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20121221133537!Pepsi_IPL_LogoWell this year’s IPL is definitely one of the toughest in terms of competitive level. One-third of the tournament is over, and yet there is no certain team that would make through to the final 4. It is on Delhi Daredevils that look to be out of the reckoning for the final 4 spot as they have all of their first 6 matches, which they might need to win 8-9 matches of their remaining 10 matches something that looks difficult, but anything can be possible in cricket so they are not yet out of the tournament.

Well at the start of tournament, one would have bet 4 out of Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bangalore should make it to the top 4. Not much was thought of the other 4 teams of making it to the top 4. But surprisingly, team Delhi one of the strongest on paper has lost their first 6 matches, which probably make them the first team to be knocked out of the tournament. Again all of team Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore have should a little indifferent form in their first 5-6 matches. Though team Bangalore is placed second at this point, team Chennai at fourth, team Mumbai at fifth, team Kolkata at seventh, and team Delhi at ninth (last). The other underdog teams (especially Rajasthan Royals) have done well and in fact are at the top of the table at this stage. The other teams like Kings XI Punjab and the debutant team (Sun Risers Hyderabad) have shown indifferent form but have managed to scrape to victories on most of the occasions and they are placed sixth and third in the table respectively. Also, Pune Warriors have not played to the expectations of the fans but have defeated the big teams like Chennai and the I form Rajasthan and are currently placed at eighth, but yes they still have a very good chance to qualify.

Well who all are going to make it to the top 4, definitely looks like a surprise that would be awaited. Let’s wait and see what happens, I hope that at least Mumbai Indians makes through to the top 4.

Probably this years IPL has been the most unpredictable of all, we have already crossed the two-third mark of the tournament, and so far only one teams looks certain of qualifying, and only one is certain of not qualifying (this too has been decided in just the  match yesterday). Yes, the tournament is still very much open, and finally which four teams will make it to the second stage, and which three teams will make it to the Champions League is still a big questions with almost every team as of now has a chance of making it to the top four.

It is really amazing how this tournament has come out as of now. I guess everyone expected Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bangalore to make it to the top four. But it is Delhi Daredevils who surely should make it to the top four. So one of these three heavyweights will have to lose out from the second stage. Though when the tournament was at mid way stage, it was Rajasthan Royals, Pune Warriors, along with Delhi that looked to make it through the top four, and the big ones missing out. But slowly the big four have started to come back to winning ways. Though one cannot really count out Rajasthan, Pune, and Kings XI Punjab out of the tournament as yet, as just a couple of wins will get them back in the top of the table. In fact this has been the nature of this IPL year ever since it started. For a long time now, a team placed at seventh or eighth position with just one win rockets into the second or third position and maybe with two consecutive wins into the first position as well many a times. Such unpredictable has been the nature of this edition of IPL.

Though all has not been good for Deccan chargers as they are now the only team that is out of contention for the second stage, as they have just managed to win twice in 10 games in the tournament so far, both of them coming against Pune Warriors. But honestly they have lost very close games, many of them which could have been won. In fact their batsmen have done well so as their bowlers, it is just that they have not performed well as a team. The opposite has been of Mumbai Indians, their bowlers have been outstanding and their batsman equally disappointing, but they have just managed to click as a team and have won close matches, winning on the last ball three times while chasing and once by defeating an opposition by 1 run.  

Who will win the tournament is nowhere in the questions as yet, in fact which will be the final four teams is the bigger question. Being a big Mumbai Indians fan I hope they play much better from here on and go on to win their first IPL title.

The much awaited IPL 4 auctions are finally over. For the first time ten teams participated in the auctions, and definitely a lot of money was at stake. But I must say this year, the auctions were very surprising, as many big names got no takers at all, while new Indian players got huge prices. If the first auction saw international players getting big bids, this time the teams were much intteligent by buying, most of the indian players. Though, now with 10 teams in the league, it will be very difficult to make out a very stable team like it was the case in the previous three editions.

Well here are the results of the auctions that were held on 8th and 9th of January (yesterday and today).  The list of players bought is in descending order of their final bid price.

Gautam Gambhir sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a record $2.4 million.

Yusuf Pathan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $2.1 million.

Robin Uthappa to Pune for $2.1 million

Rohit Sharma to Mumbai Indians for $2 million.

Irfan Pathan to Delhi Daredevils for $1.9 million.

Yuvraj Singh to Pune for $1.8 million.

Saurabh Tiwary to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.6 million.

Mahela Jayawardene to Kochi for $1.5 million.

David Hussey to Kings XI Punjab for $1.4 million

Dale Steyn goes to Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million

Muttiah Muralitharan to Kochi for $1.1 million.

AB de Villiers to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.1 million.

Cameron White to Deccan Chargers for $1.1 million.

Jacques Kallis to Kolkata Knight Riders for $1.1 million.

Ross Taylor to Rajasthan Royals for $1 million.

Angelo Mathews to Pune for $950,000

Ravindra Jadeja to Kochi for $950,000

Johan Botha to Rajasthan Royals for $950,000.

Dan Christian to Deccan Chargers for $900,000

Dinesh Karthik to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000

Piyush Chawla to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000.

