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What is IPL ?


Official website for IPL-T20

2012 IPL - Aril 4th - May 27th, 2012

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket competition in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, 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 world. 

  1. Chennai Super Kings

  2. Deccan Chargers

  3. Delhi Daredevils

  4. Kings XI Punjab

  5. Kolkata Knight Riders

  6. Mumbai Indians

  7. Pune Warriors India

  8. Rajasthan Royals

  9. Royal Challengers Bangalore

It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.

In 2010, IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in association with Indiatimes. Its brand value is estimated to be around $3.67 billion in fourth season. 

According to the Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries by sportingintelligence.com, IPL is the second highest-paid league, based on first-team salaries on a pro rata basis, second only to the NBA. It is estimated that the average salary of an IPL player over a year would be $3.84 million. 

Photos, News...IPL Indiatimes

Indian World Cup Cricket Team 2011

  1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  2. Virendra Sewag
  3. Gautam Gambhir
  4. Yuvraj Singh
  5. Suresh Raina
  6. Sachin Tendulkar
  7. Virat Kholi
  8. Yusuf Pathan
  9. Harbhajan Singh
  10. R Aswin
  11. Piyush Chavla
  12. Ashish Nehra
  13. Zaheer Khan
  14. Munaf  Patel
  15. Praveen Kumar

World Cup Cricket Tournament

The World Cup Cricket tournament was first started in 1975. The ICC Cricket World Cup is the premier international championship of men's One Day International (ODI) cricket. The event is organized by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament which is held every four years. 

The tournament is the world's fourth-largest and fourth-most-viewed sporting event. According to the ICC, it is the most important tournament and the pinnacle of achievement in the sport. The first Cricket World Cup contest was organized in England in 1975. 

A separate Women's Cricket World Cup has been held every four years since 1973. 

The finals of the Cricket World Cup are contested by all ten Test-playing and ODI-playing nations, together with other nations that qualify through the World Cup Qualifier. Australia has been the most successful of the five teams to have won the tournament, taking four titles. The West Indies have won twice, while India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have each won once.

ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy 
A replica is given to the Winning nation.

In India cricket is a great pass time for kids of all ages. It is very common to find the kids play "galli cricket " which is "street cricket" after school. It is a very exciting game, especially the one day cricket matches. The game has a world wide fan base and Indian fans are by far the most fanatic. The cricket fever can be contagious and you will surely get into the game if you start talking to a cricket fan. 

For those of you who do not know what cricket is. 

Well, Cricket is a team sport for two teams of eleven players each. A formal game of cricket can last anything from an afternoon to several days.

There is One Day Cricket and 5 Day Test Matches

One Day Cricket : it is played in two ways :  The first is limited duration, in which a specific number of hours of playing time are allocated and each team plays two innings. The second is limited overs, in which each team plays one innings of a pre-determined number of overs

Test Matches : First class cricket matches are the most prestigious games, played at a professional level. The top level games are international Test matches, played between countries. There are also domestic first class cricket competitions. 

Test matches are played over five days, with six hours play each day. Each day's play is divided into three sessions of two hours each, with a 40 minute break between the first two session for lunch, and a 20 minute tea break between the last two sessions. A short drinks break is taken once an hour, or more often in very hot weather. 

Each team has two innings, usually played in alternating order. Each innings is over when either ten batsmen are out, or the captain of the batting side declares the innings closed . When all the innings are completed, the team with the most runs wins. If there is a tie, the result stands, which is rare.

Although the game play and rules are very different, the basic concept of cricket is similar to that of baseball. Teams bat in successive innings and attempt to score runs, while the opposing team fields and attempts to bring an end to the batting team's innings. After each team has batted an equal number of innings (either one or two, depending on conditions chosen before the game), the team with the most runs wins.

In cricket the equipment needed is 

Cricket Ball: Hard, cork and string ball, covered with leather white balls.  

Cricket Bat : Is a blade made of willow, flat on one side, humped on the other for strength, attached to a sturdy cane handle. 

Wickets :There are two wickets - wooden structures made up of a set of three stumps topped by a pair of bails.

Stumps :Three wooden posts. They have spikes extending from their bottom end and are hammered into the ground. They are just close enough together that a cricket ball cannot pass between them.

Bails : Two wooden crosspieces which sit in grooves atop the adjacent pairs of stumps

Protective Gear: Pads, gloves, helmet, etc for batsmen to wear to prevent injury when struck by the ball

Shoes: Leather, usually with spiked soles for grip on the grass.

Clothing: Long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved depending on the weather), possibly a sleeveless or long-sleeved woolen pullover in cold weather. For games played with a red ball, the clothing must be white or cream. With a white ball, players usually wear uniforms in solid team colors. Add a hat or cap to keep the sun off. There are no regulations regarding identifying marks or numbers on clothing. That means players are allowed to wear attire similar to the custom baseball uniforms they wear in baseball.

The Play  : The order in which the teams bat is determined by a coin toss. The captain of the side winning the toss may elect to bat or field first.

All eleven players of the fielding team go out to field, two players of the batting team go out to bat. The remainder of the batting team wait off the field for their turn to bat. The fielding team disperses around the field, to positions designed to stop runs being scored or to get batsmen out. One fielder is the bowler.  Another fielder is the wicket-keeper, who wears a pair of webbed gloves designed for catching the ball and protective pads covering the shins. He squats behind the opposite wicket. 

There are several ways of getting out: Caught, Bowled, Leg Before Wicket, Hit Wicket, Handle The Ball, Obstructing The Field, Hit The Ball Twice, Timed Out

Out of these methods of getting out, the first five are reasonably common, the last five quite rare. The last three methods are almost never invoked.

The game is refereed by two umpires, who make all decisions on the field and whose word is absolutely final. 

The International Cricket Council overseas all international cricket world-wide. The members are currently: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

During the cricket season you will find cricket enthusiasts glued to the TV and radio  for scores and plays. 

There are many cricket leagues here in the United states. 

Fantasy Cricket: Just like Fantasy football there is Fantasy Cricket. 

Cricket Links on the Internet

International Cricket Council ICC is the official world governing body for men's cricket
Indiatimes Cricket Find the latest news and photographs on Indian cricket plus links to other sites. 
123india.com Cricket For live scores and news

CricInfo The home for cricket on the Internet . A UK based site. Polls, Chat, Reviews and more. 

Latest Indian Cricket News ESPN !!!

Times Of India - Cricket News!





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