Indian Premier League popularly known as IPL was started in 2008 by Lalit Modi, a member of BCCI at that time. IPL is a professional cricketing league which takes place in the month of April-May every year. IPL has completed 8 successful years and the 9th edition of the tournament is underway.
Apart from cricket and cricketing stars, IPL regularly features celebrities from Indian film industry, team owners, other sports personalities etc. This year’s IPL features two new teams in the place of banned Chennai and Rajasthan teams. Here presenting the list of IPL teams & and its owners.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders – Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta
Kolkata franchise is jointly owned by Bollywood’s King Khan Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, and her spouse Jay Mehta. Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with Mehta group are the joint owners of the franchise. Mecca of Indian cricket, Eden Gardens is the home ground of Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir has successfully led his team to two IPL titles.
2. Mumbai Indians – Reliance Industries
Mumbai franchise is a 100% subsidiary of IndiaWin sports. Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani leads Mumbai Indians from the front. She is a regular face at the stadium during a Mumbai Indian’s match. Nita is an avid cricket lover and also organises various charity events with the help of Mumbai Indians franchise and players. Mumbai Indians have won 2 IPL titles under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.
3. Rising Pune Supergiants – Sanjiv Goenka
Pune franchise is one of the new teams in this year’s IPL. Sanjiv Goenka chairman of RP – Sanjiv Goenka group is the owner of this franchise. Sanjiv decided to name his team which suits with his group i.e RP – Sanjiv Goenka (RPSG) – Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG). Mahendra Singh Dhoni is given the captaincy role and ex-CSK skipper Stephen Fleming took the coaching role.
4. Delhi Daredevils – GMR Group
Delhi franchise was bought by GM Rao of GMR group and was a part of IPL from its first edition. GM Rao’s son Kiran Gandhi is a constant face in the owners dugout whenever his team is up for a battle. Zaheer Khan is the captain of Delhi Daredevils in this edition of IPL.
5. Sun Risers Hyderabad – Kalanithi Maran of Sun TV Network
Kalanithi Maran bought Hyderabad franchise after the Deccan Chargers was scrapped by BCCI due to various reasons. Kalanithi Maran is the owner of one of the biggest Television networks in the country. David Warner is the captain of SRH.
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore – United Spirits Limited
After the Vijay Mallya’s resignation from the ownership, there is no clear idea about the present owner of RCB. Bangalore franchise is fully by United Spirits Limited (USL). Vijay Mallya and his son Siddharth Mallya were seen cheering for the boys every time they play at the Chinnaswamy until last year. Virat Kohli is the captain of RCB and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori is the coach.
7. Kings XI Punjab – Preity Zinta, Karan Paul, Ness Wadia & Mohit Burman
Punjab franchise is owned jointly by Dabur’s Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia of Ness Wadia group, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and Karan Paul of Apeejay Surrendra group. Punjab was also a part of IPL since the induction of the league. Preity Zinta travels with the team and is seen cheering for the boys in all the matches. David Miller is the captain of Kings XI Punjab team.
8. Gujarat Lions – Keshav Bansal
Gujarat Lions is the other new team which made its debut in IPL. Gujarat franchise is owned by Keshav Bansal, Director of Intex Technologies. At the age of just 24, Keshav Bansal became the youngest owner of an IPL team. An entrepreneur himself, Bansal followed a great strategy at the IPL auctions by picking valuable players. Suresh Raina is the captain of Gujarat Lions and it has players like Finch, McCullum, Bravo, Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik etc.
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