The fourth season of the Indian Premier League or IPL 4 or IPL 2011 is being held from April 8 to May 28. IPL 4 begins less than a week after the cricket World Cup final at Wankhede Stadium on April 2. The opening ceremony will be held in Chennai, with Chennai Super Kings also being the defending champions. Unlike the previous years, which featured eight teams, this edition will see 10 teams taking part. Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala are the two new teams to have joined the league.
With the introduction of two new teams, the format has also been tweaked. This new arrangement will feature 74 matches. This was worked out since staying with the older format would have meant playing a whopping 94 matches compared to the 60 in the earlier seasons, where teams played each other twice in the league stage.
As per the new format, the ten teams have been split into two groups of five each, but the IPL standings table will not be separate. In the group stage, each team plays 14 games. First, they face the other four teams in their group two times each (one home and one away game). Further, the four teams in the group will play once match against the four teams placed in the other group. Finally, each team will play two league matches home or away against a fifth team that is selected randomly.
A four-game playoff stage will then be held after the group stage. The top 2 teams in the points table will play each other in first playoff. The winner of this match will straightaway make it to the final. The second playoff will be between the third and fourth ranked team. The loser of this game will be knocked out of the tournament, but the winner will face the loser of the first playoff in the third playoff. Whoever wins this match will become the second finalist.
The top three teams will also qualify for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. As per the revised format, the qualifying teams will be the top two teams of the group stage and the winner of the second playoff.
Fresh auctions for players for this season were held on January 8 and 9. The auction put up a total of 350 players for bidding. Each player in the auction pool had a bidding base price under which franchise owners could not bid. Players were allowed to set their base price between $200,000 to $400,000. After the bidding the top 15 priced players sold stood as follows:
Gautam Gambhir – 2.4 Million US$ (Kolkata)
Yusuf Pathan – 2.1 Million US$ (Kolkata)
Robin Uthappa – 2.1 Million US$ (Pune)
Rohit Sharma – 2 Million US$ (Mumbai)
Irfan Pathan – 1.9 Million US$ (Delhi)
Yuvraj Singh – 1.8 Million US$ (Pune)
Saurabh Tiwary – 1.6 Million US$ (Bangalore)
Mahela Jayawardene -1.5 Million US$ (Kochi)
David Hussey -1.4 Million US$ (Punjab)
Dale Steyn – 1.2 Million US$ (Deccan)
Muttiah Muralitharan – 1.1 Million US$ (Kochi)
AB de Villiers – 1.1 Million US$ (Bangalore)
Cameron White – 1.1 Million US$ (Deccan)
Jacques Kallis – 1.1 Million US$ (Kolkata)
Ross Taylor – 1 Million US$ (Rajasthan)
Some big names in international cricket remained unsold after the auctions. They included Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Mark Boucher and Herschelle Gibbs.
Rajasthan Royals won by inaugural edition in 2008 by defeating Chennai Super Kings in a last ball thriller. In 2009, the venue was shifted to South Africa owing to general elections in the country. Deccan Chargers, who had finished last in the first edition, trumped Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final, to be crowned champions. And, in last year’s final M S Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai’s Indians by 22 runs to become the third team to win the crown.
IPL 4 teams
Chennai Super Kings
Owner: India Cements
MS Dhoni (Cap), Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Scott Styris, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Albie Morkel, Tim Southee, Subramaniam Badrinath, George Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Srikkanth Anirudha, Yo Mahesh, Sudeep Tyagi, Abhinav Mukund, Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh
Owner: Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries
Sachin Tendulkar (Cap), Kieron Pollard, Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma, James Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Davy Jacobs, Clint McKay, ADilhara Fernando, mbati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ali Murtaza, Abu Nechim, Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moises Henriques, Sarul Kanwar, Rajagopal Sathish, Tirumalasetti Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare (wk), Santosh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Owner: Vijay Mallaya
Daniel Vettori (Cap), Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammad Kaif, Abhimanyu Mithun, Zaheer Khan, Charl Langeveldt, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Rilee Rossouw, Johan van der Wath, Jonathan Vandiar, Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, BN Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, Abrar Kazi, Nuwan Pradeep, Muralidharen Gautam
Owner: GMR Group
Virender Sehwag (Cap), David Warner, Naman Ojha (wk), Irfan Pathan, James Hopes, Colin Ingram, Andrew McDonald, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Venugopal Rao, Umesh Yadav, Ajit Agarkar, Varun Aaron, Travis Birt, Robin Bist, Unmukt Chand, Ajit Chandila, Ashok Dinda , Aaron Finch, Robert Frylinckl, Yogesh Nagar, Rajesh Pawar, Aavishkar Salvi, Sridharan Sriram, Vikas Mishra, Matthew Wade, Tejashwi Yadav, Vivek Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Prashant Naik
Kolkata Knight Riders
Owners: Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla & Jai Mehta (Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.)
