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IPL – 3 Review

March 15, 2010

I have never thought I will post about IPL here. But still suddenly I am really crazy about it. I am always a cricket crazy person, as you all know… but still IPL never caught my imagination in the first 2 editions but this time I am just following every bit of news with so much passion. Also there is a competition going on in my office where we have to select 11 players for each match and get the scores accordingly. Some rules are there and I don’t want to bore you all with them.

After the first 2 editions, the team owners have become really sensible and also came to the reality of; if they have to win the championship they should have some good Indian players as they are the 7 out of 11 players and overseas players who will be available till the end of the IPL. Now team management has wasted money on the players who will be out for international duty for the entire length of the tournament.

Even the fans have come in terms with the IPL as I have seen a huge fight going on in the comment section of the cricinfo on which team is better?Chennai or Bangalore. So the IPL going to stay here just like the EPL.

Here is a little preview about all the teams with the little knowledge I gathered.

Kolkatta Knight Riders:

With the awful results in the first 2 editions of the IPL after all the hype created, they seemed to be come to the ground and focused on the game. They have bought some real good players in Angelo Mathews, Owais Shah as always and the big buy by them is Shane Bond who will be their trump card once he joins them.

Their bunch of overseas players (Hodge, Gayle, Bond, McCulum, Shah, Mathews, Langevelt and Mendis) is really good but the Indian players are not that good. Of the Indian lot only Ishant, Murali Kartik were good. Dada was out of international cricket for a long time and Agarkar was not the one who can be trusted upon to deliver always. They have got Ganesh Vignesh, an ICL star, in their team who will come handy with his experience in T20 cricket.

On watching their first match, I sensed that for the first time they are playing as a team and enjoying each other’s success. It was missing in the previous editions and that’s a big plus. And then there is Dada’s captaincy. Batting ability may diminish with age but not the leadership qualities and KKR are for sure will be benefitted by Sourav’s captaincy.

Strengths: Overseas players, Sourav’s captaincy.

Weaknesses: Not so good Indian players, Fielding.

Deccan Chargers:

After the dismal performance in the first edition, they turned it around big time in the second edition and won the cup. But are they having enough firepower to clinch the cup again? They have bought Kemar Roach as a replacement for Fidel Edwards this time and no other big buys. Even though they have almost the same team this time too, conditions in India and South Africa highly differs which won’t help their bowling.

Once again Adam Gilchrist is there to lead and he is in great touch too. But Gibbs and Symonds are not in good touch which will hurt them a lot as they are powerful strikers of the ball. Ryan Harris will be a good option for them in bowling and they also will need Kemar Roach to do some early damage. They have got some talented Indian players in Laxman, Ojha, Rohit Sharma and RP Singh. But the Hyderabad state players should improve themselves so that DC can have a shy at the cup.

Strengths: Adam Gilchrist, a strong bowling department.

Weaknesses: Out of form players, a very weak batting line-up.

Mumbai Indians:

They are only team along with KKR who didn’t reached semis yet. They have some real good talent in both Indian and Overseas players but yet something or other makes them to stumble. The list of overseas players of MI is stunning. In Jayasuriya, Bravo and Pollard they have real good all-rounders and Lasith Malinga was a real good bowler in T20. In Sachin, Harbhajan and Zaheer they have got very important core players of Indian team.  In my view they have got wonderful bowlers who can contain any batsmen.

One area they have suffered last 2 times was with the remaining Indian players. But this time they have got wonderful players who were returned from ICL. Pick of the lot is Ambati Rayudu and R Sathish. They have proved their worth in first match itself. Now they have real good chance of making semis under the guidance of Master.

Strengths: Very strong bowling and equally impressive batting, Sachin’s cricket brain.

Weaknesses: Some injury prone players are there and also they don’t have good finisher while chasing.

Rajasthan Royals:

As the underdogs of 2008 edition, they have won the cup then. Lot of things went their way in 2008 and when the action shifted to South Africa they struggled in the bowling friendly wickets. Now the IPL is back in India and they will back themselves to win more games.

They have got some great individual batsmen in Yusuf Pathan and Graeme Smith who can win the game on their own. Asnodkar rocked the IPL 1 and he will be handful in Indian pitches. Warne said that Paras Dogra was also a batsman to watch out and he played well in the first game.

