Australian Open 2012 : Nadal lost in well battled final Match

In certainly the longest and arguably one of the greatest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis, Novak Djokovic outlasted Rafael Nadal over five hours 53 minutes to win a third Australian Open title.

The players walked on court at 7:30 p.m on Sunday and it was 1:37 a.m. on Monday by the time Djokovic completed a scarcely believable 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 win.Minutes earlier, at 4-4 in an electrifying fifth set, an exhausted Djokovic had been spread-eagled on the court after losing a 31-shot rally — the longest of the match. He seemed barely able to pick himself and his racket up, but he somehow lifted himself for one last effort, beating Nadal for the seventh time in a final since March.

The 24-year-old Djokovic tore off his shirt in celebration. He went to his support camp and repeatedly thumped the side of the arena in front of them in delight and relief.

As the players waited for the trophy presentation, Nadal leaned on the net, while Djokovic sat on his haunches. Eventually, a nearby official took pity and they were given chairs and a bottle of water each.


“We made history tonight and unfortunately there couldn’t be two winners,” said Djokovic, the winner of five Grand Slam titles and four of the last five majors.

Djokovic became the fifth man since the Open Era began in 1968 to win three straight Grand Slam finals, joining Nadal, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rod Laver.

In the most devastating of circumstances, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to lose three straight major finals. He was beaten in four sets by Djokovic at last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

“I think we played a great tennis match. I enjoyed being part of this event and this match,” Nadal said. “I am not happy to lose the final, yes, but that’s one of the losses that I am more happy (about) in my career.”

Having reduced Roger Federer to tears when he won the title over five sets in 2009, Nadal managed to maintain his composure during the on-court speeches — and even managed a joke.

“Good morning, everybody,” Nadal said, earning laughs and loud applause from the crowd. “Congratulations to Novak and his team. They deserve it. They are doing something fantastic, so congratulations.”

The previous longest major singles final was Mats Wilander’s win over Ivan Lendl at the U.S. Open in 1988, which lasted four hours 54 minutes.

The longest Australian Open final also involved Wilander in 1988, when the Swede beat Pat Cash. Sunday’s match was also the longest in the tournament’s history.

A tense, error-strewn opening set offered no indication of the high drama to follow. In hot, humid conditions, Nadal, trying to step up to the baseline to take the initiative, took it after 80 minutes — two minutes short of the entire women’s final the previous day.

Nadal had only lost one match of his previous 134 in Grand Slams after winning the first set, but he found his serve coming under increasing pressure as the match wore on.

As if to demonstrate the pervading tension of the occasion, Djokovic double-faulted at break point down while serving for the second set at 5-3 before Nadal returned the favour by double-faulting in the next game to give the Serb the second set.

By the time Djokovic took a 3-1 lead in the third set, Nadal’s shoulders were visibly slumping and he was talking to himself more often, unable to stop his opponent peppering the baseline with his returns to take control of the points.
At 5-2, his uncle and coach Toni Nadal moved to the front row of the players’ box to try to get some positive messages to his nephew. It didn’t work. Nadal lost his serve again — at love.

But in the fourth set, Nadal dug in, drawing on his renowned fighting spirit, and the match really came alive when he recovered from 0-40 down in the eighth game with two spectacular winners, two unreturnable serves and an ace.
The crowd erupted into a chant of “Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa.” Then came a rain shower and a brief delay for the roof to close, adding another twist to the unfolding tale.

Nadal regained regained his momentum in the tiebreaker, reeling off four straight points from 5-3 down — and two points from defeat — and taking the match into a decider when Djokovic’s forehand dropped wide.The tennis, almost unbelievably, improved in the fifth set as the match ticked past five hours.

Nadal went up a break at 4-2 and Djokovic seemed to finally be feeling the effects of his nearly five-hour semifinal against Andy Murray on Friday.

But the No. 1-ranked Djokovic responded immediately, finding another brutal return on break point in the next game to force the error from Nadal.

