The IPL season 3 is here and it all starts on Friday 12th March 2010. The first match is between Deccan Chargers (last year’s winners) and Kolkata Knight Riders at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The tournament consists of 60 matches, with 56 group matches and 2 semi-finals, 3rd place play-off and final on Wednesday 21st April 2010; it’s going to be blast all the way.
This year’s tournament has been overshadowed by security fears and no Pakistani players being selected at the auction. There were 11 Pakistani players present in the auction but not even a single player was sold even with their talent and experience of winning T20 World cup last year.
Here are the 8 teams for this year’s tournament:
- Kings XI Punjab – Mohali
- Mumbai Indians – Mumbai
- Rajasthan Royals – Jaipur
- Knight Riders – Kolkata
- Deccan Chargers – Hyderabad
- Daredevils – Delhi
- Super Kings – Chennai
- Royal Challengers – Bangalore
Last years champions Deccan Chargers are one of the favourites to lift the trophy again but my tip will go to Delhi Daredevils. The team is owned by GMR group and are captained by Gautam Gambhir, also in the team is Virendra Sehwag, who we all know is the most explosive batsman in one day format. There is also the top run scorer in Twenty20, Tillkaratne Dilshan and other superstars like, Daniel Vettori, AB de Villiers and Glenn McGrath.
Daredevils to win, is my prediction, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree, let me know and we will see who has the last laugh on 21st April 2010 on the day of the final.