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Billions of Whistles for IPL 3

The Indian Premier League is regarded as the most innovative invention when it comes to the world of cricket. IPL season 1 introduced to us 8 teams which became bonded to us immediately. Read the rest of this entry


What will be the 2 new team names?

In 2008 when 8 franchises were to select the names for the eight teams, some guys did a blunder and some excellent names.

Here are the 8 team names:-

Chennai Super kings, Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Those are all awesome names.

Now, two new teams are in. Kochi and Pune. In 2008, it was not much awaited to know the team name.

But, after 2 seasons of IPL, it has totally changed. The cost of the team is more than 3 times that of 2008.

So, you can drop in the team names you want the owners to keep and if by luck they see it the name you kept may become the team name.

Pune and Kochi joins IPL!

Yet another auction in the Indian Premier League. 5 groups were bidding for it. But, Sahara and Rendezvous World Sport paid an huge amount that Lalit Modi too didn’t expect of.

The Pune franchise were won by Sahara Adventure Sports – a part of the Sahara Group with a winning bid of USD 370 million as the highest bid. Sahara had bid similar amounts for three cities namely Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Pune and finally selected Pune as the host city for the new franchise.

The other franchise went to Rendezvous Sports World who won the Kochi franchise with a bid of USD 333 million.


We are absolutely delighted by the overwhelming response to our global Franchise Invitation to Tender process. As you can see the bidding for the two new official Franchises has been fair and transparent and is indicative of the revenue earning potential that the Indian Premier League represents.

I am also certain that the IPL fans in Kochi and Pune would be particularly excited with an IPL franchise for their respective cities. Given the high quality of franchises that we have selected, we are certain that both the new franchises will do everything in their power to ensure good competitive teams for next year.

All the bids received were of a very high standard and we would like to thank all of the organisations for their participation


The IPL is undoubtedly the most ground breaking international sports development in living memory. There is no precedent for what has been achieved by Mr. Lalit Modi and the BCCI over the last three years and the Sahara group is immensely proud to have won the Invitation to Tender from Pune.

I can promise the people of Pune – a team they will be proud of in next year’s IPL 2011. I would like to thank Mr. Modi and the BCCI-IPL for running a very transparent process to allocate the Franchises. All of us within Sahara Adventure Sports just cannot wait for IPL 2011 to commence


We have closely been following every development within the Indian Premier League right from the inaugural year. Today, I am very happy for our consortium of Rendezvous World Sport and the people Kochi as we finally have a team to call our own in this amazing city based sports franchise

Mongoose- The T20 Bat

Matthew Hayden recently released the bat for the IPL 3 in Chennai. If you see a picture of it, you will laugh. A giant batsman using a bat with blade size till the knee.

Yeah, this is the latest T20 Cricket bat as you know and Matthew Hayden smashed the Delhi Daredevils in their den for 93 runs all over the park.

Matthew Hayden, Andrew Symonds and Dwayne Smith will be seen using this bat.

These bats have smaller blade and longer handles. The bat will help the cricketers to score runs faster, said the Old fox. He said that in the beginning he was not sure whether these bats would be suitable for the players but after trying it he became convinced of its capability.

All these bats will bear the signature of Matthew Hayden. The price of the bats will vary between 17000 INR to 23000 INR.

Matthew Hayden after a blistering knock told:-

It is always good to try out new products. The mongoose bat is a good product as its gives you lot of power to hit the ball a long way. It is very much like a normal bat, but it surely gives a great deal of power with its sweet spot at the centre of the bat.

Here is its Mongoose review:

The bat’s extra power comes from increased rigidity in the blade and increased flexibility in the handle – so you can hit further and harder.Its blade is 33 per cent shorter than a conventional bat and the handle is 43 per cent longer.

Scientists call it the bat’s MMi, or ‘mass and moment of inertia’. It determines the amount of effort required by the batsman not only to swing, but also control the bat during the swing.

This makes the Mongoose a lighter, harder-hitting bat. And while it looks different to a conventional long-blade bat, when you pick it up its weight and handling feel pretty much the same.

