IPL: Glamour, Controversy and a New Beginning Dominate Build-Up
The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League has seen some controversy, some glamour and a new beginning for individuals and teams.
There was uncertainty surrounding the opening match of the IPL as Maharashtra reeled under a severe drought. However, the Bombay High Court refused the stay order and gave the green signal for the match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. (Picture credit: PTI)
Rohit Sharma, who had a poor World T20, will be hoping for a turnaround as two-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians square off against MS Dhoni's Rising Pune Supergiants.
Mumbai Indians have been training hard ahead of the opening clash against Rising Pune Supergiants on April 9.
Yusuf Pathan trains hard as Kolkata Knight Riders also begin their campaign. Their first match will be against the Delhi Daredevils on April 10.
Gautam Gambhir will be aiming to lead from the front.
Brad Hogg, still young at 45, puts in the hard work in the training session for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Gambhir interacts with Morne Morkel in KKR's training session.
Umesh Yadav interacts with Kuldeep Yadav during KKR's practice session.
Dwayne Bravo, one of the 'Champions' in the West Indies World T20 winning squad, will light up the IPL opening ceremony with his Champion Dance.
The Champion Dance was made popular by the West Indies team during the World T20.
Sung by Dwayne Bravo, the Champion Dance is all set to take the IPL by storm.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad team welcomed some new members in the team. Deepak Hooda is getting his jersey from Eoin Morgan.
Ashish Nehra, who was purchased for Rs 5.5 crores, gets his jersey from David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad team have a good mixture of youth and experience.