The league stage concluded today with number of CSK fans doubled up as DC’s fans and prayed for DC’s victory which eventually happened. The 4 teams in the fray for play-offs are Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
The trend of this IPL is, one player carrying their team. Gautam Gambhir almost carried whole of KKR’s batting, Sehwag put up performances which put Delhi in a command from the start, Cameron White saving the Deccan Chargers from mediocrity and Gayle who stands tall among this list with his consistent monstrous hitting for RCB. Hitting sixes were as normal as defending the ball for him. For hitting sixes, NO ONE HAS DONE IT LIKE GAYLE. It’s a pity we won’t see him in the play offs.
At the start of the league it seemed like Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors have shrugged off their
indifferent form of last year and found the winning touch. But they didn’t, with Pune Warriors hitting the lowest end of the table with some of the most insipid performances where they didn’t even put up a fight. Their batting never took off with no player showed form and they couldn’t find right bowling combination even though had some of good T20 bowlers. If 2 bowlers were containing, the other 3 were generous enough to leak runs and never they able to put in collective performance. Even their best player Steven Smith who put in some great performances at the start of the season looked disinterested towards the end which sums up their campaign. Much of this blame can be put on their captain Sourav Ganguly who couldn’t find a way to put up their best XI.
Rajasthan Royals after a high flying start floundered at the end. Even the arrival of Shane Watson, their star player, couldn’t change their fortunes though he played some good innings. Shaun Tait was kept fresh for the fag end of the tournament which was a good idea but at times he went wayward and RR paid the price. Rahane couldn’t continue with his form and other batsmen couldn’t step up which proved decisive in the RR’s failed campaign.
Deccan chargers almost had a perfect failed tournament. They batting never clicked collectively, their bowling, save Steyn, at best pedestrian and their fielding which defined ‘how not to field’ rounds up their campaign. After a very quiet start to the tournament, Cameron White suddenly unleashed himself and played some blinders which won matches for his team. Steyn except for a match against RCB was consistent and looked like only bowler threatening the opposition from DC camp. Duminy and Shikhar Dhawan stepped in with few good performances but unless they find a good crop of Indian players and few foreign players they can’t be top 4 anytime soon.
Kings XI Punjab looked like the most depleted squad in IPL but yet they were in the contention for play offs till the end of their last match which speaks volume about the way they punched above their weight. Gilchrist’s injury was blessing in disguise as it allowed them to field an international player who can perform consistently. The promotion of Mandeep Singh proved fruitful and it compensated for the lack of form of Shaun Marsh who struggled throughout the tournament to get going. Azhar Mahmood’s contribution to their stunning return to life can’t be undermined as he was economical for most of the matched and played good cameos with bat. David Hussey ably led the side and also chipped in with batting performances which kept them alive in the tournament. This is a successful tournament for them considering the quality of the players they had and no harm will be done if they sign some better players for next season.
No team is as much depend upon on one man as RCB depend on Gayle. If not for him they might be finding themselves at the bottom of the table. Gayle along with AB De Villiers and Muralitharan kept the hopes of top four alive for RCB till their last match. With a batting line-up that was brittle due to the loss of form of Kohli they couldn’t effectively use AB De Villiers as he found himself mostly at No.5 or No.6 with very less number of balls to play. Dilshan shown glimpses of his batting but he is not the force he once was and Kohli never touched the half heights of heroics he has shown in Indian colours. In bowling Zaheer and Muralidharan have done a half decent job with none of the other bowlers done anything of note. Vettori was said to be injured but it seemed like a plan to accommodate Muralidharan in the line-up who looked more incisive than Vettori but they could have been more effective with both of them on the field leaving Dilshan out. But Kohli and Saurabh tiwary’s patchy form never allowed them to have that luxury and they could get only 5th position in the league.
– To be Continued…
Note: I am not able to put the results now DI. I will add them by tomorrow and let you know. Sorry for not able to give it in time.
Scheduling of the IPL matches are very pathetic with 2 teams facing each other 2 times in a couple of days. This literally takes out the excitement of league as the teams will be running in different forms during their first half and second half of tournament. Hope the schedule will be better next time.
