Share This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on It’s Tough to Be a Bug at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.What is It’s Tough to Be a Bug?It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a 3-D/multi-sensory show starring Flik from Disney Pixar’s film A Bug’s Life. Through the use of a 3-D screen, audio-animatronics, and effects, Flik and other bugs attempt to demonstrate the importance of bugs, but also that it’s really tough to be one!Where is It’s Tough to Be a Bug?©DisneyIt’s Tough to Be a Bug is located inside the base of the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.What is the History of It’s Tough to Be a Bug?When creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there was an idea to place an attraction inside the Tree of Life, the park’s icon. It was decided a show would be produced based off of Disney Pixar’s A Bug’s Life which had yet to be released in theaters.It’s Tough to Be a Bug and Disney’s Animal Kingdom park opened April 22, 1998 while “A Bug’s Life” wasn’t released in theaters until November 25, 1998. Fun Fact: Andrew Stanton, the director of Finding Nemo, voiced Hopper in the attraction in the place of Kevin Spacey.Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort received it’s own It’s Tough to Be a Bug as part of its A Bug’s Land. However, the attraction closed in 2018 with the rest of the land to make way for the park’s Marvel-themed expansion.What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?(c) DisneyI personally love this queue and consider it one of Disney World’s best! Guests enter the queue from the bustling pathway around Discovery Island which then takes them to the base of the Tree of Life.As guests follow the winding paths, they begin to feel small in comparison to the giant carved tree and its roots. It’s almost as if they’re the size of bugs? Guests eventually enter the base of the Tree of Life and into a holding room which looks like a tunnel dug by bugs! There’s even little mushrooms growing out of the walls serving as lights; and yes, even a giant dung ball. Here guests are given their 3-D bug glasses to become “honorary bugs.”Throughout the trek to the Tree of Life, guests are treated to close-up views of the tree’s breathtaking animal carvings. Photographers will especially enjoy the perspective it supplies. There are also posters scattered throughout showcasing the different bug acts from the show. My favorites, however, are the posters of well-known shows but with an insect twist, such as Web Side Story and My Fair Ladybug!What is the Theater Like for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?(c) DisneyLike most Disney Park theaters, the theater for It’s Tough to Be a Bug accommodates a lot of guests and every seat offers a view of the stage and screen. The theater itself is especially cool in that it looks like an underground cavern constructed by bugs!I should mention that this 3-D theater is unique in that the theater seats include effects which make guests feel like bugs are crawling behind them and under them!What Do You Need to Know About the It’s Tough to Be a Bug Experience?The show begins with Flik welcoming guests as honorary bugs to learn how tough it is to actually be a bug. Different bug acts take the stage, such as a tarantula which throws quills and a termite that sprays acid at the audience. An audio-animatronic Hopper soon makes an appearance, but with intentions to really teach humans a lesson. A can of bug spray sprays the audience and the theater goes dark. Guests feel poking sensations from the back of the seats to simulate the movement of bugs. Black widow spiders then descend from the ceiling.Hopper is scared off thanks to a chameleon, and the show comes to an end with a musical number by several bugs. Right before guests stand to leave, an effect simulates the feeling of movement under foot which are also meant to be bugs leaving the theater.It’s Tough to Be a Bug is intended to be humorous; and for a few guests, it succeeds. But for most guests, not so much. The problem is the show highlights the creepy crawliness of bugs and their scarier aspects instead of their endearing ones. Coupled with 3-D, darkness, and sensory effects, this show can be incredibly scary and upsetting for kids and adults!The show spans about 9 minutes.What Do You Need to Know About Accessibility for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?Guests may remain in a wheelchair to experience It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Due to the nature of this attraction, guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at the attraction for boarding information.What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?Since It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a show, there are no height requirements or safety warnings. With that being said, guests should be aware of the intense sensory experiences, the simulated movement of bugs under guests’ feet and behind their back, as well as moments of darkness, fog, 3-D effects, and loud sounds. It’s by no means a relaxing experience. Be sure to know what the kids and members in your group can handle before experiencing It’s Tough to Be a Bug.What are the Height Restrictions for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?There are no height restrictions for It’s Tough to Be a Bug.What Do You Need to Know About FastPass+ for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?It’s Tough to Be a Bug offers FastPass+ reservations. Although, using FastPass+ for most shows at Walt Disney World is often a waste. Most