Monday, April 08, 2013

Razzmatazz thus far – Week 1!!!



In five days, 7 matches have been played in IPL till now. That’s 6.6% progress in terms of time and nearly approximately 9.2% progress in terms of matches. As time progresses, these numbers will increase but the rate of increase will start seeming slower and slower.
What I’ve liked most about IPL 6 is its ads. Right from the first season, quality of IPL ads has been good. Who can forget the iconic saying in first season’s Mano-Ranjan ad – Kab tak chupegi kali patton ki aad mein, kabhi na kabhi to aayegi bhindi baazar mein. (How long the bud will hide behind the leaves, sometime or the other it will come in the market of ladies finger)
This IPL’s Holi ad is quite creative and very well shot. But what I liked most about this time’s ads is that they are quite Sunny. I hope you know what I mean.
Good to see low scoring matches. I am not sure if it is the pitches, the brilliant bowling or poor batting but low scoring thrillers are always better than run feasts which end up murdering one essential part of the game – bowling. Fielding has been good too – some of the catches have been exceptional. If you are worried that these flying catches are because of earth’s gravitational force getting reduced due to global warming, Ishant Sharma dropping a sitter last night proved that your worries are as useless as Pune Warrior India’s performance.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) has been the surprise of the week. They have a good bowling attack – Steyn is being just Steyn, Ishant Sharma has shed away a bit of his bad luck, Amit Mishra has been nearly unplayable, Perera has done well, Ashish Reddy is their Rajat Bhatia. Problem is their batting – only one world class batsman in Sanga.
RCB have been typical RCB. They rely too much on Gayle. Still, their batting line up is good – Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli, and AB (yet to come). Problem is bowling – only Murali looks good.
That’s why RCB- SH match was fun to watch. It will be funnier if they play in Chennai – without Lankans, teams will be playing without their best assets and with their worst liabilities.
CSK started like a typical CSK – by losing. They will not wake up unless they reach a stage where one more second of sleep would mean death in the tournament. From then on, CSK will have a hero in every match. BTW, I was surprised to see that MSD couldn’t finish the match against MI. This is one bad habit he seems to be picking up off late – not being able to finish off matches. I wish someone tells him – some jobs are better left to God.
MI was waiting for Pollard and he arrived in the match against CSK. Not they are waiting for Mallinga to start playing. Every time HE plays a good shot, fans say – “See he still has got lot of cricket left in him.” Every time HE gets out; naysayers say “He should retire.” Now it is up to you – you want to refer Rohit Sharma by that HE or Sachin.
RR fulfilled the reason for me supporting them. Dravid was class apart against DD. I am sure that in search of words, Oxford would have travelled ahead in time, seen Dravid bat and invented the word – elegance. I just hope that Oxford didn’t see Nehra’s fielding.
I’m afraid that DD may well have the worst IPL ever this time. They are waiting for Morkel who will boost their bowling. But waiting for Sehwag to boost their batting may not be such an encouraging sign. I wish they decide to play Ajit Agarkar at some point of time – for the sake of nostalgia and sheer entertainment value he provides.
KKR looks to be the team to beat especially because of good top order in Gambhir, Kallis, and Manoj Tiwary. Sakib is good. Yusuf Pathan will score at least in one match. Lee can still bowl at some pace – ask Unmukt Chand. Rajat Bhatia is a very good slow ball bowler whereas Narine’s spin and Balaji’s smile can kill any batting lineup. KKR also has the most loyal cheerleader – Chunky Pandey with round and blue shades, although he is yet to be seen this time.
Let the week 2 begin.

1 comment:

Spiff said...

Sir was the original sir