Past midnight and with a work day looming, the Rod Laver Arena remained almost full, no one wanting to miss the finale of a now historic occasion.

Nadal saved a break point at 4-4 and then another at 5-5. Djokovic came again though. On a second break point, he forced Nadal to net a backhand, giving him a chance to serve out the match.

Still, Nadal wasn’t quite done. Djokovic had to save a break point with a crosscourt backhand, looking to the sky and crossing himself as he limped back to the baseline, before finally claiming victory with his 57th winner of the match.

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All the best to my favourite Tennis icon RAFAEL NADAL in upcoming matches, hope RAFA will win roland garros french Open 2012… Vamos Rafa

 

 

Courtesy: AP & Getty images

Australian Open 2012 : Azarenka routs Sharapova and takes No:1 ranking

Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 to win the Australian Open women’s title and secure the No. 1 ranking on Saturday night, all in her first Grand Slam final.

The 22-year-old Belarusian dropped her opening service game and was down 2-0 after a nervous start before winning 12 of the next 13 games to take the match away from Sharapova, a three-time major winner and the 2008 Australian champion.

She became only the third woman to earn the No. 1 spot after winning her first Grand Slam title. And she’s the fifth different winner in as many majors.

Caroline Wozniacki vacated the top spot when she lost in the quarterfinals, leaving both Azarenka and Sharapova to battle it out for the title and the top ranking.

The third-seeded Azarenka set up championship point with a stunning forehand winner and sealed it when Sharapova netted a backhand.

She dropped on to her knees at the baseline with her hands over her face. She got up, held up her hands and mouthed “What happened?” before jogging up to her coach, Sam Sumyk, in the stands to celebrate.

“The best feeling, for sure,” Azarenka said. “I don’t know about the game. I don’t know what I was doing out there.

“It’s just pure joy what happened. I can’t believe it’s over.”

At the trophy presentation, her first word was “wow.” Then she started giggling. She thanked her support team, saying “You made me realize I can believe in myself and I can finally raise this trophy.”

And she paid special credit to her grandmother, “the person who inspires me the most in my life.”

Azarenka has been a distinctive presence at Melbourne Park as much as for her shrieks and hoots with each shot and seemingly boundless energy as for her white shorts, blue singlet and lime green head and wrist bands.

Against Sharapova, she maintained the frenetic movement that has been the hallmark of her campaign in Australia, her 25th consecutive major. She won the Sydney International title the weekend before the season’s first major and is now on a 12-match winning streak, including a semifinal win against 2011 Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters. She’s the first player since 2004 to win a WTA tour event the week before winning a major.

A lot of attention before the final was on the grunting of both players. In the second game someone shouted “turn the volume down,” but there was nothing after that except for a few mutterings when the shrieking got really loud.

Finishing off the match in 1 hour, 22 minutes at Rod Laver Arena seemed to silence the critics.

“She did everything better than I did today. I had a good first couple of games, and that was about it,” Sharapova said. “Then she was the one that was taking the first ball and hitting it deep and aggressive. I was always the one running around like a rabbit, you know, trying to play catch-up all the time.”

Sharapova also took only three games in a 2007 final loss to Serena Williams, who also conceded only three games in the 2009 final against Dinara Safina in two of the other previously lopsided finals at Melbourne Park.

When Sharapova won the first two games, there was no indication of how lopsided the match would be. She had the experience of five previous Grand Slam finals, including the most recent at Wimbledon last year. But it was Azarenka who took control after holding for the first time, breaking Sharapova at love and then holding again on a three-game roll.

Sharapova held, finishing off with an ace, to level at 3-3 in the first set but didn’t win another game.

Azarenka started dictating the points, coming to the net at times, hitting winners from the baseline and forcing the 24-year-old Russian to the extremes on both sides of the court. Sharapova seemed barely able to move by comparison, and had 30 unforced errors in the match.

The second set was completely lopsided and lasted only 36 minutes, with Sharapova winning only 12 points in six games.

