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

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12 responses to “The illusionary world of IPL

  1. maybe you are the one who need medial attention!

  2. What about Gony? I thought his bowling was outstanding and he is been extremely consistent though a bit unlucky on the wicket front.Unlike other bowlers who have done extremely well in one match then bad the next this guy has been on the dot every match and with his good fielding and tailender batting , he is a find.Irfan pathan has some serious comptetion now from his own brother.

  3. Ganguly constantly lives with the pixies – leave him be.
    Warne talks crap most of the time – disregard his words.
    If you are a national selector, and your country has no decent up and coming talent, what would you do? Blood someone and watch your team fail, or play an old warrior and give you team a chance?

  4. I can not believe that Chennai SuperKings did not select Dinesh Karthik and instead went with Parthiv Patel.

    Parthiv has been failing systematically in all matches.

    When Aussies were in the team – the Chennai team was strong on paper. Now it looks pretty weak.

  5. I agree with Harinee on Gony… I have, for long, been venting that the future success of the Indian team in the ODI and T20 formats depends on us unearthing good/solid batting- and bowling-allrounders. Players like James Hopes, Shane Watson, Albie Morkel, Jacob Oram, et al offer their teams terrific leverage in the shortened version of the game.

    I have been, with that in mind, talking up the ratings of (of course) Irfan Pathan for some time. I have also written about the need for India to develop and nurture the likes of Praveen Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Joginder Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Rajat Bhatia, et al.

    In this tournament, Manpreet Gony (and perhaps a few others too) have forced themselves onto that list while, in my esteem, Praveen Kumar has slid backwards with demonstrating his batting prowess.

    — Mohan

    So, from that point of view, the uner

  6. you left out arun lal 🙂

  7. Yes, There have been lot of finds from this IPL.
    But not sure if all of them are going to get a chance.

    Gony can be tried right away, Nayar looks good too. Joginder Sharma doesn’t look like a very taleneted guy to me. Yusuf Pathan looks great too. He has performed much better than Irfan in this series.

    Badri has been consistent but for a couple of abberrations.

    Not sure how many of these players can make it to the big league.

    Suresh Raina has not been upto the mark . neither does Parthiv patel. He doesn’t seem like he belongs there.

  8. Dinesh Karthick isn’t exactly setting the field on fire for Delhi.It will not be easy to forgive Suresh Raina for the disastrous innings yesterday, not sure what was he trying by putting ntini on spot like that.

  9. Suresh Raina has looked lacklustre through out this season they could have played someother upcoming domestic cricketer instead of him.

    I agree Dinesh Karthick isn’t living upto his expectations. he is looking troubled when he bats. his keeping has been very good.

    I’m very Impressed with people like Goni and Asnodkar who were completely unknown commodities before this event.

  10. Srikanth Mangalam

    In my view Irfan Pathan and Piyush Chawla have been the only Indian players who have displayed allround capabilities in the IPL. Abhishek Nayar and Yusuf Pathan bat mostly and bowl a bit. Manpreet Gony can bowl mostly and slog a bit. Joginder Sharma and Praveen Kumar can bowl a bit and bat bitter. Rajat Bhatia has bowled reasonably well but hasn’t had much opportunity to bat, while I know that he has scored centuries at the domestic level. He seems to be a good prospect.

    One player, who has received the raw end of the deal and who needs to be pursued is Venugopala Rao. He is a smart cricketer with a very shrewd cricketing brain.

    I also think that Rohit Sharma should start bowling more, he can develop into a complete cricketer that way.

  11. Good point Srikanth about Venugopala Rao. I have been impressed with his bowling. He is perhaps playing for the wrong team! 🙂

    I am surprised to see you rate Piyush Chawla so highly as an allrounder.

  12. Srikanth Mangalam

    Mohan, I think both Venugopala Rao and Rohit Sharma are playing for the wrong team.

    I am not sure yet if I am willing to rate Piyush Chawla highly as an allrounder. But he has bowled and batted well everytime he has got an opportunity. Thus my comment.

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