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    March 16, 2010

    Last hurrah for quite a few players at the 2010 IPL?

    When the Indian Premier League started in 2008, the likes of Hayden, Gilchrist, Kumble, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid, Murali, etc. were eagerly sought after for being famous [then] current international cricketers. Warne had only recently retired.

    In 2011, there will be a new fresh player auction and it is quite likely that the likes of Hayden, Gilchrist, Kumble, Warne, Murali and Ganguly would not be purchased at the auction, especially if they don't perform too well in this year's tournament.

    While a Kolkata Knight Riders side sans Sourav Ganguly (or indeed a Rajasthan Royals minus Shane Warne) seems unthinkable, the whole point of organizing a tournament on this scale, with title sponsorship sold for 5 years, mobile rights sold for 8 years and TV broadcast rights sold for 10 years, is to ensure that the tournament outlasts individuals.

    Hopefully from next year, the IPL will trim down the number of games by splitting the 10 teams into 2 groups. A 45 day tournament to decide the best T20 side from among 8 is around 15-20 days too long! Having 2 groups, and sticking to the current play-each-other-home-and-away formula would mean a total of 44 games (20 league games per group, 2 semis, 1 wooden spoon game and 1 final) and we could be done with the tournament a month!

    The quality of cricket so far has been excellent. While seamers have actually made a mark (Vaas, Angelo Mathews, Malinga and Sreesanth), they'll find it tougher as the pitches ease out over the next 40 days. The fielding has largely been really good and all evidence points to R Sathish as being one of the fielding stars of the tournament. For further evidence of his skills, see one of his catches in the 2008 Indian Cricket League tournament.

    While we're at it, why don't you take a shot at who will lose the most matches at the 2010 IPL?

    Bangalore Royal Challengers
    Chennai Super Kings
    Deccan Chargers
    Delhi Daredevils
    Kings XI Punjab
    Kolkata Knight Riders
    Mumbai Indians
    Rajasthan Royals



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    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:55 AM |
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    I wonder why the hell I didn't find this blog before? it's great.

    As far as the post is concerned, I think IPL is the hottest topic on earth these days. To me at least Sanath Jayasurya should be playing his last IPL. Come on T20 is about energy, youth, and glamour. Does Sanath has to do anything with any of these!

    Finally, I also know another blog where I also write articles, you can check it here: In fact, I have wrote a couple of posts about IPL on this blog, you might find them interesting:



    http://cricroad.blogspot.com/2010/03/ipl-expands-but-why.html

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