“As in any sport, you have your good days, you have your tough days and you have days where things just don’t work out,” said Sharapova, who has now been on the losing end of two of the most lopsided scorelines in a final at Melbourne Park.

When the new list is released Monday, Azarenka will be the 21st woman to hold top spot since the computer rankings were introduced in 1975. She’s also the fourth different woman to win their maiden Grand Slam title in the last four majors, starting with Li Na’s win at the French Open, and followed by Petra Kvitova’s title at Wimbledon and Sam Stosur’s win at the U.S. Open.

Azarenka had momentarily flirted with quitting the sport during a quick trip home to Minsk after a loss at Doha early last year. But she was quickly set straight by her family, including her grandmother, who had reportedly worked three jobs to the age of 71.

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courtesy: AP

Australian Open: Paes-Stepanek win men’s doubles title

Leander paes and Radek Stepanek

India’s Leander Paes and Czech’s Radek Stepanek denied Bob and Mike Bryan their record 12th Grand Slam doubles title, beating the American twins 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final of the Australian Open. The Woodies could probably sleep a little easier Saturday night.

The 33-year-old Bryans were attempting to secure their place as the most decorated doubles team since the Open Era began in 1968. The brothers remain level on 11 major titles with the Australian duo of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, also known by their nickname the Woodies.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Bob Bryan said. “But you know, I thought we have had a great Australian swing, and we’re playing, at least I’m playing a lot better than I did last year already. It bodes well for the rest of the year.”

Paes and Stepanek are veteran doubles players but were teaming up for just the fourth time. Before partnering for a tuneup event at Sydney earlier this month, where they lost to the Bryan brothers, the Indian and Czech duo hadn’t played together for nearly six years.

After Mike Bryan double-faulted on match point, Paes leaped into Stepanek’s arms and the pair swung around at midcourt. They both then reached up to stands to give high-fives to Martina Navratilova, with whom Paes won the mixed doubles trophy at the Australian Open in 2003.

from left bryan brothers , Paes and Stepanek

The Bryans have captured each major at least once, but they’ve been most dominant at Melbourne Park, where they’ve won three straight Australian titles and five overall. They hadn’t lost here since the quarterfinals in 2008.

Bob Bryan has a special prize waiting for him at home. His wife was due to give birth to the couple’s first child on Saturday and he’s planning to catch a Sunday morning flight back home to Miami to try to be there in time.

“I have something to look forward to going home, so my mind is going to get off the match a lot quicker than it usually would after a final like this,” he said.

For the 38-year-old Paes, the victory marks a career milestone. By winning the Australian Open, he completed a career doubles Grand Slam, adding to his three French Open titles, two U.S. Open titles and one Wimbledon title.

“It’s many years of hard work,” Paes said. “I put in many, many years. I have been in 25 plus years into the game of tennis, and it’s given me so much. The reason I can still win Grand Slams is, one, I know how to pick great partners; and, two, I’m very passionate about my daily schedule.

“Every day I put myself on the line, and that’s a lot of fun.”

It was Stepanek’s first major doubles title. The Czech player lost in his only other final at the 2002 U.S. Open.

Paes and Stepanek dominated the first-set tiebreak, taking advantage of rare misses by the brothers and a couple of deft volleys by Paes to capture six straight points.

The pair then broke the Bryans immediately in the second set on a Stepanek crosscourt volley winner to go up 2-0. The Bryans had a chance to break back at 2-4, but Paes saved it with another sharp volley.

Paes, a former No. 1 doubles player, has a shot to pick up another trophy at Melbourne Park, too. He’s in the mixed doubles final with partner Elena Vesnina on Sunday, playing against Horia Tecau and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

The Bryans will have another shot at the Grand Slam record at the French Open in a few months. Even though one of them is soon to be a father, they don’t have plans to stop playing anytime soon.

“We both feel young,” Bob Bryan said. “If we want to play this sport for another seven years, it’s going to be there for us if we stay healthy.

