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Some musings on the IPL:
1> Mumbai Indians and Sachin Tendulkar are doing exceedingly well. The worrying factor for MI’s opponents is that Kieron Pollard has not yet fired and its the young guns and Tendulkar who are holding fort. Also, Sachin has for the time being put to rest the canard that he never made a good captain. His leadership has been outstanding and he has led from the front.
2> Matches are now followed by teams i.e. you watch only the matches your team plays. I. for instance, try and catch only the Mumbai Indian’s matches. Also, it’s a good bet to just catch the last 4 overs of each innings. Most of the excitement happens then!
3> The cheerleaders appear a bit jaded this year. The novelty has worn off and so has their charm!
4> The merchandising of IPL merchandise, as reported, seems to have taken off this year. It seems the price-points are just right and have got the spectators picking up pieces just before the matches.
5> The commentary on television is so pathetic that it is a safe bet that you as an arm-chair spectator could turn the volume button on mute and do a much better job. A Citi moment of success is just so much tripe!
6> Though the sports pages in the newspapers are full of IPL coverage, elementary mistakes both in the score-card and highlights of the matches makes us wonder as to the quality of reporters assigned to cover these matches. Also, the multiple ghost-written columns by cricketers are exceedingly boring and make us wonder why they seem to conclude that their felicity with the bat and/or ball makes them equally adept at wielding the pen!
7> Retired cricketers seem to be having a ball of a time at the IPL. Case in point, Symonds, Kumble and Gilchrist. Naught Ganguly, though he was in sublime touch the other day! God was back, even though for just a day!
8> 10 minutes of advertisements (strategy breaks, very strategic indeed!) and a commercial innovatively inserted during every over during the television coverage remind us that IPL is just a tamasha to make millions of dollars, for the players and the teams and more importantly the BCCI.
9> For a change, the no. of hacks, i.e. cricketing shots not advocated by purists and coaches, have reduced in number. Tendulkar, Jayawardene and Murali Vijay have been exponents of classic batting and have demonstrated that the straight drive is the percentage shot for any thinking cricketer.
10> Matthew Hayden and his mongoose bat has not been a hit this year and that only proves that the tools are only as good as their master!
That’s all for now! Have a great week!
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