IPL this week produced some real close finishes and more entertainment. While Deccan Chargers were yet to open their winning account other teams just trying to hold on to their form but it doesn’t proved to be fruitful. Points table is now crowded with 6 teams at 8 points with Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab not far behind with 6 points.
With ‘Flop team of the week’ tag can be easily bestowed on Deccan Chargers it will be really difficult to find the top team of the week as every team has lost as much as they won. Deccan Chargers have a fairly decent team and a better squad than KXIP but still they are unable to find a win due to their finding ways to put themselves into defeat. At times, their team selection is also baffling leaving out Daniel Christian for out-of-form and out-of-sorts Cameron White. It has been more than a year since I have seen any meaningful contribution from him. Dale Steyn bowling superbly but T20 isn’t a bowler’s game unfortunately.
Mumbai Indians should be a happier bunch with the return of Sachin but the Malinga’s injury took away any such joy. Without Malinga MI’s bowling loses its threatening potential. Even though they have good bowlers in Munaf Patel, Ojha and Harbhajan they can be carted by batsmen during death overs. They lost their match against KXIP which they should have won. Tough times ahead for them as their batsmen are not firing collectively and injury to Malinga.
Kings XI Punjab with their wafer thin squad able to conjure up 3 wins from 7 matches. With the kind of team they have we can’t even say they are underdogs against some top teams. They seemed to fetch the initiative against RCB while defending the total of 163 with 3 quick wickets only for Gayle to finish the match in style. They redeemed themselves against MI with Marsh slowly coming back to form. Parvinder Awana, an Indian bowler came from nowhere and bowled impressively in their last 2 matches. Much of Kings XI Punjab’s hope to compete will hinge on Marsh and if he delivers they can surprise any team.
Gayle storm is yet to hit the full force but the glimpses of it announces danger to other teams with AB de Villiers joining the party. Against Pune Warriors RCB seemed down and out only for Gayle to revive the hopes (the highlight being 5 sixes in a row) and de Villiers providing the final touch. They won their match against KXIP too with another masterful batting from Gayle and de Villiers. Yesterday they won against string Rajasthan Royals with Dilshan and AB de Villiers producing some great batting display. After Gayle, Dilshan and De Villiers also started to contribute in batting for RCB. If Kohli joins them then opposition bowlers will have plenty to think about. But their bowling is pretty much toothless and if their batting have an off day they can very much think about next match quickly.
Pune Warriors redeemed themselves in this edition of IPL after some good showing with both bat and ball. Under the leadership of Ganguly they seemed to be transformed and ready to fight. They lost their match against RCB which they should have won but won the match against Delhi Daredevils which they could have lost. Ryder started to look like a player to watch, Steven Smith providing some fireworks at the end and Ganguly stunned everyone with his Man of the match display against DD. He isn’t fluent with the bat yet but yet shown that he can ably contribute on the field with his bowling display. Alfonso Thomas provided the required impetus in the bowling against DD and if Pune can sort out their middle order they can challenge for the title easily.
Delhi Daredevils started with a bull run to the tournament on the back of their impressive bowling displays and started to show their prowess with bat too. Kevin Pietersen is literally dominating the bowling and Sehwag started to find his batting form. If these 2 combine then the opposition can forget about winning the game. Unlike other teams they have seam attack in Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron and till now they didn’t disappointed. Nadeem, an unknown left arm spinner started to show his value. Against PWI they lost their way after very much in the game but they will look forward to correct it. They look like the team to beat in this IPL season.
Kolkata Knight Riders slowly picking up their form but still they are not able to find the perfect combination for their team yet. With the inclusion of Brendon McCullum they lose stability at the top which is very much needed as they have a misfiring middle order. Kallis doesn’t look like the player of the last season, with him not able to significantly contribute with both bat and the ball. Gambhir taking most of the responsibility and he will need his team to step up. They should use the services of Shakib ul Hassan and Ten doeschate’s well. Last week they won both their matches but they came against DC and KXIP. If they get their team right, they can easily win against any team. Will they?