They have got great tactician in Warne but they really lack decent bowlers. They have got Shaun Tait who will play key role with his express fast deliveries. But others are not that good. Even Warne lost his magic deliveries. They will be feeling the loss of Ravindra Jadeja now.

Strengths: Warne’s ability to galvanize a bunch of players, match winning batsmen

Weaknesses: Very poor bowling attack.

Delhi Daredevils:

They are the team who was considered as hot favorites for Ist and IInd edition and 3rd edition is no different. They have good mix of Indian and overseas players. They have got the strongest batting line-up among all the teams and all are in real good form. A top order comprising Sehwag, Gambhir, Warner, Dilshan, De Villiers and Karthik has very less chance to fail.

But the real problem for them is whom to pick from overseas players as everyone is too good a player to miss out. They have got good T20 bowlers in Nannes, Nehra and Mishra. And their latest buy Parnell provides them lot of options.  Only thing they don’t have is experience in leadership. Gambhir is new and all the players in the team don’t have the experience of captaining in international stage.

Strengths: Explosive, reliable batting line-up and a decent bowling.

Weaknesses: No apparent weaknesses.

Kings XI Punjab:

This is the team which looks in complete shambles with injury list and poor Indian bunch of players. Lee is out and Yuvraj is returning back after an injury. They will be hoping that Hopes comes soon to lend a balance to their struggling team. Even though Yuvraj comes out from injury, lot hinges on him to deliver.

They have got Sangakkara who was exploding each passing day and good spinners in their ranks. It will be interesting to see how Sanga manages his resources.

Strengths: Individual talented players who are match winners.

Weaknesses: Don’t have good Indian bunch of players to fill the 7 out of 11 and will implode under pressure.

Royal Challengers of Bangalore:

A team which called as Test team in the Ist edition turned it in the second edition with some good buys and planning. This time too they have got one of the interesting talents in the current world cricket, Eoin Morgan and he will boast the already good Bangalore line-up.

They have a determined captain in Kumble and then a very impressive line-up of batsmen in Dravid, Kallis, Manish Pandey, Goswami and Kohli and a very good wicket keeper in Boucher. The biggest strength of this team is their bunch of very good Indian players. Overseas list of players are not behind which comprises of Ross Taylor, Peiterson and Morgan.

Their bowling clicked big time in South Africa but the same can’t be said now as the Indian pitches are really flat and they have do some heavy scoring to win the matches. They have got Steyn, Praveen and Van der merve to take care of bowling and they will good enough to contain the opposition batsmen. With this kind of players they are easily the second best team behind Delhi Daredevils.

Strengths: A very solid bunch of players in all departments and determined Kumble.

Weakness: Bowling which will be under pressure if they don’t have big score on board.

Chennai Super Kings:

One of the most consistent team in the first 2 editions of IPL starts in backfoot for 3rd edition with no world class bowlers except Muralidharan. As in the previous editions, their strength is their solid batting which comprises of Hayden, Raina, Dhoni and Hussey. They have bought Perara this time a heavy hitting all-rounder from Sri lanka who will come handy for Chennai.

They have got one of the best captains in Dhoni who never allows the situation to get into him and Chennai’s fate lies on how well Dhoni manages his poor bowling resources. And if a batting collapse happens to them like the match today then no one can save them.

Strengths: A great batting line-up which can force the pace easily, Dhoni’s captaincy.

Weaknesses: Very poor bowling resources.

And my favorite teams are Kolkatta Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. KKR for Dada and Chennai being my home town. But they have to play really well to qualify for semis and Delhi Daredevils has got the real of lifting the cup this time. Hope they don’t choke this time.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2010 2:56 pm

    I actually differ from your views a lot and agree on a few :P.