Sreesanth to Kochi for $900,000

Adam Gilchrist to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000.

Zaheer Khan to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $900,000.

R Ashwin to Chennai Super Kings for $850,000

Ashish Nehra to Pune for $850,000

Andrew Symonds to Mumbai Indians for $850,000

S Badrinath to Chennai Super Kings for $800,000.

Praveen Kumar to Kings XI Punjab for $800,000.

Abhishek Nayar to Kings XI Punjab for $800,000

Umesh Yadav to Delhi Daredevils for $750,000

David Warner to Delhi for $750,000

Munaf Patel to Mumbai Indians for $700,000

Venugopal Rao to Delhi Daredevils for $700,000

Cheteswar Pujara to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $700,000.

Doug Bollinger to Chennai Super Kings for $700,000

Kumar Sangakkara to Deccan Chargers for $700,000.

Dirk Nannes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000.

Tillakaratne Dilshan to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000.

Kevin Pietersen to Deccan Chargers for $650,000.

Daniel Vettori to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $550,000

Lakshmipathy Balaji to Kolkata Knight Riders for $500,000

Pragyan Ojha to Deccan Chargers for $500,000

Rahul Dravid to Rajasthan Royals for $500,000.

Graeme Smith to Pune for $500,000.

RP Singh to Kochi for $500,000.

R Vinaykumar to Kochi for $475,000

Manoj Tiwary to Kolkata Knight Riders for $475,000.

Morne Morkel to Delhi Daredevils for $475,000

Brendon McCullum to Kochi for $475,000.

Ishant Sharma to Deccan Chargers for $450,000.

Brad Hodge to Kochi for $425,000.

Shakib al Hasan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $425,000

Michael Hussey to Chennai for $425,000.

Brett Lee to Kolkata Knight Riders for $400,000

Stuart Broad to Kings XI Punjab for $400,000

VVS Laxman to Kochi for $400,000

Murli Kartik to Pune for $400,000

Ashok Dinda to Delhi Daredevils for $375,000

Eoin Morgan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $350,000.

James Hopes to Delhi Daredevils for $350,000.

Ryan Harris to Kings XI Punjab for $325,000.

Brad Haddin goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for $325,000.

Shaun Tait to Rajasthan Royals for $300,000

Callum Ferguson to Pune for $300,000

Aaron Finch to Delhi Daredevils for $300,000

Amit Mishra to Deccan Chargers for $300,000

Shikhar Dhawan to Deccan Chargers for $300,000.

JP Duminy to Deccan Chargers for $300,000

Mitchell Marsh to Pune for $290,000

Manpreet Gony to Deccan Chargers for $290,000

Parthiv Patel to Kochi for $290,000

Naman Ojha to Delhi Daredevils for $270,000

Tim Paine to Pune for $270,000

Abhimanyu Mithun to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $260,000

Jaidev Unadkat to Kolkata Knight Riders for $250,000

Paul Collingwood to Rajasthan Royals for $250,000.

Sudeep Tyagi to Chennai Super Kings for $240,000

Ajit Agarkar to Delhi Daredvils for $210,000

Owais Shah to Kochi for $200,000

Scott Styris to Chennai Super Kings for $200,000

Steven Smith to Kochi for $200,000

Dwayne Bravo to Chennai Super Kings at $200,000

Davy Jacobs to Mumbai Indians for $190,000

Ramesh Powar to Kochi for $180,000

Wayne Parnell to Pune for $160,000

Ryan ten Doeschate to Kolkata Knight Riders for $150,000

Jesse Ryder to Pune for $150,000

Joginder Sharma to Chennai Super Kings for $150,000

Charl Langeveldt to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $140,000

Mohammad Kaif to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $130,000

Faf du Plessis to Chennai Super Kings for $120,000

Clint McKay to Mumbai Indians for $110,000

Jerome Taylor to Pune for $100,000

James Pattinson to Kolkata Knight Riders for $100,000

Alfonso Thomas to Pune for $100,000

Nuwan Kulasekara to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000

Matthew Wade to Delhi Daredevils for $100,000

Dimitri Mascarenhas to Kings XI Punjab for $100,000

Colin Ingram to Delhi Daredevils for $100,000

Ben Hilfenhaus to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000

Nathan McCullum to Pune for $100,000

James Franklin to Mumbai Indians for $100,000

Wriddhiman Saha to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000

Pankaj Singh to Rajasthan Royals for $95,000

Rusty Theron to Deccan Charges for $85,000

Suraj Randiv to Chennai Super Kings for $80,000

Andrew McDonald to Delhi Daredevils for $80,000

Thisara Perera to Kochi for $80,000

Michael Lumb to Deccan Chargers for $80,000

Michael Klinger to Kochi for $75,000

Johan van der Wath to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000

Moises Henriques to Mumbai Indians for $50,000

George Bailey to Chennai Super Kings for $50,000

Roelof van der Merwe to Delhi Daredevils for $50,000

Luke Pomersbach to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000

Rilee Rossouw to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000

Nuwan Pradeep to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000

Chris Lynn to Deccan Chargers for $20,000

Travis Birt to Delhi Daredevils for $20,000

Nathan Rimmington to Kings XI Punjab for $20,000

Jonathan Vandiar to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000

Aiden Blizzard to Mumbai Indians for $20,000

Robert Frylinck to Delhi Daredevils for $20,000

Steven O’Keefe to Kochi for $20,000


On Saturday
Tamim Iqbal, Chamara Kapugedera, Ajantha Mendis, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Dilhara Fernando, Luke Wright, Matt Prior, Mark Boucher, Graeme Manou, Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle.