of the time, the only waiting required for a show is waiting for the next show to start as Disney Park theaters accommodate large crowds and offer multiple showings throughout the day.So save those FastPass+ reservations for a ride and check out It’s Tough to Be a Bug when you need to fill time.Does Weather Affect It’s Tough to Be a BugThis attraction is indoors and out of the elements so weather shouldn’t be an issue. Unless the queue is extended outside of the building, guests waiting to ride will be out in the weather as well.What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience It’s Tough to Be a Bug?It’s Tough to Be a Bug is rarely crowded even on the busiest days. Go in the morning after Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, and DINOSAUR.This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for It’s Tough to Be a Bug! when you visit on a day with a given Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see It’s Tough to Be a Bug! Wait Times.Did I answer all of your questions about It’s Tough to Be a Bug? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.
Tigers end WVC season with 2-3 recordBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Bryce Gadke and Jacob Limmex each won in straight sets, and the Marshfield boys tennis team finished its Wisconsin Valley Conference regular-season schedule with a 4-3 win over Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday at the Boson Courts.Gadke won at the No. 1 singles and Limmex at No. 2 by identical 6-3, 6-3 scores.Dylan Handrich and Sam Trudeau won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, and Tanner Boson and Tom Kruger won in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3, at No. 3 doubles for Marshfield’s other two wins.The Tigers finish the WVC dual meet schedule with a 2-3 record. Marshfield will compete at the Tomah Quad on Saturday and at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Wausau East and West high schools.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3Singles: 1. Bryce Gadke (M) def. Dane Steidl 6-3, 6-3; 2. Jacob Limmex (M) def. Zach Gilmaster 6-3, 6-3; 3. Tyler Wolosek (WR) def. John Weisenberger 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; 4. Ryan Graczkowski (WR) def. Tyler Droste 6-1, 6-1.Doubles: 1. Dylan Handrich-Sam Trudeau (M) def. Josh Beyer-Stevie Hanzlik 6-3, 6-1; 2. Sam O’Shasky-Shane Glinski (WR) def. Austin Christianson-Jared Draxler 6-1, 6-1; 3. Tanner Boson-Tom Kruger (M) def. Luke Mertes-Marcus Bean 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3.Records: Wisconsin Rapids 1-4; Marshfield 2-3.
Bangkok-based Thai AirAsia X has passed a major international safety audit, the International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA), that covers more than 1060 separate parameters.Thai AirAsia X is a JV between Thai nationals Tassapon Bijleveld and Julpas Krueospon with 51% share and Air Asia X with 49%.Thai AirAsia X operates 8 A330s to 7 destinations in Asia.The operational safety audit is compulsory for IATA members and airlines that have completed the audit have a safety record almost four times better than those that have not.See the video of ANA A380 superjumbo turtle being painted.Now 427 airlines have completed the audit, which is renewed every two years.The completion of the audit elevates the Thai operation from three stars to six-stars out of a possible seven-star safety rating with AirlineRatings.com.The airline is the fifth in AirAsia Group to become IOSA accredited following AirAsia X Malaysia in 2015, AirAsia Indonesia in August 2018, AirAsia Malaysia in September 2018 and AirAsia Philippine in November 2018.Nadda Buranasiri, Group CEO of AirAsia X, said the carrier’s completion of the IOSA accreditation process confirms the ongoing focus on continual improvement in the areas of operational and safety integrity and is a testament to the hard work of the whole team at AirAsia X Thailand.“I would like to thank all our team members for their diligent and stringent work to ensure robust safety and service procedures that meet the highest world safety standards. Our achievement of IOSA is a credit to all of your efforts and will instill further confidence amongst our passengers,” Mr. Nadda said.IATA is a world-recognized aviation industry operations, management and standards control inspection and evaluation agency. The IOSA accreditation process covers eight key areas, namely; corporate organization and management systems, flight operations, operational control – flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling, cargo operations, and operational security.The awarding of the IOSA accreditation is expected to be a major boost for the airline.The IOSA certification audit is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.The audit covers eight functional and operational areas: organization and management system, flight operations, operational control, and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations, and security management.IOSA was introduced to stem the increasing number of crashes in the late 1990s and into the beginning of the last decade.The AirAsia Group airlines fly to 165 destinations in 25 countries.It has just ordered or reconfirmed orders for 100 A330s for its AirAsia X operation.Also, it is evaluating Airbus’ long-range version of the A321neo as it moves to target more destinations within a range of seven hours.Powered by CFM International’s LAEP-1A engines, the A321neo LR, is due to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is designed to carry up to 240 passengers 4000 nautical miles.
