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The IPL skipper wars

Come April 3, nine feisty captains will try to outgun their foes. The pecking order.

brunch Updated: Mar 30, 2013 18:34 IST
Aasheesh Sharma
Aasheesh Sharma
Hindustan Times
MS Dhoni,Ricky Ponting,Adam Gilchrist

Ricky Ponting VS MS Dhoni
The Kangaroos are still smarting from the series loss to India. Mumbai Indians have legends such as Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in their dugout, but then MS Dhoni, captain of Chennai Super Kings, always relishes the prospect of upstaging an Australian captain. And Mahi’s record in the previous editions of the league has been in the same orbit as his helicopter shots. What say, mate?

Adam Gilchrist VS Yuvraj Singh
Former Australian great Gilchrist can demolish the best of bowling attacks. Like Gilly, Yuvi can hit most bowlers out of the park, too. Ask Stuart Broad. So, what will be more entertaining than the sight of local boy Yuvraj hitting Kings XI Punjab bowlers at Mohali? There’s a twist in the tale: Yuvi’s wearing Pune Warriors colours this time around. Jatt’s the way, we like it.

Rahul Dravid VS Virat Kohli
It’s a fight between two handsome cricketers who’ve been anointed Mr Dependable. Former Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Dravid has become The Great Wall of Jaipur in this edition of the Indian Premier League. And Kohli, with a vote of confidence from the Challengers’ management, is clearly the King of Good Times this time round. Will Deepika Padukone be cheering from the stands?

Gautam Gambhir VS his detractors
In 2012, Gambhir had a dream IPL. This year, axed from the Indian XI, the captain of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders has a point (or two) to prove to his critics. Shah Rukh will be watching, so will we!

Mahela Jayawardene VS Kumar Sangakkara
Both seasoned performers are former skippers of Sri Lanka who have moved on to focus on their batting while relinquishing the ODI and Test captaincy to Angelo Mathews. Sangakkara has the challenging task of leading Sunrisers, IPL’s newest team, even as Jayawardene would like to lead Delhi Daredevils to their first ever victory. Aakraman!

From HT Brunch, March 31

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First Published: Mar 29, 2013 14:41 IST