Apr 26, 2010

Final views on the Indian Premier League 2010

Salutations to all!
For those only interested to read on the IPL, I suggest you jump to the 3rd paragraph of this post, lol!

Well well well... looks like I'm back, after many months... First of all, I apologize for not having kept my word, and for not writing as promised, the mentionned blogposts... Usually, people would say 'Better Late than Never', but here it is really too late to write on things like the 'Shiv Sena vs Shahrukh' controversy... My final opinion on it: Justice always triumphs! Well, that was for one of the 3 topics... The others are very out-dated...

Introduction



Well well well, let's come back to the main topic... Three letters that rock the nation: I-P-L. According to me, IPL 2010 was the best of the lot, compared to the previous years. Mainly because of one reason: the audience was treated to an excellent performance by many previously unknown young players, and to master-class perfos by the experienced aces of the game... A good blend of class and excitement, with a whole lot of entertainement, is what has made this IPL a huge, and even huger success than expected.

Young players to watch out for in the very near future

Murali Vijay - One of my favorites this year. Previously known as this "safe" Test opener, he has redefined himself as this hard-hitting Chennai Super King who can clear the boundary with great ease. Selectors of the BCCI, thanks for taking note of this player. I'm extremely glad he will play the T20 World Cup.

Pragyan Ojha - The leading wicket-taker of this edition of the IPL, he impressed a lot with the turn he brings to the ball. Clearly the man who gave Deccan Chargers crucial wickets that led them to the semis.

Robin Uthappa - Who can forget his 3 sixers in a row in this IPL? The real finisher for the Royal Challengers, he's the one who gave the fans a real treat. Why oh why didn't the selectors take him in account for the squad of the T20 WC?


Ashok Dinda - This under-rated and unnoticed player of the Kolkata took some great wickets this year... too bad he wasn't consistent enough... But some great plays by him won few matches for the KKRs.


Saurabh Tiwary - This Dhoni-look-alike actually hit many balls out of the ground, and punished various bowlers. He has truly earned his place in the Mumbai Indians squad... just hoping that he won't lose it! Thoroughly deserve the 'Citi U-23 Success of the Tournament' Award!


Ravichandran Ashwin - This match winning Super King did great to help CSK defend 140 in the semis vs DC, and he was a great contribution to the bowling in the final vs MI. His economy in the Powerplay overs was just magnificent; around 4 runs per over only, I think. Yet another chap who didn't get to make it in the T20 WC Squad!

Great captains

Shane Warne - He truly fought well for the RRs... His strategies were good, and well conducted, but not too good to make it to the semis, unfortunately...

Anil Kumble - This "old fox", as Ravi Shastri calls him, really put up an agressive show this year. His economy was great, and his wickets were quite crucial at certain times of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar - No words to describe his captaincy. Great leader, great batsman. What else?

Sourav Ganguly - Maybe a controversial choice, but he led his team quite well. Was the leading run-scorer for his team, even though his strike rate wasn't great. And impressive fielding as well by Dada.

The final and the final verdict

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings. The perfect contest. What more to ask?

Unfortunately, Mumbai made a big mess of what could have appeared as an easy chase for them, considering the batsmen they had in their line-up. Though, their best man, Kieron Pollard was brought in too late. And the management should and will be blamed for this ridiculous decision, which cost them the match. Plus, Mumbai's fielding was pretty ordinary.

Chennai were probably the best total-defenders ever in this IPL. First they defended a meagre 140-score in the semi-final vs DC. Now, they make the wickets tumble while defening 169. Their fielding was top-class, with great catches and a great run-out.

Overall, Chennai's bowling and Raina's performance is what clearly made this contest more interesting for the Super Kings.

Congrats to Dhoni and Co. You truly deserved this victory. Next goal for the Super Kings: Win the Champions League!

For those who missed the final of the IPL, here's the highlights of it on this link:



The sad ending: The IPL Controversies

Tharoor, Modi, Shashank Manohar... all are names involved in this big mess. I don't want to develop more on this topic, as it personally sickens me. It's just too sad...

What's next?

Well, all players are now about to proceed for the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies. Good luck to Dhoni and the Indian team, they will really need it without the likes of Sachin, Uthappa, Ojha and etc.

And finally, good luck to the two new franchises, IPL Kochi and IPL Pune, who will hopefully make the tournament even more exciting next year! The Pune team will be called the "Sahara Pune Warriors"... great!

Hope you enjoyed reading this blogpost as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Cheers to all,
Santhosh