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Indian Premier League

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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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The Chennai Super Kings (abbreviated as CSK) are a franchise cricket team based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Founded in 2008, the team is being captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming. The team plays its home matches at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The Super Kings are the most successful team in the IPL and have won the title twice in succession (2010 and 2011). In 2010, they won the Champions League Twenty20 for the first time and repeated the feat in 2014. The leading run-scorer of the team is Suresh Raina, while the leading wicket-taker is Ravichandran Ashwin. The brand value of the Super Kings in 2012 was estimated at US$75.13 million, making them the most valuable franchise in the IPL.

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Sourav Chandidas Ganguly (born 8 July 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. Born into an affluent family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one of India's most successful captains in modern times. He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, he is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. Wisden ranked him the sixth greatest one day international batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.

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Ross Taylor at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

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Virender Sehwag is the leading run-scorer and has played the most matches for the Delhi Daredevils

As of 2012, fifty four cricketers have played for the franchise cricket team Delhi Daredevils (DD), which is one of the teams participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). DD have reached the IPL playoffs thrice, and have topped the group stage table twice; they qualified for the 2009 and 2012 Champions League Twenty20. Virender Sehwag (pictured) has played the most matches: 73 since his debut for the franchise in 2008. He is also the leading run-scorer for DD, scoring 2,087 runs. David Warner has scored two centuries for DD, whereas Sehwag, AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen have scored one each. Pietersen has the team's best batting average: 47.25. Among the bowlers, Amit Mishra has taken more wickets than any other, claiming 46. The best bowling average is Doug Bracewell's 10.66, though among bowlers who have bowled more than 20 overs, Farveez Maharoof has the best average: 19.25. Naman Ojha has taken the most catches as wicket-keeper for DD, with 26, while Dinesh Karthik has made the highest number of stumpings: 13. Sehwag has claimed the highest number of catches among fielders, taking 25.

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