Dinesh Karthik is the second most expensive player of IPL after being bought at a price of Rs. 12.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils in this year’s auction held in February. Sixer King Yuvraj Singh is the most expensive purchase in the IPL history as RCB purchased him for Rs. 14 crore in the same auction. Before this year’s auction KKR’s Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive bought of Rs. 11 crore. The wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik failed to impress with his skills during his participation in Asia Cup for the Indian national cricket team. Karthik said, “Pressure will definitely be on me. When a corporate invests on you then it expects a lot from you but here money is not the only issue. Being a professional player you are expected to give your best for the team whether you get big money or less”.
Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson who missed out the ICC World T20 held in Bangladesh from 16 March to 6 April due to an injury could be seen back in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). According to sources, Johnson is fit and could play in every IPL match for his new side Kings XI Punjab. Johnson could not become a part of the Australian squad because of infection in leg but he is now recovering from that and is fit for the first phase of IPL matches to be held in UAE from April 16 to 30. Cricket Australia (CA) has given confirmation about Johnson’s injury recovery. Johnson did well for Mumbai Indians last season and he was purchased by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 6.5 crore in the auction held in February this year. There was suspense whether the left-handed fast bowler will be able to feature in IPL 7 or not but his return to the team is a huge bonus for KXIP. Johnson will be leading KXIP’s bowling attack in the IPL 2014.
Ticket sale of IPL 7 matches will begin from 3rd April both online and offline. Because of election season in the country, the first phase of 20 IPL matches will be played in UAE from 16 April to 30 April 2014.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be participating for the second time in IPL. In the previous season of IPL, SRH secured fourth position on the points-table thereby qualifying for the 2013 CLT20 where they could not progress ahead of group stages.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has emerged as one of the strongest team over the past few seasons of IPL. The team has not won any IPL title yet but has really impressed its fans with its performances.
Rajasthan Royals is the team which won the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 under the leadership of Shane Warne.
Mumbai Indians is a strong and the most popular IPL team which has won the IPL title in 2013 while CLT20 title twice in 2011 and 2013.
Shahrukh Khan owned Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is one of the most popular team of IPL. The team has struggled during the IPL in earlier seasons but did well to win the IPL title in 2012.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) did well in the first season of the IPL where it reached to the semi-finals round but since then the team has been struggling to qualify for it.