“The singles game, as you see, is just incredibly physical. Guys, if they can get past 30, it’s amazing. But doubles, 40, 40 seems to be the age now.”She couldn’t get through to her family immediately “because my phone is freaking out right now,” but she texted them from the court.

“I made a pretty smart decision, not walking out, right? That was pretty special,” she said. “There’s always ups and downs, now I’m up.”

Here i have uploaded some pics of Australian Open Men’s Doubles Final 2012..

Courtesy : AP

Sehwag, the king of Entertainment

Sehwag 200

Virender Sehwag became the second Cricketer after Little Master (SachinTendulkar) to reach the landmark (double Ton).He also registered the highest individual ODI score (219 runs from 149 balls with 25 fours & 7 sixes).The dashing  hitter sets the benchmark which no one can reach in nearby future.

Highest Individual ODI score:-

Player
Country
Best
Opp
Venue
Year
Virender Sehwag
India
219
WI
Indore
2011
Sachin Tendulkar
India
200*
SA
Gwalior
2010
Charles Coventry
Zimbabwe
194*
Ban
Bulawayo
2009
Saeed Anwar
Pakistan
194
India
Chennai
1997
Viv Richards
West Indies
189*
England
Old Trafford
1984
Sanath Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka
189
India
Sharjah
2000
Gary Kirsten
SA
188*
UAE
Rawalpindi
1996
Sachin Tendulkar
India
186*
New Zealand
Hyderabad
1999
Shane Watson
Australia
185*
Bangladesh
Mirpur
2011
MS Dhoni
India
183*
Sri Lanka
Jaipur
2005


Virender Sehwag double ton video India vs West Indies ,Indore 8th December 2011

Great Players Comments on Sehewag’s 219 :-
Sachin Tendulkar :  (the only other batsman (Legend) to have hit an ODI double-ton to date)”
I am very happy for Viru. It is even more satisfying that an Indian has broken my record.”

MS Dhoni :- (Indian Team Cricket captain)

“People thought there are a few who could score 200 after Paji [Tendulkar], I always believed there is only one: one of our modern era legends – Sehwag.”

Chris Gayle :- (West Indies Cricketer)

“Well I did watch some of that innings by Viru… Brilliant striking!! Congrats on your 219… That’s child abuse! [As] The Mask would say, Smoking!”

Yuvraj Singh :- ( Indian Cricketer ( Hero of  2011 WorldCup )”I say it again! I never saw Sir Viv bat but I’ve seen Sehwag bat! What a player, 219 in a one day game is next to impossible!”

Kevin Pietersen :- (England Cricketer)”If you are a cricket fan, please switch your TV’s on right now and watch a genius bat… Sehwag destroying the WI… World record coming…”

David Warner :- (Australia cricketer)

“Wow, Test match tomorrow but am still up watching Virender Sehwag score, hopefully, 200. Unreal, and he does [get the] highest ever. Well done mate.”

Ramiz Raja :- ( TV commentator and former Pakistan captain )”When Viv Richards retired I thought it was end of entertainment. But then came Sehwag, the King of entertainment! Long live the King!!”

Derek Pringle :- ( Cricket writer with the Daily Telegraph and former England player )

“Sehwag, the greatest slaughterer of bowling since IVA Richards.”

Sourav Ganguly: “The double hundred will be a big morale booster for him with the tough Australian tour lined up. You will find the bowling attack, conditions different Down Under. This double ton will give him a big confidence for sure ahead of the Australia tour.

“This is a great achievement and I congratulate Sehwag for the amazing feat. He has captained the Indian side on and off for a short while and I believe he could make up as a good captain. He is a gambler, a player who loves to take risks. If he keeps getting opportunity as a captain, he will come up with many such milestones.”

