Daily Archives: 22 May 2008

The illusionary world of IPL

We have already heard two veterans of the game asking to be considered for longer versions as a result of their apparently good performances at the IPL. Shane Warne has dropped a bombshell offering to make himself available of the ashes next year possibly due to his revived interest in the game thanks to the IPL razzmatazz. Saurav Ganguly wants the BCCI selectors to consider him for one day internationals because he scored a 90 and dived a couple of times while fielding. Jayasuriya’s amazing displays in the last few games has made the Sri Lankan selectors to reconsider him for the Asia Cup. Who’s next? Anil Kumble,  Rahul Dravid, Glenn McGrath? If performances at the IPL do count and folks like Ganguly can stake a claim on the basis of perceived successes, what would players like Yusuf Pathan, Swapnil Asnodkar, Abhishek Nayar, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shikar Dhawan, Shaun Marsh, Luke Pommersbach, S. Badrinath, Shane Watson etc. have to say to that?

On the side, I have been enjoying some and not-so-enjoying some of the commentary being offered. While commentators like Sivaramakrishnan, Aamir Sohail, and Ranjit Fernando should seriously look for other professions and/or go a decent english speaking school, I found Greg Chappell to be quite disturbing. His insecurity and associated immaturity is well in display as he continues to vent against the “senior” indian players at every opportunity. He really needs help, possibly of a medical kind!

– Srikanth