On Sunday
Shane Harwood, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Andy McKay, VRV Singh, Andre Nel, Ian Butler, Chris Tremlett, Ryan Sidebottom, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini, Chanaka Welegedara, Graham Napier, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Jeevantha Kulatunga, John Hastings, Prosper Utseya, Jeevan Mendis, Aaron Redmond, Darren Sammy, Lou Vincent, Neil McKenzie, Jehan Mubarak, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Martin Guptill, Simon Katich, Jonathon Trott, Bryce McGain, Jacques Rudolph, Jason Krejza, Aaron Heal, Ray Price, Abdur Razzak, Suhrawardi Shuvo, Xavier Doherty, Tim Southee, Chaminda Vaas, Thilan Thushara, Kemar Roach, Peter Siddle, Grant Elliot, Elton Chigumbura, Dillon du Preez, Samit Patel, Justin Ontong, Zander de Bruyn, Vernon Philander, Wasim Jaffer, Upul Tharanga, Darren Bravo, Adam Voges, Ian Bell, Chamara Silva, Nikita Miller, Malinga Bandara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Sulieman Benn, Robin Peterson, MS Panesar, Rangana Herath, Paul Harris, Kyle Mills, Farveez Maharoof, Ryan McLaren, Jacob Oram, Dwayne Smith, Justin Kemp, Ravi Bopara, Michael Yardy, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tim Bresnan, Indika de Saram, Denesh Ramdin, Tatenda Taibu, Chris Hartley, Gareth Hopkins, Brendan Taylor, Dinesh Chandimal, Niall O’Brien, Luke Ronchi, Ricardo Powell, Xavier Marshall, Loots Bosman, Lendl Simmons, Thilan Samaraweera, Jamie How, Phillip Hughes, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Thilina Kandamby, Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chabhabha, Hasantha Fernando, Gayan Wijekoon, M Pushpakumara, Rayad Emrit, Lee Carseldine, Akalanka Ganegama, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Mahmadullah, Tinashe Panyangara, Dammika Prasad, Daryl Tuffey, Stuart Clark, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Sajid Mahmood, Rory Kleinveldt, Nuwan Zoysa, Iain O’Brein, Mitchell Starc, David Miller, Adrian Barath, Peter Ingram, Darren Ganga, Imrul Kayes, Mahela Udawatte, Junaid Siddique, Joe Denly, Mark Cosgrove, Morne van Wyk, Glenn Maxwell, Tom Smith, Darren Stevens, Nathan Reardon, Naeem Islam, Farhan Behardien, Colin de Grandhomme, James Faulkner, Dilruwan Perera, Tim Armstrong, Yusuf Abdulla, Isuru Udana, Pedro Collins, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tyron Henderson, Ajmal Shahzad, Suranga Lakmal, Peter George, Michael Hogan, Shahriar Nafees, Neil Broom, Phil Jaques, Kane Williamson, Andrew Puttick, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Tharanga Parnavitana, Rob Nicol, Usman Afzal, Anthony McGrath, Angelo Perera, Danza Hyatt, Richard Cameron, Andre Russel, Steven Croft, Aaron O’Brien, Wes Durston, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Johan Low, Saeed Rasel, Cornelius de Villiers, Tino Best, Michael Lewis, Simon Cook, Paul Franks, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Lionel Baker, Ghulam Bodi, Michael Vandort, Raqibul Hasan, Robert Quiney, Runako Morton, Malinda Warnapura, Gihan Rupasinghe, Ethan O’Reilly, Nicholas Buchanan, Tim Lang, Gary Putland, Jack Shantry, Jake Haberfield, Brendan Drew, Trent Copeland, Henry Davids, Daniel Harris, Ed Cowan, Michael Hill, Rhett Lockyear, Cameron Borgas, Floyd Reifer, Adrian Shankar, Tom Beaton, Greg Smith, Andrew Gale, Craig Thyssen, Adam Lyth, Dean Brownlie, Ahmed Amla, Shannan Stewart, Paul Horton

When this list contains the name of Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Sanath Jaysurya, Chaminda Vass, Mark Boucher, Herchele Gibbs then, definitely I think that probably teams have made out some strategy, and these high profile players did not fit into their scheme of things. Well all I can say is that this IPL has had controversies since the announcement of the edition, but probably it is going to be a grand one, definitely bigger than ever.

