Kochi

Kochi Tuskers Kerala

Kochi is one of the two new franchises in the Indian Premier League for 2011 and they will be making their debut in the tournament with a new roster of players. Kochi is located in the south-west of India in the state of Kerala and is owned by Kochi Cricket Pvt ltd, who will no doubt be looking for their team to hit the ground running this season.

Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson will be the head coach of Kochi for 2011 and 2012 but he will be expected to bring success to the team after the huge amount of money that was spent at the auction. The home games for Kochi will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kerala for 2011 but will move to a top class 50,000 capacity facility in 2012.

Kochi made a losing start on their IPL debut as they lwere defeated by six wickets to the Royal Challengers Bangalor

Kochi IPL Squad 2011

Kochi were heavily involved with the 2011 IPL Auction with 17 players coming into the squad, including the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Bowlers
S Sreesanth
RP Singh
Ramesh Powar
R. Vinay Kumar
Muttiah Muralitharan
Raiphi Vincent Gomez
Prasanth Padmanabhan
Y Gnaneswara Rao
Brendon McCullum

Batsmen
VVS Laxman
Mahela Jayawardene - Captain
Brad Hodge
Chandan Madan
Owais Shah
Michael Klinger
Kedar Jadhav
Tanmay Srivastava
Sushant Marathe
Deepak Chougule

All rounders
Ravindra Jadeja
Steven Smith
Thisara Perera
Stephen O'Keefe
John Hastings
Balachandra Akhil
Yashpal Singh

Wicket keeper
Parthiv Patel