I have ranked the IPL teams in the 2011 season by the creativity of their names.
Even without the city name the team name signifies its Southern origins. By eliminating the city name they have made sure anybody from down south can relate with the team. The best name of the lot!
Kolkata Knight Riders
When you have SRK at the helm, creativity is bound to flow. Remove Kolkata and you still have a very strong brand name.
Kings XI Punjab
Another team owned by a woman with brains that has not used a city name since inception. Even if you remove Punjab, the name sounds good.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Vijay Mallaya is very good at integrating names of his popular sprits in his his other business ventures taking surrogate advertising to a new level! Can’t think of a better name than Royal Challengers!
They have also done away with city name since the beginning. Broader identity. But if you take the Rajasthan moniker away, you don’t have much left.
Very strong city identity. And Daredevils just sounds right with Sehwag being their captain.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
It comes up before the others because of the clever use of the term Tusk, cause Kerala is famous for its elephants. But Why Kochi and Kerala both? Just Kerala Tuskers would have been perfect and I would have put it before RCB.
Pune Warriors India
Pune Warriors is good but why India? Using India/Indian in the name of a local team doesn’t make much sense to me.
My favourite team but I don’t like their name! Mumbai Indians?? What? Are only Mumbaikars Indians? Or is it a team of Indians from Mumbai? Then what is Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh doing in the team? Very very unimaginative name Mukeshbhai!
Chennai Super Kings
Super Kings? This really sounds like a name coming from a B-grade comic strip! Super Kings!!! Who came up with that name? The guy who came up with “Singh is King”?
What do you think? How would you rate them?