Thursday, April 29, 2010

The IPL Moments

The third edition of the Indian Premier League is over. This time around it will be remembered more for the off-field controversies than any on-field event. The off-field issues have left a bitter taste in the mouth and any cricket lover would be hurt by it. It has already lead to the resignation of one union minister and the removal of the IPL commissioner. There have been tax raids all over the country & worst of all there have been allegations of match-fixing as well. Parliament has been disrupted on this issue (not that it takes much for it to be disrupted). The IPL seems to have become an unholy nexus of politicians, business houses, filmstars with the main element of cricket taking a farther back seat. And we are no closer to getting any truth on the matter. Hopefully truth will be out and soon.
But this post is about the cricket. And here are some of the memories which will be associated with this year's IPL.
  • The Final & the 3rd place match - Simply because I was there to watch it.
  • Yousuf Pathan's blistering 37 ball century against MI.
  • Yuvraj Singh's reverse swept boundary to win the super over against CSK.
  • Dhoni hitting consecutive sixes to take CSK through to the semi-finals.
  • David Hussey's catch to dismiss Paul Collingwood.
  • Murali Vijay's century.
  • Praveen Kumar's hat-trick.
  • Hayden's Mongoose bat.
Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Suresh Raina, Saurabh Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni, Pragyan Ojha, Doug Bollinger, Dale Steyn, Anil Kumble.

So this is the last post on IPL (hopefully). Now over to the T20 World Cup from tomorrow.

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