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.....

1 comment:

  1. oh maams, you updated here! i didn't know!. Great!! Your predictions are right!!Another item you would have missed abou this IPL is the Fake KKR IPL blogger who has become equally famous!! Also remember RP Singh with the purple cap (which he will most likely retain) had silently made an impact.Let's see the battle of CSK vs Deccam in FINALS :)

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