The Mongoose also reconfigures the shoulders by dropping them down nine inches. The weight taken from the shoulders – about 20 per cent of the blade weight – is redistributed to the back of the new, shorter blade.

BCCI gets rich with every ball bowled in IPL

The BCCI was just counting in crores and Lalit Modi was just a common before the making of IPL. But now Lalit Modi is world renowned BCCI has no time to count their income.

The greatest spectacle this year is that they are even earning more thanks to new brands signing deals.

Even without the Tournament’s spectator capacity, the Richest board will get rich by Rs.750 Crores this year which is 25% more than last year all because of various deals.

Big Deals with the IPL:-

  • Three-year deals with Internet giant Google worth 80 Crore.
  • General entertainment channel Colors inked in January Rs 100 Crore.
  • Swiss watch brand Banderlier, Karbonn Mobiles, Indiagames, Maxx Mobile, V Rock Mobile, Global Cricket Ventures for merchandising, which collectively are worth at least Rs 125 crore a year.
  • Tyre company MRF, too, joined the IPL brandwagon by sponsoring the blimp, a balloon that floats over the stadium, in a deal said to be worth Rs 15 crore a year.

Ravi Jadeja's appeal rejected

The former Rajasthan Royals Player, Ravindra Jadeja’s appeal against a 1 year ban from the tournament, for talks with other franchises without even updating the contract with Rajasthan Royals has been rejected by the so called Lalit Modi’s team.

Jadeja’s contract already elapsed December last year. Ravi has claimed that he had taken BCCI’s permission to negotiate with other franchises.

An IPL official said-

He (Manohar) did not want to set a wrong precedent, so he dismissed the request. So Jadeja now cannot play in the IPL (this year).

Jadeja received the ban was last month where he was found to have talks with other franchises.

Ravi Jadeja's appeal rejected

The former Rajasthan Royals Player, Ravindra Jadeja’s appeal against a 1 year ban from the tournament, for talks with other franchises without even updating the contract with Rajasthan Royals has been rejected by the so called Lalit Modi’s team.

Jadeja’s contract already elapsed December last year. Ravi has claimed that he had taken BCCI’s permission to negotiate with other franchises.

An IPL official said-

He (Manohar) did not want to set a wrong precedent, so he dismissed the request. So Jadeja now cannot play in the IPL (this year).

Jadeja received the ban was last month where he was found to have talks with other franchises.

To save Test cricket, it must be played under lights: Modi

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi believes that Test Cricket can be saved only if it adapts to be played under lights and it goes day night.

Modi told the Guardian-

The five-day game should still be the pinnacle and the ultimate test of skills. You don’t need to fiddle with the format at this stage. All you need do is change the timing. If we went day-night then we would see a real resurgence in the ratings.

But he is not to leave the T20 game. He tells that T20 surely will surpass Test format.

He quotes:-

Twenty20 will become the dominant format – without doubt. It lasts only three hours and people don’t have time any more to sit all day watching cricket. We’re competing with football and other sports and I think three hours is a good time limit to help us expand the market. We are definitely bringing new consumers to cricket

Every game last year we had 100 million eyeballs. But because our objective is to become the most watched sporting event in the world we are now targeting 150 million every day

Watch IPL from anywhere you are!

Hmm..! What is Lalit Modi going to do next?

First, Live IPL on Youtube, next IPL in theaters. Now he has planned to screen IPL in Public Places.

Hotels, Pubs, Bars all will soon have IPL.

Yes. Innovate, thats his aim. He is the next Kerry Packer. Its a great boom.

Where ever you are! Lalit Modi won’t leave you. He will surely make you watch IPL.

So, about 10 days for IPL. Quite a lot of time for him to innovate more. Lets see what he does.

