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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.

Friday, December 23, 2011

VVS Laxman - Ishant, Zaheer Fit for Boxing Day Test

VVS Laxman said Zaheer Khan and fellow pacer Ishant Sharma appeared to be fit to play in the opening Test against Australia beginning in Melbourne from Monday. Laxman gave enough indication that the pace duo could feature in the starting line-up.

'Ishant was not available for the first warm up, but he bowled in Canberra and the way he bowled today at the nets was proof that they are both fit and raring to go,' Laxman said. He also added 'Winning in Australia is everyone's dream in the world. Not just India but across the world because when you play Australia in Australia, it is the toughest cricket that you can play.' Laxman also said says Indians are full of confidence leading up to Boxing Day Test.

Zaheer was also buoyant about his fitness and said the four-month break since undergoing an ankle surgery in London has helped him to prepare better for the four-Test series.
'Because I had a four-month break, I could prepare well for the series. In the past, it used to be at the end of the season that I would go to Australia and break down. We (along with physios) chalked out this plan. So far I've been achieving the milestones about 8-10 days before they were delivered,' Zaheer said.

Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who watched them at the nets, said the two bowlers looked impressive and they were seen bowling full tilt without displaying any sort of discomfort at the MCG nets here Friday

Since their arrival here, Zaheer and Ishant's fitness have been a cause of concern for the Indian team management, which has preferred to keep the updates about the duo under wraps.

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