The eight captains of IPL 2015 © IANS
Which IPL captain will take home the trophy this time? © IANS

After the thrill and heartbreak of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, it is now time for the world to once again become a smaller place with Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 kicking off from April 8, 2015. The eight teams, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and Delhi Daredevils (DD) will battle it out for the IPL 8 trophy. IPL 2015: Top 10 veterans who have done consistently well since IPL 2008

Here is a look at each of the eight squads:

CSK KKR RCB KXIP MI RR SRH DD
MS Dhoni (c) Gautam Gambhir (c) Virat Kohli (c) George Bailey (c) Rohit Sharma (c) Shane Watson (c) David Warner (c) JP Duminy (c)
Suresh Raina Sunil Narine Chris Gayle Virender Sehwag Harbhajan Singh Ajinkya Rahane Shikhar Dhawan Yuvraj Singh
Ravichandran Ashwin Manish Pandey AB de Villiers Glenn Maxwell Lasith Malinga Steven Smith Dale Steyn Zaheer Khan
Ravindra Jadeja Robin Uthappa Darren Sammy David Miller Kieron Pollard Sanju Samson Karn Sharma Angelo Mathews
Mohit Sharma Umesh Yadav Mitchell Starc Mitchell Johnson Ambati Rayudu Pravin Tambe KL Rahul Amit Mishra
Ashish Nehra Yusuf Pathan  Dinesh Karthik Murali Vijay Lendl Simmons Tim Southee Ishant Sharma Mohammed Shami
 Irfan Pathan Andre Russell  Subramanium Badrinath Shaun Marsh Vinay Kumar James Faulkner Trent Boult Manoj Tiwary
Faf du Plessis Ryan ten Doeschate  Sean Abbott Akshar Patel Corey Anderson Karun Nair Kane Williamson Jaydev Unadkat
Brendon McCullum Shakib Al Hasan  Adam Milne Sandeep Sharma Aiden Blizzard Dhawal Kulkarni Bhuvneshwar Kumar Saurabh Tiwary
Dwayne Bravo Kuldeep Yadav Nic Maddinson Wriddhiman Saha Jasprit Bumrah Chris Morris Naman Ojha Quinton de Kock
Dwayne Smith Morne Morkel Ashok Dinda Manan Vohra Aditya Tare Vikramjeet Malik Praveen Kumar Mayank Agarwal
 Michael Hussey Azhar Mahmood Manvinder Bisla Thisara Perera Pawan Suyal Rajat Bhatia Siddharth Kaul Imran Tahir
Ishwar Pandey Johan Botha Varun Aaron Rishi Dhawan Mitchell McClenaghan Stuart Binny Ashish Reddy Albie Morkel
Baba Aparajith KC Cariappa Vijay Zol Anureet Singh Marchant de Lange Ben Cutting Parvez Rasool Kedar Jadhav
Mithun Manhas Piyush Chawla  Sarfaraz Khan Karanveer Singh Unmukt Chand Ankit Sharma Moises Henriques Nathan Coulter-Nile
Pawan Negi Pat Cummins  Jalaj Saxena Nikhil Naik Aaron Finch Brainder Sran Ravi Bopara Srikar Bharat
 Rahul Sharma Aditya Garhwal  Shishir Bhavane Parvinder Awana Parthiv Patel Deepak Hooda Ricky Bhui Shreyas Iyer
Ankush Bains Brad Hogg Iqbal Abdullah Gurkeerat Singh Mann Siddhesh Lad Abhishek Nayar Chama Milind Dominic Joseph Muthuswamy
 Pratyush Singh Sheldon Jackson  David Wiese Yogesh Golwalkar Abhimanyu Mithun Dinesh Salunkhe Eoin Morgan CM Gautam
Ronit More Sumit Narwal Rilee Rossouw Beuran Hendricks Shreyas Gopal Rahul Tewatia Prasanth Padmanabhan KK Jiyas
 Eklavya Dwivedi Veer Pratap Singh Abu Nechim Shivam Sharma Akshay Wakhare Dishant Yagnik Bipul Sharma Travis Head
Matt Henry Vaibhav Rawal Harshal Patel Shardul Thakur Pragyan Ojha Sagar Trivedi Hanuma Vihari Shahbaz Nadeem
Samuel Badree Suryakumar Yadav Yuzvendra Chahal   Hardik Pandya Juan Theron Marcus Stoinis
Andrew Tye   Sandeep Warrier   J Suchith Pradeep Sahu Gurinder Sandhu
Kyle Abbott Yogesh Takawale   Jayant Yadav

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith,  Michael Hussey, Ishwar Pandey, Baba Aparajith, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi,  Rahul Sharma, Ankush Bains, Pratyush Singh, Ronit More, Eklavya Dwivedi, Matt Henry, Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye, Kyle Abbott. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2015: Kings of consistency look to rule again

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Kuldeep Yadav, Morne Morkel, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha, KC Cariappa, Piyush Chawla, Pat Cummins, Aditya Garhwal, Brad Hogg, Sheldon Jackson, Sumit Narwal, Veer Pratap Singh, Vaibhav Rawal, Suryakumar Yadav. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2015, Preview: A well-balanced unit with a hunger for success

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Darren Sammy, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik, Subramanium Badrinath, Sean Abbott, Adam Milne, Nic Maddinson, Ashok Dinda, Manvinder Bisla, Varun Aaron, Vijay Zol, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane, Iqbal Abdullah, David Wiese, Rilee Rossouw, Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Jalaj Saxena. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2015: Stats preview

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Vijay, Shaun Marsh, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra, Thisara Perera, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Nikhil Naik, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Yogesh Golwalkar, Beuran Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar,Corey Anderson, Aiden Blizzard, Jasprit Bumrah, Aditya Tare, Pawan Suyal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Marchant de Lange, Unmukt Chand, Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel, Siddhesh Lad, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal, Pragyan Ojha, Hardik Pandya
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Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Pravin Tambe, Tim Southee, James Faulkner, Karun Nair, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Morris, Vikramjeet Malik, Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny, Ben Cutting, Ankit Sharma, Brainder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Nayar, Dinesh Salunkhe, Rahul Tewatia, Dishant Yagnik, Sagar Trivedi, Juan Theron, Pradeep Sahu.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Naman Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Ashish Reddy, Parvez Rasool, Moises Henriques, Ravi Bopara, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Eoin Morgan, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Bipul Sharma, Hanuma Vihari.

Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy (c), Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Angelo Mathews, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Saurabh Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mayank Agarwal, Imran Tahir, Albie Morkel, Kedar Jadhav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Srikar Bharat, Shreyas Iyer, Dominic Joseph Muthuswamy, CM Gautam, KK Jiyas, Travis Head, Shahbaz Nadeem, Marcus Stoinis, Gurinder Sandhu, Jayant Yadav. Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2015: Fresh team set sights on bigger awards