Stars of IPL-2012

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Stars of IPL 2012.

Here are the stars of IPL 2012.

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Stars of IPL 2012.
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The Orange Cap guys-Ajinkya Rahane

A solid opening batsman when he first began five years ago, Ajinkya Rahane bats at No.3 for Mumbai these days. Changing batting positions hasn’t affected Rahane one bit, and he still goes about piling big scores on a regular basis.

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The Orange Cap guys-Ajinkya Rahane
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The Orange Cap guys-Virendar Sehwag

Delhi’s Virender Sehwag is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. The right-hander " who was originally a middle-order batsman " has redefined the role of the opener. With minimal footwork, but great hand-eye coordination, Sehwag goes after every delivery that deserves to be hit. And many that don’t. The 33-year-old has won many games for India with his big hitting.

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The Orange Cap guys-Virendar Sehwag
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The Orange Cap guys-Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle, at his best, is devastating. He is the first player to have scored a century in international Twenty20 cricket; the only man to score seven tons in the Twenty20 format; and is the leading six-hitter in Twenty20s. This 32-year-old Jamaican batsman is all about power and brute force.

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The Orange Cap guys-Chris Gayle
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The Purple Cap guys-Morne Morkel

A tall frame, high arm action, high release point, good pace and the ability to generate discerning bounce off the pitch make Morne Morkel the quintessential fast bowler. Long before Morkel had played for South Africa, pace legend Allan Donald had identified him as someone who would go on to play international cricket with distinction.

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The Purple Cap guys-Morne Morkel
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Lasith Malinga

In an era when coaches emphasise correct technique, Lasith Malinga has anything but that. His slingy round-arm action can be tough to read. His pace, ability to generate bounce and reverse swing renders opposition batsmen clueless at times. He picked up four wickets in four deliveries in the 2007 ICC World Cup. He also holds the record for the most bowled dismissals in Twenty20 cricket.

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Lasith Malinga
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Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine made a big impact with his performance for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2011 CLT20. Although his team didn’t make it to the knockout stage of the competition, Narine was amongst the leading wicket-takers with 10 wickets from six games at an economy-rate of 4.37. Based on that performance, the off-spinner was picked for the West Indies’ ODI series in India last year. The Kolkata Knight Riders paid USD 700,000 to sign Narine during the IPL Player Auction 2012.

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Sunil Narine
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Super Sixes-Chris Gayle

He has enjoyed success everywhere he’s played, as no boundary or total is beyond his reach. The prodigious Gayle is also a safe catcher and a handy off-spinner. In both his stints with the Royal Challengers Bangalore " in IPL 2011 and 2011 CLT20 " he was the team’s leading run-getter who single-handedly took the team to the final on both occasions.

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Super Sixes-Chris Gayle
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Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen was born in Pietermaritzburg and moved to the United Kingdom to further his cricket career. He started off as an off-spinner who could bat a bit. However, he soon discovered his abilities with the willow. After scoring plenty of impact runs in county cricket, and soon after qualifying to play for England, he was handed his ODI cap. The 31-year-old, who was going through a rough patch, rediscovered his form during England’s recent tour of Pakistan in the UAE. Along with getting an ODI hundred in the series there, he also helped England clinch the Twenty20 series. Pietersen was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore during IPL 2009 and IPL 2010. The Delhi Daredevils bid USD 650,000 at the IPL Player Auction 2011 to get him on board.

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Kevin Pietersen
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Virender Sehwag

Sehwag is yet to perform as consistently in the Twenty20 format as he does in the longer versions of the game. Apart from being an attacking batsman, he is a handy off-spinner and is known to use his wiles to both, check the flow of runs, and take wickets. Sehwag was the “Icon” player for the Delhi Daredevils when the IPL was formed, and has remained with the franchise ever since. He will captain the team in IPL 2012.

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Virender Sehwag
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