Chennai Super Kings started to show their efficiency with the performances which are not flashy but yet resulting in wins. They won against both PWI and RR and most importantly they found a decent seam bowling attack which includes Kulasekara. Death overs provided the problem for CSK with their bowlers going for runs and in Kulasekara they found a solution temporarily. Albie Morkel went to South Africa last week to attend his friend’s funeral and joined back the team now. Doug Bollinger, who has been inconsistent in this season, should make way for him. They slowly starting to dominate and if they continue they may become unbeatable.
Rajasthan Royals after a very bright start starting to lose. They lost against CSK and RCB consecutively with their bowling attack suddenly looking toothless and their unsorted batting lineup makes it easier for the opposition. For some strange reasons Brad Hodge wasn’t promoted higher up in the lineup. He is an experienced batsman and will make valuable runs for them. Their bowlers Amit Singh, Sidharth Trivedi and Kevon Cooper who looked in great form initially started to leak runs. Their batsmen still in goo touch with Dravid too slowly getting back to the groove. They need to step up their bowling and use Hodge’s services more effectively to win the matches.
Points table (As of 25/04/12):
|16-04-2012||Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils||Delhi won|
|17-04-2012||Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers||Rajasthan Royals won|
|17-04-2012||Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors||RCB won|
|18-04-2012||Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders||KKR won|
|19-04-2012||Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers||Delhi won|
|19-04-2012||Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors||CSK won|
|20-04-2012||Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore||RCB won|
|21-04-2012||Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals||CSK won|
|21-04-2012||Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors||Pune won|
|22-04-2012||Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab||KXIP won|
|22-04-2012||Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders||KKR won|
|23-04-2012||Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore||RCB won|
Note: I will be writing my views on ongoing IPL as one article/week. Mostly it will come on Monday.
Out of all the IPLs happened before, this one, IPL5, doesn’t seems to throw any surprise to us. In the first IPL it was the stunning performance of the Rajasthan Royals which also thrown up many Indian players striking ability. Second IPL was a sort of redemption with the previous IPL’s bottom 2 teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers meeting in the final which was eventually won by DC. Chennai Super Kings were the success story of IPL3 who at one point of time looked to go out in the league stage itself. Mumbai Indians atlast matched their ability with the performance on the field only to loss the momentum at the final stages of the tournament. IPL4 was remembered for CSK, a team for the first time defending its crown and the big hitting Chris Gayle who pulled single handedly RCB to finals.
Most disappointing thing for me in this IPL is, no new Indian players are showing their ability. There were lot of Indian players who has shown such a promise during earlier IPLs not even doing half of what they have shown. Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary who were the stalwarts of the Mumbai Indians 2 seasons ago looking lost now. Yusuf Pathan seems like he forget the art of how to swing the bat. Iqbal Abdulla is not the bowler we have seen last time. Paul Valthaty is failing big time.
Only Rahane has shown what he is capable of but he is already an international player. It is such lovely sight to see this young man scoring without fuss. His shots were proper and he reduces the risk of getting dismissed by the kind of shots he plays. Hope the selectors noticing this and gives a chance to this guy instead of other pathetic Indian batsmen.
One thing I like about this IPL is, Dada and Dravid captaining very well. I am such an ardent fan of Dada and it was so nice to see him on the field making those field changes which works all the time. Being away from the attention and glamour of KKR, he seems to be relaxed and more confident in managing this team. He handpicked Samuels, Dinda, Steven Smith and some more players by himself which makes the core of the team. You know he is the same man who picked Sehwag, Kaif and Yuvraj. Surely Pune Warriors starting to look like the team to beat with some great bowling resources and decent batting strength.
Dravid isn’t far behind. He is slowly building a legacy of his own at Rajasthan Royals after the miracle work done by Warne. This season RR looking like a team of first season which posts big totals and testing the opposition with tricky medium pacers. They have now found new Yusuf Pathan in Owais Shah who seems to hit six at will. Where you have been all this time Shah???? Better late than never!!! Both PW and RR looking like going to semis.
