Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Deccan Chargers - The new IPL Champions...

Deccan Chargers it is!!! The newly crowned IPL champions of 2009 in South Africa.

Deccan Chargers - The IPL 2 Champions...

Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers finals was one that was least predicted at the start of the IPL 2 season. But, these two teams which got the last two spots in the first IPL charged their way to the finals this time and the DC team has gone one more step ahead to win it, all thanks to some awesome leadership and batting by Gilchrist.

Am very much happy for Gilchrist who has been one of my favourite cricketers of all times.... but due credit should be given to Anil Kumble who inspired the Bangalore RC team to perform exceedingly well and taken them to the finals. Hats off to both Gilly and Jumbo....

Watching the closing ceremony, I felt how successful the IPL this year has become... Lalit Modi has become a global phenom of sorts for making it possible this year inspite of all the problems he had scheduling it in India.
Also, Thanks to the Rainbow nation - South Africa - for hosting our event there in such a grand manner and that too in such a short notice of less than 4 weeks. I came to know alot about South Africa only recently thro' a lovely friend - Carolyn from Johannesburg... And, I am impressed with what I saw (even though it is only thro' television) during the IPL tournament. Thank you Carolyn & Thank you SA!!! Hope to be there someday :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Time for IPL semifinals...

Yaaaaaayyyy!!!! I'm happy that three of my favourite teams are in the semis... atleast my second set of predictions were right :)
I'm sure one would be in the finals.... cos Chennai Super Kings n Bangalore Royal Challengers are playing each other tomorrow...
I hope Deccan Chargers win today against the Delhi Daredevils, though the Delhi team is a much better team....
I'm hoping to see a CSK vs DC finals... and hope that CSK wins the finals too... lets see how it turns out...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

the race gets hotter for the semifinal spots in IPL..

So then... am back again with more analysis & predictions for this year's IPL in South Africa.

Midway thro' the IPL, my predictions were coming true with all the predicted teams in the top four. But, the last few matches have been really close and this time the IPL is getting more n more interesting as the race gets hotter for the semifinal spots...

Only Delhi's qualification to semis (as predicted) is assured.... and 5 teams have the possiblity of taking the remaining 3 spots.... that raises the level of competition to a great extent... I am sad that the Mumbai Indians are out..

I would like to see Chennai Super Kings, Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers to take the remaining three spots.... but the no.of permutations n combinations is still high....

Ok, so... what did I enjoy in this year's IPL.... why is this IPL so much overrated...
Some of the things that I enjoyed watching were..

1) Gilchrist's batting.... the way he bludgeons opponent's bowling.. I've always been a big fan of Gilchrist.. of both his batting n his personality..
2) "Slinga" Malinga's bowling.... the slinging yorkers taking the stumps for a longgg walk...
3) Hayden's batting.... I've always hated to see Hayden come down the track n hit the Indian bowlers. But seeing him in IPL this time in my favourite team CSK, it made me enjoy alot.
4) Watching Sachin and Jayasurya walking together as openers for the Mumbai Indians... but alas they failed to click leading to the team's failure.
5) Warne's captaincy... this chap is such a great captain n the Rajasthan Royals completely owe their success to him...
6) Hitting by our own bunch of youngsters - Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yousuf Pathan - These guys have shown why India won the T20 world cup two years ago.
7) Enjoyed Sreesanth being hit left n right by all the players :) He is definitely overrated as Hayden rightly said. He should first learn to respect people and begin to be sensible on the field.
8) And ofcourse last but not the least - Dhoni's calm n composed captaincy, batting and all that he does in the screen (even off the screen in those great ads that he comes in). We completely love this guy for all that he did in such a short span.

You might have seen all these in any regular international matches but you might not have enjoyed most of these cos the foreign players do it against India. But now seeing them in our local team that we support for, it brings a great sense of excitement now.
Thats what IPL has done... and definitely for me IPL is not overrated and deserves the international attention that it has got now.

One thing I didn't like in this year's IPL is - Yuvraj's arrogance and attitude - The way he comes n talks during the presentation ceremony is completely not acceptable. He is so casual n talks as if he is at a cool party... He is an amazing player definitely... but he should be committed and sensible off the field too.. didn't like the way he carried off himself off the field. Sangakkara or Jayawardene should have been the captain of the Kings IX Punjab... I like the SL players alot cos they are always committed and carry themselves very well off the field too.. Yuvraj should learn a thing or two from his fellow team members....

The race gets hotter for this year's IPL semifinal spots... hoping for some more close games.....