Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Royal March

They're into the final.

They deserve to be the champions. The Indian Premier League Champions.

Anything less will be gross injustice.

Regular readers of Well Pitched would know that I did not expect to see the Royals anywhere close to the final.

Going back to auctions, I had given the Jaipur franchise the lowest rating on my Bid-O-Meter.

I was wrong. Mind you, I wasn't the only one.

There were plenty of critics and cricket experts around the world that felt that Jaipur had got it wrong.

All of us were justified in our claims when the Royals lost their 1st match against the Daredevils, and that too comprehensively by 9 wickets.

But then it all changed.

The Royals started on their march towards 5 consecutive victories.

They looked like the strongest team at that time and I said that they looked like a clone of the New Zealand team who would win all their league games and stumble in the semis.

I was wrong again.

They lost 1 to a resurgent Mumbai but then started on another march.

One towards 6 consecutive wins, the only team to do so in the IPL.

They lost their last league game to the Kings XI in a game in which their 4 first choice internationals were rested.

They ended the league stage as the only team to win all their 7 home games.

Should they have been given the trophy then?


Scorpicity here believes that the Rajasthan Royals are the IPL champions, irrespective of the results of the final.

I had thought that the Royals would lose their semi-final to the Daredevils.

I was wrong again. The 3rd time because of the Royals.

The Royals deserve to be crowned the IPL Champions and a victory on Sunday will end their March in the most appropriate manner.

The Rajasthan Royals - The IPL Champions.

Who would have thought?

I hope they don't prove me wrong again.

Read this to understand what went behind the formation of the Rajasthan Royals.

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