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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket championship in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla, who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the cricketing world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.
Chennai Super Kings (often abbreviated as CSK) is a franchise cricket team based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu that plays in the Indian Premier League. Founded in 2008, the team is currently captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming, a former New Zealand cricketer. The team's home ground is the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (often referred to as Chepauk) located in Chennai.
Delhi Daredevils is the Delhi franchise of the Indian Premier League in cricket. The franchise is owned by the GMR Group. Founded in 2008, the team is currently captained by Mahela Jayawardene and coached by former South African cricketer Eric Simons. They play all their home matches at the historic Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.
Kings XI Punjab is a cricket team based in Mohali, Punjab in the Indian Premier League. It is currently captained and coached by former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist. The team plays its home matches at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. Since 2010 IPL, they have been playing some of their home games at Dharamsala.
Kolkata Knight Riders is a cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League and owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta from the Mehta Group. The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. The bowling legend, Wasim Akram is the team's bowling consultant and mentor. Sourav Ganguly, who was the team's Icon Player for the first three seasons, captained the side in the first and third seasons of the tournament while Brendon McCullum led the team in the intervening period. The team won its first title in 2012 by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at their home ground in Chennai.
Mumbai Indians , is a franchise cricket team representing the city of Mumbai in the Indian Premier League. The team is one of the eight founding members of the IPL in 2008. Mumbai Indians are currently led by Rohit Sharma and coached by John Wright. They are one of the main teams in the city, together with clubs like the Mumbai cricket team and football club Mumbai FC. The team is owned by India's biggest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, through its 100% subsidiary IndiaWin Sports.
Rajasthan Royals is an Indian Premier League franchise based in the city of the Jaipur. It is currently captained by former Indian captain Rahul Dravid. They won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League under the captaincy of former Australian spin-legend Shane Warne. In 2010, they were terminated by the BCCI for a brief period for violations in terms of agreement but were allowed to play in the league soon after the Board lost the case in the Supreme Court.
Pune Warriors India is a franchise cricket team that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) representing the city of Pune, Maharashtra. The team was one of two new franchises added to the IPL for the 2011 season, alongside the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. On 21 March 2010, Sahara Adventure Sports Limited made the winning bid of $370 million (approximately Rs 1900 crore) for the Pune franchise. The bid is the highest bid by any company in the history of IPL.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad is a cricket franchise based in the city of Hyderabad that plays in the Indian Premier League. The team was founded on 25 October 2012 to replace the Deccan Chargers after the latter were terminated by the IPL Governing Council. The team is owned by the Sun TV Network. Sources say that Kumar Sangakkara would not be the captain, because of an injury, hence vacating the post for a captain. Their logo was unveiled on December 20, 2012, along with the announcement that the team's management would be led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Tom Moody and VVS Laxman.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is a cricket team based in Bangalore that plays in the Indian Premier League. The team is currently led by Virat Kohli and coached by South African Ray Jennings. The team is owned by Vijay Mallya, through his flagship firm UB Group. The director of the team is Sidhartha Mallya. RCB plays all its home matches at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.