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IPL 7: And the party begins…

The seventh edition of the IPL kicks off in UAE on Wednesday, Mumbai Indians and KKR lock horns in the opener.

The seventh edition opener sees Kolkata Knight Riders in action against the defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. It will be a heavyweight clash as both teams have enough star power to create a contest out of opening fixture (Twitter)

In focus will be struggling allrounder Yusuf Pathan, who has lost his place in the Indian team, and experienced a heavy price cut during the auctions (Twitter)

As far as the Mumbai unit is concerned, there is enough experience in their ranks. An experienced coaching staff and Sachin Tendulkar's presence in and around the nets (Twitter)

Zaheer Khan, who is expected to lead their attack, will get to test his fitness ahead of a long English summer. A good show in the IPL will improve his chances of boarding the flight to England (Twitter)

While the teams were shuffling between practice sessions and sponsors, Chennai Super Kings were in a peppy mood. Skipper Dhoni's laundry comment on spot-fixing scandal echoes the mood of this unit (Twitter)

Like most teams, Chennai Super Kings too enjoyed a day at the Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi (Twitter)

With a lot of star power around, Kevin Pietersen, who will play the complete season after England axe, is expected to tower above the rest. Leading the Delhi Daredevils, who had a disappointing last year, KP will be the cynosure of all eyes (Twitter)

Out of the Indian team, IPL comes as a golden opportunity for Virender Sehwag to make a comeback into the scheme of things. The aggressive right-hander had a decent T20 tournament with Delhi, and an excellent IPL can well help him make a comeback (Twitter)

The glass turner is back! Muralitharan, playing for the RCB, was spotted bowling in the nets. The slow and low pitches of UAE will suit his style of bowling. Does he care? He can turn it anywhere (Twitter)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore unit sweat it out in the nets. The Virat Kohli-led unit have not one the IPL so far. Can they do it this time around?

Slow pitches no problem as this bowler knows only one way to bowl - fast. On pitches where spinners dictated terms, Steyn was very effective in the ICC World T20. Pace, coupled with his accuracy and movement he generates, he will make life tough for the batters (Twitter)

Young, energetic and exciting are the words for the Rajasthan Royals. Led by Shane Watson this year, the team will look to put their spot-fixing past behind and make a fresh start with the balanced unit they have (Twitter)