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Cricket is big in India. So big, in fact, that 50 years hence, it may just be believed that the game was invented in India, and not in England. And Bollywood is jumping into the bandwagon. Here is a look at what some tele-celebs think of the new format.

Mukul Dev

What is your view on IPL?
I think it's a fantastic format in cricket. For me it's entertainment at its peak. I am looking forward to IPL, especially because of Shah Rukh's team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. I am very excited about this.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
The Kolkata Knight Riders.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
That would be Sourav Ganguly.

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
Not at all. I think the presence of Bollywood has nothing to do with the game.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
No I don't think so.

Sharad Kelkar:

What is your view on IPL?
IPL and 20-20 are really entertaining. People want to watch more of it.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
Sachin Tendulkar is my favorite player so undoubtedly, Mumbai Indians.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
My prediction is, Virender Sehwag.

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
I think nothing can affect their play as they all are bunch of professional players and very dedicated towards their game.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
No. In the earlier days, there was not much money involved in the game. Now, however, cricket has become one of the professions.

Ronit Roy:

What is your view on IPL?
It is a good concept and I think it is going to be very entertaining.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
I am not supporting any team. Both Mumbai and Kolkata are close to me so I am finding it difficult to choose one particular team. Also, this time, it is India vs India, and that makes it more difficult.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
Difficult to predict right now. Let the series begin.

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
I don't think so.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
I don't think that government will ever let betting become legalized. Our system is not so liberal. So I don't think that it will ever happen

Varun Badola:

What is your view on IPL?
It is a fantastic concept.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
I prefer to cheer for any team which becomes the underdog. I do not prefer champions.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
It depends. We can't predict that right now.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
It should have been legalized 5-10 years ago. Anyway, I don't think that they will legalize betting.

Gautam Rode:

What are your views on IPL?
It is interesting as most of the teams are owned by stars and at the same time it is more commercialized than cricket. Everyone will watch it because of the commercialization rather than the game of cricket. It is fun and entertainment, basically, we can't call it sports - it is totally commercial. It's just about money, commercials and all that with stars attending the functions.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
I don't know who is in which team, but since I love Tendulkars game, I will be cheering for his team.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
I think it should be Andrew Symonds. He is a great player.

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
I don't think it will affect the players in any way. They will be able to play their game.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
I don't know much about that so I can't comment.

Megha Gupta:

What are your views on IPL?
See I am not a very cricket person so I am neither for nor against the IPL. As long as it is healthy, I think it is good.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
That would be Preity Zintas team.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
I really don't know who is playing for which team so I really can't comment on that.

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
In fact, I think that the presence of Bollywood celebs will boost the morale of the players.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
I don't think it will get legalized, and, as far as I am concerned, it should not.

Mona Singh:

What are your views on IPL?
The concept of IPL is new, and I think it will take some time to click with cricket lovers in this country. I am looking forward to the matches and the added glamour. In fact, I will be in Kolkata to watch one of the Knight Riders matches.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
The Kolkata Knight Riders. I love the gold Shah Rukh Khan has used for the team.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
I am a big Dravid fan and also a Ganguly fan. Both of them are in different teams so let's see (laughs).

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
No not at all, I think all these are for the promotion of the matches and to create excitement and to build up the excitement. I am sure people will go and watch the matches because they will not only be able to see the cricketers but they will also get to see their favourite stars. It's a very American idea and it won't hamper in the performances at all.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries?
Let's see what the IPL does. It is a very new trend and it is very new to India – we have always supported India against teams from other nations, but now we have to chose teams from Mohali, Kolkata, etc. Let's see how it fares.

Amit Verma:

What are your views on IPL?
I think it is very interesting, although I prefer the 50-over format. Also, some of our favourite players will be in one team, which was not possible earlier. It will be nice to see McGrath and Sachin playing together.

Which team would you cheer for in IPL?
Undoubtedly Sachin Tendulkar's team.

Who, according to you, is the strongest contender for the 'Man of the Series' title?
Man of the Series or Man of the Match, for me, Sachin Tendulkar is the only contender, since he is my favourite.

Do you think the presence of Bollywood personalities during the IPL matches will affect the performances of a player?
I don't think it will affect the performance of the players. Besides, this is Twenty20 - the game will be played with more entertainment and with more aggression than a fifty-over match. The players will be totally focused and have a great time, too. I think they will make the most of it and enjoy themselves.

Do you think that with business houses and celebrities owning teams, betting on the game will soon be legalized as it is in some other countries? I think it's an interesting move, a good money making strategy also. People from outside India will take India very seriously. So it will be like a brand name and it will become popular.

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