IPL – What’s coming up
The frenzy of the Border – Gavasker trophy, where the Indians successfully whitewashed their opponents the Australians 4 – 0 in a thrilling contest. It was made far more interesting by the fact that Mickey Arthur sent 4 players home, but had to call back 3 of them because of injuries. (Kind of like a teacher sending kids out of the class because they didn’t do their homework, but having to call them back because half the other kids were absent). Of course, now the much awaited Pepsico IPL has arrived. This one, or course, promises to be just as good as the previous ones. However, there will be several players who will be missed, for the first few games at least. The ones who will be missed include Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder (who is currently in coma because he was assaulted), Ross Taylor, Faf du Plessis, Micheal Clarke and JP Duminy. However, there are several new changes this year as well. For one, the Deccan Chargers’ franchise has now become Sunrisers Hyderabad, Ricky Ponting has become MI’s new captain, Angelo Matthews PWI’s, and Virat Kohli RCB’s. However, the biggest development has been that Sri Lankan players have been banned from playing matches in Chennai. This is an absolute outrage, as now every team will suffer while playing in Chennai – particularly MI (Malinga is their best bowler), DD (Mahela’s their captain), SRH (Sanga’s their captain/keeper, and Perera is a key all-rounder), PWI (Matthews is their captain, and Mendis is a key spinner), and RCB (Dilshan is a key top order batsman, and Murali’s their best spinner). As you may have noticed, CSK are not affected by this, as neither Nuwan Kulasekara and Akhila Dananjaya are crucial in their side. Although the other teams will have to play only one game in Chennai, it could still be the difference between qualify and drop. Also, the eliminator will be in Chennai, and it will be suicide for any team to drop key players at this stage. However, moving past that, let’s see what happens this season, and the first match report will be made sometime before the first game, on the 3rd of April. Well, see you then!