Monday, April 21, 2008


Yesterday's Indian Premier League matches showed a different side of 20-20 cricket than what was on display during the first 2 days.

There were no 200+ scores, there were no smacking 50 ball centuries, and both the games were close encounters with the result determined only in the last 2 overs.

The first match between the Knight Riders and the Deccan Chargers was played out in front of a packed Eden Gardens stadium that was as loud as a WWF crowd in Madison Square Garden cheering Hulk Hogan in the 80s and early 90s.

But the crowd did not get what they came for. Sure the home side won thanks to a magnificent innings by David Hussey, but the curators got it completely wrong with the pitch. On a day when a belter should have been the order of the day to entertain a vociferous crowd of about 90,000, the curators threw in a shocker.

Even though it was the lowest scoring game of the IPL thus far, it provided with the potential scene of the tournament. It was the SCENE STEALER in my books.

The Chargers' Andrew Symonds was at the crease and Ishant Sharma had the ball in his hand. At the start of his run up before he started his run to bowl, Ricky Ponting approached him. Ponting uttered a few words to Sharma before moving back to his position, and in ran Sharma to deliver to Symonds.

Here I would like to quite Archana Puran Singh from Zee TV - "Wah Kia Scene Hai!!".

Translated that means, wow what a scene, and indeed it was.

What do you reckon Ponting said to Sharma?

Did he say - "Just do to him what you did to me in Australia mate".

Or did Ponting reveal some unknown secret about Symonds' batting weakness?

Intriguing to say the least. This is what the IPL is all about!

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