• The decades of troubled student years and struggling businesses were swept aside as Lalit Modi set up cricket's most glamorous and lucrative pro league.

    The man who created what is now called the "the world's hottest sports league" hit his stride after entering the BCCI in 2005. The decades of troubled student years and struggling businesses were swept aside as he set up cricket's most glamorous and lucrative pro league. Lalit Modi speaks to India Today on the surprises of Season 3.

     

    Did the bidding amounts for the two new teams surprise you?

     

    Yes, but a little bit. I expected bids in the $325 million range. I came up with the base price based on internal calculations. Our base price was around $275 million and we proposed $250 million as the minimum. The number we came up is based on a fourth year cash flow breakeven.

     

    How do you expect the new teams to make between $37 million and $33 million in Season 4?

     

    They need to understand that the model we have built is very different

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  • I want to play the role of a finisher for India: Karthik

    In an interview with The Sunday Express, Karthik speaks about his dream of becoming a good finisher for Team India, his purple patch and his ability to adapt within the three formats of the game.

    A day before the Delhi Daredevils-Royal Challengers Bangalore match at the Ferozeshah Kotla, Dinesh Karthik enjoyed a well-deserved break from rigorous practice. In an interview with The Sunday Express, Karthik speaks about his dream of becoming a good finisher for Team India, his purple patch and his ability to adapt within the three formats of the game.

     

    Are you going through your best phase with the bat?

     

    I do feel that I have been batting very well recently. It's tough for me to compare how I was batting before and now, but I am obviously very happy with the way my batting is shaping up and with the way I'm hitting the ball.

     

    Prior to this period, you had a rough time by being in-and-out of the Indian team's dressing room. What do you think went wrong?

     

    When you get dropped, you do sit

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  • On the eve of his team's home game against Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers' Rohit Sharma spoke to Devendra Pandey about his form during the IPL III and his selection to the T20 World Cup squad.

    On the eve of his team's home game against Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers' Rohit Sharma spoke to Devendra Pandey about his form during the IPL III and his selection to the T20 World Cup squad. Excerpts:

     

    You should be feeling at home at DY Patil?

     

    Yes, one can say DY Patil is my home ground. I have played many matches here. We are disappointed to have lost our last game against Rajasthan but with nine matches left, we are hopeful of getting our IPL III campaign back on track.

     

    What are the things you have picked up from the likes of Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs?

     

    They are great team players and I have learnt a lot from them. Symonds is fearless and he can hit a six off any ball - including the first one he faces. One day he told me that a bad ball had its place in the stands and

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