Indian Premier League or as it is famous called “IPL” is a Twenty-Twenty cricket tournament held in India every year. The first edition of the IPL was held on 2007 and eight franchises participated in it. If you are a follower of IPL, you would certainly know about the top IPL teams. But for those who are new to IPL, let’s take a look at the list of six top IPL teams of 2013.
Top IPL Teams Of 2013
1. Chennai Super Kings
India Cements currently owns the Chennai Super Kings team with Srinivasan, the BCCI president as the manager and owner of the team. Stephen Fleming, former captain of the New Zealand team is the coach of the team.
Chennai Super Kings have played in most India Premier League final matches except in 2009. With already 2 Indian Premier League titles under the captainship of their charismatic skipper, M.S. Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings will likely continue their winning streak in the Indian Premier league this year too. With tested and tried players like Dwayne Bravo, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, R Ashwin, Faf du Plessis, S Badrinath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina in their team, the Chennai Super Kings is a formidable squad indeed.
The team has also been fortified with prudent additions to the team, Sri Lankan young spinner Akila Dananjaya, Baba Aparajith, Indian under 19 star, West Indian quickie, Jason Holder, Ben Laughlin, and South African all-rounder Christopher Morris.
Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, and Murali Vijay who form the core team are key performers ever since the first match. Du Plessis’s reputation as a consistent performer have risen while Anirudha Srikkanth, Shadab Jakati, Badrinath and Nuwan Kulasekara are capable of springing unexpected surprise performances at the right moment.
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2. Mumbai Indians:
After failing desperately in first 2 editions of the India Premier League, Mumbai Indians came to the forefront under the able leadership of the legend, Sachin Tendulkar in the IPL 2010. They conceded the match to a superior Chennai Super Kings team. Mumbai Indians reached play off stage in the next 2 editions, once captained by Sachin and under Harbhajan Singh in 2012.
Reliance Industries owned the team with the current coach, John Wright. The squad is composed of several Australian players, Mitchell Johnson, Aiden Blizzard along with 2013 signings in Phil Hughes, Ricky Ponting, Nathan Coulter Nile and Glenn Maxwell, the millon dollar player.
Lasith Malinga¸Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Munaf Patel, James Franklin, Dwayne Smith & Dinesh Karthik are the core team members. Mumbai Indians also have exciting Indian youngsters in Suryakumar Yadav, Amitoze Singh, Abu Nechim and Jalaj Saxena.
With the right combination of spinners and fast bowlers including Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha and Dhawal Kulkarni, the heavily fortified team are all geared up to take their game to the next level.
3. Rajasthan Royals:
Actress Shilpa Shetty owns the Rajasthan Royals team spear-headed by 2 super stars of the game, earlier Shane Warne and currently Rahul Dravid, the Royals have played as the under dogs to perfection.
With an unheralded squad and limited resources, Rajasthan Royals surprised many by winning the first edition of the 2008 IPL. However after their initial success, the Royals have not even come close to that performance level having failed to qualify for the group stage ever since.
During the recently held IPL auction, the Rajasthan Royals retained their original squad, but added other players like James Faulkner, Kushal Perera, and Fidel Edwards. Dravid shoulders the responsibility of leading the team again and much would depend on Watson’s fitness and form. Watson had stopped bowling for the Australian team so it would be interesting to see if he can come through for his team in the IPL. Rahane has proved his talent, but has started to show signs of unpredictability and Tait has always been hit or miss.
To see the youthful exuberance of the 2 Brads, Hogg and Hodge, aged 41 and 38 respectively is definitely worth the price of admission. Success might not be forth coming this season for Rajasthan Royals, but there will no shortage of excitement.
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad:
The Sunrisers Hyderabad team is based out of Hyderabad. Sun TV owns the team which was started in October 2012 and re-placed the 2009 IPL winners Deccan Chargers who had been terminated by a governing council.
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara would lead the team in the maiden edition. Team management includes former Mohali coach and Chennai mentor, K. Srikkanth and head coach, Tom Moody.
The core members of the squad remain the same from the Deccan Chargers squad. Leg spinner Amit Mishra, prolific runs scorer Shikhar Dhawan, wicket keeper Parthiv Patel and test regular Ishant Sharma are the key Indian names in the squad. A fact which gives the Sunrisers an edge over the rest is the number of overseas players they have in all-rounder Rusty Theron, T 20 emerging big-hitter Chris Lynn¸ veteran Cameron White South African pace spear head Dale Steyn.
The signing from the 2013 auction include New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum, big hitter Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, young South African wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock, Australian pacer Clint McKay, and West Indian captain Darren Sammy.
The Hyderabad team has not made it past the group stage after taking the 2009 tournament in South Africa and would hope to make the play offs this season.
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5. Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The runner ups of 2009 lost the crown to the Deccan Chargers and except for the 2012 season had been doing well consistently in IPL. Owned by Vijay Mallya, the squad in red has head coach, South Africa’s Ray Jennings with bowling mentor, Venkatesh Prasad. Virat Kohli considered as a prospective Indian captain leads the squad.
The IPL auction 2013 witnessed Bangalore going for a few key players, Australian all rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques, Jaydev Unadkat, Christopher Barnwell, Pankaj Singh and RP Singh, and Ravi Rampaul.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have several power hitters in their arsenal, namely Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Chris Gayle, de Villiers, Mayank Agarwal, Saurabh Tiwary and Tillakaratne Dilshan with Abhinav Mukund, Andrew McDonald and Sunny Sohal providing the needed backup.
Vinay Kumar, KP Appanna, Abhimanyu Mithun, Zaheer Khan, and Muttiah Muralidaran form the back bone of the bowling brigade. All the team has to do is find a correct balance and no challenge would be too great to tide over.
6. Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab, the team based out of Mohali has never hit it big except for reaching the semi finals in the first IPL edition of 2008. From then till now they have been unable to create a solid impression in the IPL. Adam Gilchrist, the 40-year-old former Australian wicket keeper leads the group of upcoming players. Darren Lehmann has joined the team and he along with Adam Gilchrist will like to see a repeat of their triumph.
One of the proactive objectives of the Kings XI Punjab squad has been giving domestic young players an opportunity to prove themselves. This had resulted in several local players performing well in domestic circuits like left arm spinner, Bhatt, opener M. Singh and Indian pacer P. Awana.
Among overseas players, ex-Pakistan all-rounder A. Mahmood bring a lot of potential to this squad. Shaun Marsh having scored 1600 runs in IPL at an impressive average of 45 will bolster the batting potential for the team. Big hitter L. Pomersbach has joined his former team and has been expected to play a pivotal role during this season. Australian T 20 veteran, David Hussey and South Africa’s David Miller will add more brawn to the batting line. Punjab pace bowler Manpreet Gony, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, and Awana form the bulwark of the bowling squad.
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