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Punjab Kings.

Fine balance in the bowling with two genuine quicks (Brett Lee and Sreesanth), a swing bowler (Irfan Pathan) and two spinners (Ramesh Powar and Piyush Chawla).

Chink: Not much firepower at the top. They need a batsman who can kickstart the innings.

Buzz:Their coach Tom Moody, who had a successful two-year stint as Sri Lanka’s coach up to the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, could have had a say in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara being included.

Squad so far: Yuvraj Singh (icon), Mahela Jayawardene (US$475,000), Kumar Sangakkara (US$700,000), Brett Lee (US$900,000), Sreesanth (US$625,000), Irfan Pathan (US$925,000), Ramesh Powar (US$170,000), Piyush Chawla (US$400,000), Simon Katich (US$200,000), Ramnaresh Sarwan (US$225,000).

Chennai Super Kings:

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With six left-hand batsmen in their line-up, Chennai pose a big threat. Matthew Hayden, Jacob Oram and Albie Morkel will be expected to strike the big ones while Stephen Fleming, Suresh Raina and Parthiv Patel can consolidate. Adding to the mix is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the most prized player in the league.

Squad so far: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (US$1.5 million), Muttiah Muralitharan (US$600,000), Matthew Hayden (US$375,000), Jacob Oram (US$675,000), Stephen Fleming (US$350,000), Parthiv Patel (US$325,000), Joginder Sharma (US$225,000), Albie Morkel (US$675,000), Suresh Raina (US$650,000), Makhaya Ntini (US$200,000), Michael Hussey (US$350,000).

Kolkata Knight Riders.

Shah Rukh Khan’s side has gone for the crowd pullers. Shoaib Akhtar, Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle and Ishant Sharma give Sourav Ganguly a real star cast.

Chink: Two of their four fast bowlers – Shoaib Akhtar and Ajit Agarkar – are prone to be erratic. While one frequently breaks down, the other often blows hot and cold.

The steal: Umar Gul at US$150,000 must go down as one of the best bargains. A bowler capable of firing in yorkers under pressure, and who finished as the highest wicket-taker in the World Twenty20 in South Africa, must be worth more.

Bizarre bargain: In contrast to the canny deal for Gul, the US$950,000 they splashed on rookie fast bowler Ishant Sharma is perplexing. While he has been outstanding on the Australian tour, he is still untested at the Twenty20 level and doesn’t yet have the star power to command such a high valuation.

Sourav Ganguly is the only high-profile Indian in the batting line-up. With only four foreign players allowed in the playing XI, it leaves them with a brittle middle order. Their only purchases on Tuesday were Iqbal Abdulla and Siddharth Kaul, both bowlers. It means the likes of Laxmi Ratan Shukla and other local players would need to fill the void in the middle.

Probable XI 1 Sourav Ganguly (capt), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Laxmi Ratan Shukla, 6 Ajit Agarkar, 7 Murali Kartik, 8 Iqbal Abdulla/Saurasish Lahiri, 9 Shoaib Akhtar/Umar Gul, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Siddharth Kaul.

Delhi Dare Devils:

As of now, they look the best fielding side in the fray. Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers lead the way while Dinesh Karthik, Shoaib Malik, Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary make up a seriously good back-up.

Chink: All their specialist bowlers are foreign players. Each team will be allowed only four overseas players in their starting XI and it could turn into a handicap at some stage.

The steal: AB de Villiers is one of the best fielders going around. He can also turn games with the bat. At US$300,000 Delhi got him for a song.

The buzz: TA Sekhar, the bowling coach with the MRF pace foundation, is involved with sports administration in Delhi. That might be one of the reasons they picked up the accurate duo of Mohammad Asif and Glenn McGrath.

Squad : Virender Sehwag (icon), Daniel Vettori (US$625,000), Shoaib Malik (US$500,000), Mohammad Asif (US$650,000), AB de Villiers (US$300,000), Dinesh Karthik (US$525,000), Farveez Maharoof (US$225,000), Tillakaratne Dilshan (US$250,000), Manoj Tiwary (US$675,000), Gautam Gambhir (US$725,000), Glenn McGrath (US$350,000)

Mumbai Indians:

Situated in western India and is the country’s financial capital. Owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, India’s most valuable company.