The teams have announced the players they want to retain for the next three seasons starting from 2011. The committee had earlier announced that a team can retain a maximum of 4 players with a maximum of 3 Indian players. Yesterday 8th December 2010 was the last day to announce the retained player names by all the franchises (teams). I was thinking that the franchises will be going mad over thinking which four players they could retain. They really would be having problems in selecting 4 players from their present lot. But to my surprise (well IPL has been full of surprises) the teams made this selection very easy. In fact three teams decided not to retain any player, while two teams retained only a single player. Only Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings were the teams that retained its maximum quota of 4 players. Well this is really a surprise since I believed that most of the teams would try and retain the players who have performed really very well for them in the earlier seasons. For example, Rajasthan Royals did not retain Yusuf Pathan, Kings XI Punjab did not retain Irfan Pathan and Kumar Sangakarra, Delhi Daredevils did not retain Gautam Gambhir, Dilshan, and Karthikh, Royal Challengers Bangalore did not retain players like Robin Uttappa, Anil Kumble, and Jacques Kallis while Deccan Chargers did not retain players like Rohit Sharma, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and RP Singh.

This new season of IPL has been in news and controversies since the last season ended, but I hope that all the controversies will end with this and we can have a good season of T20 cricket.

Here is the complete article from cricinfo.

“Ganguly, Dravid shown the door, Kohli stays on

Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir are among the big names released by their IPL franchises, along with Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle and Andrew Symonds, while Virat Kohli is the surprise retention for his team for the next three seasons. Wednesday was the deadline for the franchises to name the players they would retain from their current squads and while there is no common thread running through the choices of players retained and released, the key factors seem to be form, brand appeal and age.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab have decided not to retain any of their players, while all the other IPL franchises have held back at least one current player. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the 2010 finalists, have retained the maximum of four players each, in the process parting with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.

According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians. The retained players – who must have been part of the franchise’s registered squads for the 2010 season – will be valued at $1.8 million for the first player, $1.3 million for the second, $900,000 for the third and $500,000 for the fourth.

Mumbai, as expected, held on to Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of the 2010 season, offspinner Harbhajan Singh, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga. Chennai took the Indian trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and M Vijay out of the auction, in addition to South African allrounder Albie Morkel, their regular opening bowler. Delhi Daredevils retained only Virender Sehwag, meaning Gambhir – their captain for the last two seasons – is in the auction pool.

The most interesting choice came from Royal Challengers Bangalore whose sole retention is Virat Kohli, currently on an impressive run in ODIs. There is no place for Dravid, their icon player, nor for Anil Kumble, their captain and the head of the state association. Kolkata’s decision to drop Sourav Ganguly, the biggest cricketing name to emerge from the city and the face of the franchise’s on-field persona, is a bold step.

Punjab’s decision to release all their players was expected following their dismal 2010 season, which means Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh will go under the hammer.

Siddhartha Mallya, owner of the Bangalore franchise, said the decision to retain just one player was backed by financial logic. “You must realise that with retention, a big chunk of your budget gets taken away,” Mallya told ESPNcricinfo. ” Mumbai and Chennai have kept four players, which means that half their budget is gone. It finally comes down to how much money one was going to lose. We have a big balance sheet but we have lost $1.8 million for keeping one player. We still have about $7-odd million left but if we had retained four then we would have had to buy virtually an entire squad with the remaining half.”

Age is not a universal disqualification. It didn’t count in Tendulkar’s case, nor in that of Shane Warne, Rajasthan’s coach and captain, who was retained by Rajasthan Royals, along with Shane Watson, a day ahead of the deadline. One franchise official explained the difference: “Warne is a global brand so that only helps to promote the franchise.”

If Rajasthan opted for Warne because they have always viewed the IPL as a global brand, Mumbai went with Tendulkar and Harbhajan for their popularity. Pollard and Malinga may have made the cut on account of being impact players, who have backed up their strong Twenty20 credentials with consistent performance.

Sehwag’s match-winning abilities, coupled with his rapid emergence as a brand, clearly had a say in Delhi’s decision to retain him. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina must have been shoo-ins for Chennai following their compelling IPL and international form. Vijay’s performances, coupled with his potential to attract a strong local fan-base, must have tilted the scales in his favour, while Morkel’s proven all-round skills were always going to be an asset. If there is a stranger in this crowd, it could be Kohli. Despite his owners trumpeting his recent performances, Kohli is still work in progress. But he is young, ambitious and has the youth appeal – all qualities of the UB Group’s target audience.”

The retained players:

  • Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga
  • Chennai: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, M Vijay, Albie Morkel
  • Rajasthan: Shane Warne, Shane Watson
  • Delhi: Virender Sehwag
  • Bangalore: Virat Kohli

Chennai are the champions of IPL third edition. They defeated the favorites Mumbai Indians comprehensively in the finals.  As I had written in my previous post that I was supporting both teams (Mumbai Indians a little more), so this loss for Mumbai Indians has not hurt much. Though I would have loved to have seen a different result, but genuinely I am not very disappointed with this result either.

Mumbai Indians have played great cricket throughout the tournament. They had won 10 out of their 14 games in the league phase. Also they were playing the semi-finals and finals in Mumbai, so had a slight home advantage as well. But they were not very good on this day. They started off well, and till half way through the first innings, they were on the top. But after that the pressure of the final showed on them and they dropped two very easy catches of Suresh Raina, who went onto to lay a good foundation of the victory for Chennai. Also what was debatable was the fact that why was Kieron Pollard sent so late into bat. He was just given about 18 balls to play, had he come sometime when there were 5-6 overs left probably the result could have been something else.

