Here is your complete guide to IPL 2015

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It is the month of April and the Indian Premier League (IPL 8) is back. This year's Twenty20 tournament will be played from 8 April to 24 May. (Squads)

The Schedule; List of players sold at auction; Watch matches for free; Opening Nite details

Despite controversies, IPL generates huge interest among the fans and this year too is likely to be the same. All 8 teams are ready for the battle. (Last year's news, statistics, photos)

KKR, the defending champions

Here is your complete guide to IPL 2015 (IPL 8)

Opening match - Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Mumbai Indians (MI) - 8 April (8 PM IST), Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Final - 24 May (8 PM IST), Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Opening ceremony - 7 April (7.30 PM IST), Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Last year's champions - KKR

Total matches - 60

Total match-days - 47

Which channels will telecast matches Live? - Sony Max and Sony Six

Match start times - 4 PM and 8 PM IST

Most expensive player - Yuvraj Singh of Delhi Daredevils (DD) - Rs 16 crores

Prize money - Winner - Rs 15 crores; Runner-up - Rs 10 crores

Awards - Orange Cap (most runs scored); Purple Cap (most wickets taken); Most Valuable Player; Fair Play, Emerging Player; Catch of the tournament. Check out who won the awards last  year


Stadiums - 12

Ahmedabad - Sardar Patel Stadium (Capacity - 54,000)

Bengaluru - M Chinnaswamy Stadium (36,760)

Chennai - MA Chidambaram Stadium (37,220)

Delhi - Ferozeshah Kotla (55,000)

Hyderabad - Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (55,000)

Kolkata - Eden Gardens (66,349)

Mohali - Punjab Cricket Association Stadium (40,000)

Mumbai - Wankhede Stadium (33,482)

Mumbai - Brabourne Stadium (20,000)

Pune - MCA International Stadium (36,000)

Raipur - Chhattisgarh International Cricket Stadium (50,000)

Visakhapatnam - ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium (25,000)

CSK's captain Dhoni (left) and coach Fleming


The 8 captains

CSK - MS Dhoni (India)

DD - JP Duminy (South Africa)

KXIP - George Bailey (Australia)

KKR - Gautam Gambhir (India)

MI - Rohit Sharma (India)

RCB - Virat Kohli (India)

RR - Shane Watson (Australia)

SRH - David Warner (Australia)

Yuvraj will play for Delhi this year. He was bought for a record Rs 16 crores


The 8 coaches

CSK - Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)

DD - Gary Kirsten (South Africa)

KXIP - Sanjay Bangar (India)

KKR - Trevor Bayliss (Australia)

MI - Ricky Ponting (Australia)

RCB - Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

RR - Paddy Upton (South Africa)

SRH - Tom Moody (Australia)


Official Twitter handle - @IPL

Official hashtag - #PepsiIPL


Past champions

2008 - Rajasthan Royals

2009 - Deccan Chargers

2010 - Chennai Super Kings

2011 - CSK

2012 - Kolkata Knight Riders

2013 - Mumbai Indians

2014 - KKR

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