Kris Srikkanth: “I am very happy for Sehwag. He is one of the greatest players I have ever seen. He missed his double century (175) during the World Cup game against Bangladesh at Mirpur. But today he has achieved the feat which I would like to describe as incredible,”

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir: “I have always remained a great fan of Sachin Tendulkar and when he scored the double hundred against South Africa, one name that crossed my mind was Sehwag. In my view, other player who could have scored double ton was Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya because he also plays an attacking brand of cricket.

AN Sharma, Sehwag’s childhood coach: “It was long overdue. I always used to tell him whenever he stepped on the field that this time you have to score a double hundred. It was very satisfying finally watching Viru score 200 runs with such strokeful display. He has always played attacking game and that helped him achieve the milestone.

Zaheer Khan: Team-mate and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan wrote on Sehwag’s twitter page, “Cheers! congratulations!! way to go buddy!”

West Indies’ explosive opener Chris Gayle: “Well, I did watch some of that innings by Viru…. Brilliant striking!! Congrats on ur 219.. That’s child abuse! The Mask would say, Smoking!”

Mahesh Bhupathi: “Holy cow is all I am gonna say about that innings. Amazing stuff by Viru. As Johnny Mac

would say “you can’t be serious,”

Sania Mirza: “What an achievement. What a player. Hats off to Sehwag.”

Players list for all IPL-4th version Teams

1) Chennai Super Kings


Player Role IPL caps
MS Dhoni(C) Wicketkeeper batsman 43
Wriddhiman Saha Wicketkeeper batsman 33
S Badrinath Batsman 46
George Bailey Batsman 4
Michael Hussey Batsman 7
Shadab Jakati Bowler 20
Murali Vijay Batsman 19
Abhinav Mukund Batsman Nil
Aniruda Srikkanth Batsman 5
K Vasudevadas Batsman Nil
R Ashwin Bowler 14
Sudeep Tyagi Bowler 14
Joginder Sharma All-rounder 15
Doug Bollinger Bowler 8
Ben Hilfenhaus Bowler Nil
Nuwan Kulasekara All-rounder Nil
Vijaykumar Bowler Nil
G Vignesh All-rounder Nil
Dwayne Bravo All-rounder 30
Suresh Raina All-rounder 46
Albie Morkel All-rounder 39
Scott Styris All-rounder 10
Suraj Randiv Bowler Nil
Faf du Plessis All-rounder Nil
Coach: Stephen Fleming

2) Mumbai Indians


Player Role IPL caps
SR Tendulkar(c) batsman 35
CRD Fernando bowler 10
DS Kulkarni bowler 19
SL Malinga bowler 26
Harbhajan Singh bowler 31
MM Patel bowler 30
AN Ahmed bowler 1
Pawan Suyal bowler Nil
Yuzvendra Singh Chahal bowler Nil
RG Sharma batsman 45
Suryakumar Yadav batsman Nil
Aiden Blizzard batsman Nil
KA Pollard all-rounder 14
AG Murtaza all-rounder 3
R Sathish all-rounder 12
TL Suman all-rounder 26
A Symonds all-rounder 28
MC Henriques all-rounder 5
James Franklin all-rounder Nil
Coach: Robin Singh


3) Royal Challengers Bangalore


Player Role IPL caps
Daniel Vettori(C) All-rounder 12
Charl Langeveldt Bowler 4
Zaheer Khan Bowler 31
Dirk Nannes Bowler 22
A Mithun Bowler 2
S Aravind Bowler Nil
Nuwan Pradeep Bowler Nil
M Kaif Batsman 20
Cheteshwar Pujara Batsman 10
Saurabh Tiwary Batsman 23
KB Arun Karthik Batsman 1
TM Dilshan Batsman 27
Virat Kohli Batsman 45
CM Gautam Batsman Nil
Abrar Kazi Batsman Nil
Mayank Agarwal Batsman Nil
Luke Pomersbach Batsman Nil
Rilee Rossouw Batsman Nil
Jonathan Vandiar Batsman Nil
Bhareth Narayann Batsman Nil
Raju Bhatkal All-rounder Nil
Ryan Ninan All-rounder Nil
Asad Khan Pathan All-rounder Nil
AB de Villiers Wicket-keeper batsman 28
Coach: Ray Jennings