Anyways now talking about Chennai Super Kings, it will not be correct to say that they deserved to win this year if one sees their performance in this edition. But if one looks at their performance in all the tree editions then I guess no one will have a doubt on whether they deserved or not. They have by far been the most consistent side. Having made it to the semi-final stage in all the three editions.  This year the managed to enter the semi-finals through a great innings from their captain MS Dhoni. Then after that as everyone says its history. They had been to the finals in 2008 but had lost then, so this was their chance to win it. 

I must say that one needs to spare a thought for Sachin Tendulkar. He had performed brilliantly in this tournament, he also had inspired the young team to perform well at this big stage, and in the finals he almost anchored the side to victory (despite having an injury in his right hand), and still the team lost. As everyone says, no one remembers how well you have played the tournament, if you lose the finals, also no one will remember that how bad were throughout the tournament if you win the finals. If anything is remembered it is the name of the eventual winner.

As MS Dhoni had correctly said after his knock n the last league game, that it is important to make it to the top four after that it is more of lottery cricket. Well his team has proved him correct, they somehow managed to qualify, but then just raised their level in the final two games and won the championship. They not only won, but won both the matches were convincingly.

Well this year the awards were much different from the others in for the Indians. I the first edition it was foriegners for won the awards, the second year it was a mixed bag for both Indian and foriegn players. But this year surprisingly every award has gone to an Indian player. Finally it has been an Indian Premier League. Now coming to the awards given at the end of the tournament:

2010 Champions: Chennai Super Kings
IPL Fair-play Award: Chennai Super Kings
Man of the Match in the Finals: Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings)
Player of the Tournament: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians)
Orange Cap: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians)
Purple Cap: Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Chargers)
Under-23 Success of the Tournament: Saurabh Tiwary (Mumbai Indians)
The only hatrick this year was taken by Praveen Kumar (Royal Challengers Bangalore).
The fastest hundred was by Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)
And the highest Score was by Murali Vijay (Chennai Super Kings)

The final standings of the tournament were:
1. Chennai Super Kings
2. Mumbai Indians
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
4. Deccan Chargers
5. Delhi Daredevils
6. Kolkata Knight Riders
7. Rajasthan Royals
8. Kings XI Punjab

The Batting charts was headed by Sachin Tendulkarand there were as many as 4 Indians in the top five in the charts. While the bowling department was a bit different with P Ojha heading the charts along with it was an all indian players show in the top five. And surprisingly the top four bowlers of the tournament were spinners. 

The top three teams that are Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore have made it to the Champions League that will be held in South Africa in September this year.

One thing that has made me happy is that it is MS Dhoni’s team that has won. He has inspired his team to win this cup. Hopefully he can do the same thing when he leads the Indian team in the T20 World Cup staring at the end of this week in West Indies. With this I will end the post and also wish the Indian team all the best for the World Cup.

It is Mumbai Indians versus Chennai Super Kings in the IPL-3 finals. It is great to see these two teams here as these are my favorite teams, and I just could not ask for more than a final between these two teams. By qualifying for the finals they also have automatically made it to the Champions League. Well I would want Mumbai Indians to win this, but I will not be very disappointed if they lose since it will be to Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians have had a great tournament so far and I would want them to finish it off well as well, something they could not do in the previous two editions. In the first year after a dismal start, they just came into their own, and made it very close in qualifying to the top four. They had to win two matches of the last three, and then they lost a very close match to Delhi Daredevils, and then in the next match Rajasthan Royals won of the last ball of the match. Though they won their last match, they still finished at the 5th position. They would have been happy of this, if they see the situation they were in at the start of the tournament, but would have definitely been disappointed specially looking at the way they played in the middle, as they played some great cricket to have a chance to make it to the next stage. In the second year they started well, and maintained their position in the top four almost more than half the tournament. But towards the end they ended up losing some very close matches and ended up 7th in the tournament. They would have definitely been disappointed with that year’s performance.  This year Sachin Tendulkar has led the Mumbai Indians team with some very good performances upfront. He has also inspired a lot of youngsters in his team to perform at this level.

On the other hand Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent teams in IPL. They have made it to the top four in all the three editions so far. In the first edition the final it to the finals but lost the title to Rajasthan Royals and in the second year they lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the semi-finals. This time they have the opportunity to win the title. This year’s tournament has been of ups and downs for them so far. They started well, and then lost a few consecutive matches. Finally a great innings from MS Dhoni in their last league game saw them through to the top four.

I would wish both the teams the best (especially Mumbai Indians) for the finals. As I said I would be very happy if Mumbai win the tournament but will not disappointed either if they lose as that would mean that Chennai would have won.

The IPL is over but still can’t really get out of its fever as yet. It has been 36 days of exicting cricket and finally it has come to an end. Although this tournament had to be shifted to South Africa at the last moment due to the General Elections happening in India still this edition has really been a major success. Almost everyone in India was disappointed in the decision of shifting the tournament out of India and started calling it as a NRIPL and other names but at the end of these 36 days i dont think many of them are still left disappointed.