Here are the list of places where IPL will be screened live (Public Places)-

Thanks for the information IPL website-

Sr.No Public Venue Address City State
1 Country Club (hyd) 6-3-1219 Begumpet, Parkasham Nagar Begumpet, Near Begumpet Rlwy Station, 500016 Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
2 ITC Kakatiya (USL) 6-3-1187, Begumpet, 500016 Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
3 Reliance Digital (Hyderabad) NSL ICON , Plot No.1-4 H.No.8-2-684/2/A, Road No.12, Banjara Hills, 500034 Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
4 Country Club (vishakhaptnm) 50-81-1/1, Rajendra Nagar,Beside Bvk College,Rajendra Nagar, 530016 Vishakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
5 Welcome Hotel Grand Bay (USL) Beach Road, 530002 Vishakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
6 Ego Café 33, Community Center, NFC, 110066. New Delhi Delhi
7 Ego Desi 43, Community Centre, NFC, 110066 New Delhi Delhi
8 Ego Thai 53, Community Centre, NFC, 110066 New Delhi Delhi
9 Liquid Kitchen 31-32, Defence Colony Market, 110024 New Delhi Delhi
10 New Friends Club New Friends Colony, Mathura Road, 110025 New Delhi Delhi
11 Flames Restt. Shop #M 61, 1st Floor M Block Market, Greater Kailash II, 110048 New Delhi Delhi
12 Welcome Sheraton District Centre, Saket, 110017 New Delhi Delhi
13 ITC Maurya (USL) Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, 110 021 New Delhi Delhi
14 Sheraton New Delhi Hotel (USL) District Centre, Saket, 110 017 New Delhi Delhi
15 Reliance Digital (Gurgaon) 218, Second Floor Ambience Mall Nathupura NH-8, Delhi Gurgaon Highway, 122 003 Gurgaon Haryana
16 Legends of Rock 3rd Cross, 6th Block, 905, 80 Ft. Road,  Koramangala, 560095 Bangalore Karnataka
17 Bull & Bush Garuda Mall, Magarath Road, Ashok Nagar, 500025 Bangalore Karnataka
18 Fusion Lounge Deena Plaza, 2nd Floor, No.185,Above pizza corner, Brigade Road, 560025 Bangalore Karnataka
19 Urban Edge Terrace No 50, Gold Tower, Old Black Cadillac Building, Residency Road, 560025 Bangalore Karnataka
20 Le Rock No.3, Rest House Road, off Brigade Road, 560025 Bangalore Karnataka
21 ITC Royal Gardenia No.1, Residency Road, 560 001 Bangalore Karnataka
22 ITC Windsor 25, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road, 560 052 Bangalore Karnataka
23 Reliance Digital (Bangalore) Prestige Feroze No.74 , 1st Floor, Cunningham Road, 560052 Bangalore Karnataka
24 WelcomHotel Rama International MIDC Industrial Area, 431210 Aurangabad Maharashtra
25 Bonobo Kennilworth Phase 2, 2nd floor, off. linking road, behind KFC. Bandra (West) 400050 Mumbai Maharashtra
26 Café Universal 299, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra
27 The Elbo Behind Levi’s Showroom, Off. Linking Road, Khar(West) 400052 Mumbai Maharashtra
28 Little Italy 102,palm spring,above croma, link road,malad(west), 400 061 Mumbai Maharashtra
29 On Toes (Juhu) 7 Mithila Shopping Centre V Mehta Road, JVPD Scheme, Juhu Vile Parle (West), 400049 Mumbai Maharashtra
30 On Toes (Bandra) V.N. Spehere, Above V.N Jewellers , Jn. of Turner road, Linking Road, Bandra (W), 400050 Mumbai Maharashtra
31 Brighton Restaurant (Fort) Bombay Mutual Annexe, Rustom Sidhwa Marg, Behind Citibank, Fort, 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra
32 On toes (Malad) Palm Spring Mall 1st Floor Malad Link Road, nr d-mart,Malad West, 400064 Mumbai Maharashtra
33 ITC Maratha (USL) Sahar, 400099 Mumbai Maharashtra
34 ITC Grand Central (USL) 287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Parel, 400 012 Mumbai Maharashtra
35 Indigo 4 Mandlik Road, Colaba, 400 001 Mumbai Maharashtra
36 Indigo Delicatessen 5, Ground Floor, Pheroze Bldg, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharshi Marg, Apollo Bunder, 400 039 Mumbai Maharashtra
37 Indigo Café Clifton Trishul C.H.S. Ltd, Oshiwara Village, Off link Road.Andheri (west), 400 053 Mumbai Maharashtra
38 Tote Mahalaxmi Race Course, Opp. Gate # 5 & 6, Keshva Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, 400 034 Mumbai Maharashtra
39 Croma (phoenix mills) 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 400 013 Mumbai Maharashtra
40 Bombay Gymkhana Ltd. Bombay Gymkhana Ltd, M.G. Road, Fort, 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra
41 Reliance Digital (Vashi) 39/4E, Mathili Signet, Sector 30, Opp Vashi Railway Station, Vashi, 400 075 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
42 Ishanya Opp.Golf Course, Airport Road, Yerwada, 411006 Pune Maharashtra
43 The New Club (Poona) Ltd. 2, Rajendrasinhji Road, Southern Command Camp,  411011 Pune Maharashtra
44 Hotel Green Park #34 Baner Road,Baner Pashan, Near Rajwada Restaurant, 411045 Pune Maharashtra
45 CPR National Chemical Lab,Pashan Rd, Next To Loyola School, 411008 Pune Maharashtra
46 Zaha Viva Inn, NDA Road, Chandni Chowk, 411021 Pune Maharashtra
47 Stadyum (paid site) 2nd floor, Metro Junction Mall, Kalyan (East) Thane Maharashtra
48 Sheraton Rajputana Hotel (USL) Palace Road, 302006 Jaipur Rajasthan
49 Sheraton Chola Hotel Cathedral Road, 600 086 Chennai Tamil Nadu
50 ITC Hotel Park Sheraton & Towers TTK Road, 600018 Chennai Tamil Nadu
51 ITC Mughal, Agra Taj Ganj Agra, 282001 Agra Uttar Pradesh
52 Reliance Digital (Ghaziabad) Shipra Mall ,Shop Nos. 1,2,3 & 4 Level 1,1st Floor Plot No.9 ,Vaibhav Khand Indirapuram, 201012 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh
53 Addiction D – 2C, Atta Market Sector 18, 110008 Noida Uttar Pradesh
54 Desi Tadka D – 2C, Atta Market Sector 18, 110008 Noida Uttar Pradesh
55 ITC Sonar (USL) JBS Haldane Avenue (Opp Science City), 700046 Kolkata West Bengal

