Pune Warriors – A final tribute

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Pune Warriors India

In spite of all that’s been going on in the world of cricket, I’m sure all of you out there heard of the termination of the Pune Warriors India. I know it’s been a while since their actual termination, but I’ve been rather busy off late, and just found some time to put together this final tribute to the most expensive franchise in IPL history. I will talk about how they went through 3 years of the IPL, and what they did wrong in the end. Hope you enjoy 🙂

So basically, the Pune Warriors were brought ahead of the 2011 season, and were purchased at a feisty 290 million USD by Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, replacing the Mumbai Indians as the most expensive franchise. They made their first mark in the 2011 IPL Auctions where they managed to snap up the star of India’s 2011 World Cup Triumph Yuvraj Singh for a whoop-de-do $1.8 million, along the Karnataka’s carnage in the form of Robin Uthappa for a jaw-dropping $2.1 million (which tied with Yusuf Pathan as second-most expensive player of the auctions). They also brought other trustworthy hands on board in the form of Jesse Ryder, Murali Karthik, Alfonso Thomas, and Mitchell Marsh. They looked like a side to be reckoned with. IPL finally came, and Pune opened their campaign with an emphatic 7-wicket win over the Kings XI Punjab. However, a slump in form saw the Warriors win only 3 games more in the entire tournament and slip all the way down to 9th out of the 10 teams. 2012 came, and so came a new captain Saurav Ganguly, a few new players, and even a new jersey, but no new results. They started well again, defending a paltry 129 to hand the Mumbai Indians a 28-run defeat in their backyard. However, they could win but 3 more games again, giving them 9th place yet again (only this time it was out of 9). 2013 came, and they flunked yet again, finishing with (you guessed it) 4 wins. Now here’s where I want to make a few points on what went wrong for them. For starters, let’s consider their home track. The Subrata Roy Stadium track was a spongy, slow one, that favored slow bowlers and saw Amit Mishra pluck a hat-trick to help his team the Sunrisers Hyderabad defend 119 to pull off an unlikely win against their hosts. Basically, the side PWI should’ve been looking for should’ve been like that of the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012, with primarily slow bowlers but a strong batting. However, we saw their star spinner Ajantha Mendis play only 3 games, 1 of which wasn’t even in Pune. This was definitely a huge mistake, as Mendis’ mystery spin could’ve definitely proved to be very useful for the men in turquoise. Although their batting was almost always up to the mark (thanks to the exploits of Aaron Finch) their bowling was very shaky, with only Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling consistently. Finally, one thing that greatly crippled the Warriors was Yuvraj Singh’s abysmal form. Being a spinner and a batsmen with an adaptable temperament, the Prince of India would have turned the fate of the Pune Warriors had he been in form. So that’s about it, and Pune will be missed by all, particularly their loyal fans who turned up again and again to watch them play despite the far-below-par performances of their team. Well, this is IPLgeek signing off, adios! 🙂