This year Deccan Chargers the team from Hyderabad won the tournament. They become the second tea to have their names embrossed on the trophy after Rajasthan Royals had got it done last year. They have literally turned the table around. Last year they finished 8th and this year as champions, that is what is called a turn around. Also Royal Challengers Bangalore who finished 7th last year have finished runers-up(2nd) this time around. Another amazing fact can be said about is that so far the two teams which have won the tournament so far have been the ones that have had a Foreign captain and that to an Australian, first Shane Warne did it for Rajasthan Royals last year and Adam Gilchrist has delivered it this year. Another fact is that both these teams have had an Australian coach to guide them , Shane Warne for Rajasthan Royals and Darren Lehmann for Deccan Chargers. If this is going to be the way then i guess we might see all the Australian players leading there respective sides next year(just a joke). BUt this will atleast give hope to Mumbai Indians and Kolkata KnightRiders of playing the finals next year as they finished the bottom two teams this year(if it countinues the same way next year as it did this time). Only Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils have managed to finish in the top four of both the editions.

This edition has been much better for the Indian cricket players specially. Last year IPL was hosted in India but the Orange Cap (highest run scorer in the tournament) and the Purple Cap (highest wicket taker in the tournament) went to foreign players that is to Shaun Marsh(Australia) – Orange Cap and Sohail Tanvir(Pakistan) – Purple Cap and also the player of the tournament went to Shane Watson(Australia). The other facts were that there were 6 centuries in the last edition with all of them being scored by Foreign players and in the bowling department the only 5-wicket haul of that edition was taken by Sohail Tanvir another foreign player.

Well this edition has been a bit different with the Indian players also getting the piece of cake of success here in South Africa. Mathew Hayden(Australia) won the Orange Cap while RP Singh(India) won the Purple Cap this year. Two centuries were scored this year with Manish Pandey (U-19 player from India) becoming the first Indian to do so. While Anil Kumble bagged the only 5 wicket haul of the tournament finishing with the best figures in a match in the edition, also Manish Pandey scored the highest score of this edition. Adam Gilchrist was named the player of the tournament this year while Rohit Sharma bagged the U-23 sucess of the tournament award. Finally the Indian Players have also joined the party. The international players have done their job of guiding the youngsters and also play the way been doing for so many years now for their respective countries. But this edition has done the Indian cricket a lot more proud than it did the last year. The Australian players have once again proved why they are the champion players and also that it does not really matter if they have retired from the international cricket or not. Also the South African players enjoyed this edition playing back in their home and would hope to take this confidence and experience into next their future tournaments. 

The Final Standings of the tournament were as follows.
1. Deccan Chargers
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore
3. Delhi Daredevils
4. Chennai Super Kings
5. Kings XI Punjab
6. Rajasthan Royals
7. Mumbai Indians
8. Kolkata KnightRiders

Orange Cap – Mathew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)
Purple Cap – RP Singh (Deccan Chargers)
Player of the Tournament – Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers)
U-23 Success of the Tournament – Rohit Sharma (Deccan Chargers)

The Batting charts were headed by Mathew Hayden and Suresh Raina was the only Indian to make it to the top five in the charts. While the bowling department was a bit different with RP singh heading the charts along with three othe rindian players in the top five.

Finally the Indian mega event has come to an end and people around the country and i think even back in South Africa will be eagerly waiting for the next years edition.

Now both the semifals have finished and both the favourite teams have been defeated in the Semi-Finals. The top two teams at the end league phase the Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings have been shown the exit door by Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Well if you go to see one amazing fact is that in the last years edition the teams that were placed at the 7th and 8th spot will play the finals in this edition. I think this is what is called turning the tables over. Well these two teams have literally turned the tables upside down. Last year Chennai Super Kings finished runnersup last year this year they finish as the joint third (losing Semi-finalist), while for Delhi Daredevils this edition in a way can be said to be no different as they like last year also finish joint third(losing Semi-Finalist).

The Final will be played between the Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Final Sunday,24-May-09 Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm

Well the League phase of the tournament is over and it is come down to the last three matches of the tournament that are the semis and the finals.

The four Semi-finalist of this years version of the IPL are Delhi Daredevils , Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. I am a bit disappointed by the Mumbai Indians name missing from this list as I am a big supporter of the team. They had their chances in the tournament specially losing to Rajasthan Royals by three runs and to Kings XI Punjab by two runs, ironically both these teams also could not make it to the second stage of the tournament.