Gautam Gambhir (Cap), Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Brad Haddin (wk), Brett Lee, Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Jaidev Unadkat, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Iqbal Abdulla, Sarabjit Ladda, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Shreevats Goswami, James Pattinson, Pradeep Sangwan, Shami Ahmed, Laxmi Shukla, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary
Owners: Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Chargers Sporting Ventures
Kumar Sangakkara (Cap/wk), Kevin Pietersen, Cameron White, Jean-Paul Duminy, Shikhar Dhawan, Michael Lumb, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Akash Bhandari, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Kedar Devdhar, Manpreet Gony, Harmeet Singh, Ishank Jaggi, Chris Lynn, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Jaydev Shah, Sunny Sohal, Arjun Yadav, Ishan Malhotra
Kings XI Punjab
Owners: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul & Mohit Burman
Adam Gilchrist (Cap/wk), Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Stuart Broad, Piyush Chawla, Ryan Harris, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Praveen Kumar, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Abhishek Nayar, Ryan McLaren, Love Ablish, Siddharth Chitnis, Vikramjeet Malik, Nathan Rimmington, Nitin Saini, Shalabh Srivastava, Sunny Singh, Amit Yadav, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Paras Dogra, Paul Valthaty
Owners: Emerging Media, Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra
Shane Warne (Cap), Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Shaun Tait, Rahul Dravid, Paul Collingwood, Johan Botha, Swapnil Asnodkar, Deepak Chahar, Aakash Chopra, Aditya Dole, Ashok Menaria, Pankaj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Raut, Siddharth Trivedi, Dishant Harendra Yagnik, Ankeet Chavan, Nayan Doshi, Samad Fallah, Dinesh Salunkhe, Amit Singh, Stuart Binny, Deepak Chahar, Faiz Fazal, Sumit Narwal, Amit Paunikar, Pinal Shah
Owner: Sahara Group
Yuvraj Singh (Cap), Robin Uthappa, Graeme Smith, Jesse Ryder, Callum Ferguson, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Nathan McCullum, Angelo Mathews, Wayne Parnell, Jerome Taylor, Tim Paine (wk), Dheeraj Jadhav, Ganesh Gaikwad, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Kamran Khan, Harshad Khadiwale, Mitchell Marsh, Shrikant Mundhe, Alfonso Thomas, Eklavya Dwivedi, Mohnish Mishra, Manish Pandey, Sachin Rana, Rahul Sharma, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Harpreet Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mithun Manhas, Shrikant Wagh
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Owner: Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd
Mahela Jayawardene (Cap), Brendon McCullum, Michael Klinger, Owais Shah, VVS Laxman, Brad Hodge, Steve O’Keefe, Ravindra Jadeja, Balachandra Akhil, Deepak Chougule, Gnaneswara Rao, Raiphi Gomez, Parthiv Patel (wk), Muttiah Muralitharan, John Hastings, Sreesanth, Thisara Perera, Ramesh Powar, RP Singh, Steven Smith, Kedar Jadhav, Chandan Madan, Sushant Marathe, Prasanth Padmanabhan
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai.
Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kochi.
Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians in Delhi.
Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab in Navi Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers in Kolkata.
Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in Bangalore.
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings in Mohali.
Pune Warriors vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Navi Mumbai.
Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur.
Mumbai Indians vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Mumbai.
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad.
Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils in Navi Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Chennai Super Kings in Kochi.
Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers in Delhi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals in Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors in Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Kolkata.
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in Mohali.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata.
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.
Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab in Delhi.
Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Jaipur.
Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors in Chennai.
Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi.
Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings in Navi Mumbai.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Deccan Chargers in Kochi.
Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Delhi.
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians in Jaipur.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors in Bangalore.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Delhi Daredevils in Kochi.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata.
Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors in Jaipur.
Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers in Chennai.
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai.
Delhi Daredevils vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Delhi.
Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad.
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in Chennai.
Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians in Navi Mumbai.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Kochi.
Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils in Hyderabad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata.
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils in Mumbai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Bangalore.
Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors in Mohali.
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur.
Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors in Hyderabad.
Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians in Mohali.
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur.
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils in Chennai.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kings XI Punjab in Indore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers in Mumbai.
Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils in Dharamsala.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Rajasthan Royals in Indore.
Pune Warriors vs Deccan Chargers in Navi Mumbai.
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dharamsala.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Chennai.
Pune Warriors vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Navi Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai.
Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers in Dharamsala.
Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors in Delhi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.
Qualifier 1: First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team in Mumbai.
Eliminator: Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team in Mumbai.
Qualifier 2: Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 in Chennai.
Final: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 in Chennai.