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    Key players: Royal Challengers, Bangalore

    • Kevin Pietersen: One of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket, Kevin Pietersen is slowly finding the old touch back. And if he gets his act together on flat Indian pitches, the news cannot be good for the other seven teams. (AFP Photo)

    • Robin Uthappa: One of India's best shotmakers, Robin Uthappa will be looking to come out all guns blazing in this year's IPL. The Karnataka player is likely to open the batting and can do some serious damage with his whirlwind style. (AFP Photo)

    • Anil Kumble: The old warhorse showed in the last season of IPL he still has enough fuel left in the tank. Last year's finalists will be on a high and Kumble with his experience and guile will look to take them one step further this year. (AFP Photo)

    • Mark Boucher: One of Bangalore's key players. Boucher holds the team together with consistent glovework and rearguard action with the bat. Boucher will be the finisher for the Royal Challengers and hence, the likely deciding factor in crunch games. (AFP Photo)

    • Roelf van der Merwe: He is the hot-headed enigmatic all-rounder. van der Merve is one of the best T20 tweakers and has ability to strike lusty blows with the bat. He will be one of the sureshot picks in the four foreign slots. (AFP Photo)

    • Jacques Kallis: He is every skipper's dream. The world's leading all-rounder will seek to make handy contributions both with the bat and the ball. Kallis is in great form and will be the vital cog for the Reds. (AFP Photo)