Mumbai Indians had a tactically shrewd coach in Mahela Jayawardene and it showed in the way they went about their business. It was therefore, not a surprise to see them win the trophy as they always seemed to have a plan.
IPL gives us glimpses of how cruel the sport can be, as individual heroics go down the drain, in-form players are left out, deserving individuals are sidelined and injuries frustrate both the infirmed and their fans.
Just like we were all happy to say goodbye to Arnab Goswami on Times Now, he came back on our screens louder than ever. The Champions Trophy sneaking up right after the IPL is giving ladies all the same feelings.
Virat Kohli struck four centuries and scored close to one thousand IPL runs in 2016. Fast forward to 2017 and he struggled to score runs, dropping catches and making blunders in captaincy. It’s like he has managed to transform himself from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes in one year.
What goes through a cheerleaders mind when she dances half-naked in front of 40,000 fans during the IPL? She tries to put all her thoughts in her diary.
The raucous atmosphere in every match bears close resemblance to a crowded nightclub. This overdose of non-cricket takes its toll on traditional fans, who just want to enjoy a good game of cricket by cutting out the sundries.
The overseas replacement they roped in was a leg-spinner in Imran Tahir, the no.1 ranked T20 bowler in the world and surprisingly unpicked in the auction. However, it was quite evident Pune were struggling with their team combination trying to fit Adam Zampa and Imran Tahir in the same squad and lost three out of their opening four games.
Through the years in the IPL auction we have seen some staggering price tags for players, and this year was no different. Ben Stokes was sold to Rising Pune SuperGiant for $2.16 million, making him the highest-ever paid Englishman at the IPL, and he was closely followed by Tymal Mills who went for $1.9 million.
This raises the question: does price put pressure on a player to perform?
This is exactly what happened when Dhoni and Raina got together in the middle of the IPL…
One rule which has stood the test of time is that regarding overseas players. This is one area in which a radical change should be made.