The Standings at the end of the 1st phase are

1. Delhi Daredevils
2. Chennai Super Kings
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
4. Deccan Chargers
5. Kings XI Punjab
6. Rajasthan Royals
7. Mumbai Indians
8. Kolkata Knight Riders

The Semifinals encounters look like this :

Semi-Final 1 Friday,22-May-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
Semi-Final 2 Saturday,23-May-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm

Following are the list of Indian and International players in each side participating in the IPL-2

Captain : Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Coach : Stephan Fleming
Bowling Coach : Venkatesh Prasad
Trainer : Gregory King

1 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Matthew Hayden
2 Suresh Raina Michael Hussey
3 Anirudha Srikkanth George Bailey
4 Subramaniam Badrinath Jacob Oram
5 Arun Karthik Albie Morkel
6 Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan M. Muralitharan
7 Abhinav Mukund Makhaya Ntini
8 Murali Vijay Thilan Thushara
9 Parthiv Patel Stephen Fleming
10 S.B. Jakati Andrew Flintoff
11 Viraj Kadbe
12 Suresh Kumar
13 Napolean Einstein
14 Joginder Sharma
15 Ravichandran Aswhin
16 Laxmipathy Balaji
17 Palani Amarnath
18 Sudeep Tyagi
19 Manpreet Gony

Captain : Adam Gilchrist
Coach : Darren Lehman

1 VVS Laxman Adam Gilchrist
2 Rohit Sharma Andrew Symonds
3 R P Singh Chamara Silva
4 Pragyan Ojha Chaminda Vaas
5 P Vijaykumar Dwayne Smith
6 Venugopal Rao Fidel Edwards
7 Tirumalsetti Suman Herschelle Gibbs
8 Abhinav Kumar Nuwan Zoysa
9 Arjun Yadav Ryan Harris
10 Dwaraka Ravi Teja Scott Styris
11 D Kalyankrishna
12 Halhadar Das
13 JasKarandeep Singh
14 Manvinder Bisla
15 Sarvesh Kumar
16 Harmeet Singh

Captain : Virender Sehwag
Coach : Greg Shipperd

1 Virender Sehwag Glenn McGrath
2 Gautam Gambhir AB de Villiers
3 Aavishkar Salvi Andrew McDonald
4 Amit Mishra Daniel Vettori
5 Ashish Nehra David Warner
6 Dinesh Karthik Farveez Maharoof
7 Manoj Tiwary Dirk Nannes
8 Mithun Manhas Owais Shah
9 Pradeep Sangwan Paul Collingwood
10 Rajat Bhatia Tillakaratne Dilshan
11 Tejashwi Yadav
12 Yo Mahesh
13 Yogesh Nagar

Captain : Yuvraj Singh
Coach : Tom Moody

1 Yuvraj Singh Brett Lee
2 Irfan Pathan James Hopes
3 Piyush Chawla Jerome Taylor
4 Ramesh Powar Kumar Sangakkara
5 S. Sreesanth Mahela Jayawardene
6 Ajitesh Argal Luke Pomersbach
7 Karan Goel Ravi Bopara
8 Ranadeb Bose Shaun Marsh
9 Sunny Sohal Simon Katich
10 Tanmay Srivastava Burt Cockley
11 Taruwar Kohli
12 Uday Kaul
13 VRV Singh
14 Wilkin Mota
15 Yash Gandhi
16 Sahil Kukreja


Captain : Sourav Ganguly
Coach : John Buchanan

1 Sourav Ganguly Brendan McCullum
2 Ishant Sharma Ajantha Mendis
3 Ajit Agarkar Ricky Ponting
4 Murali Kartik Chris Gayle
5 Aakash Chopra David Hussey
6 Sanjay Bangar Brad Hodge
7 Ashoke Dinda Mashrafe Mortaza
8 Cheteshwar Pujara Moises Henriques
9 Wriddhiman Saha Angelo Mathews
10 Laxmi Ratan Shukla
11 Sourav Sarkar
12 Yashpal Singh
13 Sunny Singh


Captain : Sachin Tendulkar
Coach : Pravin Amre
Fielding Coach : Jhonty Rhodes
Mentor(Coach) :Shaun Pollock

1 Sachin Tendulkar Sanath Jayasuriya
2 Harbhajan Singh Dwayne Bravo
3 Zaheer Khan Jean-Paul Duminy
4 Shikhar Dhawan Lasith Malinga
5 Abhishek Nayar Dilhara Fernando
6 Dhawal Kulkarni Kyle Mills
7 Yogesh Takawale Mohammad Ashraful
8 Pinal Shah Luke Ronchi
9 Ajinkya Rahane Graham Napier
10 Chetnya Nanda Ryan McLaren
11 Jaydev Shah
12 Rohan Raje
13 Raheel Shaikh
14 Saurabh Tiwary


Captain : Shane Warne
Coach : Shane Warne

1 Mohammad Kaif Shane Warne
2 Yusuf Pathan Graeme Smith
3 Munaf Patel Morne Morkel
4 Swapnil Asnodkar Shane Watson
5 Siddharth Trivedi Shaun Tait
6 Ravindra Jadeja Tyron Henderson
7 Mahesh Rawat Dimitri Mascarenhas
8 Dinesh Salunke Lee Carseldine
9 Anup Revandkar Robert Quiney
10 Niraj Patel Shane Harwood
11 Naman Ojha
12 Siddharth Chitnis
13 Pratmesh Salunke


Captain : Kevin Pietersen
Coach : Ray Jennings

1 Rahul Dravid Kevin Pietersen
2 Anil Kumble Mark Boucher
3 Robin Uthappa Dale Steyn
4 Praveen Kumar Jacques Kallis
5 Virat Kohli Nathan Bracken
6 Sunil Joshi Ross Taylor
7 Wasim Jaffer Jesse Ryder
8 Srivastava Goswami Cameron White
9 Balachandra Akhil Roelof van der Merwe
10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar Dillon du Preez
11 J Arun Kumar
12 Gaurav Dhiman
13 Vinay Kumar
14 Pankaj Singh
15 Devraj Patil
16 Manish Pandey
17 Bharat Chipli
18 Sreesanth Aravind
19 Kedar Jadhav
20 K P Appanna

These are the lists of various indian players and international players present in each team. During the match in the playing eleven the each team must have a minimum of 7 indian players and can have a maximum of 4 interntional players
The IPL – 2 starts tommorow in South Africa so lets all get geared up for the IPL Fever.


