Times are changing rapidly and so is the game of cricket. With the focus shifting towards the shorter versions of the game, it is important for the game to constantly reinvent itself and become more entertaining. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is doing exactly that. It is a pioneer in domestic sport and is the most watched Twenty20 (T20) league in the world. Since its inception in 2008, the IPL has seen many changes to
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is rightly crowned as the most popular cricket league in the world with its ability to bring about ‘Unity in Diversity’. Whether it is Sachin Tendulkar or Chris Gayle or Shane Watson, the IPL enables these players to come together and play as a unit. With players from all leading cricketing nations playing in the IPL, the league has brought to the fore the budding stars of almost all these nations.
The recently concluded IPL-2015 encountered a rather one-sided final with giant killers, ‘Mumbai Indians’, after a sluggish start, going on to crush two-time champions and tournament favourites, ‘Chennai Super Kings’. The cash-rich league is never devoid of controversies and the latest one to hit is the change in retainment policy that is proposed, which could see the likes of M.S.Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Gau
The annual extravaganza called the IPL has ended and now the focus will shift again to international circuit. India are due to play a resurgent Bangladesh side in a 1-Test, 3-ODI tour. After that a tour to Zimbabwe(3 ODIs, 2 T20Is) and Sri Lanka(3 Tests) will be followed by South Africa visiting India(4 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3 T20Is). With such a packed schedule, one can never be sure about the bowling line-up remaining the same despite the success
The Indian Premier League is one tournament which involves players from around the globe. The International players are the most prized asset to the teams as only four are allowed in the playing XI. In many editions, we have witnessed the importance of the overseas players who have had to single-handedly perform exceptionally well and help their team to qualify for the playoffs. It is their contribution which leads
The 8th edition of the Indian Premiere League came to an end with the Mumbai Indians triumphing over the Chennai Super Kings in the final at the Eden Gardens. The tournament sprung up various surprises during the course of 46 action-packed days, and there was plenty of excitement to get the adrenaline levels soaring. While the likes of David Warner, Darren Bravo, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma and Shane Watson were always ex
(From Left) Dhoni, Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin It has always been said that the performance of Team India in Test matches (especially overseas) has gone down due to the Indian Premier League. The players do not opt for a good amount of rest before a major tournament and they also choose not to skip the IPL due to various reasons. But what we have witnessed in this year’s IPL is that quite a few Indian players have played so much I
The IPL needs to serve its true purpose The Indian Premier League has completed eight seasons now. In these eight years, the league has seen a lot of changes in the format, squads, as well as the strategies adopted by the teams. IPL has also grabbed a lot of attention due to wrong reasons with some players and officials being involved in fixing scandals. However, all these controversies helped the league grow and in-spite of contin
The presence of several high-quality overseas players plays a crucial role in enriching the Indian Premier League (IPL). The involvement of overseas players not only improves the quality of cricket on view but also leads to young Indian players gaining the invaluable experience of playing alongside some of the best overseas cricketers in the world. International players take the competitiveness to a much higher level and ensure a very profes
Sunrisers Hyderabad were too dependant on their top order Had Sunrisers Hyderabad won their last game against the Mumbai Indians in the group stage of the IPL, they would have finished second on the points table. In fact, all Sunrisers needed to do to qualify for the playoffs was to win one of their last two games at home in Hyderabad. However, finishing sixth was a fitting result for a team that was underwhelming for most of the season. Wh
In Twenty20 (T20) cricket, in particular, it is really important for a team to get off to a good start as it lays a solid foundation for the others that follow. If the opening pair provides a decent partnership, the job becomes much easier for the middle-order batsmen as they can go for their shots without worrying about the fall of wickets. Similarly, in the Indian Premier League (IPL), we have had some sensational opening pairs who have been i
Mumbai Indians clinched their second IPL title on Sunday On Sunday, Mumbai Indians clinched their second IPL title after humbling the Chennai Super Kings in a one-sided final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Though the finals and the playoffs as a whole were rather one sided, the 2015 season of the IPL was arguably the most exciting season of the IPL so far. Supporters of the eight teams were on a roller coaster ride of sorts as the balance k
Mumbai Indians (MI) joined Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as the only teams to have won the IPL twice after beating CSK in the final on Sunday. After a slow start, Ricky Ponting’s side finished the tournament strongly to take the title. In a tournament that saw over 1500 fours and almost 700 sixes, there were plenty of breathtaking performances. But who was consistent enough throughout the tournament to make
Hanuma Vihari’s all-round performance led his club to victory Hutton Cricket Club registered a clinical win in their Essex League first XI Division One match at the Oakfield ground in England, riding on an inspired performance by Hyderabad and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 21-year-old Hanuma Vihari. Vihari scored an unbeaten 200 from just 117 balls — a knock that contained 23 boundaries and 10 sixes. The rest of his teammates
Pravin Tambe’s reaction after his hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders In the eight years of the Indian Premier League, the 2015 edition is yet to see a bowler claim a hat-trick in an IPL game. And unless there is some display of brilliance in the final game of the competition, the eighth edition will always be remembered as the year which didn’t see a single bowler taking three wickets off three consecutive deliveries.