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1) Kolkata have roped in Manoj Tiwari which i think is a great move as he is a very good batsmen and he was seriously being wasted in Delhi team in last two editions. I agree with their weakness and strong points with you.

    kanagu: But he is coming off injury so some rustiness is there in his play…

    2) Deccan Chargers… my team :). Well, actually they have pretty good over seas players and lack good Indian players. Their batting is their strength if you ask me. We have Gilly, Gibbs, symo who can tear any attack apart on a given day. Laxman is an awesome player and his timing and placement is excellent. Rohit and Suman are both handy with bat and ball. Our bowling mainly depends on Vaas, RP and Ohja. If they 3 dont take early wickets we would find it stuff.
    Yeah, Kemar Roach is stepping in but i m not sure its such a good idea to take Vaas out as he is in brilliant form at the moment. We are not a lethal team like Delhi and CSK but if the players click we can take any team down as seen yesterday :).

    kanagu: Yes.. they are destructive.. but I don’t think except Gilly they are playing fluently and Vaas bowling is a bonus for them.. he is doing really well.. but the other Indian players are a worry… even RP is not performing well for DC… Ojha always an important bowler…

    3) MI would be evry strong after Bravo and Pollard join in. They have done a great thing by picking Rayadu and Satish. They have two best batsmen ever in form of Sachin and Jaya. I just think their bowling depends mainly on Malinga at moment as Zak is also coming back from injury.

    kanagu: Don;t forget.. bhajji is there and Bravo is a very good bowler in T20s…

    4) Add very poor batting attack too. Except for Yusuf and Smith you really cant see anyother match winners. Its sad that they have lost jadeja. he was one of their strengths.

    kanagu: Now Smith too gone.. they are really need a lot of luck…

    5) They are the best team on paper. A very well balanced attack. An explosive batting and good bowling. So, agree :).

    kanagu: Now they too facing the rough…

    6) The players are a good bunch. They just arent consistent. They need to put a good show. And the main problem they will have is choosing the players. They have way too many good over seas players and just picking 4 is like an impossible task.

    kanagu: Lets see what they do… most of their players are not in form…

    7) Agree with you.

    And seriously sorry for such a big and boring comment but its cricket and its IPL… couldnt help myself.

    kanagu: Cricket never bores me and no need for sorry….

  2. March 15, 2010 4:38 pm

    I like SRK so I want KKR to win….
    thats all i can say abt cricket post 😆 😆

    kanagu: LOL… 😆 Me too want KKR to win for DADA 🙂 🙂

  3. March 15, 2010 4:52 pm

    I’m following only Chennai super King matches..Hopefully this time we will be the champions 🙂

    kanagu: Thats tough machi…. lets see.. anyway Kochi team is comign up next year 🙂 🙂

  4. March 15, 2010 5:44 pm

    KKR with two wins in its kitty definitely looks strong. although, I hate that team. I hope it doesnt reach super 6 😀 😛

    kanagu: Your word is working now.. they have lost 2 matches now 😦 😦

    Ross taylor is not playing for RCB this time *wail* he was my only hope. well of course we do have Pandey, Boucher and Morgan. will have to wait and watch 🙂

    kanagu: RCB is going great guns… looks like a SF berth is confirm for them…

    and my favorite IPL3 team is CSK. last year it was Deccan Chargers and they won. hoping chennai wins this time. have a strong feeling they will 😀

    kanagu: CSK is my favorite too 😀 😀 but they need some strength in their bowling…

  5. March 15, 2010 8:01 pm

    wow thats quite a review… but too bad… not interested in cricket anymore 😛 Though can’t say the same for Dhoni 🙂

    something for you in my blog 🙂

    kanagu: LOL… 😆 😆 thanks for the award rajlakshmi 🙂 🙂

  6. March 16, 2010 1:31 am

    One more weakness for Royal Challengers Bangalore — No good blogger like Hitchy ! 🙂

    kanagu: True.. true…

  7. March 16, 2010 12:03 pm

    Everyone is talking cricket, esp IPL !!!! My daughters have suddenly become cricket crazy, supporting DC – attachment to Hyd is still in heart.

    Lets see how this madness goes !!!! 🙂

    kanagu: ha ha ha.. 🙂 🙂 DC is doing well this time too…

  8. March 16, 2010 6:19 pm

    this post may well turnout to be the catalyzing factor in rejuvenating my interest in IPL..
    Good Show Kanagu..

    kanagu: Thanks RSV…

    about my team: well its daredevils…
    they seem to be doing fine
    kanagu: they too feeling the heat now….