Mumbai Indians as much strong as they can be, they have shown they need the calm presence of Sachin at the top of the order. Without him at the top, all the batsmen doesn’t know what exactly they need to do and eventually losing their heads. If Sachin doesn’t return soon we can write off MI this season.
Chennai Super Kings looking like the best team on paper but on the field their bowling is pretty much poor with the star performers Ashwin and Bollinger going for runs every other day. Batting looks good but with the firepower available in the team they can easily put 20+ runs to what they are scoring now. The line-up needs tweak according to the state of the match. The top order looks brittle with M Vijay awfullt out of form. But Hussey will join the team soon and I wish Badri is promoted up the order to partner du Plessis who is doing well at the moment. CSK for sure will pick their form soon and I expect them to be in semis.
Delhi Daredevils after a period of lull starting to look like a good team with various pace bowling options and big hitters. They are very weak in slow bowling options which could hurt them during later stages of the tournament. With the batsman like Sehwag, Pietersen and Jayawardane no score will be out of their reach. They are the dark horses for semis.
Kolkata Knight Riders have the problem of plenty with lot of international players. Their Indian players are also good enough but they are not able to find the best combination. One thing that works in their favor is their home ground pitch turning square and they have high quality bowlers to exploit it. They also have a top heavy batting line-up and unless Yusuf Pathan comes back to form it will be really difficult for them to get going in the tournament. But sadly, Yusuf hasn’t shown any signs of form till now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has been poor during when last IPL started and they are again finding it rough this term. Last time its all depended on one man Gayle and this time there is no change in it only that Gayle is struggling for his fitness. Kohli is yet to show his heroics in RCB colours and AB de Villiers is yet to show his class. They don’t have a strong bowling attack except for Vettori and Muralidharan and the team balance is bad. Mayank Agarwal showing some promises with the bat but if Gayle and Kohli doesn’t play at their best this will be a forgetful tournament for RCB.
This year the wooden spoon contenders will be Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab. Both have a very weak squad with pretty much half the players in the XI are of mediocre quality. They can win one or two matches here and there and both teams have the enough quality to finish last. It will be an interesting battle!!!
Certain Semi-finalists: PW, RR
2 out of 3 candidates for Semis: MI, CSK and DD
All gone wrong:
When I started to blog again by last month I decided to post at least 2 posts per week. All gone to the plan during first week only to get completely messed from second week with my PC’s monitor failing, getting drowned in the work in office, Hyderabad trip happening… Well, that’s how my plans go all the time.
Well, monitor is now back so as my work in office got almost completed. Posts of Hyderabad trip coming up soon 🙂 🙂 And I am really sorry for not commenting on your posts. Even though I read the posts in my mobile I couldn’t properly with them 😦 Hopefully will catch up with all the posts.
Next season of IPL has started and players and BCCI will hope that test series debacles in England and Australia will be forgotten by this high profile(???) tournament. But I don’t think how exciting this tournament can get, it won’t erase those humiliations.
This season has started with lot of one sided matches and now started to slowly picking the tempo with teams picking up their players well and getting into T20 mode.
One of the true servants of Indian cricket and member of the league of EXTRAORDINARY gentleman called it’s a day in international cricket. For Dravid, all I have is my respect. If you ask me the greatest achievement of him, I will say from a very technically sound player who can’t score runs at a brisk pace, he become the fulcrum of the Indian ODI. That’s the biggest achievement of him. Oh, he even holds the Indian record for fastest 50 along with Ajit Agarkar. Crazy 😀 😀
I should have written a tribute and planned to write also. But you all know the way plans go with me, don’t you?? 🙂
Back to read:
After quite some time I have finished a novel completely. Its ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’. A very interesting book which deals with a girl who was mysteriously died in the Vanger family. There is another sub plot too. But don’t even bother about it 🙂 It’s bland.
Each and every character in the book was well etched with the heroine was not a very normal woman we have seen in movies or other books. She is ‘one-of-a-kind’. I will write my complete thoughts about the book after watching the movies based on this book.
