The glamour and the excitement will return. There would be superstars on the field as well as in the stands. SRK would return with his entourage. KP would thankfully be on the field rather than in the broadcasting studios. The cheerleaders would suddenly appear prettier. Passionate Indian fans would fill the stadium singing chants of their favourite teams. The atmosphere would suddenly become, as Ravi Shastri would describe it, electrifying. ‘The Shaz and Waz show’ will return. While Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar would be back in the commentary box defending the BCCI and the direct inclusion of 4 Indian teams in the CLT20 (hopefully Nasser Hussain would stay away), the legendary Wasim Akram would be in the dugout as the bowling coach of KKR. Rameez Raja would try desperately (through his unique one-liners) to include himself in the limelight and be a part of the bandwagon. Suddenly Centurion would seem like the colossal Eden Gardens or the historic Ferozshah Kotla – all the recipes for an appetising Indian Derby! Let us hope that the razzmatazz lives to its hype. Let us hope that the cricket does not disappoint for the proof of the pudding lies in its taste!
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Manvinder Bisla(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Brett Lee, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Iqbal Abdulla, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shami Ahmed, Debabrata Das
Delhi Daredevils (From): Mahela Jayawardene(c), David Warner, Virender Sehwag, Ross Taylor, Andre Russell, Naman Ojha(w), Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Ajit Agarkar, Unmukt Chand, Morne Morkel, Kevin Pietersen, Aavishkar Salvi