Following is the Schedule of Indian Premier League-2. The time of the match might not be correct but I will update it accordingly, although the order and the dates of the matches is correct.


1 Saturday,18-Apr-09 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Cape Town 4pm to 7pm
2 Saturday,18-Apr-09 Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Cape Town 8pm to 11pm
3 Sunday,19-Apr-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab Cape Town 4pm to 7pm
4 Sunday,19-Apr-09 Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata KnightRiders Cape Town 8pm to 11pm
5 Monday,20-Apr-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Port Elizabeth 8pm to 11pm
6 Tuesday,21-Apr-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata KnightRiders Durban 4pm to 7pm
7 Tuesday,21-Apr-09 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Durban 8pm to 11pm
8 Wednesday,22-Apr-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers Cape Town 8pm to 11pm
9 Thursday,23-Apr-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils Durban 8pm to 11pm
10 Thursday,23-Apr-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Rajasthan Royals Cape Town 8pm to 11pm
11 Friday,24-Apr-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab Durban 8pm to 11pm
12 Saturday,25-Apr-09 Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers Durban 4pm to 7pm
13 Saturday,25-Apr-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata KnightRiders Cape Town 8pm to 11pm
14 Sunday,26-Apr-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils Port Elizabeth 4pm to 7pm
15 Sunday,26-Apr-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Cape Town 8pm to 11pm
16 Monday,27-Apr-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers Durban 4pm to 7pm
17 Monday,27-Apr-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Mumbai Indians Port Elizabeth 8pm to 11pm
18 Tuesday,28-Apr-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
19 Wednesday,29-Apr-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Durban 4pm to 7pm
20 Wednesday,29-Apr-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians Durban 8pm to 11pm
21 Thursday,30-Apr-09 Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils Pretoria 4pm to 7pm
22 Thursday,30-Apr-09 Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
23 Friday,1-May-09 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata KnightRiders East London 4pm to 7pm
24 Friday,1-May-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Durban 8pm to 11pm
25 Saturday,2-May-09 Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals Port Elizabeth 4pm to 7pm
26 Saturday,2-May-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm
27 Sunday,3-May-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Kings XI Punjab Port Elizabeth 4pm to 7pm
28 Sunday,3-May-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm
29 Monday,4-May-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers East London 8pm to 11pm
30 Tuesday,5-May-09 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Durban 4pm to 7pm
31 Tuesday,5-May-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata KnightRiders Durban 8pm to 11pm
32 Wednesday,6-May-09 Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
33 Thursday,7-May-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Pretoria 4pm to 7pm
34 Thursday,7-May-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
35 Friday,8-May-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians East London 8pm to 11pm
36 Saturday,9-May-09 Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab Kimberley 4pm to 7pm
37 Saturday,9-May-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Kimberley 8pm to 11pm
38 Sunday,10-May-09 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Port Elizabeth 4pm to 7pm
39 Sunday,10-May-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Delhi Daredevils Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm
40 Monday,11-May-09 Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers Kimberley 8pm to 11pm
41 Tuesday,12-May-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata KnightRiders Pretoria 4pm to 7pm
42 Tuesday,12-May-09 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
43 Wednesday,13-May-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Durban 8pm to 11pm
44 Thursday,14-May-09 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Durban 4pm to 7pm
45 Thursday,14-May-09 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Durban 8pm to 11pm
46 Friday,15-May-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils Bloemfontein 8pm to 11pm
47 Saturday,16-May-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Port Elizabeth 4pm to 7pm
48 Saturday,16-May-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Deccan Chargers Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm
49 Sunday,17-May-09 Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers Johannesburg 4pm to 7pm
50 Sunday,17-May-09 Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils Bloemfontein 8pm to 11pm
51 Monday,18-May-09 Kolkata KnightRiders vs Chennai Super Kings Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
52 Tuesday,19-May-09 Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm
53 Wednesday,20-May-09 Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata KnightRiders Durban 4pm to 7pm
54 Wednesday,20-May-09 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Durban 8pm to 11pm
55 Thursday,21-May-09 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils Pretoria 4pm to 7pm
56 Thursday,21-May-09 Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
57 Friday,22-May-09 SEMI – FINAL 1 Pretoria 8pm to 11pm
58 Saturday,23-May-09 SEMI – FINAL 2 Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm
59 Saturday,23-May-09 FINAL Johannesburg 8pm to 11pm

This is the schedule of IPL-2 but i will keep on updating everyone with the leading run-scorers, leading wicket-takers and team leaderboard as the tournament progresses.
Well let us all enjoy the IPL fever.