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IPL 2012 – Who Are The Main Contenders To Topple Chennai?

IPL 2012 – IPL 5 – The Cricket World Descends On India

The fifth edition of the Indian Premier League gets underway tomorrow and will doubtless dominate the headlines for the next seven weeks as the world’s best cricketers descend on India for the IPL 2012.

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings are looking for three titles in a row - © REUTERS / Action Images

Reigning champions the Chennai Super Kings are chasing their third staight title as Mahendra Singh Dhoni aims to put recent troubles with the Test team behind him and claim another trophy.

The Super Kings are expected to face stiff challenges from the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Delhi Daredevils although such is the frenetic and unpredictable nature of Twenty20 any franchise, if they get off to a good start, or find a purple patch at some point in the tournament, could make an outside bid for glory.

Remember, there weren’t many of us who predicted victories in the first two tournaments for the Rajasthan Royals or the Deccan Chargers.

Since then, the powerhouses of Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai have been the dominant forces. Can this be the year that Delhi, the Kings XI Punjab or the Kolkata Knight Riders put together a consistent challenge?

The Pune Warriors have been rocked by the loss of Yuvraj Singh but in Sourav Ganguly, Tamim Iqbal and Michael Clarke they appear to have recruited well and may spring a surprise or two.

With players coming and going throughout the tournament as international cricket continues, the team that manages its resources best will be the champions.

Let us know who you think will win and who you are looking forward to seeing in this year’s tournament. We’ll update this post with the first of our IPL 2012 podcasts later today and a Mr Predictor IPL 2012 special.