Deep linking is hot, and for good reason: it can make mobile search much more powerful by making it more predictive. In a world governed by small screen sizes and large intent, that’s a huge asset.And it’s why deep linking startup URX recently introduced AppViews, a product with the not-so-modest goal of “understand[ing] what a user is doing and what could make them happier.”See also: Don’t Look Now, But Deep Linking Just Got HotTo better understand not only AppViews but the innovative deep linking marketplace, and whether the increased intelligence buried in deep links will lead to privacy concerns, I sat down with URX marketing chief (and former Googler) Mike Fyall (@mikefyall). Going Deep On Deep LinksReadWrite: Why is deep linking important? And is there more to it than people generally think?Fyall: Deep links help users travel directly inside of an app to the right place, similar to a URL on the web. They help users save time, marketers create better campaigns, and developers build cross app experiences. Deep links will also usher in much needed new tools for app discovery and engagement. The deep link itself is just an address; however, as companies like Google, Facebook, URX, and others build an understanding of the content behind deep links we’ll be able to recommend apps to users when they are most relevant and useful. This is happening today. For example, Google is showing app content in search results, and companies like URX are building products (AppViews) that recommend relevant apps based on a users context. We’ll see lots of innovation here in the coming years, particularly as daily transactions inside of mobile apps continues to increase.Everything Is ConnectedReadWrite: What sort of data does URX glean from deep linking? Fyall: When URX crawls webpages with deep links on them, we capture information about the page content—for example the headline, keywords, images, and other metadata—using similar techniques to how search engines index webpages today. This helps us understand where the deep link goes so we can recommend it at the right time.URX can also check to see if a user has a given app installed before deciding which AppViews is most relevant. ReadWrite: When announcing AppViews, you talked about building an understanding of the entities inside mobile apps and how they relate to each other and the physical world. What does that mean?Fyall: In order to show relevant AppViews for a given context, we need to understand how people, places, things, and concepts relate across apps. For example, the “Beyonce” that you can listen to in Spotify is the same “Beyonce” you can also listen to in SoundCloud, or buy concert tickets for in Stubhub. Without this understanding, “Beyonce” is simply a 7 letter word to a computer and you can’t figure out what a user might want to do next.We’ve have a team of data scientists working on our knowledge graph (short explanatory video) for over a year. We utilized the Freebase project to kick it off and continually enhance it as more data flows through our system. Today, if a user is browsing a story about Beyonce we have a host of possible destinations a user might be interested in visiting.ReadWrite: You talk about suggesting the “next action” to make users “happier,” but how can you discern what they really want from deep links?Fyall: AppViews are about giving users a relevant recommendation for what they want to do next. To them, we aren’t offering a deep link: we are helping them discover content or take action. We named it “AppViews” as the goal is to give the user a glimpse inside other app before deciding to leave their current experience.The higher the user engagement is with AppViews, the better job we’ve done for users.ReadWrite: