Sachin Tendulkar monitors MI training ahead of IPL 2014 opener

The MI players were overjoyed as Tendulkar, who reached here late last night, came in the team`s practise outfit at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
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Having retired from all forms of the game after the Test series against West Indies ended on November 16 last year, Tendulkar seemed to be itching to have a hit in the nets. He has already been named as an “MI Icon” recently and will also do his bit to promote the franchise`s cause of “Education for All”.

Sachin Tendulkar monitors MI, the legend today padded up and had a half-an hour session at the nets during which he was a picture of concentration as if he is going to be a part of the playing XI tomorrow.

He also did his customary knocking facing throwdowns from a member of the support staff.
“It was a lesson for the youngsters in the manner Sachin went about his drills. If someone thought that he wanted to hit a few balls for fun, they were mistaken. His drills were just like it used to be before a match,” an MI source told.

Tendulkar also keenly watched the Rohit Sharmas and the Kieron Pollards at the net session and was seen talking to chief coach John Wright. The highest scorer of all time in international cricket, will be a part of the team`s think-tank where in he will be providing inputs to coach Wright and skipper Sharma on team combination and strategies.

The iconic cricketer had said a few days earlier about how he would want to contribute with his expertise as Mumbai Indians aim to do an encore like Chennai Super Kings did in 2010, 2011 editions of the cash-rich league.

“I have been a part of the Mumbai Indians team since its inception and am delighted to continue my association. This season with Mumbai Indians will be a different experience for me and I look forward to closely interacting with the experienced support staff and sharing my learnings with the exciting youngsters in the team,” he was quoted as saying earlier this week.

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Sunrisers hope to soar high in IPL this season: Tom Moody

Describing Sunrisers Hyderabad as a balanced side, the team’s chief coach Tom Moody and mentor Kris Srikkanth on Friday exuded confidence of a successful campaign in the upcoming Indian Premier League starting April 16 in Abu Dhabi.
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“Obviously, we had a good campaign last year, given that it was our first IPL as Sunrisers Hyderabad. This year we feel confident again. We feel we have got a very good balance in our side that allows us to adapt,” Moody told reporters.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had reached the play-offs last year. Srikkanth said the “core team” has been retained this year and that would ensure continuity.

“As far as we are concerned, I think the team is well-prepared. One thing, I just want to add on to what Tom said regarding the team aspect is, we got the core team with us.

“We have got Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma is right here, Karn Sharma is here. He was a member of last year’s team. We have of course Amit Mishra, Darren Sammy and Dale Steyn. The most important thing is we were able to manage somehow to get almost the core team. Last year, we gelled well together and did well. I think that’s a very important aspect,” he said.

Noting that all the IPL teams comprised good and talented players, Srikkanth felt that the competition this year will be evenly poised.

“Every team has planned it very well. One good thing about this IPL is, it is going to be an evenly-balanced tournament. Last couple of years, there were sides, which are at least on paper rated very weak. This time, all the eight teams have got good players. It is going to be a good tournament. It is going to be very well fought tournament,” he said.

Replying to a query, he said playing the earlier portion of the event in UAE and then coming back to India for the rest of the tournament may not be a big factor as conditions in both the countries are more or less similar.

“We are playing in two different countries, obviously, because of elections. I think we should thank the government of India for allowing us to come back half way and do the major part of tournament in India.

“I cannot compare with the good old days when we played in Sharjah. The wickets are similar to India. We expect them to be slightly on the slow side and probably on the turning side,” Srikkanth said.

Former India batsman and Sunrisers mentor VVS Laxman said the batting and bowling departments have been strengthened with new players like Aaron Finch, David Warner and Irfan Pathan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar joining the side.

“As he (Srikkanth) said, we retained the core team. We did well last year. We also got some amazingly skillful players this year. In batting department, Aaron Finch and David Warner are most destructive T20 batsmen. Bowling is strengthened with Irfan Pathan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar joining the side. We are very fortunate. We have good balance,” Moody said.

“Overall, we have got a good, balanced side. We won crucial games last year with fighting spirit. We would like to continue that attitude and wanted to retain that team environment. The new players we have can easily adapt to the team environment. Whoever plays well on that day wins in T20. But, we have a good squad. I am sure we will do well,” he added.

