Saturday, April 18, 2009

Who Will Win the IPL?

Definitely not Rajasthan Royals.

We all said that last season as well, but surely a fairytale cannot repeat itself.

I'm not one to discount Shane Warne, but to repeat what he did last year is going to be one hell of a task.

They'll have a good season but the IPL will have new Champions this year.

It won't be Delhi Daredevils either.

They're the favorites just like the Deccan Chargers were last year.

Favorites hardly ever win a cricket tournament like this, unless they're Australia.

We all know that by now.

Chennai Superkings will not win it.

Last year's finalists may just be that this year as well.

The "best captain in the world" and a "fitter than ever" Hayden will not be enough to take them all the way.

Not unless they change their team's second name.

Mumbai Indians will be neither here nor there.

They'll be more here though with Sachin doing bulk of the scoring.

I think this team will be a lot like India of the 1990s - Sachin scores, we score. Sachin falls, we fall.

Sachin may take them far, but not all the way. Some things never change.

Bangalore Royal Challengers, are you kidding me?

They're not the same Bangalore that we saw last year.

The test cricketers are gone, the hard hitters are in.

There's a new captain as well, but that won't be enough to change their fortunes.

Which captain will lift the trophy if Kolkata Knight Riders win it?

They won't though!

Not with an Icon player, a captain, a coach, and an owner, all on different pages.

Their season may even be worse than last years. They will be the Deccan Chargers of IPL 2009.

Speaking of the Deccan Chargers, no I don't think they will win at all.

Their season won't be any better than last year.

Maybe better than the Knight Riders, but not more.

That just leaves the Kings XI Punjab then.

But guess what, I don't think they'll win the IPL either.

As long as the beautious Priety Zinta is around to distract Yuvraj, this team ain't going to be championship material.

And anyway any team that has Sreesanth as a mascot cannot win a tournament.

That doesn't leave anyone then, but does it really matter who wins the IPL?

I reckon, Lalit Modi has already won it!

He's raked in so much moolah that even he's getting extortion calls.

And he's raking in even more by allowing teams 7.5 minutes to discuss strategy mid innings.

Whether its Rajasthan or Bangalore, or whether its Chennai or Delhi, it doesn't make a difference at all, for Lalit Modi is the true IPL Champion!

Make your pitch on this post...

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12 Pitched:

  1. life_in_binary said...

    tell me again...why did Shane Warne retire!?!?

  2. Krish said...

    Well said, Sir!

  3. Viswanathan said...

    CSK will win it this time.

  4. Amy said...

    No, Albie will singlehandedly win it. You know it.

  5. Anonymous said...

    Well said.

    Cricketers have missed out on this event and some players have been banned *AHEM*. One of the life forces for Shane Warne is no longer bowling.

    Do not quote me on this as a bias. SAPL (IPL???) should start allowing other countries to send their own teams in for this "extravaganza". They are more concerned with raking in the cash than actual cricket. At the very least, start playing this game with the rules employed in most football(soccer) league games where there is no cap as to which nationality the player comes from.

    Great job Lalit Modi. Once a criminal, always a criminal.

  6. Srini said...

    Mumbai Indians is a good team this time...they have Sachin, Jayasuriya, Duminy, Dhawan and Nayar in the batting...bowling department is also string with Malinga, Zaheer and Bhajji...

    CSK is also one of the favourites...

  7. Q said...

    LIB - Cause he wanted to spend more time with his kids.. he claims that before he turned up in South Africa for the Royals' practice games, he had not bowled a ball in 12 months!

  8. Q said...

    Thanks Krish and welcome to Well Pitched.

  9. Q said...

    U saw what Mumbai did to them Ott? No chance.

  10. Q said...

    Albie? Which team is he in again Amy?

  11. Q said...

    Hasan - there is no cap on nationalities in the IPL either is there? If u mean the 4 internationals per team then I think thats done to keep the IPL Indian..

  12. Q said...

    SV.. MI have a better chance than CSK.

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