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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

IPL: A great success story of cricket

Finally curtain has come down for the first successful Indian Premiere League (IPL) and Rajasthan Royals have lifted first IPL trophy. Royals have started as underdog's in the tournament but played splendid all round cricket through out the series. I think they deserve first IPL cup.

The inaugural DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided plenty of drama, action and entertainment. The credit of IPL should go to Mr. Lalit Modi, Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier league, President of Rajasthan Cricket Association. IPL has really provided good platform for several players a chance to make a name for themselves among the big guns. But there have been many players who have failed to make a mark in the prestigious Twenty20 tournament and have let their teams down.

There are quite a lot of talents, which came to light in this IPL. Players like Yusuf pathan, Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Ojha, Abhishek Nayar, Laxmi Rathan Shukla, Manpreet Gony have utilized their talents in IPL.

They say T-20 is the game for the young bloods, but there were some golden oldies who made the stage their own. The likes of Shaun Pollock, Sanath Jayasuriya, Glenn McGrath, Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist showed why age should not be a concern. I feel age is matter when you are not playing well or not getting tuned to T-20.

There was lot of controversies, which happened in this IPL. Controversies and matches going parallel through out the IPL series. First the cheerleaders, Harbhajan-Sreesanth slap gate and later Mallya said Charu sharma and Dravid did not select team of his choice. Then SRK sitting in the player’s dugout area.

Anyways first successful IPL has come to an end and I believe that IPL in a lot of ways changed cricket forever. National boundaries were broken during the IPL and it has proved that all barriers can be broken by the game of cricket.

Lets hope for the better IPL series in forthcoming years. :) But being fan of cricket I will miss IPL for few months.

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