4) Deccan Chargers


Player Role IPL caps
Kumar Sangakkara(c) wicket-keeper batsman 37
I Sharma Bowler 31
PP Ojha Bowler 44
Harmeet Singh Bowler 15
A Mishra Bowler 31
J Theron Bowler 7
MS Gony Bowler 26
Akash Bhandari Bowler Nil
DW Steyn Bowler 28
S Dhawan Batsman 29
DB Ravi Teja Batsman 16
AS Yadav Batsman 8
KP Pietersen Batsman 13
S Sohal Batsman 11
Bharat Chipli Batsman 3
Ishank Jaggi Batsman Nil
Jaydev Shah Batsman Nil
Kedar Devdhar Batsman Nil
CL White Batsman 15
Chris Lynn Batsman Nil
Michael Lumb Batsman 11
JP Duminy All-rounder 20
I Malhotra All-rounder Nil
AA Reddy All-rounder Nil
Anand Rajan All-rounder Nil
Daniel Christian All-rounder Nil
Ankit Sharma All-rounder Nil
Coach: Darren Lehman

5) Delhi Daredevils


Player Role IPL caps
Virender Sehwag(C) Batsman 39
AB Agarkar Bowler 27
AB Dinda Bowler 29
AM Salvi Bowler 5
U Yadav Bowler 7
M Morkel Bowler 4
Y Nagar Bowler 2
Rajesh Pawar Bowler 1
Shahbaz Nadeem Bowler Nil
Vikas Mishra Bowler Nil
Vivek Yadav Bowler Nil
VR Aaron Bowler Nil
DA Warner Batsman 18
AJ Finch Batsman 1
Colin Ingram Batsman Nil
Prashant Naik Batsman Nil
Robin Bist Batsman Nil
Tejashwi Yadav Batsman Nil
Travis Birt Batsman Nil
Unmukt Chand Batsman Nil
IK Pathan All-rounder 42
Y Venugopal Rao All-rounder 33
AB McDonald All-rounder 5
RE van der Merwe All-rounder 11
S Sriram All-rounder 1
James Hopes All-rounder 11
Robert Frylinck All-rounder Nil
NV Ojha wicket-keeper batsman 22
Matthew Wade wicket-keeper batsman Nil
Coach: Gregory Shipperd

6) Kings XI Punjab


Player Role IPL caps
AC Gilchrist(C) wicket-keeper batsman 46
L Ablish Bowler 2
PP Chawla Bowler 43
SJ Srivastava Bowler 8
VS Malik Bowler 8
AM Nayar Bowler 30
Praveen Kumar Bowler 38
Bhargav Bhatt Bowler Nil
Amit Yadav Bowler Nil
Nathan Rimmington Bowler Nil
SE Marsh Batsman 15
Mandeep Singh Batsman 3
P Dogra Batsman 9
DJ Hussey All-rounder 23
Siddharth Chitnis All-rounder 4
Bipul Sharma All-rounder 5
Ryan Harris Bowler 16
AD Mascarenhas All-rounder 8
Paul Valthaty Batsman 2
Sunny Singh Batsman Nil
Stuart Broad All-rounder Nil
Dinesh Karthik wicket-keeper batsman 42
Nitin Saini wicket-keeper batsman Nil
Coach: Michael Bevan

7) Kolkata Knight Riders


Player Role IPL caps
Gautam Gambhir(C) batsman 40
Brett Lee Bowler 13
Laxmipathy Balaji Bowler 29
Pradeep Sangwan Bowler 28
SS Ladda Bowler 5
Iqbal Abdulla Bowler 4
Jaidev Unadkat Bowler 3
James Pattinson Bowler Nil
Shami Ahmed Bowler Nil
Eoin Morgan batsman 6
Manoj Tiwary Batsman 24
Rajat Bhatia all-rounder 22
Yusuf Pathan all-rounder 43
Jacques Kallis All-rounder 42
LR Shukla All-rounder 26
Shakib Al Hasan All-rounder Nil
Ryan ten Doeschate All-rounder Nil
MS Bisla wicket-keeper batsman Nil
SP Goswami wicket-keeper batsman Nil
Brad Haddin wicket-keeper batsman Nil
Coach: Dav Whatmore

