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Last Chance Saloon

March 30, 2010

IPL points table

IPL points table

Ugly, innit?

One more loss and they’re out of contention. Kings XI Punjab have been in a free fall this season. An epic facepalm from CSK’s batsmen handed them their one victory this season. It’s gotten so bad that they need to win every match they play from now onwards to stay in the fray for the semi finals and still hope that other results go their way.

To add insult to injury, Sangakkara had to serve time* on the bench for multiple counts of wasting my friggin time with his slow over rates. Mahela, who lead them in Sanga’s absence seems the person who’s gotta to be benched.

Consider this: El Capitan Sangakkara cannot be dropped no matter how crap he plays, period. Ravi Bopara’s IPL sojourn seemed to have petered out after a fruitful first week but he struck back tonight freakishly with 3 wickets. The now slightly chubby Brett Lee is still a deadly bowler who leads the otherwise inexperienced attack.

They clearly prefer a big fish as the fourth international player instead of small fry like a Juan Theron who gets the job done, they might as well keep the big one that makes runs. Like Shaun Marsh who came in against the best bowling attack of the tournament and made a 50.

Stick around Mahela, you’ll be in the august company of brilliant cricketers such as Glenn McGrath, Sanath Jayasuriya, Makhaya Ntini, Damien Martyn, Paul Collingwood 2009 and Shaun’s younger brother Mitchell Marsh.

They’ve covered their some of their problems on the domestic player front. Sreesanth has been kicked out for the time being while Bisla has been an asset at the top but Icon player Yuvraj Singh is being a royal pain in the Kings XI ass. Someone needs to hide his copy of ‘How I Regained the Captaincy of my IPL Team’ by Saurav Ganguly. The less said of Kaif’s form the better; he makes the Rajasthan Royals think tank look visionary and I hope he does justice to his talent before Kings XI crash out.

But winning all their remaining matches is not as hard as it may seem. Keep Marsh, let him open. His presence might help Bopara get his game on again. Those Poms and Aussies always bring the best out in each other, don’t they?

*It’s not like the slow over rates are bad for the IPL, they squeeze in extra ads whenever there was a delay, burning through inventories, over delivering and asking for more. Then they fine the offending captains and all the players of the team for all the money the franchises can muster. Add to that the point that Aakash Chopra made about the penalties being unfair on domestic players who don’t earn much to begin with being fined on a level par with international cricketers who earn much much more.
People are still gonna watch the match on the tv and in the stadium. Heck, I missed the last train home after the inaugural match ended late and had to shell out DLF Maximum money to get home from Navi Mumbai. Lalit, tracer bullet Shastri and his cohorts flew past in their bleeding copters. Jerks.
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