Lalit Modi threatens to remove players who don't play IPL 3

The owner of the most famous league, Lalit Kumar Modi has warned the players who will opt of of the IPL 3 this year and axe them from playing the rest of the tournament.

This message mainly went to the Australians who had some security concerns from playing IPL.

Modi has chosen Twitter to communicate and dash out his comments on this issue. He said:-

The government has already given ample assurances for safe conduct of games.

The call will be theirs. We will allow replacements for those who decide not to show up. We have 98 players on the waiting list eager to get called in.

The IPL is for India and will remain for India. No one can dictate to us how we should conduct our tournaments

Been told (Australia captain) Ricky Ponting (is) pressuring players not to come

The general manger at Hart Security, Julian Clover has said:-

‘If you’re looking at the terrorist threat in India at the moment there are a number of strands

There is the Maoist or Naxalite strand which tends to be rural-based groups who act against security forces from the Indian establishment.

You’ve got separatism, the long-term problem up in Kashmir, and probably the most challenging strand of terrorism that faces the Indians in the Islamic Al Qaeda element.

Of course it’s always a matter of opinion as to how much influence there is from Al Qaeda in Islamic terrorism and how much is domestic.

I think, based on recent events, they would be the most capable. They’ve shown intent and a lot of determination to press their attacks home.

Lets see how this issue progresses!!!

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