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Summer Bonanza to sports lovers

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IPL season 10 takes off at 6 pm on Wednesday. The 47 day cricket jamboree with 60 matches not only entertain hardcore cricket fans but even otherwise entertain sports lovers and TV viewers. The first match will be between last season's winners Sunrisers Hyderabad and the runners up Royal Challengers, Bengaluru. Sunrisers appears to be the favourites in this match as Virat Kohli the most successful player and run maker is away from the game for at least two weeks due to shoulder injury caused during the Ranchi Test recently. Even AB as he is fondly called devilliers is not playing in the match. Beside the team is mostly depending on batsmen with not enough to boast about bowlers except the fragile and diminutive Chhahal who was successful in the last season. In the absence of Kohli the mantle was passed on to Shane Watson to lead the team as a stand in captain. Shane shone well when he played for Rajasthan Royals and with age catching up and retiring from international cricket how Shane shows his finesse with the ball and bat should be watched keenly. With Warner leading from the front last season Sunrisers with a balanced mixture of players appears to be the stronger of the two. Bhuvaneswar Kumar and Ashish Nehra are in fine nick with the ball and spinners Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, Nabi and local boy Mohammed Siraj will support the team with their spin bowling. Shikhar Dhawan after a poor show may once again take the selector's attention. With his good show recently in the Deodhar Trophy this IPL season gives him an opportunity to bounce back to his form and hard hitting habits once again. IPL event showcases for unheard and unsung heroes to make this a platform to build their career as well as continue in the game for long. With many tournaments being played all over the cricket playing countries in one form or the other it pave way for budding players to carve a niche for themselves. With many records set to be broken we may recollect some of them here. Most runs scored by a batsman Virat Kohli (4110), most wickets taken by a bowler Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians (143). As for maximum sixers hit by a batsman. No guesses it's Chris Gayle who hit the ball over the ropes 251 times. He had the dubious distinction of scoring the fastest century in just 30 balls against Pune Warriors in 2013 and in the same match he held the record of scoring the highest number of runs 175. With heavy showers lashing the city on Tuesday and with the met predicting light to heavy showers for two days it is to be seen what will happen. The Uppal stadium with a capacity of 38000 seats already sold out and may look for the big event to take off. Bullywood actress Amy Jackson was scheduled to perform along with some other celebrities followed by a laser show and digital signatures of all the eight captains are some of the highlights.