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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket championship in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla, who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.

In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in association with Indiatimes. Its brand value is estimated to be around US$2.92 billion in fourth season. However, the league has been engulfed by series of corruption scandals where allegations of cricket betting, money laundering and spot fixing were witnessed.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (often abbreviated as KKR) is a cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League and owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta from the Mehta Group. The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. The bowling legend, Wasim Akram is the team's bowling consultant and mentor. Sourav Ganguly, who was the team's Icon Player for the first three seasons, captained the side in the first and third seasons of the tournament while Brendon McCullum led the team in the intervening period. The team won its first title in 2012 by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at their home ground in Chennai.

The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are purple and gold. The brand value of the Kolkata Knight Riders was estimated at $57.5 million in 2011, ranking third amongst all ten teams. Although the team has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, it was surrounded with controversy and poor on-field performance through the first three years of the tournament. The team's performance, however, improved from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs and made it to the Champions League Twenty20. They eventually became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012.

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Cameron Leon White (born 18 August 1983) is an Australian cricketer and former Australian Twenty20 captain. A powerful middle order batsman and right-arm leg-spin bowler, White made his first-class cricket debut as a teenager in the 2000–01 season for the Victorian Bushrangers as a bowling all-rounder. Early comparisons with Victoria team-mate Shane Warne faded as White took on a role closer to that of Andrew Symonds, a batsman who bowled occasionally.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
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Spectators cheering for the Deccan Chargers team at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in a match between Hyderabad Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders

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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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