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    In pics: Meet the nine IPL 6 franchises

    • Chennai Super Kings, captained by MS Dhoni, have won the IPL title twice in succession (2010, 2011) and reached the play-offs every season. They were also the first Indian team to win the Champions League Twenty20. (AFP)

    • Captained by Mahela Jayawardene for the upcoming 2013 season, Delhi Daredevils boast a star-studded batting line-up featuring Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder. They have yet to reach the IPL finals. (AFP)

    • The Mohali-based Kings XI Punjab has seen several captaincy changes and has only once passed the group stage, which was in the inaugural 2008 season. Adam Gilchrist was the most recent leader of the franchise. (AFP)

    • After three poor seasons, Kolkata Knight Riders saw a change in fortunes under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, and in 2012 went to win the IPL title beating CSK. (AFP)

    • Owned by Reliance Industries, Mumbai Indians are one of the strongest IPL franchises but have not put their hands on the trophy. The best they came was runners-up in 2010 to CSK. They did win the CLT20 in 2011, however. (AFP)

    • The Sahara-owned Pune Warriors was one of two franchise added to the IPL in 2011, and saw the highest bid by any company in tournament history - $370 million. Pune have yet to make it past the group stages. (AFP)

    • Rajasthan Royals were the first winners of the IPL in 2008, under the leadership of Shane Warne who pulled the team from a poor start all the way to the summit. Since then, though, the team has never reached the knockouts. (AFP)

    • One of the most lucrative franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore have also been one of the most successful and consistent. They reached the semis/playoffs every season apart from 2008 and 2012. (AFP)

    • Sunrisers Hyderabad are the latest IPL entrant and will make their debut in 2013. The team was founded on October 25, 2012 to replace the terminated Deccan Chargers franchise. (Sunrisers Hyderabad)