Who pays for this? Meaning, a developer might want to surface content to me in her app, but presumably you’re not going to show it to me unless it will make me happy, right? How does this work?Fyall: To date, we’ve seen the majority of developers implement AppViews to add functionality to their site and getting paid is secondary. Nexercise, the developer of the Sworkit fitness app, told us they’ve seen a host of positive reviews and feedback when they added the ability for users to listen to music before they workout.In terms of the business model, advertisers will be able to pay for “Promoted AppViews” which will appear alongside related content. For a promoted AppView, the developer receives a majority of the revenue and URX take a cut as well. Developers have complete control over the format and types of recommendations shown.All The Pieces MatterReadWrite: With AppViews you’re getting into big data-type applications, not merely mechanical “Click here to go to the right place in an app.” Where does this lead? (And will it be a privacy problem?)Fyall: Deep links are the required infrastructure to build the new mobile discovery platforms that are so desperately needed on mobile. For as powerful and amazing as apps have become, we’re still stuck browsing through app stores and can’t move intelligently between apps. URX is one of several companies trying to reinvent how we discover and engage with content on our phones.Most mobile ads today, for example those shown on Facebook or exchanges like MoPub, are targeted toward users based on demographics or previous behavior where privacy is a strong concern. However, AppViews are shown purely based what someone is doing right now— it doesn’t matter who you are, just want you might want to do. So privacy shouldn’t be a problem for AppViews now or in the future.Lead image courtesy of PicBasement Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#deep linking#deep links#Mike Fyall#mobile#mobile advertising#URX What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
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For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. READ: Alejandro laments not playing more years under NU coach Jarin“My UAAP career has been fun especially my last year with coach Jamike, that’s really been my best memory,” said Alejandro, who played in his final UAAP game after NU lost to University of the Philippines, 106-81, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What made it special was I had the chance to play under coach Jamike who we all know is a multi-titled coach in the UAAP and the NCAA.”READ: Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro played just one year for National University head coach Jamike Jarin, but the graduating Bulldog said that lone year has been the most special in his UAAP tenure.And all that was thanks to Jarin.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jarin was an eight-time UAAP juniors champion with Ateneo and a one-time NCAA seniors champion with San Beda and that was the kind of pedigree that Alejandro admired.Another thing that drew Alejandro, who is a one-time UAAP champion back in Season 77, to Jarin was the trust the mentor gave him.“The sweetest thing was he allowed Matt (Salem) and I to be captains.”Alejandro added Jarin rarely talked to them about basketball and evoked an aura not of a coach’s, but of a father figure.“He’s like a father figure to us, we actually talk more about other things not about basketball,” said Alejandro, who finished with 16 points and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim UST averts winless season, beats UE “Every night he’ll send me a random text, and we’re always talking. That’s extra special for me.”
