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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during March or April and May of every year by eight teams representing eight different cities in India. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. IPL has an exclusive window in ICC Future Tours Programme.

The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues. In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube. The brand value of IPL in 2018 was US$6.3 billion, according to Duff & Phelps. According to BCCI, the 2015 IPL season contributed ₹11.5 billion to the GDP of the Indian economy.

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The 2011 Indian Premier League season, abbreviated as IPL 4 or the IPL 2011, was the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, the top Twenty20 cricket league in India. The tournament was hosted in India and the opening and closing ceremonies were held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The season ran from 8 April to 28 May 2011. This season the number of teams in the league went from eight to ten with the additions of the Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The tournament was won by the Chennai Super Kings for the second successive season, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final in Chennai, with the winning team's Murali Vijay being named Man of the Match. With this win Chennai Super Kings became the only team to have won the IPL on more than one occasion. Despite Bangalore failing to win the title, one of the team's players, Chris Gayle was named as the tournament's best player. He scored 608 runs in twelve innings – the most in the tournament – as well as picking up eight wickets, having joined the team after the start of the season due to an injury to another overseas player, Dirk Nannes. Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga set a new record for most wickets taken within an Indian Premier League season, claiming 28 wickets during the campaign, but Mumbai had to settle for third place in the tournament, having lost to Bangalore in the second qualifier. Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai represented India in the Champions League 2011 tournament in September. The Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award was again won by the Chennai Super Kings for topping the fair-play table.

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Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE (born 27 June 1980) is a South African-born English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who plays for England, Surrey and played for Delhi Daredevils from 2012 to 2014.In IPL auction 2015 he was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad He was captain of the England Test and One Day International teams from 4 August 2008 to 7 January 2009 but resigned after just three Tests and nine One Day Internationals, following a dispute with England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked the same day. On 31 May 2012, Pietersen retired from all forms of international limited-overs cricket.

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IPL trading cards
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IPL (Indian Premier League) Cricket trading cards , obverse and reverse. Card of Robin Uthappa facing up

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Virender Sehwag is the leading run-scorer and has played the most matches for the Delhi Daredevils

As of 2012, fifty four cricketers have played for the franchise cricket team Delhi Daredevils (DD), which is one of the teams participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). DD have reached the IPL playoffs thrice, and have topped the group stage table twice; they qualified for the 2009 and 2012 Champions League Twenty20. Virender Sehwag (pictured) has played the most matches: 73 since his debut for the franchise in 2008. He is also the leading run-scorer for DD, scoring 2,087 runs. David Warner has scored two centuries for DD, whereas Sehwag, AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen have scored one each. Pietersen has the team's best batting average: 47.25. Among the bowlers, Amit Mishra has taken more wickets than any other, claiming 46. The best bowling average is Doug Bracewell's 10.66, though among bowlers who have bowled more than 20 overs, Farveez Maharoof has the best average: 19.25. Naman Ojha has taken the most catches as wicket-keeper for DD, with 26, while Dinesh Karthik has made the highest number of stumpings: 13. Sehwag has claimed the highest number of catches among fielders, taking 25.

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