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    In pics: Meet the nine IPL 6 captains

    • Not just captain of the Indian team in all formats, MS Dhoni enjoys immense popularity as leader of Chennai Super Kings, who have won the IPL twice (2010, 2011) as well as the Champions League Twenty20 (2011). (AFP)

    • Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is tipped to lead Delhi Daredevils in IPL 6, having previously been vice-captain to Virender Sehwag. (AFP)

    • Having announced that he would not play in the IPL any more, Adam Gilchrist stated earlier this year that he would be available for Kings XI Punjab for the 2013 season. In all likelihood he will lead the side. (AFP)

    • Formerly of Delhi Daredevils for three seasons, Gautam Gambhir was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders and led the team to the play-offs in consecutive years. In 2012,Gambhir captained KKR to the IPL title. (AFP)

    • Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will return to the IPL after four seasons having been purchased by Mumbai Indians, whom he will lead in 2013. (Getty Images)

    • Rahul Dravid will continue as captain of Rajasthan Royals, but will also be the team coach. Dravid was one of Rajasthan’s most consistent batsmen in 2012. (AFP)

    • Virat Kohli, having stepped up as captain in the past when Daniel Vettori was injured or rested, will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore full-time in IPL 6. (AFP)

    • Having captained Deccan Chargers before their termination, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is believed to be the first choice as captain for new IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. (AFP)

    • After Michael Clarke was ruled out of IPL 6 due to injury, Sahara Pune Warriors designated Sri Lanka's Test and ODI skipper Angelo Mathews to lead the side. (Getty Images)