SRH vs KXIPWelcome to the live coverage of the 39th match of the IPL between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad. FULL COVERAGERidign high on brilliant batting performances from Wriddhiman Saha (54 off 26), Manan Vohra (47 off 20) Glenn Maxwell (43 off 22) Punjab once again managed to chase a huge total of 206 runs by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Earlier, after being invited to bat first, Hyderabad’s Naman Ojha’s explosive batting (79 off 36) helped SRH reach 205 but they, as a team failed to defend the total. Saha was declared man of the match. Now Glenn Maxwell coming in to bat after Saha’s departure.7.1 over: Big blow for Punjab, Saha (54 off 26) has been dismissed, stumped by Naman Ojha. Punjab 95/2. 0.2 over: Early jolt to Punjab, Sehwag has been sent back by Bhuvneshwar. Sehwag (4 off 2) c&b Kumar Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag have a tough task ahead. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open Sunrisers bowling attack. After being invited to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to put up a huge total of 205 against the Punjab. Hyderabad’s opening pair Dhawan and Finch gave a steady start and later an explosive innings from Naman Ojha (79 off 36) powered them to a post 200 runs total. Shikhar Dhawan (45 0ff 37) and David Warner (44 of 23) also contributed with their clinical innings. 18.1 over: Davind Warner looking for second but was stopped by Ojha and it’s a run out…David Warner’s (44 off 23) innings comes to an end.18.0 over: Hyderabad 157/2. Naman Ojha (48 off 28) and David Warner (41 off 22) on crease11.1 over: Rishi Dhawan to Shikhar Dhawan….and it’s a wicket…Dhawan caught by Shivam Sharma. Hyderabad losing its second wicket.advertisement10.0 over: Hyderabad 72/1, Shikhar Dhawan (42) and Naman Ojha (3) on crease.8.1 over: Shivam Sharma inflicts the first blow to Hyderabad…Aaron Finch (20 off 23) is going back to pavilion after being bowled out. Thus Hyderabad loses first wicket. 7.5 over: Akshar Patel has been very economical so far and Shikhar Dhawan has punished him with a six.5.0 over: Hyderabad 49/0 with their opening pair- Shikhar Dhawan (27 off 19) and Aaron Finch (16 off 13) firm on crease.0.6 over: End of the first over and Hyderabad 6/0.Hyderabad openers- Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch on the crease to lead charge. Sandeep Sharma will open Punjab’s bowling attack. Punjab have brought in Manan Vohra and Shivam Sharma into the playing XI. Hyderabad team is unchanged.Toss: KXIP elected to field after winning the toss.Team Profiles:Sunrisers Hyderabad:The last year’s surprise package, Sunrisers Hyderabad, took the IPL by storm after a spectacular fourth rank finish in 2013. The team is led by Team India’s star batsman Shikhar Dhawan while Tom Moody has been appointed as their head coach.The team, who spent Rs 59 crore, was amongst the big spenders in IPL Auction this year. Sunrisers Hyderabad splurged a whopping Rs 5.5 crore for David Warner and Rs 4 crore for Aaron Finch to strengthen their batting-order.Their skipper Shikhar Dhawan brings the much-needed fire-power up in the team’s batting-order. And his partnerships with Warner and Finch will only boost their chances of chasing or posting big totals this season.South African speedster Dale Steyn will lead their bowling attack alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma with the new ball. In the spin department, Sunrisers will count on the in-form Amit Mishra who will be supported by Parveez Rasool and Karan Sharma.In Darren Sammy, Moises Henriques, Irfan Pathan and Jason Holder, Sunrisers Hyderabad boasts of quality all-rounders capable of turning the game around for the team.Kings XI Punjab:In a desperate bid to yield some positive results this season, Kings XI splashed it all to secure some of the biggest names in limited-overs cricket during the IPL Auction this year.Kings XI skipper George Bailey, Virender Sehwag and Shaun Marsh are amongst the mainstays of the team’s batting line-up, while all-rounders Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson are capable of moulding their game in accordance to the situation. Don’t forget the swashbuckling David Miller, who was the star performer for Punjab in 2012.Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson will lead the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab alongside Sandeep Sharma, Thisara Perera and Lakshmipathy Balaji. Punjab also secured the services of vastly experienced Murali Karthik to spearhead their spin-bowling attack.With the addition of South Africa’s young seamer Beuran Hendricks in the squad, Kings XI can use extra pace to rattle their opponents this season.Five key players from Sunrisers Hyderabad:David Warner: The ‘pocket dynamite’ is currently in the form of his life following a spectacular show against England and South Africa recently. His ability to launch the ball back into the stands at will makes him one the most dangerous opening batsman in limited over cricket. He is the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a National team without playing first-class cricket. Warner also became the first cricketer to