Jaipur’s continued dominance and Mumbai’s emergence from the darkness have changed the complexion of the DLF-IPL since initial projections. Yes, I spoke to early about Mumbai and have been impressed by the performances of its unknowns as much as I have about its senior citizens. The consistency of Jaipur has certainly puzzled me and all I can attribute it to as of now is some amazing captaincy by Shane Warne. We are also given to understand that Kevin Pietersen is in line for a record IPL deal with a team owned one of the wealthiest Indian families. Any guesses? Is Mumbai going to become superstar possessed next year?
The ugly celebrations amidst strangely vociferous reception to Shoaib Akthar came to an abrupt end with Mumbai handing them a resounding thumping. Kolkata Knight Riders aren’t too high on “my favorites” list and will find it a rough ride if they ever make it to the semis. If Chennai wins tomorrow, which I hope they will, Kolkata’s chances grow slimmer. My choice of the semi-finalists would be Rajasthan, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. It would mean that Punjab would have to play horribly from here on and Kolkata loses all or most of its games, both of which seem possible. Having said that I would think it is going to be mighty fight amongst Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata to get the semi final spots with Rajasthan and Punjab most likely going through. The remainder of today’s game between Delhi and Punjab (as I write this) and tomorrow’s games are going to be quite crucial.