Its not some fiction novel. Its a newly introduced series of biscuits by Sunfeast group which just blown me away. It has got real taste and in quality I can say it is world class. I have tasted 3 types in them… Vanilla, Chocolate and the chocofils. Chocofils is the best of the lot and the packing itself tells how serious the makers are serious about this biscuit.
Image courtesy: http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/
Inside the box each biscuit is wrapped in a cover. Instead of chocolate cream between 2 biscuits, in this one the chocolate cream is inside one single biscuit and it retains its moisture, which is the most amazing thing. The cream has a fresh feel to it. Each biscuits costs 5 rupees and I can say every paise spent on it will be worthy. Thanks to whoever behind this biscuit in sunfeast group.
Never in my life I have recommended a biscuit to many people. But this one blown me away. Have a bite!!!!
This is a real good melody from the movie ‘Deiva thirumagal’ but more so I like it for its real beautiful picturization. Very beautiful.
Whenever I see a romantic comedy movie in English, a thought always comes to mind, ‘Why we never make such funny romantic movies? Else are we too serious when discuss about love?’ Well the answer is, after watching ‘Kadhalil Sodhappuvadu Eppadi?’ (How to mess up in love?) I understood love here is as much fun as there in west only the Indian filmmakers have forgotten to see the funny face of it.
Story? What story? These kinds of movies need the intelligent screenplay and dialogues that will make us to sit and laugh. Well if you still ask… Here it is:
Arun and Parvathy were studying in a college and by the gradual interaction they fall in love. But ego clashes were coming up with each other hanging on to their priorities in life and not on to their relationship which threatens break their relationship. How they fall in love, breaking up and again comes together forms the story.
Story is nothing to be excited but it’s the presentation which makes this more than watchable. Director has intelligently woven 3 more love stories around the love of Arun and Parvathy each is completely different from the other one. One love deals about a guy so shy but loves a girl who is already in love with his college senior, Other one deals with a girl who broke up with a guy and falls in love with one of his friends and the last one being the 40+ year olds applied for divorce understanding each other characters and again being together.
Acting is neat from the lead actors and it was the friends around them bring huge laughter with every expression. The parents of the lead characters are behaving in a normal way unlike in some masala movies where they will make them look like foolish.
Dialogues are so sharp, witty and natural that will make us laugh throughout. A sample below:
Girl: Nee epovavathu en kita poi solli irukiya? (Did you ever lied to me?)
Boy: Perusa illa. Summa chinna chinnatha.. kelambrathuku munnadiye kelambiten anda mathiri solli irukken. (Not anything big. Some small ones like I have said I started before even starting like that)
Girl: Inimel anda chinna chinna poi kooda sollada. (Hereafter don’t say those lies too.)
Girl: Inda salwar la naan epdi iruken? (How am I looking in this Salwar?)
Boy: Nalla illa. (Not good)
Girl slaps and goes away.
There are numerous scenes like this. Another strong point of this movie is, all the happenings on screen are something happens to everyone. We can easily relate to it.
When I finished watching this movie I felt lighter and relaxed something not offered by any movie I watched. Only drawback of the movie is the music is not upto the mark. Even though they sync with the movie there is no special in it.
All I can say is, go for it and enjoy.
Director of this movie Mr. R. Balaji has already directed a short film under the same title and you can watch it below to check out how the movie will be. I can guarantee the movie it was twice the fun provided by short film.
One another beautiful short film from the same director:
Note: This movie is also released in telugu as ‘Love failure’
DI has tagged me to tough elevens. Rules of this tag are:
- You must post the rules.
- Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
- Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
- Let them know you’ve tagged them!
Here are the questions from DI:
1. Do you remember your first day in school?
No 🙂 I just remember 1 or 2 moments from my whole first year in school 🙂
2. Your favorite song that you hum often?
It changes from time to time… Now its ‘Nee partha vizhigal’ from movie 3. Yeah.. ‘Kolaveri di’ song movie 🙂
3. Which was your favorite subject in school?
I liked Tamil and Science. Two subjects in which I am more consistent. But I am good in others too except English. It all comes down which one I understand better. One year it will be Science and Mathematics, on the the other it will be Social science… it changes 🙂
4. Are you happy with yourselves, well most of the time, for what you are today?
Yes. From my college final year, I am more than happy with myself. The only regret is, I could do more instead of wasting time in petty things.
