Dravid, and the case of missing local flavour

Unsurprisingly, all teams have a bunch of players - youngsters, promising or otherwise - from the region they are named after, but hardly a few of them actually get a hit, and if they do, it's not for more than a couple of matches in a row. Usually, you'll find one or two locals in the playing XIs, not more. Offhand, I'd say Chennai scores best on this count with Murali Vijay, S Badrinath and R Ashwin featuring regularly, year after year.

updated: April 23, 2013 16:41 IST
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The Indian Premier League is, ostensibly, about city loyalties, about getting crowds in first eight, then ten and now nine cities rooting for their boys and their team.

But maybe I wasn't paying attention, where are the city boys in the teams?

Nine teams. Nine captains. None of them from the corresponding city. Five of them are not even from the corresponding country. Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews are leading five of the teams, and the rest have Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata), Virat Kohli (Bangalore), MS Dhoni (Chennai) and Rahul Dravid (Rajasthan/Jaipur) - no connection with their cities whatsoever.

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