record centuries in back to back T20 matches. His batting prowess makes him a T20 specialist with over 1200 runs to his name in the shortest version of the game. The explosive southpaw is touted to be one of the most influential players for Hyderabad this season.advertisementDale Steyn: The world’s no. 1 Test and second-ranked ODI bowler has been the backbone of South Africa’s bowling attack over the years now. The South African speedster swings the ball away from the right-hander and at a fair clip. Rarely do opposition openers line up to take the attack to the fiery pacer. Steyn thus is quite economical and as a strike bowler he is the go to man for his captain in need of wickets. In 2013 IPL, he took 19 wickets in 17 games at an economy rate of just over 5 and a half to bolster Sunrisers Hyderabad against their competitors. His ability to bowl with pinpoint accuracy and fierce pace makes him a batsman’s worst nightmare. With 46 wickets to his name, Steyn boasts of 4/9 as his best bowling figures in T20 internationals. The South African Steyn-gun comes to the party more often than not and will be a key player for Sunrisers in the tournament.Shikhar Dhawan: The southpaw from Delhi has got to be a household name by now, thanks to his aggressive batting and twirled moustache. The Indian opener has notched up an average of 41.77 with over 1500 runs including five tons and five half-centuries in ODIs. With an arsenal of traditional strokes and a cover drive that can liven up a dull crowd, Dhawan is just the guy you need to threaten the opposition. With over 300 runs in a mere 10 games, Dhawan was the top-scorer for Hyderabad in the IPL last season. As Hyderabad readies the ship to embark on another high-impact journey this season, their skipper Dhawan will be expected to set the heart racing for their fans once again in the IPL.Amit Mishra: The 30-year-old leg-break bowler from Delhi, Amit Mishra, is a wicket-taking yet economical bowler in the shortest version of cricket. He was impressive in IPL 2008 when he picked up a hat-trick while playing for the Delhi Daredevils. Mishra was the highest wicket-taker for now-defunct Deccan Chargers with 19 wickets in 14 matches in 2012. He was also the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps in 17 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad last season. His team will be happy with his superlative performance for India in World T20 and will be hoping he continues his good run in IPL this year.Aaron Finch: The 27-year-old Victoria batsman has turned into a specialist in limited overs cricket for Australia in the recent years. With over 500 runs in T20 internationals, Finch is more than capable of stealing the game away from the opposition. His ability to strike the ball hard and long makes him a consistent run-getter for his team. His knock of 156 runs against England in 2013 witnessed 14 magnanimous sixes. He also slammed 456 runs for the now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL last season. Finch will be crucial in accelerating the innings in dire situations for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.advertisementFive key players from Kings XI Punjab:Mitchell Johnson: The 32-year-old speedster has literally turned into a weapon of mass destruction for Australia, as far as the game of cricket is concerned. With 24 wickets in 17 games, the left-arm seamer was the key in Mumbai Indians triumph in IPL last season. His ability to extract late swing at a ferocious pace makes him one of the most effective bowlers in the world today. His frightening pace and malevolent demeanour has earned him 38 scalps in 30 T20 internationals. Apart from his bowling skills, Johnson is more than just a handy batsman with the ability to clear the fence whenever required. In the format where quick wickets are bound to make an impact almost immediately, Johnson is a must-have weapon in your armory.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Thisara Perera: The 24-year-old Sri Lankan has turned into one of the most prolific all-rounders in limited-overs cricket lately. His aggressive batting style and ability to pick crucial wickets make him a crucial player for the Lankans. Perera was sensational in his 2013 IPL season after he slammed 233 runs and notched up 19 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a mere 16 games. He is also the only fourth Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs – a feat that came against Pakistan in 2012. With over 300 runs and 22 wickets in T20 internationals, Perera is likely to be one of the impact players for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s IPL.Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.George Bailey: The 31-year-old Australian batsman will lead the new-look Kings XI Punjab in the IPL this season. With over 1400 runs in T20 internationals alongside 12 ODI fifties and two centuries, Bailey is one of the most bankable cricketers in modern-day cricket. The Tasmanian cricketer is an exquisite striker of the ball and capable of employing big shots to change the match within a few overs. His presence in the team will undoubtedly strengthen the middle-order for Kings XI Punjab.