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The 2015 season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL 8 or Pepsi IPL 2015) is the eighth season of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions having won the title in the 2014 season. The complete tournament is expected to be held across different cities in India unlike the previous season. The tournament was started on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. A total of 60 T20 matches will be held in the entire tournament. No matches will be held in Kolkata between April 12 and April 25 due to Municipal Elections.

Franchises retained 123 players 8th IPL season before moving into auction. The released players provided an option to register themselves for auction. 6 Players were transferred across teams before the auction took place. In the Pepsi IPL 2015 auction held on February 16 at Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh was sold to Delhi Daredevils for 16 crores INR, for a record bid in IPL auction history. A total of 67 players were sold out in the auction and all franchises spent total of 87.60 Crores to buy players.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dhoni: It Has Not a Brilliant Year for Me

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have won millions of cricket fans' hearts when he won the ICC World Cup for the nation earlier this year. However, Captain Cool has failed to repeat the same magic in test matches.

One flop show after another in Test cricket this year has got tongues wagging and Dhoni knows that he has been under huge pressure. I am not technically very sound. So, at times, it is about adapting to the conditions out here. Batting at number seven, it has not been a very brilliant year for me as an individual, Dhoni admitted after he was out for just 6 runs in the first innings against the Australia.

Over the past year, Dhoni has not produced regularly with the bat, especially in Tests. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence as a Test batsman has not matched his performance in the shorter formats. A look at his record this year cuts a sorry figure. At an average of just 37, Dhoni has hit only one century in 12 Test matches against. Surely, his repeated failures with the bat have hurt cause in Tests.

His record against Aussies has been woeful. In nine Innings in Australia so far, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has managed just 147 runs at a poor average of just over 16. Forget about a century, he was yet to reach the 50-run mark with his highest score being a paltry 38. It is important for India that their skipper fires big with the bat. For, it is not just with the gloves, Dhoni the batsman too is a match-winner.

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