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

In 2010, the 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 US$2.92 billion in fourth season. However, the league has been engulfed by series of corruption scandals where allegations of cricket betting, money laundering and spot fixing were witnessed.

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Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, also known as MCA Pune International Cricket Centre is a cricket stadium located at Gahunje near Pune, India. It serves as the home stadium for the Indian Premier League team Pune Warriors India and Maharashtra cricket team including headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

The stadium features a terrace surrounding the pitch, where spectators can sit. Four stands surround the terrace, accessed via a wide pedestrian concourse, with the gaps between the stands allowing light in and spectators to enjoy the surrounding views. Upper levels include further seating for spectators, a members' pavilion, hospitality boxes, and facilities for broadcasting and press. Parking is provided on surrounding land. Membrane roofs provide shade from the sun. Sahara India Pariwar hosted a grand opening ceremony ahead of their first home match against Kings XI Punjab to inaugurate the new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on 8th April 2012, Sunday.

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Adam Craig Gilchrist is an Australian international cricketer who currently captains Kings XI Punjab and recently captained Middlesex. He is an attacking left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who redefined the role for the Australian national team through his aggressive batting. He is considered to be one of the greatest wicket-keeper-batsmen in the history of the game. He holds the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket keeper in One Day International cricket and the most by an Australian in Test cricket.

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Did you know?

  • ... that in 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube?
  • ... that Chennai Super Kings has won the IPL two times, more than any other team?
  • ... that Kochi Tuskers Kerala was terminated from IPL because of breaching the BCCI's terms of agreement?
  • ... that Delhi Daredevils launched their anthem "Munday Dilli Ke" on the video sharing site YouTube?
  • ... that in 2010, Rajasthan Royals were terminated by the BCCI for a brief period because of violations in terms of agreement, but were allowed to play in the league soon after the Board lost the case in the Supreme Court?

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RR players during a party at Shilpa Shetty's house

As of 2012, sixty three cricketers (dome pictured) have played for the franchise cricket team Rajasthan Royals (RR), which is one of the teams participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). RR won the 2008 season of the IPL; they qualified for the [[2008 Champions League Twenty20, but the tournament was cancelled due to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Siddharth Trivedi has played the most matches: 59 since his debut for the franchise in 2008. Shane Watson is the leading run-scorer for DD, scoring 1,242 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Yusuf Pathan have scored one century each for RR. Adam Voges has the team's best batting average: 45.25. Among the bowlers, Shane Warne has taken more wickets than any other, claiming 58. The best bowling average is Lee Carseldine's 6.00, though among bowlers who have bowled more than 20 overs, Sohail Tanvir has the best average: 11.44. Mahesh Rawat has taken the most catches as wicket-keeper for RR, with 16, while Naman Ojha has made the highest number of stumpings: 7. Warne has claimed the highest number of catches among fielders, with 16.

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