IPL 2014 is all set to witness many new records and break many previous records as well. Seven of the eight IPL teams will complete the 100 matches mark in the Indian Premier League. Sachin Tendulkar’s record of maximum fours in IPL matches is also expected to be broken this year. Chennai Super Kings has played 99 matches which is the highest number of matches a team has played so far in the IPL. CSK will reach 100 matches mark on 18 April when the team will play against Kings XI Punjab at Abu Dhabi. Suresh Raina has played all the matches for CSK and one more match will take his match count to 100 and he will then become the first player to play 100 IPL matches. Mumbai Indians (MI) has played 95, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has played 94 and Delhi Daredevils (DD) has played 91 matches in IPL. After Suresh Raina, MI’s Rohit Sharma has played second highest number of IPL matches (97), CSK captain MS Dhoni is third (96 matches), RCB captain is fourth Virat Kohli (93 matches) and DD’s Dinesh Karthik is fifth (92 matches).
Sachin Tendulkar has hit maximum number of fours (295) in IPL while KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir is just five 4s away (291 fours) from breaking Tendulkar’s record. Virender Sehwag has hit third highest number of fours in IPL (266 fours). As expected RCB’s Chris Gayle has the record of hitting highest number of sixes (180 sixes) in IPL who is followed by Suresh Raina (115), Rohit Sharma (110), Yusuf Pathan (95), Dhoni (89), Sehwag (85), Yuvraj Singh (82) and Shane Watson (81).
Irfan Pathan aiming national squad return via IPL
SRH’s Irfan Pathan has said that returning to the national squad through IPL is his final goal. He said, “Returning to national squad is my final aim but I also have to ensure that I perform well for Sunrisers Hyderabad. If I succeed in doing that then it will be beneficial for me also. Indian is going to play a lot of cricket in the coming days and after that new session will also begin. I am working in the direction of achieving my goal and I believe that I will succeed. The more matches I play, the better it will be for me. Not only for myself but I also have to perform well for my team”. Irfan played his last test match for India in 2008. The all-rounder has played 29 test matches for India and has taken 100 wickets. Talking about his new team Sunrisers Hyderabad he said, “Atmosphere inside the team is fantastic but also team is much focused about its target. It feels really great to be a part of such team. Dale Styen is world’s best bowler in all formats of the game. He is continuously performing well and is rich of special talent. I would certainly love to learn from his mental preservance and bowling.”
Wasim Akram joins KKR as bowling coach in IPL 7
Wasim Akram has joined Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as team’s bowling coach. The legendary left-arm pacer was also the part of KKR supporting staff team from 2010 to 2012. Akram himself informed about this through his tweet on twitter. He wrote, “I’m going for my first practice camp. KKR boys look good in mental and physical status”.
Delhi Daredevils launches jersey for IPL 2014
Delhi Daredevils presented their new jersey for IPL 7 on Saturday. DD presented the jersey in agreement with online website Quikr. The shirt was presented in the presence of DD captain Kevin Pietersen, VC Dinesh Karthik and team coach Gary Kirsten.
Will try to win IPL 2014: Virat Kohli
RCB skipper Virat Kohli believes that IPL will help him in keeping tension free. On the occasion of RCB’s jersey for IPL 2014 Virat said that the more we enjoy cricket, the better it is for IPL. Players can enjoy in IPL. The atmosphere is good and they would like to take advantage of that. Player of the Tournament winner of the recently concluded ICC World T20 Virat Kohli said that he has made his goal of winning first IPL title for RCB. He said, “We hope to move few steps further and will try to win the IPL trophy. We have included few more good players in the team and I have full confidence that we will perform better in IPL 2014. We try to win every year, we have a strong team. We will try to win the trophy because balance of our team is very good this time and we would like to take advantage of that”. RCB will play their first match against DD on 17 April at Sharjah. RCB has partnered with Huawei as their main sponsor.