Franchise bought for $111.9 million

Designated city player: Sachin Tendulkar

Coach: Lalchand Rajput

Three most expensive picks at auction: Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka, $975,000), Harbhajan Singh (India, $850,000) and Robin Uthappa (India, $800,000)

Sl. No Player Name Country Price in USD Type
1 Sachin Tendulkar India 1,121,250 Batsman
2 Sanath Jayasuria Sri Lanka 975,000 Batsman
3 Robin Uthappa India 800,000 Batsman
4 Loots Bosman South Africa 175,000 Batsman
5 Shaun Pollock South Africa 550,000 All Rounder
6 Harbhajan Singh India 850,000 Bowler (Spinner)
7 Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka 350,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
8 Dilhara Fernando Sri Lanka 150,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
9 Ashwell Prince South Africa 175,000 Batsman
10 Manish Pandey India 30,000
11 Saurabh Tiwary India 30,000

Rajasthan Royals:

IPL Jaipur team – Rajasthan Royals

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Situated in northern India, the Pink City of India. Owned by UK-based company Emerging Media.

Bought for $67 million

Captain / Coach: Shane Warne

Designated player: None

Website: http://www.rajasthanroyals.com

Three most expensive picks: Mohammad Kaif (India, $675,000), Graeme Smith (South Africa, $475,000) and Yusuf Pathan (India, $475,000)

Sl. No Player Name Country Price in USD Type
1 Graeme Smith South Africa 475,000 Batsman
2 Younis Khan Pakistan 225,000 Batsman
3 Kamran Akmal Pakistan 150,000 Wicket Keeper/ Batsman
4 Justin Langer Australia 200,000 Batsman
5 Yusuf Pathan India 475,000 All Rounder
6 Mohammad Kaif India 675,000 Batsman
7 Shane Warne Australia 450,000 Bowler (Spinner)
8 Munaf Patel India 275,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
9 Shane Watson Australia 125,000 All Rounder
10 Dimitri Mascarenhas England 100,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
11 Monie Morkel South Africa 60,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
12 Ravindra Jadeja India 30,000
13 Taruwar Kohli India 30,000

Bangalore – Royal Challengers:

IPL Bangalore – Royal Challengers

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Situated in southern India and is the country’s IT capital. Owned by Dr.Vijay Mallya, United Breweries Ltd

Bought for $111.6 million

Designated city player: Rahul Dravid

Three most expensive picks: Jacques Kallis (South Africa, $900,000), Anil Kumble (India, $500,000) and Cameron White (Australia, $500,000)

Support Staff: Martin Crowe, Venkatesh Prasad

Website: http://www.royalchallengers.com/

Sl. No Player Name Country Price in USD Type
1 Rahul Dravid India 1,035,000 Captain/ Batsman
2 Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies 200,000 Batsman
3 Wasim Jaffer India 150,000 Batsman
4 Jacques Kallis South Africa 900,000 All rounder
5 Mark Boucher South Africa 450,000 Wicket Keeper/ Batsman
6 Cameron White Australia 500,000 All rounder
7 Dale Steyn South Africa 325,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
8 Nathan Bracken Australia 325,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
9 Anil Kumble India 500,000 Bowler (Spinner)
10 Zaheer Khan India 450,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
11 Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 120,000 Batsman
12 Abdur Razzak Bangladesh 120,000 Bowler (Spinner)
13 Ross Taylor New Zealand 100,000 Batsman
14 Virat Kohli India 30,000
15 Shreevats Goswami India 30,000
16 KP Appanna India 30,000

Hyderabad – Deccan Chargers:

IPL Hyderabad – Deccan Chargers

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Situated in southern India. Owned by media group Deccan Chronicle.

Bought for $107.01 million

Designated player: None

Three most expensive picks: Andrew Symonds (Australia, $1.35m), RP Singh (India, $875,000) and Rohit Sharma (India, $750,000)

Website: http://www.deccanchargers.com

Sl. No Player Name Country Price in USD Type
1 Adam Gilchrist Australia 700,000 Wicket Keeper/Batsman
2 Andrew Symonds Australia 1,350,000 All Rounder
3 Herschelle Gibbs South Africa 575,000 Batsman
4 Shahid Afridi Pakistan 675,000 All Rounder
5 Scott Styris New Zealand 175,000 All Rounder
6 VVS Laxman India 375,000 Batsman
7 Rohit Sharma India 750,000 Batsman
8 Chamara Silva Sri Lanka 100,000 Batsman
9 RP Singh India 875,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
10 Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka 200,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)
11 Nuwan Zoysa Sri Lanka 110,000 Bowler (Fast/Medium)


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