What Could Happen In IPL 3
I’ve shared my wisdom pertaining to matters I have noticed in the IPL’s short history in a cricket forum. These explosive observations must have blown away the minds of readers who grasped the extent of it all.
Atleast that’s the only explanation for why there have been no replies.
1) The Wooden Spoon Boon
MI and KKR finished 7th and 8th respectively in IPL2009. What chance do they have in IPL 2010? A good chance of making it to the final, it seems. They are in the same position that the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers were a year ago having finished bottom in year one.
Both teams put those performances behind them and fought hard to redeem themselves in 2009. The two reached the final on the back of brilliant individual performances and team contributions where Deccan Chargers held their nerve to steal the match from RCB.
Where in 2008 we had the story of the underdogs Rajasthan Royals, 2009 was a year when veterans reclaimed their pride. They showed the rest that putting it behind is the best thing you can do with a one bad season.
2) The Edge of Momentum
Teams in the final will both need will be on a streak of one win minimum. The quality of the opponents they faced in the semis is what gives them the extra edge. Both teams who’ve went on to win the finals faced the better opponent: Delhi Daredevils who seemed the only team capable of beating RR in season one and on top of the tables after round one in season two.
3) The Curse of the Orange Cap
If you’re playing in the semi final and have the Orange Cap among your ranks, you will be beaten by the eventual 1st runner up of the tournament. Shaun Marsh wore the purple cap playing for Kings XI Punjab in 2008. Their streak was ended in the semi final when he was planned against by the Chennai Super Kings. He fell early and the rest of the batting collapsed as CSK progressed to the final where they lost a nail biter to RR.
The wheels turned on CSK in 2009 when they stuttered their way to the semis on the back of some prolific scoring from Matthew Hayden. Jumbo ploy suffocated Haydos and the rest of CSK as RCB marched on to the final where Deccan thwarted their title hopes.
Got a prolifically scoring left handed opening batsmen in your team? Get a contingency plan just in case he fails on D-Day.
4) The Purple Cap Promise
It’s the success of your bowlers which will have a greater say in your team’s performance throughout the tournament. Two left hand quicks Sohail Tanvir and RP Singh razed opposition for Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers in seasons 1 & 2 respectively. Regular early breakthroughs, nagging lines and lengths and smart death bowling got them wickets and derailed opponents at crucial times.
Delhi this year has Ashish Nehra, Dirk Nannes, Wayne Parnell and Pradeep Sangwan, four brilliant left arm pacers in their ranks. Wonder what Gautam Gambhir is thinking……
Anything else you’ve noticed? Leave a comment.