Breaking Down the 2016 IPL Season

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Indian Premier League is popularly called IPL all over the globe. Dates of the IPL matches have been announced by the IPL Governing Council already. On the 9th April, IPL 2016 is about to start with a grand ceremony. Due to suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, two new teams are introduced in 2016. The new teams are known as following Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions. Both the teams are representing Pune and Rajkot respectively. Suspended teams are eliminated from the league for about two years. The IPL season is expected to end on 29th May. This is the 9th season of IPL.

List of Players for IPL 2016 Season

Team members from the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are picked by the new teams. Pune Supergiants have been purchased by Sanjeev Goenka. Pune has taken MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane. MS Dhoni is designated as the captain of the team. Dhoni has been bought by Pune at a whopping price of 12.5 crores. Following Dhoni, Ajinkya and Ashwin has been obtained at the price of 9.5 crores and 7.5 crores subsequently.

For the Rajkot franchise, Suresh Raina has been elected as the captain. He has got 12.5 crores from the team. Brendon McCullum and Ravindra Jadeja are also part of the team.

Final list of players can be known after 6th February as the IPL auction has been held in Bangalore on the day. Butler and Watson among the foreign players and Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj may draw a lot of attention and money during the auction. Therefore, high price tag can be attached to these players after the auction.

IPL 2016 Predictions

bet365 ReviewPoints of teams are not carried forward in the next year. Therefore, it is quite hard to decide the champion of IPL season each year but this is not stopping the online bookies from making their predictions. However, some prediction can be made according to the strength and caliber of the team. Speculation about the winner can be cleared to some extent after start of the event. Forms of the players can be understood on the occasion.

On the league stage, each team plays twice with the other team. One of the matches is organized in home and other match will be away. In most cases, home is benefitted by hosting matches. Turn of the match can be changed with the players like Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma in the team. Gayle belongs to Royal Challengers Bangalore who can change the result of the match in mere few seconds. Therefore, Royal Challenger Bangalore can shine in IPL 2016 under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indian have won the IPL for two times. Other teams like Deccan Chargers which is known as Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals have also won the game one time each. Teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and King XI Punjab are also credible team. Therefore, beautiful IPL trophy can be lifted by these teams in 2016. New teams can also show their credibility in due course.

What is It with All the Faux Food in Japan?!

Faux foods are a regular sight in Japan and elsewhere. It is a century old tradition and is seen in tapas bars and high end restaurants.

The display of food in restaurant windows can blow your mind with their craftsman ship and aesthetic sense.

They seriously make you want to eat them. And that’s their whole purpose.

Clever, isn’t it?

Japanese Sampuru or samples of fake food has been made traditionally in Japan. But these days they are being made in the US too.

There are workshops being held to learn making faux foods. If you cannot make it to a workshop, then there are the DIY kits that come with instructions on how to make real-looking lettuce!

From rice bowls to noodles, from ice creams to pastries, they can replicate almost any food item.

A famous fake food enthusiast is Akiko Obata. Obata has a Guinness Record to her name. She has a collection of about 8083 artificial food items in her home. Her sister worked at a restaurant and brought home samples of food no longer needed by the restaurant. That piqued her interest and she began to experience the early days of her long standing hobby.

The delicateness of the samples, she appreciates. She has been collecting samples for 30 years now.

The faux food industry is not organized. There is no trade union.

Originally, the industry saw high demand, as Japan was seeing a market boom. With the market slowing down, artists moved to the consumer section of the market to continue their business. The retail customer buys either from the shop or orders online.

The food samples may be made to order or you may ask them to create miniatures for gifting purposes.

These faux foods are used in windows of restaurants for display purposes. The real food if used needs to be replaced each day, causing wastage. A bagel chain store needs to display a bagel every day. Assuming that the bagel costs about$10, and there are 1000 stores its amounts to wasting $10,000 each day!

These artificial foods however aren’t restricted to window displays. They are even used in nutritional education and for consumer research purposes.

Though they are more expensive to create, they last for a long time. That also causes some of these manufacturers to see declining profits.

With artists getting to the minutest detail in their craftsmanship, these artificial foods look as real as possible. The real food is created in kitchen, the prop food in studios.

These foods feature in movies too.

One can view the food before actually tasting it. These models are meant to make food visually appealing. They are a true feast for the eyes.

Though the practice is quite old, Oddity Central would have us believe that these foods items weren’t displayed in glass cases until 1926.

Though business isn’t lucrative since these last forever and require only once-in-a while cleaning, the artists have fun making these wonderfully real-looking replica foods.