Sunday, 5 April 2015

IT'S IPL TIME- A perfect blend of Cricket & Entairtainment........

Well the Cricket World Cup has just come to an end where the Australians beat New  rather easily & won the World Cup for the fifth time. The match could have been lot  more closer from an viewers perspective. But that chapter is closed now.

But not to worry Cricket fanatics,  the mega blockbuster cricket event , the Indian Premier League  is going to enthrall us in couple of days. Right from the time, it was started , the IPL has gained popularity & has seen non-cricket followers watch the IPL games just to see their favorite actor or actress who owns a team in the TV screen.

The IPL brings together Cricket & Entertainment.  Right from big business tycoons owning  a team to actors & actresses rooting for their team in the stands. People tend to support a Kolkata Knight Riders for example just because Shah Rukh Khan is a co-owner of that team . This is the specialty of this tournament where foreigners become house hold names.

Just visualize this, before the last year's IPL,  Glenn Maxwell just started creating ripples in the International Cricket scene for Australia & then he was bought by Kings XI Punjab & then the havoc he created with his outrageous shots made crowds all across the country especially in home games for Kings XI call him Glendeep Maxwell. That's right Glen Maxwell became the favorite of the Punjabi crowds and that just emphasizes my point that IPL can  bring together different cultures & can create new bonds , friendships which can last for a long long time,

The IPL is a platform for foreign players to assert their superiority for the team they represent. And for Indians,  it is the stage where people especially the selectors take notice of  your talent & skills,  This holds good  especially for the players who have been sidelined by the selectors in the recent past, where in a  good showing in the IPL can bring them back in the reckoning.

Over the years, the IPL has unearthed some fine young talent for India who have gone on to successfully represent India. Few examples of this is Ravindra Jadeja &  Mohit Sharma who were spotted & picked by the Indian selectors for the ODI & T20 squads.

In this post,, I will feature five Indian players who have been sidelined by the Indian selectors but who I feel, if they perform well in the IPL can come back in the reckoning.

1. Irfan Pathan( Chennai Super Kings):    A player who was termed as the next Kapil Dev for India when he burst on the scene for India as a lanky nineteen year old, I personally have been a huge fan of Irfan's bowling. He has been struggling terribly with injuries off late & has seen a dip in his performance in the last few seasons of the IPL. But  he is fully fit & from what stats I saw of him in the Ranji Trophy  this year, he is getting back to his wicket taking ways & he is contributing with the bat too.

Irfam Pathan on song can get you the wickets at the start of the innings , he can bowl pretty well in the depth overs , he can definitely contribute some handy runs at the end & to add to that he is quick in the outfield.  Having been bought by the Chennai Super Kings, I hope he can play in all the games for CSK, and hope he does well. As many of the CSK players are currently in the Indian team & the lack of  a good quality bowling all-rounder for India can be fulfilled if Irfan can perform well this IPL.

Here's a small glimpse of why I personally rate Irfan Pathan's talent:

2. Robin Uthappa( Kolkata Knight Riders):    A  very attractive, stylish batsmen Robin Uthappa was in the form of his life last year for Kolkata Knight Riders. He was one of the key reasons why the Knight Riders went to win the trophy last time.  Uthappa attacked from ball and laid the foundation for the team to succeed. I consider his exclusion from the Indian Team for the recently concluded World Cup a surprise, but nevertheless, Robbie as he is called had a fine Ranji Trophy season for Karnataka where they won the tournament along with the Irani Trophy as well.

His swashbuckling batting skills coupled with the fact that he can also keep wickets , make him a big asset for any team to have & with a good IPL showing, he could probably make it to the Indian limited overs teams.

Below is an example of  Robin Uthappa's  attacking batting , a 126m  six he hit when he played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team:

3.  Vinay Kumar( Mumbai Indians):  Vinay Kumar, the medium fast swing bowler, has raised his game to all new levels with having successfully led Karnataka to consecutive Ranji Trophy & Irani Trophy titles. A bowler in the mould of Bhuvanesh Kumar, who can get it to swing in the beginning overs and can be effective in the slog overs as well. He has the knack of  surprising the batsmen with  the extra pace he can generate from the deck.

A stellar domestic season coupled with the fact that along with Lasith Malinga , the Mumbai Indians will look up to him to deliver come this IPL, makes me even more interested to see how he performs in this tournament as fast bowlers come & go for the Indian team and there is a high possibility that  he may make it back to the Indian team.

Here is a small peek into Vinay Kumar's bowling abilities:

4. Varun Aaron( Royal Challengers Bangalore):  I have heard many people say that India don't produce pace bowlers who have all the aggression &  attitude  required for a pace bowler. But Varun Aaron has got all those qualities. He has got pace, has got the fiery attitude need for a quick, pacy bowler. He can stray in line & length at times but as a skipper of a team , I would rather risk leaking few runs because this guy has got the ability to demolish batting atttacks.

Like many Indian fast bowlers, he has fallen prey to injuries off late but he has come back to form in the recently concluded Irani Trophy game, & I am personally looking forward to seeing Varun Aaron dish out his fiery brand of fast bowling.

Here's a glimpse of Varun  Aaron's talent. Fast bowling coupled with aggression, a good mix to have:

5. Dinesh Karthik( Royal Challengers Bangalore):   Dinesh Karthik having been bought for a huge sum of 10 crore rupees from the Delhi Daredevils will be looking to justify that sum with his performances this IPL.  Personally, since Dhoni has retired from Test Cricket, and looking at DK's  wicket-keeping skills , I won't be surprised if he makes it back to the Indian Test Team ahead of Wridhiman Saha.

For Mumbai Indians,  Dinesh Karthik proved what a lethal force he can be with the bat as he came down the order and used to finish games for the Mumbai Indians. A batsmen with a solid technique and a wide array of shots, I am hoping he can perform well this IPL so that atleast he can get back into reckoning when it comes in the minds of the Indian selectors.

Here's a small look into DK's  destructive batting talent:

Apart from these five players there would be many players who will be looking into the National team through a good performance in this year's IPL.  I am definetly looking forward for this tournament to start & and I will be hoping the five players I mentioned about in this blog post end up performing for their respective teams & make it back to the Indian team.

With the corruption scam causing the suspension of two marquee teams, Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals for the next edition of the IPL, it will be interesting to see what action the BCCI takes. Cleaning their image will be a humongous task but moreover it  will be very intriguing to see how two new teams will be formed for just two years to keep the interest & popularity of this big money cricket league intact...

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