IPL – An Overview

The IPL ball is now in the middle of its innings and the shine has just started to fade. With I, not blogging about IPL for past few days, it certainly seems so. Even some of the matches were heavily one-sided. And with at least a match everyday, it is certainly taking its toll. It would have been so much better if each side were to play just 7 matches, 3 at home, 3 away and one match at a neutral venue, my home town Pune for instance!

However, at the end of the day, its Cricket and one cannot just let it stay away from you. Though I have not watched the matches entirely, I have completely followed the results and the performance of icon players and also the star performances. With my team, the Chennai Superkings losing two straight matches, it hasn’t been the most happy part of the tournament. Still, I decided to dish out an analysis of how the teams are performing.

Chennai Superkings:

They started brilliantly with four wins on the trot. The absence of Hayden and Hussey was felt in their fifth match. However, it was not quite huge as expected. The batting did reasonably well to get a formidable score but the bowling had no answer to Sehwag who stole the show. In the match against the Royals, Tanvir was the super performer. He got four wickets by himself, (the first two were a gift from umpire Asad Rauf), proving that his strange action is really hard to pick up.

So now MSD will have something to think about. Though the team is looking quite gelled it is missing some good players up the order. Fleming and Co. will have to deliver the goods if Chennai are to do well. Losing wickets at the beginning has brought down many great teams in all formats of the game and Chennai will be no exception to that. Gony deserves a mention here. He has bowled well and is a good prospect for the future. MSD will also like to focus on fielding and running between the wickets which has looked shoddy in the past couple of games.

Rajasthan Royals:

The surprise package of the IPL. They have emerged from being the written about underdogs to complete champions. With Shane Warne leading the pack both with ball and bat (he hit 16 off 3 balls to win the match!), the team has won five straight matches. Yousuf Pathan and Asnodkar have looked menacing at the top getting the team of to flying starts. Smith has made his presence felt and so has Tanvir (6-14 vs CSK) in a big way. Actually the entire team has performed and have given no headaches to Warne. Kaif, Jadeja, Watson, Munaf all deserve a mention here. RR are now favorites to reach the final if not win it. Aniket writes here on Warney.

Delhi Daredevils:

Look virtually unbeatable until their top order is firing. Once that fails, all is over. With a loss to KXI, another emerging team, they still looked pretty solid. However, the upset loss to MI has put focus back on their vulnerability. The middle order has not been tested and even the great McGrath and Asif have felt the heat of T20. They seem to have winning formula revolving Asif, McGrath and Sehwag, Gambhir. Once it is broken they can easily be defeated. However, it is not that easy as it sounds and thats why this team is 3rd.

Kings XI Punjab:

This team is on a roll. Having one five matches on the trot, the team is certainly living up to its expectations. Again, team is heavily based around the foreign players like Sangakkara, Hopes and Sarwan. Yuvi has done well in parts while Pathan is the leading wicket taker now. Good mix of experience and youth. They have looked good but certainly not unbeatable. They look all set to making it to the final four.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

After a glorious start, this team seems to have lost the ability to win. Brendon McCullum is being sorely missed. Ganguly is looking passe. With an under-performing captain and inexperienced side, the team is looking down the barrel. Ishant, too seems to have lost his venom. Hussey and keeper Saha have kept matches alive. It only seems a difficult task from here just to get into the final four.

Mumbai Indians:

After a disastrous start i.e. losing first four games, they seem to have found their ground at least for the moment. And an inspired win over then leaders Delhi will certainly boost their morale. Pollock has taken on the role of captain wonderfully well. Bravo and Nayyar have performed. Jayasuriya yet to play a long innings. Bhaji banned and Sachin yet to play means that MI has never fielded its best 11 players. Hopefully, the costliest team in the IPL will continue its good run.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

The ‘test’ side never looked in contention and never will be. Winning just two matches, one a very close game, they have at least lived upto their reputation. And winning against the Deccan Chargers was I think the highest high they will have. Dravid is looking all lost and Kumble, incongrous. Players leaving has hurt their already less fire power. They will be playing for pride and the Kingfisher Fair Play Award. I have no hopes from them…

Deccan Chargers:

The DISAPPOINTMENT of the tournament. just proves that matches are not played on paper. Won just the one match which I got see live. They have all the big names: Gilly, Afridi, Symmo (now gone!), Gibbs, Vaas, Styris but its just not happening for them. VVS has got runs at the top but at an uninspiring pace. The only real good thing is the coming up of Rohit Sharma who has looked really good at the crease. Good for Team India. Overall, they have the strength on paper, just have to bring it into practice. Bowlers will have to perform well and batsman to play longer innings otherwise the DChragers (or Dischargers) wont stand a chance.

POINTS TABLE IN BRIEF: as of 06-05-08

  1. Rajasthan Royals – 10 points off 6 games
  2. Kings XI Punjab – 10 points off 7 games
  3. Delhi Daredevils – 8 points off 6 games
  4. Chennai SuperKings – 8 points off 6 games
  5. Kolkata Knight Riders – 4 points off 6 games
  6. Mumbai Indians – 4 points off 6 games
  7. Royal Challengers Bangalore – 4 points off 7 games
  8. Deccan Chargers – 10 points off 6 games

For latest point table on Cricinfo

As of now, the top four teams in the table are the ones which are looking good. With a 4 point gap in between the top four and bottom four, it will be difficult for the bottom guys to fill it up. Still lots more cricket to be played. And one thing that is emerging is that Any team can beat any other team on their Day. Thus, their is no reason for any team to lose heart. And after the final four are decided, it wont be wrong to say that every team will have equal chance of taking the title.

Also,

Star Performances in IPL

Performance of Icon Players in IPL

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2 Comments »

  1. […] Original post by Vanishd! […]

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