The day that millions of cricket fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. It is time to sport your favourite colours and choose sides as the Indian Premiere League 2015 is about to kick start. After the World Cup fever, the hype is back on as many Indian and foreign players will be seen fighting it out for the coveted trophy against their respective national team mates on-field.
It will be interesting for the millions of fans to see their favourite players at times clashing against their hometown teams. Here is a guide to the hometowns of a few of the Indian players in the IPL.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni - Ranchi
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, is also known as the city of waterfalls. This picturesque city offers a scenic view of many waterfalls, rock formations and hillocks. What makes it even better is that you can come here any time of the year and enjoy the beauty of the city. Earlier known as Lohardaga, Ranchi is now a well industrialised city and is slowly turning into a metropolitan place. Visitors coming here are left mesmerised by the beauty of nature that surrounds this otherwise industrialised city. Also adding glitz to this city is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian Cricket team and also of Chennai Super Kings.
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Virat Kohli – Delhi
Delhi, also pronounced as 'Dilli' in Hindi, is officially the National Capital Territory (NCT). It is not only one of India's largest cities but is a perfect combination of antiquity and modernity. It is India's second most populous city after Mumbai. Delhi is renowned for being home to many architectural masterpieces such as the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, India Gate, the Akshardham shrine and many more. If that is not enough, Virat Kohli, the fiery Indian batsman who is second in command and poised to become the next Captain of the Indian team hails from here. This IPL, you will get to see him donning Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey and captaining the side.
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Yuvraj Singh – Chandigarh
Chandigarh has a number of major tourist destinations and this city was designed by Le Corbusier, a French architect. Tourists from all over the country visit this planned city every year. It boasts of its amazing architecture and landscape that is undoubtedly a treat to the eyes. The brilliance of modern architecture has created quite a few tourist attractions. Chandigarh stands aloof at the foothills the Shivalik ranges. It is also home to one of India's high profilic batsman, Yuvraj Singh. He was the Man of the Series in the 2011 World Cup and was a member of the IPL teams Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors India and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. This year this explosive player will be seen playing for the Delhi Daredevils.
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Murali Vijay – Chennai
Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is a major metropolitan as well as cosmopolitan city that is situated on the Coromandel Coast. It is one of the most important cities in south India as well as in the country in terms of commerce, culture, education as well as economics. In fact, Chennai is popularly known as the cultural capital of South India. It stands out in its ethnicity that is so unique that it is often a desired destination for tourism. Tourists throng the various hill stations, beaches, temples and wildlife here. Those who travel here are left mesmerised by its timeless beauty. Murali Vijay, the calm Indian batsman hails from this city and has earlier played for the Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils. This year he will be seen playing for the King XI Punjab team.
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Robin Uthappa – Kodagu
Coorg or Kodagu is a tourist destination in Karnataka situated in the South Western part of the Malnad area of Western Ghats. It is also known as the Scotland of India and the Kashmir of Karnataka and is famous for its evergreen forests, lush green valleys, misty hills, sprawling coffee plantations, tea estates, orange groves, lofty peaks and fast flowing streams. Coorg also offers an old world charm which is reflected in its sleepy towns. Robin Uthappa, a front line batsmen and wicket keeper hails from here and has played for various IPL teams namely, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors. He is presently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and is one of their star players to watch out for this IPL.
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Rohit Sharma – Nagpur
Popularly called the ‘Orange City', Nagpur is an important city in Maharashtra. It is the state's 3rd largest city after Mumbai and Pune. Also known as the ‘Tiger Capital of India', it was founded by the Gonds Dynasty. Nagpur interestingly got its name from the Nag River that has a serpentine course. This place is located on the Deccan Plateau at a height of 310 mt and is revered for its green environment. This city is the home town of the Indian opener Rohit Sharma who also plays for and captains the IPL team, Mumbai Indians.
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Dhawal Kulkarni – Mumbai
Wanna get star struck? Then Mumbai is the place you ought to be. A city wherein every corner holds something of prominence, from the railway station to the local street food seller, everyone in Mumbai makes the city the way it is. Check out the never ending crowds of people in the station or get lost among the thousand of faces of people at the beaches. Take a darshan of the film city and the parks, or just walk down the road. Mumbai is the glamour house of India and it is sure to light your way as well. Dhawal Kulkarni, an upcoming cricketer, hails from Mumbai and was earlier seen playing in the IPL for his home team Mumbai Indians. However from 2014 he has been donning the Rajasthan Royals jersey.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Bulandshahr
Bulandshahr is a district of Uttar Pradeshand the region traces its roots to the Mahabharata period. Several excavations carried out here have revealed ancient coins and artefacts that are now preserved in theLucknowMuseum. The region is located in close proximity to Hastinapur, which was the capital of the Pandavas. The Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar hails from this small town and has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India in the earlier edition of the IPL. Presently he will be seen heading the pace attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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