Asked if the controversies that hit IPL last year would impact this year’s tournament, Srikkanth replied in the negative and said it is a fresh start for all the players.

“Not at all. It is a fresh tournament. All of us start with a fresh mind. In all fairness, cricket is a team sport and a great sport. The game is bigger than any individual. We all respect it. All of us go and play in right spirit. That’s what cricket has taught all of us.

“That’s how we all played in the past. I am sure all the young players will do the same thing today. I think the spirit of cricket is more important. Cricket is a gentleman’s game. We would like to make it a gentleman’s game,” he said.

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Ipl 7 live match KKR vs MI

Just after the few hours, cricket lover from all around the world will see the Ipl 7 live match- KKR vs mi live scoreboard, once again people will thrilled by the breath stopping match between the two cricket giants Mumbai Indians and Kolkata knight riders. Both the teams have won the title before, Mumbai Indians are the defending champions, last year they defeated Chennai super kings to lift up the trophy under the captain ship of Rohit sharma. The match will start at 8 pm today and you can watch it live on set max and sony six.
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Team squads

Mumbai indians:

Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, CM Gautam, Aditya Tare, Sushant Marathe, Jasprit Bumrah, Jalaj Saxena, Apoorv Wankhede, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Marchant de Lange, Ben Dunk, Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson, Josh Hazlewood, Krishmar Santokie

Kolkata knight riders:

Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Manvinder Bisla, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, SS Mandal, Debarata Das, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Pat Cummins, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Shakib AL Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate.

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Ipl 7 2014 opening ceremony timings

Only a few hours are left for Ipl 7 2014 opening ceremony timings , The opening ceremony will start just after a few hours from now.The tournament will start from 16th April 2014, the first match of ipl7 will be played between Mumbai Indians and kolkata knight riders. This time Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Deepika Padukone will grace the opening ceremony of the seventh season of the IPL just after few hours.

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The opening ceremony of ipl7 will not be as grand as it was last year. Pitbull being the chief guest of that function. The head visitor is yet not declared but there  will be a grand dinner has been arranged at Emirates Palace on 15 April, one day before the match starts.

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ipl 7 opening ceremony programme

Ipl 7 15th April 2014 opening ceremony programme  is about to start in approx 120 mins from now on wards. Once again Ipl is set a organize the grand programme  before the lauch of tournament.This time Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Deepika Padukone will grace the opening ceremony of ipl 7 in few moments. Last year in the opening ceremony of IPL 6, Pitbul, Bollywood actress Deepika and Katrina Kaif accompanied Shah Rukh. For IPL 7 opening ceremony, Madhuri and Deepika will join SRK.
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As per the reports of leading newspaper “ The Gulf News” Madhuri Dixit will join SRK and Deepika at the star- studded private party before first phase of IPL matches kick off on April 16 in the UAE. The king khan of Bollywood is all set to perform on his super hit songs, it is also said the actor will make a small appearance on the stage to interact with the guests. Madhuri is also confirmed to dance to her hit numbers. SRK’s “Dil Toh Pagal Hai” co-star Nene will join him on stage and will perform a little act of her own.

The first leg of seventh season of ipl will be played in UAE in three stadiums due to general elections going on in India. Second leg of ipl 7 is expected to return to India. In the first leg of ipl 7 20 matches will be played. First match of first leg will be played tomorrow between MI and KKR. Ipl 7 15th april 2014 opening ceremony programme will be live telecast on Sony Six from 8pm onwards.

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IPL 7 Gala dinner

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone are performing at the IPL opening gala in AbuDhabi. In AbuDhabi Shah Rukh Khan a king of bollywood has set the stage on fire. UAE IPL 7 opening Gala dinner Stage become more exciting when queen of hearts enterd the stage. Deepika Padukone performed at ipl opening gala.

IPL 7 opening Gala dinner is hosted by the Emirates Palace. It include eight IPL team members and dignitaries and top international cricketers .
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IPL gala winner contest was held in Dubai with a local radio station in this contest Kunal Bilakhia, won the contest and he has joined stars and cricketer in IPL7 Gala.

He said that “I am really excited about tonight, maybe not so much seeing the cricket players themselves but Deepika Padukone.

“I have been told there is also a meet and greet with the stars so that is what’s really exciting for me.”
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