8) Rajasthan Royals


Player Role IPL caps
Shane Warne(c) bowler 42
Amit Singh bowler 5
Shaun Tait bowler 8
Siddharth Trivedi bowler 33
Abhishek Raut all-rounder 15
Aditya Dole all-rounder 3
Pankaj Singh bowler 10
Nayan Doshi bowler 1
Deepak Chahar bowler Nil
Samad Fallah bowler Nil
Swapnil Asnodkar batsman 19
Faiz Fazal batsman 10
Rahul Dravid batsman 43
Ross Taylor batsman 22
Paul Collingwood all-rounder 8
Ajinkya Rahane batsman 10
Aakash Chopra batsman 7
Dishant Yagnik batsman Nil
Johan Botha all-rounder 3
S Narwal all-rounder 5
Stuart Binny all-rounder 1
Shane Watson all-rounder 21
Ankeet Chavan all-rounder Nil
Ashok Menaria all-rounder Nil
Dinesh Salunkhe all-rounder 6
Amit Paunikar wicket-keeper batsman 1
Pinal Shah wicket-keeper batsman 1
Coach: Jeremy Snape

9) Kochi Tuskers


Player Role IPL caps
Mahela Jayawardene(c) batsman 36
S Sreesanth bowler 28
RP Singh bowler 42
Ramesh Powar bowler 21
R. Vinay Kumar bowler 8
Muttiah Muralitharan bowler 40
Raiphi Vincent Gomez all-rounder Nil
Prasanth Padmanabhan bowler Nil
Y Gnaneswara Rao bowler Nil
VVS Laxman batsman 17
Brad Hodge all-rounder 19
Chandan Madan batsman 1
Owais Shah batsman 5
Michael Klinger batsman Nil
Kedar Jadhav batsman 5
Tanmay Srivastava batsman 7
Sushant Marathe batsman Nil
Deepak Chougule batsman Nil
Ravindra Jadeja all-rounder 27
Steven Smith all-rounder 41
Thisara Perera all-rounder 1
Stephen O’Keefe all-rounder Nil
John Hastings all-rounder Nil
Balachandra Akhil all-rounder 14
Yashpal Singh all-rounder 8
Parthiv Patel wicket-keeper batsman 26
Coach: Geoff Lawson

10) Pune Warriors India


Player Role IPL caps
Yuvraj Singh(c) all-rounder 29
Ashish Nehra bowler 31
Murali Karthik bowler 26
Wayne Parnell bowler
Mitchell Marsh all-rounder 3
Jerome Taylor bowler Nil
Kamran Khan bowler 8
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowler Nil
Harpreet Singh bowler 1
Rahul Sharma bowler 6
Shrikant Mundhe bowler Nil
Imtiyaz Ahmed bowler Nil
Graeme Smith batsman 25
Callum Ferguson batsman Nil
Manish Pandey batsman 21
Dheeraj Jadhav batsman Nil
Eklavya Dwivedi batsman Nil
Harshad Khadiwale batsman Nil
Angelo Mathews all-rounder 15
Nathan McCullum all-rounder Nil
Alfonso Thomas all-rounder Nil
Jesse Ryder batsman 5
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala batsman 13
Ganesh Gaikwad batsman Nil
Mithun Manhas batsman 20
Mohnish Mishra batsman 11
Sachin Rana batsman Nil
Shrikant Wagh batsman 1
Robin Uthappa wicket-keeper batsman 45
Tim Paine wicket-keeper batsman Nil
Coach: Geoff Marsh