5. Role model in your life?
Batman. The version shown in Nolan’s movie. Yes… he is a fictional character. But the values he carries around even as a vigilante is something I respect and follow.
6. Have you got the habit of cursing often?
Not often. But I do. I feel bad if it is something happening in my life.
I curse while watching sports too. For that I don’t feel anything.
7. What do you do when you are very happy?
At that moment I forget everything around me. Used to sing and dance even though it will be pretty crap 😀 😀
8. Do you believe in God or destiny or luck?
- I believe there is somebody with greater power who controls things a bit. And for me he/she/it is the god.
- Destiny – I don’t believe in.
- Luck – I don’t believe this too. But one quote I heard was, ‘The harder you try, the luckier you become’. True, isn’t it 🙂
9. Any regrets in life?
- During my childhood days I have been a little show-off kind of boy. I wish I could have been more sensible.
- I used to fear thinking about what might follow if I do a thing. I should have more courage and do the thing that I feel correct for now.
10. A sweet memory that you talk about often?
There are few but I choose, one day outing to Mahabalipuram during my college final year. It was complete fun and everyone of us enjoyed to the core. Whenever I sit or travel alone, I used to think about it. You can read about it here.
11. Do you think you are a good son, daughter, brother, sister, spouse, parent? Mark yourself, if you can.
As a son, good thing about me is, I am not a troublemaker. But the bad thing is, I interact very less. Could have been better. I can rate myself 5/10.
As a brother, I think I fail. Even though I give my thoughts about things on how to be done, again the interaction is very less. My rating will be 3/10
Now comes the toughest part.
My 11 questions:
- Name your favorite fictional character and why?
- What you like to do more in your free time?
- Please tell us the most funniest prank you are involved in?
- What makes you happy?
- Any regrets in life?
- If you can chose an alter-ego, who or what it will be?
- Do you have any interest in politics? If yes, what you feel about UP election results?
- Name the place which you visited last? Whats the special about that place?
- What you like about you most?
- Name 5 things which you feel is most important in life.
- Name a childhood favorite serial other than animation one.
Now comes another tough thing with almost most of you have done the tag or tagged. Well… I am tagging the persons who have been already tagged but yet to do it. Now they have different sets of questions to choose from 😉 How lucky!!! 🙂
OMG… I am short by 1.. 😦 Well, thats expected as many have done it. Let me know once you have done it 🙂
There is no secret that I am a big fan of Batman and the latest series of the Christoper Nolan. And if there is one day I want to come soon in 2012, it will be July 20th, 2012. The final part of the movie going to get released on that day.
Trailer of the movie was released on 16th December 2011 along with MI: Ghost Protocol. One word about the trailer: FANTASTIC.
Here’s my version of what the story might be after watching the teaser and the trailer:
The story seems to be picking up after 8 years from the ending of ‘The Dark Knight’ and now Bane (Villain) trying to unleash his own form of terrorism in Gotham city. With Batman fell out of favor of public of Gotham after taking up the blame for killing of 5 police officers, Bruce Wayne was reluctant to take up Batman suit. On Gordon’s request he comes back as Batman but gets badly punished by Bane and gets locked up in some prison. There he tries to gain strength by training again and faces Bane to save Gotham to fall again into mayhem. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
On first impression Bane looks so imposing with all those stuffs on the head. Its really frightening and standing before him batman looks like a kid. Its like Bane taking all the calculated steps and Batman just reacts. Batman seems to get some serious kicking and all I hope is, they don’t kill him as part of EPIC conclusion. It would be really sad. But knowing Nolan’s way of film making anything is possible.
Well, these days only past time of mine is watching this trailer as many times as possible. I will update once I find anything new in that 😀 😀