  9. March 17, 2010 9:42 am

    Hi Kanuga

    Nice n informative post esp for dummies or not lookers like us:)

    BTW, have you read FIP’ book called “Game charger”? If yes, pl post a review. I too am planning to buy one 🙂

    kanagu: No Ekta.. and I am not planning to read it.. 😦 😦 if read it.. tell me how it is…

  10. Swaram permalink
    March 17, 2010 4:29 pm

    Gud luck with the contest @ work 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Swaram 🙂 🙂

  11. March 17, 2010 11:59 pm

    Now SRK is asking for coaching tips from Indians in the recent ad 🙂 Achha tell me who owns DC, DD and CSK teams? Never saw them on field.

    kanagu: ha ha ha…. DC by deccan chronicle news paper… CSK by coromendel cements… and DD… no idea..

  12. March 18, 2010 12:19 am

    I have nothing to add, as I hardly watch Cricket. But may I just say I would like Chennai to win ;-))))

    kanagu: Me too wish they win… 🙂 🙂

  13. March 18, 2010 8:39 am

    Congrats on the Blogadda Tangy Tuesday pick!

    kanagu: Thanks Bones… 🙂 🙂

  14. March 18, 2010 9:28 pm

    Sigh!! My team is full of injured players but as I had read somewhere today lee, Shaun Marsh & Hoppes are joining the team very soon. Hope things turn around for them!

    kanagu: Atlast they got a win today…. great turnaround…

  15. March 19, 2010 11:03 pm

    I too thought CSK had a poor bowling line up, wonder what happened to the Indian bowlers who played in the previous editions! But Dhoni has some strange luck and he generally compensates for the weakness… with the strength! But these days I am not watching much cricket, may be I need to capture a match or two!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Yeah.. Dhoni really have lot of luck… its always strange that how he was abl to win this many matches with that inferior team… IPL matches are intersting DI.. se them

  16. March 21, 2010 5:30 am

    Kanagu, Et, tu? 😀 Everywhere everyone is talking about IPL. I don’t follow Cricket anymore so I’m lost. 😀 Since everyone is supporting a team, I pick Mumbai Indians just for Sachin.

    kanagu: Yes.. I am 🙂 🙂 ha ha ha… MI is strong this time.. hope they win 🙂 🙂

  17. March 22, 2010 2:51 am

    Ganguly dada!!!!! yeah!!!!

    go ganguly go!!! DADA rules!!! woohoooo!!! Prince and his knights will surely fight hard this time for their kingdom!!

    we will kick evryone’s butt this year!!! hehee 😀
    Watch n see!

    kanagu: Thats what I am hoping… hope they do that 🙂 🙂

  18. March 22, 2010 5:50 am

    I am not following the IPL this time, although some other family members are doing that 🙂

    kanagu: I am finding this year’s IPL exciting IHM 🙂 🙂

  19. Mystery permalink
    March 22, 2010 10:52 pm

    long see..noo post..
    all well?

    kanagu: Hmmm.. its well Mystery.. just my mind not working properly 😦 😦
    will post something soon 🙂 🙂 thanks for asking 🙂 🙂

  20. March 23, 2010 10:40 pm

    How you doing brother..

    kanagu: I am doing well sister 🙂 🙂

    I don’t like cricket these days..

    Kochi has got a team..These days,it more about money,bollywood stars,gambling and cheer leaders involved ,than it is about cricket… 🙄

    kanagu: No Sister.. this time the quality of cricket is improved compared to last 2 editions of IPL and its really fun to watch 🙂 🙂

  21. March 24, 2010 2:05 pm


    I can’t believe I missed commenting on this post!
    Anyways, I am watching the matches too!
    And of course since RCB is on a winning spree – I support RCB! 😀 😀

    kanagu: Hope they play well and I wish KKR win thsi time 😀 😀

  22. March 26, 2010 12:53 pm

    Drowned in IPL? Where r u 😛

    kanagu: I am quite dull Swaram… and Now I am back 😀 😀

  23. March 27, 2010 5:09 pm

    Kanagu belated congratulations on Tangy Tuesday pick 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks IHM 🙂 🙂

  24. Shashank permalink
    August 26, 2010 11:04 pm

    csk 2 rock in clt20 this year.
    mumbai will lose badly


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