahul Dravid: Rahul Dravid, a cricketer who seamlessly blends an old-world classicism with a new-age professionalism, is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India - and might even be considered one of the best ever by the time his career is done. He already averages around 60 at that position, more than any regular No. 3 batsman in the game's history, barring Don Bradman. 4. Dillon du Preez: Dillon du Preez had one of the more interesting entries into the first-class game when he … [Read more...]

IPL Franchisees

 IPL Franchisees:  Pune is the most expensive franchisee while Rajasthan is the least expensive franchisee.   First auction was held in January 24, 2008. 8 franchisees won bids by paying 2,853 crore (total amount).  Second auction was held in March 21, 2010. 2 franchisees won bids by paying 3,235 crore (total amount).  IPL TeamOwnerPriceMumbai IndiansMukhesh Ambani 441 croreDeccan ChargersT. Venkatram Reddy422 croreChennai Super KingsN Srinivasan359 croreRoyal ChallengersVijay Mallya440 croreDelhi DaredevilsG.M. Rao331 croreKolkata Knight RidersShahrukh Khan296 crorePunjab Kings ElevenPreity Zinta300 croreRajasthan RoyalsManoj Badale264 crorePune IPLSahara Group1702 crore IPL is expected to become the top sporting event in 2-3 years.  … [Read more...]

IPL 2011

 2 new teams (Pune and Kochi) will play in IPL 2011. 10 teams will play 94 matches over 2 months in IPL 2011. Maharashtra is the only state that owns 2 IPL teams. Gujarat is the only major state in entire south and Western India without their own IPL team. … [Read more...]

Team analysis: Kings Eleven Punjab

  Kings XI Punjab is a cricket franchise based in Mohali. The team is currently captained by Sri Lanka's captain-wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara who replaced Yuvraj Singh after the 2009 season. For the IPL3, an additional venue has been chosen at Dharamsala. The first owners of the franchise included Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur). The group paid a total of $76 million to acquire the franchise. There was rumor during 10 Feb that India’s premium manufacturer of 2-wheeled motorised vehicles – Hero Honda bought Indian Premier League Kings XI Punjab for a whopping US $ 260 million. However, no independent confirmation of this deal has been received from both the parties. Later on it was confirmed that the Hero Group had not acquired Kings XI Punjab. Performance: 2008 Season: The tournament got off to a slow start for the Kings XI, with the team losing their first two games. However, despite losing Australians Brett Lee and Simon Katich, the team found its groove. Powered by their balanced bowling lineup and effective top order, the team won 9 of its next 10 matches, clinching a birth in the semi-final. In the semi-final, their run in the tournament came to an end with a comprehensive 9 wicket loss to the Chennai Super Kings. 2009 Season: Finishing as semi-finalists during 2008, The Kings XI Punjab started with enormous ambitions to win the trophy. Their ambitions were supported by their new sponsors Emirates Airlines. With two available slots to fill The Punjab Kings made bids on Jerome Taylor and Yusuf Abdulla at the second IPL auctions. The team took a hit as most of their Australian cricketers were not available. … [Read more...]

IPL 2010 T20 Cricket schedule

  2010 ipl T20 Cricket schedule:   Match timings: 4 PM and 8 PM.  DateVenueTeam Vs TeamResultMarch:   March 12MumbaiKolkata Vs HyderabadKolkata wonMarch 13MumbaiMumbai indians Vs RajasthanMumbai won by 4 runsMarch 13MohaliKings Punjab Vs DelhiDelhi wonMarch 14KolkataKolkata vs BangaloreKolkata wonMarch 14ChennaiChennai Vs HyderabadHyderabad wonMarch 15AhmedabadDelhi vs Rajasthan RoyalsDelhi wonMarch 16BangaloreBangalore Vs Punjab KingsBangalore wonMarch 16KolkataChennai Vs KolkataChennai wonMarch 17DelhiDelhi Vs Mumbai IndiansMumbai wonMarch 18BangaloreBangalore Vs Rajasthan RoyalsBangalore won by 10 wicketsMarch 19DelhiDelhi Vs Chennai Super KingsChennai wonMarch 19NagpurHyderabad Vs Punjab KingsHyderabad won the thrillerMarch 20AhmedabadKolkata vs Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals wonMarch 20MumbaiMumbai Indians Vs BangaloreBangalore Crushed MumbaiMarch 21CuttackDelhi Daredevils Vs HyderabadHyderabad wonMarch 21ChennaiChennai Super KingsVs PunjabPunjab won in super overMarch 22MumbaiMumbai Indians Vs KolkataMumbai won easilyMarch 23BangaloreBangalore Vs Chennai Super KingsBangalore wonMarch 24MohaliPunjab Kings Vs Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan won … [Read more...]

Bangalore Royal Challengers

Bangalore Royal Challengers IPL squad

 After its worst performance in IPL1, Royal Challengers bounced back strongly in IPL 2, IPL 3 & IPL 4. West Indies batting sensation Chris Gayle played crucial role in changing RCB fortunes in IPL 4. IPL Bangalore Franchisee Profile:  Team Name: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL entry: 2008 Franchisee owner: Vijay Mallya bought Bangalore IPL franchisee for 400 crore ($111.6 million). Mentor: Anil Kumble Official website: http://www.royalchallengers.com/ Stadium: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.  Royal Challengers (RCB) IPL T20 Cricket team profile:   Coach: Ray Jennings Captain: Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) Highlight: RCB lost to CSK in the finals of IPL 4.  Bangalore Royal Challengers (RCB) squad for IPL 5: S.NoCricketer NameCountryPrice     Batsmen:      1.Virat Kohli India 9 crore 2.Vijay Jol   3.Mayank Agarwal Bangalore 10 Lakh 4.Saurabh Tiwary India (Jharkhand) 7.4 crore 5.Cheteswar Pujara India (Gujarat) 3.2 crore 6.Luke Pomersbach Australia 23 Lakh 7.Rilee Rossouw South Africa 9 Lakh 8. CM Gautam   9. Mohammad Kaif India (UP) 6 Lakh  10.Arun Karthik    11. Asad … [Read more...]

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR IPL squad

 Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the profitable teams in IPL. Return of New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and vast improvement shown by James pattinson may help KKR to come out with its best ever performance in IPL.   IPL Kolkata Franchisee Profile:  Team Name: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL entry: 2008 Franchisee owner: Red Chillies Entertainment. Shahrukh Khan bought Kolkata IPL franchisee for 296 crore. Official website: http://www.kkr.in/   Stadium: Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Official theme: New Dawn New Knights Official colours: Purple & Gold Kolkata IPL T20 Cricket team profile:   Coach: Trevor Bayliss Captain: Gautam Gambhir Crucial players: Jaques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Brendon McCullum, James Pattinson, Manoj Tiwary & Yusuf Pathan. Highlight: One of the worst performed teams in IPL.  KKR T20 squad for IPL 5: S.NoCricketer NameCountryPrice     Batsmen:      1.Gautam Gambhir India (Delhi)11 crore 2.Eoin Morgan England 1.6 crore 3.Manoj Tiwary India (Bengal) 2.2 crore 4.Chirag jani Bengal  5. Debabrata Das Bengal      All-Rounders:       1.Yusuf Pathan India (Baroda) 9.7 crore 2.Jacques Kallis South Africa 5.1 … [Read more...]